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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. Have a 8-10 month old pit/mix named Charlie! He had a bad break when we got him so his front leg had to be amputated. He seems to be healing nice, but what’s seems to be a bruise has formed 3 days after his surgery. Took him.back to the vet thinking maybe something wasn’t tied off correctly but was told not to worry. I guess I can’t help it! It is spreading and I’m still concerned. It doesn’t feel like there is any liquid underneath the skin, but I’m not 100% sure what I’m looking/feeling for.

  2. I’m in looooove with Merlin !! A.magical little Wizard of Survival indeed!!
    Thank you so much for giving this precious boy a loving furever home! His pictures show such a happy boy full of joy!

    Ypu .might check in the Gear section a d look at strollers ahould he need a little “ride” to his favorite place to run and play in the future. Some tripawds, even without his “extra” issues, just like being pished in their “royal carriage” as they take in all the sights, scents and sounds of nature!

    It just warms my heart to know how happy Merlin is and to know he is ao lpved!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful boy with us!

    Hugs to all!

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

  3. my 3 weeks old puppy broke her leg because it was stuck on their cage so that i will abble to cut her leg. but now it became bloated what are the possible cures that can i apply to her leg?

  4. Mansi shrivastav April 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Plz HELP!!! our 4yr old Great Dane had his 1 rear leg amputated as he met with an accident. He has a very bad habit of biting into his wound..trying to lick and bite of tissue in the wound that has been in the course of heeling. Because of this he once tore the whole wound post surgery leaving no skin to be stitched back. His thigh bone is slightly visible through the wound now and the doctor said only regular dressing is to be done. He has tired to bite in his wound many times.we are trying our best to help him recover soon and he was progressing until today almost after a month when he tried to bite again.. plz help me with a good alternative so that his wound can heal quickly. Is their no antibiotics available to be given to speed his healing? Doctors are not prescribing the same sayin No need! But its hard to keep a 24*7watch on him.. one mistake and he gets a chance and spoils all his wound and recovery made till then

    • Mansi we are sorry to hear about your dog. First, you need to get your dog to a better vet NOW. If you are seeing bone he could get a bad infection, if he doesn’t have one already. Please take him to another vet who understands how to help him TODAY. He also must wear a cone and have good pain control. It’s up to us to make sure our dogs don’t chew their stitches and the only guaranteed way to do that is to make them wear a cone like this, and give good pain control (chewing on stitches can indicate he is in pain). Please see Jerry’s Required Reading List for more tips on how to care for him. We wish you all the best and hope he heals soon.

  5. My girl Pele was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had her front leg amputation in January of 2014, followed by four rounds of chemo. It is now 27 months later and she is still swimming, hunting, wrestling, and snuggling. I’m so blessed.


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