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Oct 28 2014

Happy 4 YEAR Ampuversary Charley!!!

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Today is Charley’s 4 Year Ampuversary!  I can’t believe that it has been almost a year (11/8/13) since his metastatic OS tumor was removed.  I am so proud of Charley for being the OS Warrior that he is and has been for over 4 years!  I’m so proud of his courage, strength, and resiliency! I’m blessed to have been given an additional 1,461 precious days with Charley since his amputation!  I’m in awe of the lessons that Charley has taught me along this journey.  I pray that he has many many more years of lessons to teach me.  I pray that his mission here on earth consists of many more years of inspiring others with hope as they start or continue on their osteosarcoma journey.  Charley is definitely loving life and living with cancer, not dying of cancer.




As I promised Charley last year when we found out that his cancer returned, we took him to the beach a few weeks ago to celebrate his huge milestone.  My parents, Joe, Charley and I drove down to Cape San Blas in Port St. Joe, FL to spend a week enjoying the powder white sand and blue green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  We rented a beach cottage directly on the beach and Charley LOVED every minute of it!  The beach at Cape San Blas is completely dog friendly, as are a few restaurants, if anyone is dreaming of a beach getaway!  We had a photographer take our pictures on the beach and they turned out beautiful!


Charley, you are loved more than you will ever know.  You are my hero, my cancer warrior, my love, my Charley…. ♥ ♥ ♥



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I’ll post again soon with some pictures and videos of Charley swimming in the ocean since this post is long enough with all of the family pictures.


Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your furry babies!


Thank you for all of your prayers, positive thoughts, hugs, and kisses.  It is greatly appreciated and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support!


  Hugs from me and chocolate Labby kisses from Charley!  xoxo  ♥



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28 responses so far

28 Responses to “Happy 4 YEAR Ampuversary Charley!!!”

  1.   benny55on 28 Oct 2014 at 1:16 am     Reply1

    CHARLEY!!!!!!!!!!! CHARRRRRRRLEEEEEYYYYY! You’ve got me all misty eyed over here sweet boy!! I’m mush, just a pile of mush!!!

    The LOVE is just jumping off the screen! You are loved and you KNOW it! And you LOVE your humans and they KNOW it!!!

    I am just over the moon happy!! FOUR YEAR AMPUVERSARY!!!!! Inspiration…beacon of hope….all really understatements!!

    I don’t mind telling you, I was a little uneasy when you gave us all that “scare” a year ago and you were going for more treatment. HA!!! No problem for CHARLEY!!!! You just got on with continuing to live life to the fullest and smiling the whole time!!!!

    CHARLEY’S SMILE lights up the world!!! He’s always soooo happy!!

    And talk about being the center of your Universe! Look at these lovely photos! He is surrounded by love and joy…and he KNOWS it!!

    The photographer did a stellar job of capturing the joy that defines Charley and the love that surrounds him. I love the “action” shot of him frolicking in the ocean and the close up of him lying in the sand staring straight on into the camera…smiling with his eyes!!!

    And that first picture…GREAT MUG SHOT!!! Such a fun boy!!

    Ellen, this is a wonderful album of sacred treasured times that are just pure magic! I know I keep referencing the love…but there is so much love among everyone…humans and dogs! There’s an “invisible stream of light” connecting all of you to Charley and Charley to you. A light that is from the soul.

    This is the best blog EVER on so many levels!!! Cannot wait to see more videos of this monumental occasion!!

    Charley, you have a lovely mom and a handsome dad, and some good looking grandparents!!! And you know what, they are beautiful on the inside too…just like you!!

    CELEBRATING LIKE CRAZY OVER HERE! I’m gonna give Merry Myrtle a big scoop of ice cream for your pawty!!! I know HAPPY HANNAH is celebrating with all his other Guardian Angels…ice cream cake, steak, M&Ms, milk shakes and maybe a little champagne too!!! 🙂

    Sending love to all!!!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:04 pm     Reply2

      Thank you Sally, Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle!!! I love reading your replies! 🙂

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  2.   trituckon 28 Oct 2014 at 4:07 am     Reply3

    Congratulations Charley and your pawrents on this amazing milestone!

    Happy hoppy four year ampuversary!!

    Beautiful pics of everyone! I especially love the one of Charley running along the edge of the water at the beach – truly emulates that Charley is living with cancer – not dying from it 🙂

    Many hugs

    Linda and Tucker 🙂

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:05 pm     Reply4

      Thank you Linda and Tucker!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  3.   afblueon 28 Oct 2014 at 8:07 am     Reply5

    Wow! Congrats on your milestone and thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. Looking forward to video of Charley body surfing the Gulf of Mexico!

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:05 pm     Reply6

      Thank you afblue!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  4.   Micki & Angel Solaron 28 Oct 2014 at 8:11 am     Reply7

    What gorgeous pictures and memories made on a very special vacation! Charley is one very lucky boy, as are his parents!

    Micki, Shaman, Yaundee & Angel Solar

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:06 pm     Reply8

      Thank you Micki, Shaman, Yaundee and Angel Solar!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  5.   jerryon 28 Oct 2014 at 10:58 am     Reply9

    With VERY happy tears streaming down my face, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS!! AND 3-PAWS UP!!!! Oh my gosh you guys, I just can’t believe it but I am SO happy this is REAL and incredible and just LEGENDARY. I mean that with all my heart, Charley is the dog of the century, the superstar of the k9 cancer universe, the beacon of hope for everyone who is faced with this terrible disease. THANK YOU for allowing us to be a part of this journey.

    There is so much joy and love in those photos you guys, I can feel it! Beaaaauuuuuutiful. All of you look so good and Ellen you look extra spectacular!!!

    We are smiling from here to the moon, congratulations to all of you!!! xoxoxoxoxo

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:07 pm     Reply10

      Thank you Jerry!!! I love that Charley is a beacon of hope!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  6.   Christineon 28 Oct 2014 at 12:08 pm     Reply11

    you know.. it’s posts like these that we need to see more often!!! you won’t believe the grin that is across my face here smiling at that choc-o-la dawg!!!


    Love the pictures… LOVE THEM!!!!!

    Christine… with Franklin in her heart♥

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:08 pm     Reply12

      Thank you Christine and Franklin!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  7.   Michelleon 28 Oct 2014 at 1:38 pm     Reply13

    HOPPY AMPUVERSARY CHARLEY. YES, I AM YELLING. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS. I have happy tears running down my face. I am so glad we get to celebrate every day with you. You are a total legend in my book. Loved each & every picture of your wonderful celebration. I can see how much you are loved and love your pawrents. Way to kick cancer’s ugly butt Charley.

    Hugs & lots of love
    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:09 pm     Reply14

      Thank you Michelle and Angel Sassy!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  8.   labsruson 28 Oct 2014 at 3:42 pm     Reply15

    Happy 4th Ampuversary Charley! You are simply amazing and will always be our Hero! So glad you thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful beach getaway with your family. So well deserved for all of you! I just know you have a lot more time here to give others hope on their difficult journey.

    Love from Super Dog Angel Hunter’s pack!

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 6:09 pm     Reply16

      Thank you Super Dog Angel Hunter’s pack!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  9.   Angieon 28 Oct 2014 at 8:09 pm     Reply17

    Tears of joy as I read this blog. Charley is a true inspiration for me, Shayla and so many others. Shayla has just reached her 30 day post amp. Reading Charley’s triumphs gives me hope. Seeing the happiness on his face is priceless. May God continue to bless the both of you.

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 8:33 pm     Reply18

      Thank you Angie and Shayla!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  10.   Donna Dunnon 28 Oct 2014 at 8:32 pm     Reply19

    Congratulations on this amazing milestone, Charley and Ellen! I am so very happy for you. You are an wonderful inspiration to all the other cancer warriors and their parents out their, providing faith and hope to continue the battle. May you have many, many more years of happiness and delight and wonder. Wishing you health and a lifetime of great memories.
    Hugs and joyous nosebumps,
    Donna and Angel Selu

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Oct 2014 at 8:34 pm     Reply20

      Thank you Donna and Angel Selu!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  11.   murphsmomon 28 Oct 2014 at 9:17 pm     Reply21

    We also want to wish Charley a HOPPY! HOPPY! HOPPY! HOPPY! (that’s FOUR hoppys) ampuversary. You are truly an inspiration, not only to the survivors, but to those of us who are Tripawds for other reasons. We keep looking forward to the further adventures of Charley. Thanks, Ellen, for this great tribute to a great and beautiful pup.

    Kathi and Murphy

    •   Charley's Momon 29 Oct 2014 at 10:17 pm     Reply22

      Thank you Kathi and Murphy!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  12.   maximutton 28 Oct 2014 at 10:17 pm     Reply23

    Charley, you are an absolutely awesome boy, and you have an equally awesome family!! I am so glad you got to take a trip to the ocean! What an adventure!! I know you had the best time there, I can see it in everyone’s faces!! Charley, you have no idea what an inspiration you are to so many other pups going through the same illness. Keep kicking cancer’s ass and showing others that anything is possible!!

    •   Charley's Momon 29 Oct 2014 at 10:18 pm     Reply24

      Thank you maximutt!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  13.   ohmynixonon 29 Oct 2014 at 10:40 pm     Reply25

    *sniff* Love the photos! And thank you for documenting this journey with Charley. BECAUSE of YOU and Charley, we have not given up hope. For the first 9 months, I hung on to seeing Charley’s Ampuversaries each and every month because if Charley’s making the milestones, SO ARE WE!

    Charley is so handsome, so loved, and you guys are just the most amazing couple to go through this together. I can’t wait to see the video of him playing in the ocean.

    •   Charley's Momon 30 Oct 2014 at 3:17 pm     Reply26

      Thank you ohmynixon!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  14.   Stephenon 30 Oct 2014 at 3:05 pm     Reply27

    Just wonderful. Bless your hearts!

    •   Charley's Momon 30 Oct 2014 at 3:18 pm     Reply28

      Thank you Stephen!!!

      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

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