Chase Away K9 Cancer, an organization that has raised $835,853 for canine cancer studies, offers a monthly reminder about the importance of checking your dog for potentially cancerous lumps, bumps and swelling.
According to Chase Away, 1 in 3 dogs will develop cancer. Early detection can make a difference in treatment and prognosis.
Print out the “Be Your Dog’s Hero” flyer below and put it on the fridge to remind yourself to take “10 on the 14th” of every month (at least) to look closely at and feel your senior dog’s body from head to toe.
If you’re new to this lumps and bumps business and unclear on why you should keep your eye on them—even though they’re very common for older dogs—I suggest watching the video, “Is it Cancer? Pet Lumps and Bumps” from the VetVid series featuring oncologist Dr. Mona Rosenberg. Find that episode, and others in the series, here.
Chase Away was established by Cera Reusser in memory of Chase, her Labrador Retriever, who passed away from cancer in 2006 at the age of six. The 14th of each month was picked as the monthly check date to honor Chase’s birth date.
Read more about Reusser and Chase and the Chase Away campaign, plus find cancer resources, here.
On Sundays, we like to dig around for fun stuff. We have a ball! (Literally.)
“Some stories can only happen in New York,” said NPR’s Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday. We totally dig his take on the one that took place this week: “Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers Hearts.”
“At 10:39 Tuesday morning, a Metro-North Hudson Line train left the Bronx for Manhattan when Joseph Delia, the engineer, saw a dog running alongside the track.
A small, frisky, brown-and-black dog, “just running like she didn’t have a care in the world,” Mr. Delia said.
When the train stopped at a signal, the little dog leapt in front of it then began to race ahead of the commuter train. The dog stumbled a couple of times over ties in the track, but Joseph Delia hit his brakes.”
This story ends well, of course! Listen to Scott Simon tell it and give his appreciation for the city and those who are drawn to it — including the Collie/Shepherd mix who’s been named Tie in honor of her rail adventure — here.
Tie is safe and sound at Animal Care & Control New York City while she awaits adoption. She’s pictured here with MTA Police Officer Luis Alvarez, who helped rescue her from the tracks when she arrived at the Harlem-125th Street station. Photos courtesy of MTA with credit to Meredith Daniels and Joseph P. Chan.