A day shy of her 12th birthday, Tails Founder Janice Brown’s beloved dog Maple Star crossed the rainbow bridge after being diagnosed with cancer less than one month ago.
Janice describes Maple as the “happiest dog ever” and was adored by her children and husband. Maple’s heart of gold and unending patience allowed her to be a constant playmate for Janice’s four children. Maple always let the children do whatever they wanted to her, she would roll on her back for belly rubs at the drop of hat, and she LOVED all people.
Janice’s husband noticed an unusual mass on Maple and was diagnosed with cancer by a veterinarian less than a month ago. Maple underwent a successful surgery to remove the mass and her first round of chemo. She was in good spirits and seemed to be on the road to recovery before she took a turn for the worst and passed away on August 20.
In Maple’s case the cancer spread so quickly there was nothing that could be done. However, in other cancer cases early detection and treatment can mean getting to spend many more wonderful years with your beloved friend.
The numbers are astounding. Cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs and affects 1 in every 3 dogs. Early detection is key and it’s up to us as our dogs’ guardians to check them regularly for lumps and bumps and to report suspicious abnormalities to a veterinarian as quickly as possible.
An organization on the forefront of canine cancer awareness and research is Chase Away K9 Cancer. They have raised over $452,000 toward canine cancer research and they have also designated the 14th of every month as a special day to spend ten minutes checking over your dog. To help you remember to do this every month, Chase Away K9 Cancer has created this downloadable flyer you can post on your fridge or in a frequently viewed area. You can also connect with them on Facebook to join in the conversation and learn more about canine cancer detection and treatment options.
Our heart goes out to Janice and her family. Maple Star, you will be greatly missed and never forgotten.