All in the Family


Flat-Coated Retriever / Labrador Retriever
March 19, 2010

Briar is a lab mix, and typical of a lab he is happiest chasing a ball or going for a swim. He loves everyone he meets. He even loves going to the vet (he actually pulls us inside). We recently found out Briar has an aggressive cancer. We have been told he only has a few more months but we'll keep throwing balls and going for long walks as long as he is able. ** JUNE 2010 UPDATE **: Briar continues to do well. Maybe a little more tired than usual but otherwise he is having a great summer - chasing all the balls he can and swimming every chance he gets. His 3-month post-diagnosis checkup showed that his chest/lungs were clear. We know what is coming but if you saw him you would never know he was sick. They gave him 3-6 months in early March so I'm hoping for 6 months! ** JULY 2, 2010 UPDATE ** Briar lost his battle with cancer today. He was an awesome dog and we will miss him greatly. We know how lucky we were to have him in our lives. He was chasing balls and going for walks almost to the end.

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Mar 13, 2010 Rosie Chapman
WOW Briar is one very handsome boy!!!! He's ohh soo shiney!!! Please check out my pack when you get a chance!!! Im so glad to be the 1st to comment on your very handsome boy!!!!
Mar 13, 2010 SneakersLUVA123
oh my goodness!! Snow monster!! How sweet! Sweet Briar seems like he is heavily enjoying life! He really wanted that ball, soon he will be a white labrador..:) He seems very fun! Xoxo, Sneakers P. S Sneakers would really appreciate it if you left him a comment...:P
Mar 13, 2010 *k-9_luver*
Briar is such a handsome boy! I love his fur color! It's gorgeous! And, the pictures of him are just to cute :D He takes great ones! Very photogenic boy you have! Wait-- he loves going to the vet?! Wow, my dogs know exactly where are vet is, and it's a fight to get inside! Haha, I love his name too! Very cute! *~~Come check out my 3 doggies, Zoie, Sugar & Spencer, and leave a comment on them. Thank you dog-loads(:*
Mar 13, 2010 Debbie 57
Briar,be strong!You can fight this.Your so handsome and such shiney hair.Lots and lots of hugs and kisses!!!
Mar 13, 2010 Mymy101
Ohhh, poor Briar! He is so gorgous! His fur is amazing! I hope he can still live over that cancer! Like you said, keep throwing balls for this big guy 4 the rest of his life! Lot's of dog bones too! Have a happy life Briar!
Mar 13, 2010 KAOS
I'm so sorry to hear about Briar's condition. It's just not FAIR. Cancer is just the most evil disease ever. There' s nothing I can say to ease what you are going through but I wish you the rest of his days (hopefully longer than shorter) be filled with love, play and moments to remember. He is a beautiful boy and I wish I could be there to spend some time with him and give him tons of hugs and kisses. You' ll be in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo
Mar 14, 2010 PuppyLover897
I am very very sorry to hear about Briar. This must be a very hard time for you. Enjoy all the moments you have left together, and please keep us updated. Lots of love to both of you. Just like with KAOS, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck and remember, everything happens for a reason.
Mar 15, 2010 arose
Thanks for the kind thoughts. While it breaks my heart to know we're going to lose Briar, you really can learn alot from your pets. He just loves life. I'm also a big fan of the saying "wag more, bark less" - and Briar definitely does his share of wagging :)
Mar 19, 2010 adrea07
u'll be good friend with my adrea. she likes snow, too. :)
Mar 19, 2010 champfouquet
I've an 8 years old chocolate labrador, Basil, who looks very much like Briar. He had to have a tumour removed 2 weeks ago but happily for us it wsn't malignant. I can only imagine what you must be feeling. Just make his days happy and then you'll know you've done everything you can. Lots of love to you and Briar xxxxxxxxx
Mar 19, 2010 Rosie Chapman
Briar My Man look at you on the cover of the Grown Up Puppy!!!!! Congrats Handsome man!!!!! Im soooooo proud of you!!! Well enjoy your day in the Spot Light!!!!! Hugs & Kisses from the Chapmans
Mar 19, 2010 ronflank
sweet Briar, he is a champ! looks very much like my choc lab too. May the Force be with you! xoxo
Mar 19, 2010 ronflank
oh, I don't know what else to say, he is too lovely
Mar 19, 2010 lindseyfamilyof4
What a cute picture it looks like he is poseing for the picture!! Such a sweetheart!! I wish a very long life!! Congratulations on getting Grown Up of the Day!!! I wish many hugs, kisses, treats, more love, belly rubs, and many many many more GREAT things!! Please chek out my dogs!! Thanks!!:D:D:):):D:)
Mar 19, 2010 lindseyfamilyof4
I am crying right now because now I know about his cancer I am not kiding!! :(:( I hope he gets the best life ever!!! I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sorry he has the cancer!!:(:(:(
Mar 19, 2010 lindseyfamilyof4
Too sweet!! Also I love his name very original and cool and very sweet!!:D:)
Mar 19, 2010 wolfgirl66
This is my favorite picture of sweet Briar! I'll keep him in my prayers!
Mar 20, 2010 janaS
sorry to hear about the cancer. My German died of cancer too at barely 10 years old. To this day she was my fiercest, most loyal and intelligent dog and is buried in my parents backyard.
Mar 20, 2010 janaS
BTW, congrats on keeping such a cool front. I was waterworks when I heard my dog had cancer and had a few weeks left. She really changed my childhood and the person I am today.
Mar 23, 2010 Sandy, Cheyenne's mom2
What an incredibly beautiful boy Briar is! I missed him on grown up puppy of the day, but read of him in Margie & Rex's thread. Know that I am thinking of you both & praying for strength & peace for you, & am giving Cheyenne an extra hug! Hoping that Briar stays as well as possible & pain free, please give him hugs & tummy rubs from Cheyenne & me.
Mar 25, 2010 maximusv
Briar is a beautiful boy, I love this picture,and he shows such a strong spirit. Fight the beast of this cancer, keep him happy and playful for as long as you can. Max was happy even up to the final day, he just became too weak to have any fun anymore. Love him and alway remember how lucky you are for the time you have - they are such treasures. Take care, and please let us know how you are doing, you're in my prayers. Max's Mom
Apr 27, 2010 PuppyLover897
Happy birthday Briar!!! I hope you're doing OK!!!!!!!!
Apr 27, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 9th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Apr 27, 2010 Jose
Happy Birthday cutie!
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