All in the Family


Beagle / Labrador Retriever
October 7, 2011

This is Ethel, who we think is a lab/beagle mix, or a "beagador" I got Ethel back in October, 2007 as a 2 month old puppy when I adopted her from the Memphis Animal Shelter. Ethel has a special story. I adopted Ethel October 13, 2007, I had finished school and wasn't so busy anymore, and I just needed to have another dog in my life after moving Lucy home to live with my parents while I was in school and working because I just didn't have the time. Now that I wasn't in school anymore and had a steady full-time job, I decided to adopt Ethel. It just so happens that 2 days after adopting her, I found out I had Stage IV Melanoma. My first thought was how in the world will I keep this tiny puppy when I have CANCER? Ethel quickly became my rock. I would go to treatment and to work, taking her to dog daycare 2-3 days a week, Ethel became my motivation. On the days I was the sickest, I kept on going because "I HAD to get home to take care of Ethel, or because I HAD to pick her up from daycare". With a prognosis of 3-6 months to live, I still today believe Ethel is the reason I am still alive, almost 4 years later. Today, I live back at home while I continue treatment and attending school to get additional education. Ethel and Lucy both are here, and are best friends. Ethel has been my miracle dog, and is truly the best friend a person could have. I owe so much to Ethel for keeping me going and my attitude positive as I continue to battle this disease. I thank God everyday for finding Ethel and that I picked her up the day I did, before I found out I had cancer, because if I would have waited I would never have taken on that responsibility after finding out I was sick. Ethel amazes me everyday, she is my best friend, my confidant, and my inspiration to keep on fighting. Read more about my story at

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Comments (21)
Jan 3, 2010 shortyww22
Ethel you are a very pretty girly...I can't see any beagle in your mix.but yellow lab shows up well....what an adorable girl you are....have a happy long life sweetie...kisses n belly rubs for ya!!! come see my dogs n comment please
Jan 3, 2010 pandrews-4
So precious! My dog, Maisie, sleeps like that with her legs all tangled together. Ethel looks so content. Just shows how well-loved she is! Hugs & kisses to you, Ethel! P.S. Love that collage of pics you & Ethel!!
Jan 3, 2010 stillwater20
what a sleeping cutie - looks like she's much loved!! hugs from Memphis.....
Jan 3, 2010 Doodlee_Bug(;
Ehtel is just WAYY to adorablee for mee.(: Soo precious,I gotta sayy that this dog is one of the most beautiful I have EVER seen[: Heyy,you could submit for the Daily Grwon UpPuppy Spot.(: That would be soo awesomee.(: ***Comee check out my pup Chazz and comment on him*** Thanks, and have a wonderful life with you sweetie Ethell.(:
Jan 3, 2010 djmc
Ehtel you are a sweetheart !!!!!! love this picture. this is a dogs life..... love it. many hugs and kisses
Jan 3, 2010 wolfgirl66
Your new vet may be right! She has Lab in her for sure plus she's very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 3, 2010 wolfgirl66
I love this picture and the LOVE has been caught on camera! I hope ya'll enjoy many happy years together!
Aug 13, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 3rd Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Aug 13, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 4th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Oct 7, 2011 Debbie 57
Your story touched my heart.Dogs are amazing gift from God.Ethel,your so beautiful.Such caring eyes and gorgeous markings.Keep care of your best friend!!Lots of many happy years!!!xxxooo
Oct 7, 2011 Critter Crazy
Thank the Creator that you found each other. Ethel was sent from Heaven to be your special angel. I had a similar experience: In January of 2002 I got my Golden Retriever pup, Tawny, in the Spring of 2002 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Tawny saw me through many a dark and desperate hour and I firmly believe she was deeply instrumental in healing me. She was my unicorn in golden fur. You can read about her here: http://www.sloppykis
Oct 7, 2011 wolfgirl66
Super CUTE!
Oct 7, 2011 mychiensr1
Awwwww, it looks like you guys have so much fun. Ethel is the best girl (besides youe mommy:-) in the world.
Oct 7, 2011 mychiensr1
Hi Ethel, I just read your mommy's story and it making me cry:-(. I'm so glad that you and your mommy found each other. Ethel is such a great girl and I hope you and your mommy live a great happy life. I know you guys will. Lots oh hugs and kisses from Abq, NM.
Oct 24, 2011 ibkathy
Ethel looks exactly like my Hailey but you are "much younger" You have such wise, loving eyes. I would like to keep up with you and your mommy and if you ever need anything I would love to help. Have a happy long life to you and your mom. Kathy :)
Aug 13, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 5th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Aug 13, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 6th Birthday!
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Aug 13, 2014 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 7th Birthday!
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Aug 13, 2015 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 8th Birthday!
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Aug 13, 2016 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 9th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Aug 13, 2017 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 10th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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