Attention All Dog Lovers

by Adrienne Smith on January 29, 2010

I’m venturing away from my normal posts because I could really use some love, support and prayers from all the dog lovers out there.

I have been a dog owner most of my life. We had dogs growing up but once I moved out of my parent’s home, I was finally able to get a dog that I could call my own. I’ve only had three in my life and my current daughter is a 6 year old Chihuahua I named Kayla. I adopted her almost 2 years ago and she brings such joy to my life.

My sister (Debbie) on the other hand just adopted her very first dog a little over 2 years ago. Debbie is older than me and she decided that her first dog was going to be a big one. You know, one that would protect her. She looked at several but eventually fell in love with an English Mastiff named Remington.

Remi (short for Remington) was abandoned during Katrina and the people who rescued him eventually came to the conclusion that he needed to be euthanized because he was so big and didn’t get along with other dogs. He was literally saved on the day they were to put him down by Sue who rescues these particular breeds. Debbie saw Remi’s picture online and instantly fell in love.

I will admit that my sister has never been a very nice person, but as all you dog lovers know, your heart melts when a dog joins your family and my sister’s heart melted completely. Remi has literally changed her life and I’m NOT exaggerating. Unconditional love will do that to a person.

On New Year’s Eve we all received news from Debbie that Remi might possibly have bone cancer. He had been limping for about 2 months and she took him to the vet but they told her he had just pulled a muscle. She took him back because it wasn’t getting any better so they decided to take some ex-rays. They found a growth on his leg. Since that time she had been to an oncologist, another vet, he is receiving acupuncture treatments, I have a friend doing energy healing on him but none of this seems to be helping.

She was given a bottle of herbal extract that is a new form of cancer treatment and he seemed to be doing a little better, at least for awhile. He eventually stopped putting any weight on his leg so she took him back to the vet. His recent CAT scan shows that on the outer side of his leg the bone has worn so thin due to the tumor eating away at it that it’s almost gone. The bone literally won’t hold his weight. She has opted to give him radiation hoping that it will shrink the tumor in order to allow the bone to begin strengthening itself again so that he can start using it and build up the muscle.

If this works, he should have a good number of months ahead. At the time of his diagnosis, the vet gave him anywhere between 3 to 9 months to live. If this treatment doesn’t work then his time with us will definitely be numbered.

I sure would appreciate your prayers or even any recommendations you may have. Maybe this story sounds familiar and you have a friend that has gone through the same thing.  Any suggestions would be welcomed at this point.

This dog has literally changed my sister’s life and the thought of losing him this year is just not acceptable. He really is the sweetest, most gentle soul. I just can’t comprehend him coming into her life only to be taken from us. We do see him as a blessing and we are all so thankful that he has changed my sister so drastically. I just believe he deserves to live out his life since he’s had such a rough go of it from the start. I know he loves her as much as she loves him.

I’ve probably ranted too much but this is so very close to my heart. I lost my Cocker Spaniel of 19 years almost 5 years ago now and it took me 3 years to recover from his loss.  He was literally like my child and we practically grew up together.  You just grow so darn close to them it’s hard to let them go.

All you dog lovers know how these precious animals can truly touch someone’s life in ways no human can ever do. I just don’t want to see Remi’s life come to such an abrupt end when I know he has so much more love to give.

Any love, support, prayers or suggestions anyone may have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and God Bless you all.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dr George Hutchby February 6, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Dear Adrienne,
I know how you feel about our precious loved pets. They deserve the best.
I have a mixed red German Shepherd and Samoyed who was having a difficult time gertting up from lying down. He is 13 years old and that is expected right?
We found out about the effects Alkaline Water can have on the body and we bought a SD 501 machine right away. Our cats and dog will not drink tap water, only the alkaline water.
A Nobel prize winner has an article out that says that cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment. I know of a person who was told he would die in weeks who is alive today because of the water.
If I knew which town your sis lived in I would see if I could find a water donor there to give water for her dog.
You or your sis are welcomed to call me and we can find some water for her dog.
I have read most of your postings and love the way you say exactly how this business is.
Our fears of goofing up and analyzing to much stops us in our tracks. Thanks for your time and effort. You deserve all the love you can get. Please accept the sincerity of this letter and know that you are loved by me and all who read you articles. THANKS!!!
George E. Hutchby, DC, MS of Ed
541 902-2593


2 Adrienne
February 7, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Dear George,
I’m so deeply touched by your sincere comment on this post. I appreciate it more than you know. I had a cocker spaniel that lived to be 19 and I was devastated over his loss. I know I had him longer than most but we grew up together and he was my boy. It took me 3 years before I could welcome another dog into my life.
Remi has changed my sister and made her a better person. Dealing with his cancer has truly been rough. By the way, we live in Houston and I will be getting with my sister tomorrow and let her know about what you said. Thank you and I do appreciate your suggestion. See, I knew this post would do some good. I’ve had so many wonderful people send their love, prayers and support. I thank you for that.
I also want to thank you for your comment about my writing. I’ve always had a problem of telling it like it is and I do truly enjoy helping others. I hope my readers have benefited from my content.
I am truly touched from your generous comment and I do appreciate the tip for the water. I promise to pass this along to my sister.
God bless,


3 James Hughes September 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Hi Adrienne

I was just about to comment on your business post when I saw this.
This is an absolutely fantastic post and made me smile.

Dogs are great and my girlfriend and I have a Border Terrier called Ted.
Ted is cool and brings a lot of joy to our lives.

So much so we have decided to get another one. A girl called Dot.
Dot will be with us this Sunday and she is a Jack Russell.

Really enjoyed this post, thanks



4 Adrienne
September 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Hi James,

I have to share some of life on my blog too James. I appreciate you reading this post, it was near and dear to my heart. In my post just yesterday I did a video tribute to Blake, my dog that I mentioned in this post as well. I can’t believe he’s been gone seven years now.

So happy to hear you’re a dog lover as well. They are great companions and so much that you’re getting a new family member. That’s great and I’m so happy for you. I bet you’ll love her just as much.

Thanks for sharing that and commenting as well. I really appreciate that.



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