Please help “Marley Dog” in her Fight with T Cell Lymphoma by Jamie Meador

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I was contacted by Jamie on Facebook asking if there was any way at all that I could help spread the word about her precious Boxer, “Marley.” I didn’t hesitate. Boxers are close to my heart, we had one when I was a little girl. She joined our family before I was born and sadly she passed at the young age of 7. She was incredible as I am sure Marley is. If you can donate that is great, if not, sharing is also fantastic. I just deeply want to help Jamie get the word out about her beloved Marley. Thank you.

Photo Courtesy of Jamie Meador

Where should I begin to tell the story of our precious Marley Dog?

I know everyone says that their dog is the best dog ever, so I am not going to start with that, however I have had other pets in my lifetime and I have never had one that has touched me in the way she has. In my 37 years, I have never fought so hard for anything as I have been for her life since she got diagnosed with T cell lymphoma. I will never forget that day, but first let me back up for you to learn a little about Marley. We got her 9 years ago when she was 8 weeks old. I picked her because she was different and I didn’t want her to be left out. She is a pure-bred boxer and the runt of the litter.

Marley and I have a special bond, we are super close, she has always been a Momma’s girl. Marley is my “Soul Dog.” She has always watched movies with me, ate with me, went on car rides and field trips, followed me into every room of the house and of course sleeps with me with her head on a pillow and her body under the blanket. Every time I am going somewhere all she needs to do is give me that look and then she gets to go.

I’m going to fast-forward to March 2017. I will never forget the weekend of the 18th we noticed while lying in the bed with Marley that her lymph nodes were swollen and of course I start googling everything I could find on it and like most got scared of what I was reading. I took her into her local Veterinarian on March 20, 2017 and I had a bad gut feeling that something was wrong and they did a fine needle aspiration and came back in the room and told me it appears to be canine lymphoma and from there I broke down crying thinking, “why her?” and all the how’s and whys played over and over in my head.
You see I don’t handle death very well. I guess no one does but I really do not handle it well at all. I have experienced a lot of loss in my life and Marley has been my rock and my constant. She went through multiple moves with me, divorce and death. My granny passed away October 2016 and then my friend in December 2016 and now this, I asked God why.

 

Marley’s vet referred us to an Oncologist at Virginia tech in Blacksburg, VA. We went there on Wednesday March 22, 2017 it was me, my mom and my son with Marley.We were there all day and all of us had a few emotional breakdowns as it was confirmed that Marley had T cell lymphoma. We had several options and protocols thrown at us and it was very overwhelming and devastating. I was not aware of these things or I guess oblivious to the costs and how common this is.


I thought my dog would live an extremely long and healthy life.

I was heartbroken and I still am.

I didn’t have pet insurance as I never thought I would need it.

I knew  I had to do something,  I had to do treatment so I could say in the end I did all that I could to save Marley.

The big question is how would I afford it? I  immediately  began selling personal possessions,  I applied for loans and credit cards.

I knew I had to do something quickly.

I had heard of go fund me  but never had the need to use it until now.

I knew I had to swallow my pride and figured it was worth  a try.

I wanted to share her story all over the world.

I wanted people to be aware that yes, this can happen to you, and I wanted people to know the
importance of having pet insurance and how expensive this is to endure.


We have a long journey to go.

I want Marley’s life to be remembered for how strong she is, for how much
love she has given to those who have met her, for her happiness and for the great impact that she has
had on my life.

I can honestly say that if she weren’t with me through so many changes in my life and
obstacles that I don’t think I would have made it through loss, grief and through illnesses. Marley helped
my son with his anxiety and so much more.

I would give her an organ if I could. If love alone could save her
then I know she would live forever.

One day I know I will have to say goodbye to not just a pet but a soul
who has greatly impacted my life,  and I can never repay her for all that she has given to me however
maybe I can help others.

If you are reading this please I encourage you to purchase pet insurance if you do
not have it. I always paid as I went to the vet for wellness checks, immunizations etc. I didn’t think it could
happen to us, but it did.

If you take anything away from this story please spread awareness and always love
and hug your furbabies close, as you do not know when your last day with them will be.

Marley has inspired me and I hope she will inspire  you too. Please like Marley’s facebook page to follow her journey and to watch for her upcoming fundraising auction date.

She also has Instagram and is under marleysjourney17 We are  taking donations for her via Paypal at Jwow1980@icloud.com and her go fund me is link is below.

 

GO FUND ME

Thank you so much for reading and for caring.

“Gone too soon”…run free sweet Dallas

This isn’t the post we were going to do for today, but Dakota, Cody, Daddy  and I wanted to send our love to one of my “bonus” daughters (Marla) and my son-in-law Jon, on the sudden loss of their beloved Mi-Ki, “Dallas.”

dallas

 

Dallas was the first Mi-Ki that I had met and the instant I first laid eyes on her I fell in love.

Marla and Jon just found out approx two weeks ago that she had cancer, she was only nine years old.

We are sad that she had to go, but are finding comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain.

Run free sweet, pretty girl….we all love you!

 

Book Review: “Final Journey: Buddy’s Book” By Elizabeth Parker

A week ago I reviewed a wonderful book: Finally Home, Lessons On Life From A Free-Spirited Dog, by Elizabeth Parker. If you haven’t read the review I urge you to please read it before you continue on with this post.

From Elizabeth Parker Books:

After the publication of “Finally Home,” Buddy was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Once the unthinkable happened and Buddy’s precious life was cut short, his family was left heartbroken and devastated.

At the same time, in another state, poor economic conditions forced another family to give up their golden retriever.
As fate would have it, his name…was Buddy.
While they were mourning the loss of their beloved dog, another dog was mourning the loss of his treasured family.
Brought together by misfortune, they entered each other’s lives to help put back together the pieces of their broken hearts.
This story is for both Buddys, producing the subtitle “Buddys’ Book.”

Copyrighted © 2010 Elizabeth Parker

From Dakota’s “Mom” : As I sat down to begin reading this book there were a couple of reasons that I was not looking forward to it. One, was that after having read the first book I had completely fallen in love with Buddy, as did everyone  else whose life he touched.  I knew what was going to happen, and I knew my heart was going to break reading about it. The other reason was that I knew it was going to remind me of when my beloved “Soul Kitty”  (Bobo) passed back in 2007.

Wait! This is a dog blog and I am mentioning a cat? Yes. Buddy’s story is universal. It is written from the experience of owning and loving a unique and free-spirited dog, but it is a story that will resonate with anyone who has had to bid farewell to a cherished 4-legged family member.

Thankfully, other than when I was a little girl and we lost our 7-year-old Boxer to cancer (which I barely remember), I haven’t had to experience losing a dog to death. I know that one day it will happen with our precious Dakota, and it is something I try not to think about.

I have experienced the wretched pain of having to decide when it was “time” to let my baby stop suffering. I laid on the bed the day before, crying, thanking him for all he had given me those glorious 18 years. I told him what a wonderful cat he was, I thanked him for  comforting me, for his companionship, his love,  for protecting me and I begged him to give me some sort of “sign” that it was “time.” He did. He stopped eating. I had always said that when my food obsessed “boy” would stop eating I would know it was “time.”

I have experienced the pain of being with, loving and holding my pet in the last seconds of his life.

“I looked into his beautiful, soulful eyes and it made me realize that his trusting heart was depending on us to do the right thing. Only I did not know if we could actually follow through with it.”

I have experienced the pain of collapsing on top of my angel as the breath left his body. Shaking and shrieking, collapsing  heartbroken, into tear-stained fur.

I have experienced the nagging doubts after. Could something else have been done to save him? No. To this day I still second-guess that heartbreaking decision. Love does that to you. It makes you second guess even if you are certain it is the right thing to do.

“For all of those that are grieving their little angels, take comfort that they are no longer suffering and are playing together in that big playground in the sky.”

Will you cry while reading this book? YES.

Anyone who has loved and lost a pet will.

There are gifts that I received from reading this soul-stirring book:

I received the “gift” of reading the words that another pained “mother” had gone through during her dogs’ final days. My heart ached for her as she bared her soul on paper. I  felt a kinship, that someone UNDERSTOOD. That it isn’t just a dog, or a cat or a rabbit or whatever animal you lose, it is a MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. It is part of the fabric of who we are, they are part of our SOUL.

"Buddy"

“And yet when I look forward to the future that I am so scared of, it is without my Buddy that I am most fearful of. Can you be soul mates with an animal?” YES…a RESOUNDING YES.  Someone understands, they GET IT.

I received the “gift” of learning about and loving Buddy (and then BOTH Buddy’s but you will have to read that for yourself) as told by the person who knew him best (his MOM).

There are many other gifts that are ripe for the picking tucked lovingly in the pages of this wonderful book. Is it all sad? No, not at all. You will laugh at some hilarious doggie antics, you will cheer for Elizabeth’s strength, her patience, her faith, her sense of purpose, her ability to help/rescue dogs, her ability to understand.  When you read this  book you will be able to  feel Elizabeth’s soul within the pages, you will feel her gratitude, courage, hope, peace.  But most of all….you will feel LOVE. Beautiful, unconditional, “golden” LOVE. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Parker was born and raised in New York.

“As an avid dog lover, I volunteer for a few dog rescue organizations, as well as donate a portion of the proceeds from all of my books to some that I strongly believe in.” 

Elizabeth lives in Las Vegas, NV with her husband, their two beautiful golden retrievers and duck tolling retriever and the wonderful, loving memories of their golden retriever, Buddy.”

TO PURCHASE FINAL JOURNEY: BUDDY’S BOOK by Elizabeth Parker visit www.amazon.com, Kindle, or Nook. You may also purchase it by visiting: www.elizabethparkerbooks.com

ISBN: 1453880828

FOLLOW ELIZABETH at:  Twitter.com/golden_books and facebook.com/goldenbooks1 

We  were not compensated for this review. We received Elizabeth’s books to read/review. All opinions are our own.