Coco Chan, the corn eating golden retriever from Japan, has died.

If you have ever watched the video of the golden retriever eating corn on the cob that went viral this summer, or the many other videos posted on her YouTube channel than you are familiar with Coco Chan.

She lost her battle to Cancer on September 11, 2014.

CocoChan - Facebook

CocoChan – Facebook

Rest in peace Coco Chan.  You will be fondly remembered around the world.  If you wish to leave condolences on her Facebook page, click here.

Platty’s Story – A Golden Retriever’s Last Days

I love blogging about human kindness and happy endings. Platty is a year 10 year old golden retriever who was dropped off at a shelter in Tulsa Oklahoma.  His condition looked terrible, and he was a sight for sore eyes.

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His sweet personality and general good looks drew the attention of one of the volunteers, Allie Elmore, who has since made Platty’s life a joy. Platty’s fate may already be determined, but his last days are being lived out with so much love and happiness, thanks to some really wonderful people.

Platty and Elsie Elmore - Tulsaworld.com

Platty and Elsie Elmore – Tulsaworld.com

Platty has a huge tumor that has disfigured his face, and the biopsy has confirmed he has cancer that has spread to his lungs.  Platty was given a sentence of about two weeks.  His owner has raised funds to care for him, and has exceeded her goal.  She plans to donate the extra money to the Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter in Platty’s name to help other dogs in need.

To donate to Platty’s fund go to Platty’s Journey

Go check out Platty living the high life on his Facebook page, which already has over 13,000 followers.  Great photos and video footage.

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Ailing Tulsa golden retriever Platty latches on to good life in final days – TulsaWorld

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Golden Retriever of the Month – Troy!

This is Troy from Southern California. He is a 9 year old golden retriever that was found on Craigslist at the age of 6. The ad read: “5 year old Golden Retriever needs a home.. please call.” It had no photo, and no reason why. Troy went to his “furever home” that night with his new owner.

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Troy’s favorite treats are anything sweet potato or peanut butter! His human says “His favorite thing in the world to do is swim. I have to force him to stop or he would literally go for hours. He doesn’t even need anything to chase he just wants to swim, but his favorite thing to retrieve is definitely a stick

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Like most goldens, Troy likes to bring you things when you come home, or to company when they arrive – “One of Troy’s quirks I guess would be he HAS to put something in his mouth when I get home, or when someone comes over. His usual choice is the remote control that sits on the coffee table. If that’s not there he goes for a shoe, a water bottle, a dish towel, or anything he can find that isn’t an actual dog bone or toy.” (Tucker is the same way, thankfully he hasn’t tried it with the remote yet, its usually shoes or bones!)

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I discovered Troy through Instagram, and wanted to share a few photos of him at the permission of his owner. You can follow Troy on Instagram at @janellekayli and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nelle4

Here’s some pictures of Troy doing what he loves best, amazing Instagram photos I might add…

Back to the beach and my boy 💛 #goldenretriever #goldenlove #thedailygolden

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Unfortunately, “Troy was diagnosed with lymphoma Aug 2013. He went into remission after 6 chemo treatments. He still has 3 months left of chemo but so far so good. He’s had only positive reactions!” You can follow his updates or donate to his treatments here: http://www.gofundme.com/TTreatments

#k30day – silhouette. Troy in pV. #palosverdes #silhouette #ocean

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Despite all of this, Troy likes to live life to the fullest…

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Thankfully, Troy is in great hands! Wishing you all the best Troy and Janelle!

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Golden Video of the Week – A Tribute To Daisy

This video was made in memory of Daisy, who has been a star in some of our favorite videos featuring ParkerPup.  Daisy crossed the rainbow bridge after a battle with cancer (lymphoma) on Aug 20, 2013.

Parker continues to fight for the cause raising funds and awareness.  R.I.P. Daisy girl.

Please help Parker win the fight.  Go to www.parkerpup.com or visit his Facebook page.

Golden Retriever of the Month – Denali

Denali is an 11 year old golden retriever from Ohio who graces the cover of many greeting cards.  Denali’s owner, photographer Madalyn Ruggiero says he loves jumping up on the table and sits and waits to be adorned in the day’s costume.  Some days, he’s not in the mood and she has to work around his schedule.

Madelyn and Denali – Behind the Scenes – YouTube Video

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Madelyn and Denali have appeared in the local newspapers on many occasions, and even on the local news.

Denali loves peanut butter, doggie ice cream, and beef sticks.  He doesn’t have a particular favorite toy, but is obsessed with snow and loves making snow angels.  He sleeps in his mom’s room at night and isn’t afraid of fireworks or thunder.

Facebook.com/Denali-The-Golden

Facebook.com/Denali-The-Golden

Denali was recently diagnosed with nasal cancer.  Madalyn explains:

Last fall Denali started having lots of thick mucus coming out of his nose.. I took him almost every other week to the doctor. In the end of October the mucus turned into blood and that scared me. My doctor recommended I take him for a biopsy. I took him to Michigan State Vet School for a biopsy. Denali had some problems during the biopsy and was loosing a lot of blood. After they got him stabilized they found out he had cancer. The tumor in his noses was blocking air-flow completely on one side and was starting to go to the other. A friend suggested I take Denali to Ohio State University Vet Medical center and that’s where I met Dr Cheryl London. She’s a well know oncologist who was doing a nasal cancer study. Thankfully, she gave me hope and Denali is has been enrolled in the program since last November.

Face of Local Greeting Card Line Battles Cancer – The Toledo Blade

Denali has a new little brother named Sir Wilbur who has given him a new zest for life.

Facebook.com/Denali-The-Dog

Facebook.com/Denali-The-Dog

Together they are making some pretty cool greeting cards and living the life!  Did I mention they like watermelon?

Facebook.com/Denali-The-Dog

Facebook.com/Denali-The-Dog

and car rides?

Facebook.com/Denali-The-Dog

Facebook.com/DenaliTheDog

You can check out their Blog or Facebook Page to follow their story.  I urge you to help out this golden-loving artist by purchasing a card or two.  They are very reasonable and you will have them on hand for that last minute occasion!

Purchase Denali and Sir Wilbur’s Greeting Cards

Here are my cards that I received from Madalyn.  (who needs to show me how to take a decent picture!)

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One thing is for sure – Madalyn has found her true calling with her “subjects” and is getting double golden love at the same time.  I wish her and the boys the best of luck.  Belly rubs and kisses to Denali and Sir Wilbur.

Golden Goodbyes – Ginger The Golden Retriever

You may remember Ginger, the golden retriever from YouTube, who’s claim to fame was the video Breakfast at Ginger’s. Ginger passed away suddenly from cancer earlier this week.

Ginger the Golden Retriever

Ginger the Golden Retriever

Ginger’s owners, Scott and Barb posted the news on Ginger’s Facebook page on Tuesday March 19.  The cancer was aggressive and came without warning.

“Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and for letting us share our wonderful pups with you. Ginger’s cancer was very aggressive and she was declining rapidly. We couldn’t let her suffer anymore, and with the help of a veterinary oncologist made the decision to put her down this afternoon. Our family is heartbroken, but we know she ran up to heaven on the wings of your prayers and well wishes. Thank you all for your support. Many of you mentioned you have gone through it before or going though it now. Our hearts are with you. It has been a cold and snowy few days here in Michigan. We took Buddy for a walk a bit ago and the wind got really strong and we looked up and suddenly the sun peaked through the sky, just for a little bit. We like to think that was Ginger lighting up heaven with a grand entrance! Thank you again for your support and friendship.
With deepest gratitude,
Scott and Barb ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥”

Ginger leaves behind a best “Buddy” who sometimes accompanied her in her videos. “Superbowl Sunday With Ginger and Buddy”

Rest in Peace sweet Ginger.  Thanks for leaving us with the awesome videos.

Please stop by Ginger’s YouTube Page or Facebook page and leave your condolences.  I am sure your support is appreciated.

Here’s the video that at the time of this post, had over 8 million views.

Why Your Golden Retriever Should Be Alkaline

Here is a great article provided by TheDogMaOnline.com about the benefits of an alkaline diet.

Why Should Your Dog Be Alkaline?

by Valarie Marshall – TheDogMaOnline.com

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How Does an Alkaline Diet Affect Cancer Cells? Studies have shown that in the test tube, cancer cells and tumors thrive and grow in a more acidic environment. When the level of acid is lowered, tumors grow much more slowly. If this behavior occurs in the test tube, it stands to reason that cancer cells in the body would also be detrimentally affected by an overall alkaline environment.

Raw Pet Food Will Keep Your Dog Alkaline

It would also make sense that if the body’s pH is acidic, then the growth of cancer cells and tumors would be encouraged. By eating mostly foods that make the body’s pH more alkaline, there would be less of a chance for cancer cells to develop and grow. So, by adjusting the diet, it is actually possible to create a less hospitable environment for cancer cells, thus improving a person’s/dog’s chances of experiencing good health.

Proper pH Will Improve Your Pet’s Quality of Life. Tissues in the body are prone to disease of all sorts, including cancer, if they become deficient in oxygen. To understand why, it is helpful to understand the nature of acidity and alkalinity. Cancerous tissues are acidic, where healthy tissues are alkaline. Water (H2O) taken into the body eventually breaks down into H+ and OH-. When a solution contains more H+ than OH- it is acidic. When it contains more OH- than H+ it is alkaline.

When oxygen is introduced into an acidic solution it will combine with H+ ions to form water. Oxygen helps neutralize acid, but acid also prevents oxygen from reaching the body’s tissue. Acidic tissue is devoid of free oxygen as tissue needs oxygen to remain healthy.

The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Below 7 is acidic and above 7 is alkaline. The blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid in a dog’s body are designed to be slightly alkaline at 7.0 – 7.5 (6.1 – 6.4 for cats). At a pH slightly above 7.4, cancer cells become dormant and at pH 8.5 cancer cells will die while healthy cells will live.

The following list indicates which foods are acidic and alkaline. The left side of the chart indicates acidic foods, or foods that are more harmful. The right side of the chart indicates alkaline foods, or foods that would be most beneficial. It is important to understand that we are not talking about stomach acid or the pH of the stomach. We are talking about the pH of the body’s fluids and tissues, which is an entirely different matter.

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Kibble Formulated To Be Alkaline based. Canine Caviar Chicken and Pearl Millet ALS Dinner 12 Pound is a complete and balanced kibble formula intended for moderately active dogs, growing puppies, and breeding animals. Chicken and Pearl Millet ALS Kibble is the most nutritious food your dog will ever need and is the ideal diet for large and giant breed puppies.  This kibble is the  only food in the USA formulated to be alkaline based. Cancer cells can not grow in an alkaline environment. Perfect for large- and giant-breed puppies!

Acidity:

• Increases anaerobic activity.

• Reduces amount of oxygen in the blood.

• Cancerous tissues are acidic and devoid of oxygen.

• Leaches calcium from bones & is released into the kidney, resulting in stone formation before being excreted.

• Acidosis is excessive consumption of protein, which is metabolized “acidically” because of sulfur content.

• Without enough oxygen the DNA self-repair mechanism will not function causing free radical damage.

Thank you to Canine Caviar. TheDogMaOnline.com, 678.460.6DOG