Give Cancer the Paw

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give cancer the paw button_smToday is the Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop. I understand it’s going to be the last Hop and is dedicated to our pets that have had cancer. Our Becca is my cancer hero. We’ve written about her struggles and treatment for osteosarcoma in the past here and here so I’m not going to rehash her story. What I will do is share some photos and fun times we had with Becca for the short time she was with us.
Becca loved to play. She couldn’t do too much because she had such a bad back (fused spine from being a service dog), but she was always up for a game of fetch, even at her worst. She loved her deflated soccer ball the best, but the frisbee was a good substitute.
Becca and her frisbee

She received physical therapy for most of the three years she was with us. She would even play fetch while on the water treadmill.

When she got sick – reactions to the radiation and the chemo – we would snuggle her into bed with a heating pad and blankets to keep her warm as she would shiver from the cold – she just couldn’t retain her body heat.

She was just as good at begging from the table as her new brother Jack. (Looks like Maggie doesn’t she?)


We lost her just two years ago – taken from us to osteosarcoma quickly. But we sure loved having her with us and know we will see her again.

becca waiting for ball toss


We are joining the Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop, hosted by Pooch Smoochies and The Writer’s Dog.


We are also joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by BlogPaws.

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  1. Beautiful pictures of Becca, even the snugly one.
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  2. So sorry for you loss, she was a beautiful girl and left beautiful memories in your heart. Lovely tribute, hugs.
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  3. It’s so sad to lose the one we love to the big bad C. I’m so sorry for Becca and for you. I hope we will find a cure and even when we sometimes lose the fight against cancer ( like we did too) we will fight on.
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  4. You took such good care of her! I especially like the picture of her in the water therapy with the ball. Isn’t that just like a lab. I’m sorry she’s gone, she was a special girl. Thank you for joining GCtP blog hop and helping us give cancer the paw!
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  5. I’m sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a wonderful dog and from the pictures I can see just how beautiful she was.
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  6. How great that she got to live out her days in your home. She was so well taken care of!
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  7. A sweet and well loved pup, so tough to have so little time – but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    • We did love her lots – she was so stoic too.
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  8. So sorry for you loss, what a beautiful girl she was.

  9. Becca was such a beautiful girl. I love the photos…she does look a little like Maggie. I am so glad you took such good care of her until it was time for her journey OTRB.
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  10. So sad that cancer takes away some of the people and dogs we love. Becca sounds like she was such a special dog. So sorry you had to lose her, but I’m glad she got to spend her final days with you. Thanks for sharing her story with us.
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  11. We have not had to experience how difficult it is to deal with a pet going through cancer treatments. Becca was so loved through the end we’re sure she knew it. Love Dolly
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  12. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am learning so much from others like you Slim – how to cope with such tremendous loss. This post meant more to me than you will ever know. What a sweet pup, and God bless you for all that you did to make her life so filled with love.
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    • Thanks Cathy – we know you have had your share too – we all learn from each other.
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  13. We are sorry about the loss of Becca. These are wonderful images of her. She seemed like a fantastic dog.
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  14. The photo of her snuggled in her bed made me so sad. We haven’t ever dealt with canine cancer and pray that we never will. Thanks for taking such great care of Becca.
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  15. She’s such a beauty. We lost Abby 2 1/2 years ago. You never really “get over” it, but you at least get to a point where you can smile more about the memories than cry. It sounds like Becca had a similar deal to Abby – not a lot of quantity of life, but they both made up for it by having a great quality of life! I hope they’re playing together now. Thank you so much for joining the hop!
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    • That’s a nice image – the two of them playing…thanks.
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  16. What a precious girl. She was lucky to have you to take such great care of her.
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  17. Becca sounds like a very tough girl who fought for as long as she could. I love that last photo….such a sweet face! Time does make it easier but we never really stop missing them, do we? At least we have the memories to comfort.
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  18. So very sorry for your loss. She looks like such a sweet girl.
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  19. Becca sounds like a wonderful girl. I am so sorry she was taken too soon.
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  20. Becca was beautiful, sorry she was taken away so soon. Sounds like she was a real trooper, chemo is rough, I can’t imagine it was easy. We never do get over the loss of a pet, I’m very sorry to hear about Becca. It’s such a horrible, aggressive disease. Here’s to hoping further research will bring comfort to those who are suffering from cancer, and hopes to a cure in not so far away future. Hasn’t it already claimed enough?
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    • It is a cruel disease and we agree with your wish for a cure.
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  21. 🙁 she was beautiful..
    I bet you miss her a ton!
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  22. Becca looks like she was a wonderful dog that brought you a lot of joy. I’d like to give cancer a big swift kick and take a bite out of it. Thank you for sharing those photos – they give me good warm and fuzzy feelings. WOOF.

  23. What a sweet remembrance post and she was so lucky to have such a great life with you.

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