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Toxic plant to dogs
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WARNING!! The plant known as VINCA or periwinkle is toxic to dogs. It has claimed the life of cancer survivor Frodo Read more

Please join our fb page to honour Frodo and keep his cancer message alive. When the website is updated the fb page is notified. Other cancer articles are also shared there. - Dedicated to Canine Cancer Awareness


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What an awful thing to happen, we are so very sorry for your loss. May Frodo’s spirit continue to inspire others in the fight against cancer.

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I’m so sorry to hear Frodo has passed.  I looked up Vinca and found they grow along the California coast, which is where we are.  Thank you so much for sharing about this flower.  We don’t normally let our dogs go around eating random things, but as we all know, sometimes they can sneak one by you every now and again.  Please know that because of Frodo’s sacrifice, we are now better educated and more aware of our surroundings.  I’m sorry you lost your brave boy.

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27 April 2014 - 8:34 am
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I have never heard of that plant but I am so incredibly sorry for your tremendous loss… sending you lots of and  love and healing energy as you deal with this. It’s just so sad.


Alison and her Shelby fur-ever in her heart 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Thank you all for your kind words.  I am totally shattered. He survived cancer for 4.5 years and is killed by a plant? It is a week now since it has happened.  I kept a bedside vigil at the emergency centre for 48hrs.  He kept kicking in and he fought such a brave battle.  So many times I thought he would get through.

He was the reason for the website.  It was because of him I wanted to do it.  He was beside me all the way. Out promoting it with me.  We have an event in Perth in June he was suppose to be at.  The event will go ahead in his memory but it will be the hardest day for me to get through. He always sat with me raising money and meeting people. The website will carry on in his memory. As hard as that will be I will do it for him.  In his life he never once let me down and he overcame so much.  He went far and beyond the expectations anyone thought he could do.

If anyone wants to read Frodos rescue story it is up on the website.  He was the dog everyone said would amount to nothing and should be put down. We used this story to help raise funds for rescue. He would sit on his mat with a tin and people would read “his words” have tears in their eyes and put money in his tin.  He loved other dogs and he was always out there helping them.
Frodos rescue story

RIP my best friend you will never be forgotten - Dedicated to Canine Cancer Awareness


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27 April 2014 - 9:37 am
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I am so so sorry to hear about Frodo :( What a terrible tragedy….my thoughts are with you at this time



Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo

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27 April 2014 - 10:48 am
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I am so sorry to hear about Frodo.  RIP buddy run free. 


I have never heard of this plant before.  Thank you for posting about this



michelle & Angel Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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27 April 2014 - 11:32 am
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I’m adding my condolences, too.  What a shame to make it as far as Frodo did and then have something like this happen.  Once again…it isn’t fair


You gave me a lot to think about, as the spot where Murphy prefers to lie in the shade and to dig his cool spot is right in the middle of a periwinkle bed.  It has been there ever since we moved into this house almost eight years ago.  Both dogs use that area for their warm weather bed.  Now I’m worried that I need to take out that entire bed.  So far neither of them has shown an interest in eating any of the plants, just in digging them up so they can get to the cool dirt underneath.


Kathi and Murpy

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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So sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your beloved Frodo.

Thank you for the warning about vincas….they are definitely grown here where I live so I will avoid them at all costs.


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I’m am so sorry for your loss of Frodo. Thank you for having the consideration to come and post this at such a difficult time.

Esther and her Snoop

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27 April 2014 - 4:42 pm
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I am so, so sorry for your loss.  Shaking my head.  You fought so hard.  Thank you for sharing the information so it may save others.

Amy & Spirit Libby

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14


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Frodo is a true tripawd hero…a true hero period!!

What a wonderful team the two of you make. I am so very, very, very sorry t hear about Frodo’s crossing. Unbelievable. I KNOW you are devasted beyond words and your heart is broken, so broken.

Frodo efinitely lived a life of purpose and meaning. He is clearly still reaching out touching lives, SAVING lives and will contiue to inspire eternally

No, Vrodo nevsr let you down…and you never let him down! He knew what love was because of you. It’s lovely that you will contiue his legacy. It’s a life affirmng tribute that would make him proud.

I’m so sorry. We all cry with you.


Sally and Happy Hannah

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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I’m so very sorry for you loss.  I know your heart is breaking.  Frodo will be remembered always.  It’s wonderful that you will continue his page to educate and inspire others.

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So sorry for the loss of your precious boy. He is a hero and an inspiration. Sending love, Lori and Ty Guy

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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Thankyou for all your thoughts.

Frodo was one hell of a dog and there will never be another quite like him.  We have a major cancer promotion in Perth in June and that will be an especially hard day for me.  Frodo was always by my side and raising money for his rescue buddies since we dont have collection for cancer on the website.  It was suggested that I should cancel it but that was never going to happen and the website will continue.  For those of you on the fb page there is some big stuff coming up I will need help with from dog owners.  Collectively we can make a difference and I have rattled chains this week in all the right places.  I have done the ground work just need help to pull it off.

The vinca has got worldwide publicity regarding this tragic set of circumstances and I hope that I never hear of it happening to another dog. Very little is known about its toxicity.

Murphsmom- The vincas in my garden had also been there for years.  I am diligent when I buy plants always asking if they are toxic to dogs.  I was told no by two people one was a horticulturist in a nursery. At no time had Frodo or my other dogs (including rescues and I had probably 250 dogs through my house in 7 years) show any interest.  The only thing I would say is get rid of them.  Frodo paid a high price for his pig out on the vinca and the effect is into the system within 20 mins according to his oncologist today.  There was nothing I could have done unless I had him to the vet in less than that time and I would have needed to see him eat them.

I hope to see you all over on facebook so we can kick a goal together in the cancer fight.


Lisa - Dedicated to Canine Cancer Awareness


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