Melvin’s Project Joy: April 2016


Time for more giving! As we come up on the year anniversary of losing Melvin, and as Jake and I move together on his journey, this month we celebrate our cancer dogs.

As a reminder, each month, we do a giveaway that celebrates the unique nature of our furry friends. There are monthly categories (so far we have done: seeing impaired, hearing impaired, less than four legs, anxiety stricken and senior dogs).

Here is how it works…

This goes beyond just a giveaway (but yes, there is of course some loot!). Our goal is to remind each other that we are all in this crazy life together. That through these giveaways, we can all bring empathy into play. As you share stories of your cancer dogs, read the stories of others. You may nod, and realize just how much we all have in common. You can message others and share your experiences and advice. Friendships will form. Support can be shared. Joy will be spread!

Share your cancer dog (or dogs) (their name, a photo. and the story about their awesomeness) on either our Facebook page containing this post, on Sirius Republic’s Facebook page when they share this post. If you are not of the Facebook world, you can email your info to No matter how you submit your info, you will be entered to win. You can nominate your dog if they are still with you or if you have lost them.


In celebration of the blog turning five, we will pick five winners at the end of this month! Five dogs will win a Sirius Republic gift cert!


4 thoughts on “Melvin’s Project Joy: April 2016

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for a little over year now, I’ve laughed, cried, and nodded along as I can relate to SO, SO many things you’ve been through with your boys. I’m not a huge social media person (don’t even have a facebook acct) but I felt the need to comment on this post. I wanted to share the story of my two boys, Auggie – pitty mix (heart and soul dog) and Murphie – pittie mix (MY ROCK)! Auggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 5 years ago, we went through, leg amputated and started chemo shortly thereafter, he fought like hell for another 3 months until it was his time. Murphie and I were mourning the loss of our Auggie Doggie (the best of buds) but there seemed to be something more going on with Murph, I scheduled an appt. with our vet…..he was diagnosed with cancer 1 month and 1 day after losing Auggie. The PAIN!!!! The I CAN’T BREATHE!!!! I CAN’T FUNCTION PAIN was unbearable! The same oncologist that Auggie had seen, just started crying, knowing what I had just been through. Murphie and Auggie were inseparable so when Murph passed, I whispered…I know, you need to be with our Auggie. I now have a crazy belgian malinois/hound mix, JUDD 🙂 I just know Auggie and Murphie had something to do with Judd and I ending up together….you get the dog you NEED, Judd is so what I needed to make it through those dark days. He’s MY ANGEL dog! Thanks for letting me share. Love you guys!!!

    • I read this once, then i had to stop and breath and then read it again. I’m sorry you wen’t through two losses, at all, let alone back to back. And in that same breath, I’m so happy they had you to see them through. I am learning, from this year, that is a incredibly worthy purpose. That they sent you Judd, ahhhhhhhhhh, I love it! Thank you for sharing and for following along!

      • Thank you! It was by far the hardest thing I’ve been through, I was blessed to have them in my life! As hard as it was losing them both and so close together, I did find a bit of comfort knowing Auggie and Murphie were together again. And YES, I’m certain they sent me my knucklehead, Judd. I needed to keep busy and boy oh boy Judd is my comical handful, I have a sneaking suspicion they are chuckling from above 🙂

        When I read your post about Melvin being diagnosed my heart just broke, I then learned about sweet googly eyed Jack being diagnosed….I thought, I can so relate to the heartbreaking unfairness of it all….You are an amazing woman! I have found strength and love in reading your blog. You don’t know me, but you have helped me and so many others and I want to THANK YOU! Melvin and Jake were blessed with an amazing Mom!

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