Puppies: Ethel, Lucy


Profile: Proud mommy of Lucy & Ethel. Although I have recently relocated to Chicago as I am undergoing a clinical trial for my cancer treatment here, both girls are very happy living with my family for the time being in Ohio, where I grew up. Lucy and Ethel were both adopted from the Memphis Animal Shelter - Lucy in December 2005 and Ethel in October 2007. I will be adding the story of Ethel and the miracle she has been in my life soon, I just have not had the time to write it all out yet. To sum it up, I adopted Ethel October 13, 2007 and received a terminal cancer diagnosis October 15, 2007, only three days later. I was given 4-6 months to live with treatment, as a Stage IV malignant melanoma patient with tumors that had spread to my kidney. As you all know, it is 2010, and I'm still here. I'm still fighting, but I'm still here. I am now 24 years old, and although my life has taken a drastic change from what I ever would have imagined it being at this point, I am so thankful to be here, and I am still fighting every single day. Without the love and support of my family, amazing friends in Chicago, and my two little blessings, Lucy & Ethel, there is no way I'd be here today. People may think I'm crazy saying that the little 8 week bundle of puppy named Ethel has been what has carried me through this far, but I say, call me crazy, because words cannot express how true this is. Enjoy some pictures of my girls! I will be getting the full Lucy and Ethel story up on my webpage very soon, so stay tuned.

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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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Lucy was also adopted from the Memphis Animal Shelter in December of 2005. Although they told me she was approximately 2 years old when I adopted her, a follow-up with my vet told me she was actually probably 4-5 years old and had definitely had a litter of puppies. Lucy has come SO far and has become an absolutely AMAZING dog. She and Ethel are the best of friends and have the best times playing together. Although Lucy is getting older and rests a bit more than she used to, she's never too tired for squirrels - whether they are running on land - or up a tree, Lucy will usually make it halfway up the tree before she realizes she isn't a squirrel and come back down. I couldn't have asked for better pups.

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