The Best Dog in the World is Fighting Cancer

The Best Dog in the World is Fighting Cancer

by Angie
(Milwaukee, WI)

I adopted my dog Duke when he was 11 years old. I knew that we would not have many years together, but I didn't know that just 2 months after adopting him he would be diagnosed with Oral Melanoma.

That was almost 16 months ago now.

I call him the best dog in the world because I can't imagine a sweeter, stronger dog exists anywhere.

Last summer his tumor had grown very large. Then one day he wouldn't eat. I thought it might be time but from that day forward the tumor started to shrink. His tumor was completely gone for several months.

Unfortunately, it started coming back this winter. I've noticed it growing a lot in the last week. I have been hopeful, but I can imagine that he can't beat this horrible cancer twice.

Average survival for a dog after diagnosis of oral melanoma is 5 - 8 months. He has doubled that, and is still doing well. Now we are back to the mode of keeping him comfortable.

I will be so sad when the time comes, but I know I will have done my best for him. He is almost 13 years old, and for a big 110 pound dog that is very old.

(Submitted Friday, June 07, 2013)

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Jun 10, 2013
My heart goes out to you and Duke
by: Pam

I think it's pretty amazing that he kicked the oral melanoma once and my hope is that he's not done fighting!

Hugs and tummy rubs!

Jun 10, 2013
What a good person you are
by: Jackie

You're such a good person to have adopted an old boy like him and he's lucky to have someone who loves him so much. I feel sad for you both and wish I had words for you. Just love him like you do. I'm sure you'll meet him again one day when he decides it's time to move on.

Jun 08, 2013
All my love to you both
by: Sue

I know exactly how you feel. I have a 9 year old boxer with lymph cancer. The first lot of chemo didn't work. The second lot did for 2 weeks, his third lot hasn't worked at all and I'm heart broken.

Got up this morning and his throat glands are quite big and he is breathing heavy.

He also has a grade 3 heart murmur and last week he started having seizures. But thank god he has only had 3 so far.

He's a fighter and through all of this he is still eating, playing and wagging his tail. I'm hoping he isn't ready to go yet. He is my best friend and I will be so lost without him.

Good luck to you both.

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