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Name: charon coonfield
Bio: gayle developed a small lump in her right front wrist. biopsy determined it was a soft tissue sarcoma, with amputation feb 17, 2010. she's recovering nicely, taking naps when needed, and enjoying every moment of every wonderful day. in december 2010 we discovered oral melanoma cancer. gayle had two surgeries to remove tumors, but the ugly disease took her from us december 12, 2011. love never ends.

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love never ends
it is with a heavy heart, that i post that we lost gayle today.  she was about 22 months post amputation for soft tissue sarcoma, and was nearing the one year date of identifying the existence of oral melanoma.  she had two surgeries to remove the (More)
what a great day for a walk!
sunday was our first every morris animal foundation k9 cancer walk here in knoxville.  the weather was great, and the turnout was unbelievable!!  gayle got a little tired, but was a trooper thru the whole afternoon of visiting and excitement.  sam (More)
she may have a finance degree, but she can't add....
charon is a goober when it comes to counting...even with only three legs, i knew her numbers were off.....geesh, today is my 19 month ampuversary for pete's sake!!! geesh, she's so hard to train, but i guess i'll keep her. gayle (More)
2nd UPDATE!!! counting our blessings...
yesterday was charon’s birthday – she dare not even think about september when the news of gayle’s melanoma diagnosis came last december.  but gayle is a warrior, and again, she sat by her charon’s feet, napping and having puppy dreams, as t (More)
come walk with us in september - i'll be the one doing the 'tripawd hop'
charon & i are registed for the first annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in knoxville.  we'll be 'hopping' on sunday september 18th, so everybody should try to plan on being in knoxville that weekend to walk with us.  there's plenty (More)

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hope you can snag some sleep while your two 'babies' sleep!!! it will get better, we promise. charon & spirit gayle (More)
welcome!! poor oscar, having to go through all of that pain and such, when that leg was obviously wanting to be gone. he will do fine on three legs - although we'd recommend you keep him a little confined/controlled for the next two weeks until the incision is healed and sutures are out. the pain meds can make our pups loopy, and it takes a (More)
we remember the shock of learning of gayle's cancer, and then the second diagnosis of melanoma. writing about your experience is very important for you, and for us. we don't need to dwell on the heartbreaks, but we need to acknowledge them and give ourselves permission to feel the pain. charon & spirit gayle (More)
bailey, we are declaring it 'bailey day' here in ET!!! the monkeydogs are getting extra treats and we are celebrating your wonderful 18th birthday!! be careful, now you're legal to be drafted into the army!! charon & spirit gayle (More)
sounds like you guys are on an excellent adventure. geesh, mulligan on a golf course - that's funny!! charon & spirit gayle (More)

3 Responses to “Ouch.”

  1. What a wonderful story! Tucker looks so happy and so loved. And 16 is just great, especially for a large dog. And I love the pictures of your life together!

  2. WOW!!! What a DELIGHTFUL and hugely INSPIRATIONAL journey Handsome Tucker has carved out for himself!!
    If this dog doesn’t touch your heart, you must not ja4ve one!!

    My connection is periodic right now, and slow as molasses when it does connect, so I didn’t get to see the video yet. I’ll come backmlater for that. Do not want to miss it!

    Tucker clearly had your name stamped on his heart the day he was born! What any amazing dog and an amazw relationship! The love you jave for Tucker, and he for you, comes shining through with every word and every action.!’ The care he has had allnhis life, and especially in his golden years, is spectacular!

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story about Tucker and all his pack!

    I think Tucker deserves a scoop of ice cream tonight!

    Lots of love!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    • Thank you so much!! Your words touched me deeply. I plan on getting him some pizza…his all time favorite snack. 🙂
      Love to you all,

  3. What a lovely story/life!!! We love you Tucker!!

  4. So glad for the post today so we could get to know this fantastic fun loving boy! Yep, I’m head over paws in love with Bo! 🙂

    Although I had some tears as I was reading through his blogs, I also had plenty of smiles and chuckles as I watched him destroy Barney, or roll over on his back for the most joyful back scratches ever!

    But the story about the Conch shell…WOW! What a treasured memory .maker! You know if you hold a Conch shellnup tonyiur ear you can “hear”‘the ocean, right? I bet if you hold Bo’s Cnch shell up to your ear and listen closely, you can hear his heartbeat right next to yours.


    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!


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