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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. Manni’s story gives me hope! And I loved the video of him enjoying a romp through the forest. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

    Jeanette & Boone

  2. Oh Wyatt! It’s not easy being a Spokesdawg sometimes!! But nobody does ot4 better! 🙂

    Thanks for continuously “taking one for the team”! But in this case, you get some yummy chicken tasting toothpaste, so that’s a pretty good trade-off!

  3. Thanks for reminding everyone thst things CAN be done to minimize “accidents” thst could necessitate amputation.

    All I can say is, so glad Jerry sent you Wyatt so he could be loved.

    And tha ks ro Purrkins for showing us how to get to a sunny window perch safely!

    Yeah Kathi, being NUTS with you is a privilege and an honor!!!


  4. Tears falling allmpver the place! Oh Nina, your tribute to you pr sweet Connor is absolutely beautiful! Every si gke word is so heartfelt,

    Thanknyou for allowing us the privilege of getting to know Connor, the WILL RODGERS OF DOGS”! What a special Soul!

    And those pictures! Such a handsome fella’! Heu undoubtedly is I e of zTHE cutest puppies on the Planet!

    I know your heart is broken into a million oieces right now. Yes, your world is grey right now and you hurt so badly, so very badly. But we can all promise you this, the thousands of happy memories you and Connor shared will slowly, but surely, add some color back into your day. Connor IS forever in yiur heart and he WILL make his presence known while he’s snuggling in a corner of your heart!

    Yes, Connor definitely chose you so he would know what love and joy and happiness felt like!! And when Rocky got to the Bridge, he told everyone how fortunate he was to have you as his human! He told them he had THE BEST RIME EVER with you!!

    Thank you again for the privilege of getting to know Connor and the special bond you have.

    With love

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

  5. Rebecca (Bacon's mom) February 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Oh, thank you for sharing. Missing my Bacon.

  6. Oh wow… what a love story! A true love story with so much pain and joy all in one. Thank you for sharing. My heart sends you love until you meet again with your heart dog.

    And yes, tears here too.
    alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too)

  7. Not sure if Murphy’s owner is still checking in, but hope he continues to do well! My Lucy was diagnosed with HS in Oct 2016, and was on CCNU until 3 weeks ago when a tumor returned in the original site (between the shoulder blades). Just wondering if CCNU was the only treatment that you used? We started with Adriamycin with negative side effects, so looking for other options.

  8. I am looking at the dog at my feet with tears running down my face, I am so thankful that he is still with me and I cannot imagine a world without him. This is beautiful, but I really need to stop reading these things.

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