Cancer is a terrible disease, one that rarely shows any mercy.  We have probably all had some dealings with it in one way or the other.  Our human family has been very fortunate and hasn't been directly affected by cancer.
However, over the years we have lost five members of our canine family to cancer.

Today I would like to remember our five brave dogs and introduce them to you.  If you have any time and would like to read their entire stories on my personal website, the link to their individual story is embedded in their name.

The first dog we lost to cancer was our dear
Samantha had both liver cancer and a brain tumor.  The brain tumor took her life.

SABRINA was our second Doberman lost to cancer.  She began her journey to Rainbow Bridge on her 6th birthday.  Liver cancer spread to many parts of her body but she never complained until the very end, nor had any symptoms, leaving us in shock when we got the diagnosis.

In 2003 we lost our TIFFANY after a nine-month battle with Hemangiosarcoma cancer.

Our sweet SERENA was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and then developed osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her rear leg.  The cancer spread to her shoulder but the vet was able to successfully remove the tumor on her shoulder.  She was not a candidate for amputation due to her bad heart.  At about the same time that she developed cancer, she also became blind.  One night about 7 months later I told her it was ok to leave for the Bridge if she had to and that I would be OK.  She passed away quietly about 15 minutes later when her heart just stopped beating.  I believe to this day that she was waiting for me to tell her I would be alright before she could leave.

Our most recent loss was TUCKER.
There were no symptoms until one day he started coughing.  The emergency clinic we took him to first believed he had pheumonia and found the tumor in his lung by way of an x-ray and biopsy.  We had to let him go exactly one month after the diagnosis and four chemo treatments.

Benji is our very silly boy who has proven to be a fighter.
He was diagnosed with cancer in March of 2012 and given only 2 months to live.  We are now entering his 7th month of survival.  We know this cancer will eventually end his life, but we're happy and thankful that he has the willpower, courage, and strength to fight as long as he can.  His age is against him as he is going on 17 years old.  This in itself is a true inspiration to all who know him and especially to his family.

Cancer is truly a deadly disease that we just can't sweep under the rug and hope it'll go away by itself.  We all have to keep fighting, like Benji, and we have to do all we can to help find the cure.
Once again Blogville is joining together with Power of the Paw in the hope that maybe this will be the Year of the Cure!  One day the "C-Monster" will just be a thing of the past and we can say WE WON THE BATTLE!

We Love You!
DaWeenies of Florida