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Jan 28 2015

Happy 4 Year, 3 Month Ampuversary to my Bone Cancer Warrior Charley!

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Happy Happy Happy 4 Year, 3 Month Ampuversary Charley!!!  I can’t believe it’s been 15 months since his metastatic OS tumor was removed!  Charley’s been doing great and he goes back the oncologist on Thursday, 2/12/15, for another met check.  Of course we’ll be keeping our fingers and 3-paws crossed for only good news.  Of course positive thoughts and prayers are always appreciated and welcome!




I wanted to share the newest addition in our home….no it’s not a baby Labby brother for Charley, but hopefully someday…it’s a canvas gallery of some of our family pictures that we had taken in Cape San Blas, FL this past Florida.  Every day when I see these pictures I can’t help but smile!  Cape San Blas is in the Florida panhandle and the sugar white sand and blue green water is amazing!  The best part about the Cape is the beaches are completely dog friendly!


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There has been so much sadness and way too many losses lately, that I wanted to try to make a difference.    This past Sunday night I started a campaign on Teespring called CANINE CANCER WARRIORS to raise money for Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc. to help fund ongoing clinical trials and research.


Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc. has already funded 3 clinical trials.  100% of the profits from this campaign will be donated.  Since this campaign has been Donation Verified, all of the profits will go directly to Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc.  75% of all donations to Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc. go directly toward funding of specific research directed toward canine osteosarcoma.  The remaining 25% are used to support the organizations’s insurance, federal and state requirements, and the website.


Human cancer trials are first done on dogs because dog’s get the same cancers as we do and a dog’s system responds to cancer the same way ours does!  Many of the cancer trials on dogs go on to become standards of care in humans, so more trials are needed.  Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), which Charley has, mostly occurs in children and young adults and the prognosis is poor.  Unfortunately treatment options and success rates haven’t changed much in 20 years, but with more clinical trials hopefully this will change in our lifetime!


The statistics are startling!  1 in 3 dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime and 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer.  Believe me, I didn’t know either and I was ignorantly living in bliss until Charley was diagnosed at age 2-1/2 with bone cancer.


Here’s a few pictures of the front and back of the shirt I designed.  The shirt is available in a short sleeve tee, long sleeve tee, hoodie and a women’s fitted tee and they come in a variety of colors.


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In honor of Charley and all of the Canine Cancer Warriors who are currently fighting the biggest battle of their life and in memory of those who have earned their wings, please consider buying one of these super cool tees or hoodies! 100% of the profits will be donated to help fund canine cancer ongoing trials and research!


I know most of you are dog lovers.  Many of you have had a personal experience with canine cancer or know someone close to you who has.  Dog lovers have lots of doggie lover friends who know other doggie lover friends.  Even if you don’t want to buy a Canine Cancer Warrior Shirt, PLEASE SHARE !!!   Together we can ALL make a difference!  


Here’s the link to share:


Never give up hope!  My hope is that one day there is a cure for this dreaded disease….


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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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Happy 4 Year, 3 Month Ampuversary to my Bone Cancer Warrior Charley!”

  1.   Michelleon 28 Jan 2015 at 7:56 pm     Reply1

    Ellen you & Charley are such an inspiration. Way to kick butt Charley. We will be purchasing a shirt or 2 to help support your awareness. I will proudly wear it like I wear my Tripawds shirts to this day 🙂 I know just like you eventually there will be a cure. You guys give everyone hope. Keep spreading the good news.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Jan 2015 at 8:51 pm     Reply2

      Thank you Michelle & Angel Sassy for your support!

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

  2.   benny55on 28 Jan 2015 at 8:36 pm     Reply3


    And what a way to celebrate!!!

    The foundation sounds terrific! And it appears to have a lot of substance, integrity and compassion…just like you!!! I LOVE the t-shirts you created…veey touching and heartfelt. To have all our Warriors acknowledged, past and present…very thoughtful.

    I’ll check out teespring in a bit. I’ll be ordering the tee shirt too!

    One out of three….no significant changes in twenty years…we MUST stop this brutal crap disease!!! Thank you for taking action Ellen!

    I love the “Family Portrait” you have over the fireplace! Beautifully done and speaks volumes about your love for Charley! A true treasure.

    Ellen, I’m sooooo proud of Charley and of you! You both have stayed so strong, so committed and determined, and that’s so important! To be able to have a Beacon of Hope like Charley is a must on this journey! Everyone needs to go into this thinking, “Maybe we coulld be the next Charley.” It’s what keeps us all going until…until…Hope is what makes us put one foot in front of the other.

    Now, the only problem with this wonderful blog…we need our Smiling Charley photo fix!!! We love his pictures!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS CHARLEY! Looking forward to seeing you become an old man!! Keep these victories coming!!!

    Love and Light!

    Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

    •   Charley's Momon 28 Jan 2015 at 8:52 pm     Reply4

      Thank you Sally, Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle as always for your support! I listened to you and added a picture of my happy Labby boy just for you! 🙂

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

  3.   benny55on 28 Jan 2015 at 10:00 pm     Reply5


    We cannot have Charley’s blog without a picture of our boy everytime! And what a great picture it is!!!!
    Thank you Ellen! Made my night…and well into tomorrow and tomorrow night!!

    He REALLY is a very, very handsome boy! And he looks fit, bright eyed, hap o h and healthy! He has a luxuriously shiny coat too!

    THANKS ELLEN!! I really love this dog and am just sooo thrilled about his victories! He really is a Tripawd Legend around here!

    Hugs and love!

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Jan 2015 at 5:11 pm     Reply6

      Thank you Sally, Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle as always for your support! I’m glad you liked the picture I added especially for you! 🙂
      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  4.   jerryon 28 Jan 2015 at 11:51 pm     Reply7

    YAY CHARLEY! You did it again! Thank you for another day to celebrate, to jump up and down and bark “BITE ME CANCER!”

    Ellen I love the photo gallery in your home, it really does say so much about the love and happiness that Charley brings to your family. Beautiful!

    Great fundraiser idea, thank you for all you’re doing to create a future where nobody has to deal with this disease.

    •   Charley's Momon 31 Jan 2015 at 5:12 pm     Reply8

      Thank you Jerry!
      Love, hugs, and chocolate Labby kisses,
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

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