Always On My Mind

by Bunny Hound on
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.

give cancer the paw buttonI 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.

Smiley Blueberry -- Tales and Tails

Smiley Blueberry

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!

Bunny and Blue -- Tales and Tails

Bunny and Blue


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  • Sue Dyer

    What a lovely post. It made me cry. Beautiful photos of Blueberry and the last one with her and Bunny is just perfect.

    Losing Song so suddenly to cancer made me even more aware of how many beautiful Greyhounds this horrible disease takes. Still wonder if it due to drugs they were given when racing, although some Greys who have not raced still get cancer.

    On my blog I have the Animal Trust Logo up, as they are also searching for a cure.

    I hope one day in the not too distant future no dog owner will have to say goodbye due to cancer.

    Hugs to you all.
    Sue & Polly

  • That is the first time we have seen blueberry – she was beautiful !

  • Bunny,
    We are glad you are with your mom now but so sorry for the loss of Blueberry. You did a wonderful job with this post.

  • misskodee

    Cancer is so hard on everyone. Like so many others we too have had it knock on our loved ones doors (human and pets). Research has though made good headway and treatments are better everyday. On a brighter not, what a lovely photo of Blue and Bunny.

  • Two French Bulldogs

    Always in our hearts
    Lily & Edward

  • Anna the GSD

    Cancer just plain sucks. But I know Blueberry and Treat are running free together.

  • jan

    Very well stated. Let’s hope to someday banish cancer forever.

  • Jackie Bouchard

    Love the picture of you and Blueberry together. Rita is in the same situation – she has her happy home thanks to cancer. If we hadn’t lost Abby to osteosarcoma, we wouldn’t have Rita here with us. So, I feel like I can’t really say “I wish Abby had lived longer” because it means Rita wouldn’t be with us. There could never have been “enough” time with Abby (or Bailey) anyway, so there’s no point wishing for “more”. We all have to just make the most of whatever time we get. That goes for pups and humans alike. And I agree with your Bunny that it’s a lovely idea to pay tribute to a beloved pet by making a donation in their memory. Helping fund research into canine cancer ultimately helps with human cancers as well, since they are so similar. Thanks so much for joining the hop. (I’m all teary eyed from reading your post.)

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    What a lovely photo of you and Blueberry together, Bunny. I think you are right that making a donation to those wonderful organizations is a great way to help. Other than that all we can do is live life to the fullest and hope this dreaded disease does not invade our lives again. I also think it’s a wonderful tribute to those we lost, when we are able to give another pet a happy life and home.

  • Donations are definitely a wonderful way of commemorating our lost friends.

  • Aunes Jane

    Your dog deserves comfy bed. Get one for your dog here.

    http://lazydogbeds.com/

  • Aunes Jane

    Talk a walk with your dog today. You need this Pami Pocket to put your phone inside and you got no more missed call. 🙂 http://www.pamipocket.com/

  • ShineJake

    Bluuuuueberry! Such a sweetie!

    Yes, every little bit helps, and those are some great organizations to support in order to keep research going!

  • Lovely tribute, thank you for sharing. I just recently learned how common bone cancer is amongst dogs and it breaks my heart; it’s so aggressive and nasty. I certainly hope the current research continues to go well, we would really use some great news when it comes to the cancer front any day now. It’s claimed so many.

  • Dennis the Vizsla

    hello bunny its dennis the vizsla dog hay we ar all in fayvor of giving cancer the paw altho we hav not lost menny animals to it only my sister pooh bear so far i no mama and dada hav both lost menny hyooman relativs to it!!! it is nice to see blueberry i am shoor she is having a gud time running and playing in the feelds akross the rainbo bridj!!! ok bye

  • Fern Reed

    Hi long time no talk!!! LOL

  • I’m sorry your family has had to deal with so much cancer. But, you wrote a lovely tribute and I hope that one day cancer will be put in it’s place!