Sunday, September 16, 2018
Fallon is our September 16, 2018 Pup of the Week
We stand up to cancer! We fight it, we raise money to research it, sometimes we even wrestle it to a draw. But in the end, it either wins or something else takes us, before cancer can finish the job.
The list of angels whose mortal life ended because of cancer would fill 1,000,000 blogs. This week another cancer warrior, Fallon, joined us.
Fallon battled the cancer demon with such ferocity that I thought she would escape its evil grasp. She surrendered her front leg to the cause and continued onward with her life like a tick had been removed, not a limb. Every soul who knew Fallon rooted for her with all their spirit. Sadly, we are only given so many heartbeats, and those can be robbed from us. Nothing steals heartbeats like cancer.
A little less than a year ago, at age 11, Fallon was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and given a devastating prognosis. Her parents had two options: Amputation or Rainbow Bridge. Fallon was in pain from the tumor, but she was courageous and enthusiastic. Her parents could not send her to the Bridge when she was in high spirits. The decision was made to amputate.
How would a greyhound, who loved to run, like Fallon adapt to losing her front leg? The answer was swimmingly. Fallon, no longer in pain from the tumor, barely noticed the missing limb. She was back to being the dog her parents remembered before cancer affected their baby.
Fallon would stay with her parents past her twelfth birthday. There were wins and losses, as there always are with cancer. Shortly after her birthday, the stolen heartbeats exceeded the remaining ones. Her parents had fought, along with Fallon, so hard against cancer, and it was hard to accept the battle was ending. When you have a sick dog their health becomes the center of your life. Without having Fallon's struggles to concentrate on, Fallon’s parents would be adrift. But, they loved their girl, and, despite the pain it caused them, they sent her free.
Meanwhile, on our side of the River of Life, we waited for Fallon to arrive. We didn’t see her, but the dust cloud caused by all four of her paws digging into the ground and pushing off, as she flew through the air, enjoying running like she had when she was a puppy, could be seen for miles.
She ran past all of us awaiting her and kept going, over the fields, through the meadows, into the hills, and over the mountains. She was enjoying having the legs, hearts, and lungs of a young dog again, but also running away from the sorrow of losing her parents. We dogs do run from pain, and Fallon felt a tremendous amount after leaving her parents, so she kept going. Fallon heard pounding paws next to her and turned to see her sister Willow, who had arrived at the Bridge previously, alongside. The former greyhound racers challenged one another. Willow was the better runner, but she kept dropping back to keep her sister nearby.
We waited for hours as Fallon kept trying to run the pain away until she and Willow finally joined us, We gave her wings in case she wanted to fly and watched the sisters soar together even faster than they ran.
That night Willow took Fallon to see their parents, which eased her sister’s pain. Unfortunately, humans are not allowed to see their angels. We pray for their parents, so they can somehow overcome their anguish.
Maggie, who joined their pack after Willow went to the Bridge, can see her angel sisters, and she is being taught how to make her parents smile. Willow and Fallon are confident that Maggie is the dog to do it.
Willow and Fallon want their parents to know, if they ever see small clouds in a row, they were caused by their two greyhounds, running hard across the sky.