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Histiocytic Cancer Survivor Barney B. Celebrates Three Year Ampuversary

In April, 2009, we had the pleasure of meeting Barney B., a loving Lab who was amazing everyone by beating histiocytic bone cancer. Yesterday, we were thrilled to learn that Barney just celebrated his three year ampuversary!

Barney’s Mom sent us this hoppy update:

“Valentine’s Day, a day that celebrates love. And we will be celebrating the love of one crazy yellow lab this Valentine’s Day that marks his 3 year ampuversary!

Barney was diagnosed with cancer in early February of 2008 and with some extensive research, and through resources like, we quickly made the decision to amputate.

It’s a decision we’ve never once regretted.

The docs said even with amputation we might have 3-6 months of time with him, but that the amputation would at least free him of the pain he was enduring from the cancer.

We did follow the surgery with Adriamycin, IV chemotherapy. Barney did remarkably well with the chemo and really didn’t have any adverse side effects from it.

Since then, like most of us who have been touched by cancer, we’ve made many changes.

  • Barney enjoys a diet of low carb foods
  • lots of nutritious treats like carrots and apples
  • and takes K-9 Immunity supplements
  • And, he’s surrounded by lots and lots of love

Since Valentine’s Day of 2008, we’ve enjoyed everything Barney – the goofy sideways looks, the begging for a seat on the sofa next to any of his people, the gusto with which he enjoys anything that he eats, and even the stealing food from the kitchen counter.


Having had several dogs over the years, I can say without hesitation that he is the happiest, loving dog we’ve ever owned.

He is full of joy, always wagging that big yellow tail, and still anxious to greet all new people and other critters by hopping and barking at them.

He will celebrate his 8th birthday in March, and we feel so blessed for each and every day that we get to spend with this wonderful creature that God gave us.

He is our miracle and I am inspired by him every day!

Love to all of you from Barney B and the Baldwin Pack in Houston, Texas!”

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11 thoughts on “Histiocytic Cancer Survivor Barney B. Celebrates Three Year Ampuversary”

  1. being a new member to this site…i want to thank you for your story, it brought tears to my eyes and hope to my heart! my 9 year old lab was just diagnosed on the 6 of this month and her amputation of her left front leg was done on the 9th, she will start chemo this coming thursday! hope and happiness are priceless right about now, so much appreciated!

    • Cousin Barney, YOU LOOK GREAT! I have been praying for a good checkup from your doctor. I hope to see you soon. I love you.

      Cousin Kenny 🙂

  2. Congratulations Barney B! Three years is fabulous- we are celebrating 3 months since a histiocytic sarcoma diagnosis in our 4 1/2 yr old Great Dane.


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