Last week we lost a cancer-fighting hero - Charley, the chocolate Lab.
|Photo courtesy of Ellen Venturella-Wilson|
I “met” Charley and his mom on Yahoo’s “Bone Cancer Dogs” support group many years ago. Charley’s amputation was the day before our Abby’s, so they became “amp buddies”. They were both young strong dogs (Charley was 2 1/2, Abby was 1 1/2 years old) who fought their cancer with everything they had in them.
Abby succumbed to her bone cancer 15 months after her amputation and went on to become one of Charley's angels. I liked to think she was keeping an eye out for him, along with some of the other cancer warriors who'd gone before him.
|Tri-pawwed Warriors in their cancer-fighting capes|
Charley was amazing, kicking bone cancer to the curb not once, but TWICE. He beat it, and it tried to come back but he wasn't having it.
He lived almost FIVE years after his amputation. That's amazing. He was a huge inspiration to so many other people going through the cancer journey with their dogs.
Unfortunately cancer had it's way in the end and Charley was taken suddenly by hemangiosarcoma, a real s**t-head of a cancer that usually attacks with no warning. Since hemangiosarcoma often develops on the organs, there is often no outward sign that anything is wrong until the tumor ruptures. (Unfortunately, we know hemangio too well since it took our beloved beagle from us.)
I'm so sorry that Charley didn't get to stick around longer, inspiring more people and their pups. But Charley had an amazing life and amazing pawrents.
As I like to say about Abby, he may have been cheated in terms of the quantity of his life, but he had a great quality of life.
|Mini Charley with Mini Abby|
Charley may be gone, but he won't be forgotten.
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I'm so sorry to read about your friend, Charlie. He sounds like a superhero as well as a wonderful and gentle companion. May he rest in peace ...ReplyDelete
Yes, he was all-around a wonderful pup.Delete
I was very sorry to hear about Charley. He was an amazing pooch who clearly had a very loving family and a wonderful, but sadly too short, life.ReplyDelete
Yes, such sad news. And so unexpected.Delete
So sorry to read about Charlie, but it sounds like he was an inspiration to those who knew him. I am sure his legacy will continue.ReplyDelete
Yes, his legacy will definitely continue. He was loved by many!Delete
So sad. Cancer sucks!! That is all.ReplyDelete
That's for sure! I should get my Cancer Sucks socks out.Delete
R.I.P. Charlie. He will live on through your novel <3ReplyDelete
That's a nice thought. I also mention him in the author's note at the end of my 2nd book, so he'll live on there as well.Delete
Sorry to hear about Charley. Love the thought of them frolicking on the beach!ReplyDelete
I love that thought too. Abby was a terrible flirt, so I'm sure they're having a great time.Delete
I'm sorry to hear about Charley and your Abby. Cancer treatments are getting better, but there's still a lot of work to be done. I lost a German shepherd to hemangiosarcoma. It is a terrible form of cancer.ReplyDelete
Yes, there is still much work to do. It would be great if they could come up with some sort of early detection blood or DNA test. Hemangio is so awful.Delete
I am so sorry for the loss. Thankfully, his photo on your book will allow him to continue to bring joy to others forever. That is a lovely tribute ♥ReplyDelete
Thank you. That's a nice thought. :)Delete
I am so sorry about Charley! He was beautiful. :(ReplyDelete
Wasn't he so gorgeous?!Delete
Thank you for sharing this story with us Jackie ...I think they are playing in the heavens above.ReplyDelete
I think so too. <3Delete
I'm sorry for Charley's family and I bet that his passing opens a wound for you too.ReplyDelete
I was really so shocked and saddened when I heard the news.Delete
Heart breaking. I did well with the loss of Norbert and tubby because they were old. Loosing a young dog would wreck me. I'm so sorry for your losses. I greatly admire your strengthReplyDelete
Oh, thank you. That's sweet. It is SO hard to lose a young dog. It just seems so unfair. And I was pretty depressed for about 8 months, so, not really so strong! But you get through it.Delete
So sorry to hear about your friend Charley. What a brave boy - hugs and prayers for his familyReplyDelete
Mr Bailey, Hazel & mabel
He was a very brave boy indeed!Delete
Oh, I am so sorry! The pain of losing our fur friends is just so out there. Prayers for you and his family.ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and cover dog. What an inspirational life.ReplyDelete
He was an inspiration for sure.Delete
Oh, so sad. He was a great cover dog!ReplyDelete
He sure was; he was perfect.Delete
That is so sad. He sounds like a tough guy who fought for as long as he could. I can't think of anything to say about cancer that doesn't involve four letter words. I am sure that Abby is showing Charley the ropes now and they are running free and whole again.ReplyDelete
I'm with you - cancer always brings out the four letter words in me.Delete
I recognized the picture right away and said "Uh-oh" and gasped. RIP Charley! What a beautiful and amazing creature. I love, love, love the felt Charley and Abby figurines! With amputations and all :) May he run fast and swim and play with Abby and everything else Labs love to do. Hope they meet up with Hobie, Maybe.ReplyDelete
I'm sure Abby was already flirting with Hobie. Hopefully the three of them - and all the warriors who went before - are having a grand time.Delete
I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a amazing dog and I loved your book and "Kona". He will live on from above.ReplyDelete
Yes, he'll definitely live on. So many folks loved him and were inspired by him.Delete
You wrote a wonderful tribute to Charley. His memory will live on in many people's hearts and his story will inspire others to help their pets live life to the fullest.ReplyDelete
Yes, he may be gone but he's still an inspiration! The way he beat bone cancer is amazing.Delete
I loved the book - I really did. And now that I know the story behind the dog on the cover, I'm endeared to it even more. Thanks for sharing this Jackie.ReplyDelete
Aww, thank you.Delete
I'm so sorry about Charlie. :( I just read your book for the first time a few weeks ago (and made sure to leave review!) and absolutely loved it. It makes me sad to hear about this news. :(ReplyDelete
Jenny & Storm
Thank you for the nice words about the book - and for the review. And thank you for stopping by the blog. I wish I'd had happier news to share. :(Delete
I saw this on your Facebook page and it's very sad. I bet he is back with Abby playing and having a great time.ReplyDelete
I'm sure they are running wild. I like to think they opted to stay 3-legged though, since they were both kick-ass dogs on 3 legs. Neither of them needed the spare.Delete
So sorry to read this. He is such a charmer on your book cover. Maybe the 3 leggers have parties up there. He, Abby and my Bennie are noshing away :-)ReplyDelete
Oh, I hope they're all having a huge fabulous party up there.Delete
I am so sorry to hear this. Sending hugs!ReplyDelete
Thank you for stopping by and for the hugs.Delete
A beautiful tribute to another true Tripawd Hero!ReplyDelete
He was definitely a hero!Delete
Thank you Jackie for the beautiful tribute to my Charley! We just brought him home today and this brought me a much needed smile to help heal my broken heart. I'm sure Abby has already found Charley and has shown him the best beaches and swimming spots! :)ReplyDelete
Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
Ellen and my Forever Warrior Charley xoxo
You're welcome. So sorry you are having to go through this way sooner than you should have to! I remember the day we brought Abby home and it was very bittersweet. It was good to have her back home again, but still so very sad. Hang in there!Delete