Bunny here at the keyboard with a special post today.
Today is the last Give Cancer the Paw blog hop, and I didn’t want to let it go by without a few words. You see, cancer has touched our family in far too many ways. Mom’s grandma died from cancer and two Greyhounds here have passed away because of cancer.
I wouldn’t be here living the life I am if it weren’t for cancer, because Treat, who lived here before me, passed away from a spinal tumor. My broken-hearted human adopted me after Treat left. There wasn’t a doubt that Mom and I were meant to be together, but I wish things could have been different when she and Treat had to say good-bye.
Of course, most people know that my sister Blueberry passed away last year because of osteosarcoma. We thought after she survived neurofibrosarcoma that cancer wouldn’t darken our doorstep again. We were very wrong. By the time Blueberry started showing my humans that she was in pain and they got her in to the vet, her cancer was already much too advanced to do anything besides let her go. I still see both Mom and Dad get misty-eyed sometimes thinking about her. Dad still says she was The Best Dog Ever. I know she was a very good sister to me.
What I want to say is that I know a lot of humans will be sad and still have their hearts broken by having to say good-bye to canine companions in the coming years. However, there is hope. There are good people at places like the Morris Animal Foundation and The Greyhound Health Initiative who are working hard at finding a cure for canine cancer. I think it would be a great memorial to a lost pet to make a donation to help find a cure, but I’m just a little Greyhound, so maybe I don’t know it all. I just want to tell everyone to remember to keep fighting for a cure and one day, people won’t have to be sad about losing a pet to this terrible disease.
Blueberry, you’re always on my mind and we miss you!