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Osteosarcoma: clinical trials and goofy smiles

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Remembering Jabba-bear

April 13th, 2013 · 6 Comments · memories, osteosarcoma

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It has been one week since Jabba-bear crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

We are slowly adjusting to life without him. Beyonce deeply misses her companion. Now, she can be found curled up in a tight ball on Jabba-bear’s side of the couch, her head pressed gently against his favorite arm rest where he used to perch, gazing out the front door,  paws dangling over the back of the couch.

Thank you for all of the love and support that you have sent our way over the past week. Thank you for sharing your touching stories with us; we were moved by the raw emotion in your words.

We felt that it was appropriate to honor Jabba-bear by sharing some of our favorite photos from the past 4 years. What follows is a small tribute to our sweet boy:

Jabba-bear name with halo-for blog

Jabba-bear the second time we met him (January 2009).

Jabba-bear at his birthplace (a farm in Yadkinville, NC) the second time we met him. 

Bear profile

Jabba-bear's first bath in his new home

Jabba-bear’s first bath in his new home

Jabba-bear on front porch after his first bath

Jabba-bear being cradled by his aunt Joanne after his bath

Jabba-bear as a baby, face in sam's hand-edited

Puppy  Jabba-bear keeping his mom company as she studied for Molecular Neuroscience

Jabba-bear keeping his mom company as she studied for a Molecular Neuroscience exam. He was such a good boy!

Jabba-bear liked to bite feet when he was a puppy (perhaps this was because his first "toy" was an old sandal that belonged to his mom).

Jabba-bear liked to bite feet when he was a puppy (perhaps this was because his first “toy” was an old sandal that belonged to his mom).

Sleeping Jabba-bear during the crate-training phase

Jabba-bear sleeping in his first bed during the crate-training phase. Note: This bed lasted about 2 weeks before he completely destroyed it…

Jabba-bear playing in his first snow

Jabba-bear playing in his first snow

Jabba-bear sleeping peacefully on his couch (which he much preferred to the crate!)

Jabba-bear sleeping peacefully on his couch, which he much preferred to the crate!

When Jabba-bear first met his older sister, Xena, the Italian Greyhound

When Jabba-bear first met his older sister, Xena, the Italian Greyhound, they were the same size. Xena, being older and wiser, was dominant to Jabba-bear. He quickly learned to play gently with her and was always good with small dogs.

Jabba's graduation from puppy school

Jabba-bear’s graduation from puppy school. Many thanks to his fantastic trainer, Geralyn Kelly!

Teenager Jabba-bear. He is still developing his classic "goofy smile".

Jabba-bear as a Teenager.  In this photo, he was still developing what would eventually become his classic “goofy smile”.

Licking his lips! Jabba-bear practicing the art of begging for more food.

Licking his lips! Jabba-bear practicing the art of begging for more food

Jabba-bear rocking sunglasses. What a cool dog! This photo was taken during his rebellious phase.

Jabba-bear rocking his mom’s sunglasses. What a cool dog! This photo was taken during his rebellious phase….clearly.

Jabba-bear demanding to drive his mom's V8 mustang convertible. He hopped into the driver's seat!

Jabba-bear demanding to drive his mom’s V8 mustang convertible. He hopped into the driver’s seat when she stepped out of the car to run a quick errand.

Jabba and his dad at the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Jabba and his dad at the Blue Ridge Parkway

Jababa and his mom at the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Jababa and his mom at the Blue Ridge Parkway

Father and son. Goofy smiles galore!

Father and son. Goofy smiles galore! 

Jabba in the backseat of his dad's car.

Jabba in the backseat of his dad’s car

Jabba-bear sporting a gorgeous sweater that his   maternal grandma bought him for Christmas.

Jabba-bear sporting a gorgeous sweater that his maternal grandma bought him for Christmas

Shortly after Jabba-bear's amputation (step 1 in his battle against osteosarcoma). All smiles, as usual.

This photo was taken shortly after Jabba-bear’s amputation (step 1 in his battle against osteosarcoma). As usual, he was all smiles!

After the amputation. Jabba-bear still keeping his mom company in her office as she studies.

After the amputation, Jabba-bear still kept his mom company in her office as she studied.

Yes-he may be wearing the "cone of shame", but have you ever seen such a ridiculously happy dog???

A couple of weeks after Jabba’s amputation, the incision site became infected, and we were forced to make him wear an E-collar. In this photo, yes-he may be wearing the “cone of shame”, but have you ever seen such a ridiculously happy dog???

Jabba-bear wearing cone, alseep on his couch

It was a big deal when Jabba-bear re-learned how to jump on the couch (post-amputation).

Eventually we put Jabba-bear in a T-shirt because he broke 2 "cones" (he was clumsy like his mom). in this photo, Jabba excitedly rushes to the door when he sees his maternal grandpawrents' car out front.

Eventually we put Jabba-bear in a T-shirt because he broke 2 “cones” (he was clumsy like his mom). In this photo, Jabba excitedly rushes to the door when he sees his maternal grandpawrents’ car out front.

Jabba-bear asleep on the floor at his maternal grandpawrents' house in Florida. He developed temporary vitiligo as a side-effect of the chemotherapy (notice his pink lips and  nose).

Jabba-bear asleep on the floor at his maternal grandpawrents’ house in Florida. He developed temporary vitiligo as a side-effect of the chemotherapy (notice his pink lips and nose).

Jabba-bear in August 2011.

Jabba-bear in August 2011

Jabba-bear after the Cure Search walk. You can see how he has adapted his sitting posture after the amputation.

Jabba-bear after the Cure Search walk. You can see how he has adapted his sitting posture after the amputation.

Happy Jabba-bear on his couch

Happy Jabba-bear on his couch

Jabba-bear on big chair

Close up of Jabba

Jabba-bear playing with his friend Mufasa while Beyonce sleeps in the background

Jabba-bear playing with his friend Mufasa while Beyonce sleeps in the background

Jabba-bear takes "studying with his mom" to a whole new level! He stole the book from her to learn more about the somatosensation.

In this photo, Jabba-bear takes “studying with his mom” to a whole new level! He stole the book from her to learn more about the sense of touch.

Jabba shows how much he loves neuroscience by devouring the jello brain mold his mom made for a school activity. Note: Jabba's mom was not intending to feed this to him; she was showing it to her sister and Jabba-bear jumped off the bed to chomp down on it.

Jabba shows how much he loves neuroscience by devouring the jello brain mold his mom made for a school activity. Note: Jabba’s mom was not intending to feed this to him; she was showing it to her sister, and Jabba-bear jumped off the bed to chomp down on it.

Jabba resting in a patch of sunlight in his backyard. He is finally able to enjoy the weather, after his first major haircut!

Jabba resting in a patch of sunlight in his backyard. He was finally able to enjoy the weather after his first major haircut! 

Jabba-bear and his "big" sister, Xena, looking out the window

Jabba-bear and his “big” sister, Xena, looking out the front door window

Jabba-bear on his perch

Jabba-bear on his perch

An "abstract" cartoon of Jabba-bear. Jabba's dad drew this on a dry erase board in the kitchen when Jabba was a teenager. After Jabba's amputation, we erased his back left leg.

An “abstract” cartoon of Jabba-bear. Jabba’s dad drew this on a dry erase board in the kitchen when Jabba was a teenager. After Jabba’s amputation, we erased his back left leg.

We miss you Jabba-bear! 

 

 

 


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6 Comments so far ↓

  • fetchon3

    What a loveable guy! I love these photos. What a darn cute puppy and he grew into such a charismatic, expression-making, extroverted guy. He was such a great pup! What a beautiful life. Thanks for sharing some favorite memories. He’s clearly missed. Run free and fast, Jabba Bear!

  • Michelle

    Jabba was such a cute baby. Thank you for sharing his story and all these wonderful memories with us. Run free and play with all those wonderful Warriors who met you at the Bridge Jabba.

    Michelle & Sassy.

  • benny55

    Oh gosh, what a loved dog and such a delightful story told through the photos!

    Of course his puppy hood photos are deliciously cute!! I love the one where he’s dangling his long legs over the arm of the sofa….and soaking up the sun in his favorite spot is sweet too! Ear in the brain for class??? I’ve heard of the dog eating your homework…………….!

    I just love all the photos and I love that you loved him so much! It would be impossible not to with that goofy smile and sparkling eyes looking into our soul!

    I know the pain of loss is still heavy and dark and overwhelming. I know the memories of a life so well lived will sustain you and eventually push some of the sadness a little farther away so the happiness Jabba bear wants you to remember can star moving in. The world is a brighter place and all because of a dog with a goofy smile and huge capacity to love.

    Please know you are…and will continue to be..in our thoughts. Please give Penelope an extra treat from us today.

    Surrounding with all of Jabba Bear’s love and sloppy kisses. They were slooppy weren’t they?? You could just kinda’ tell….

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  • benny55

    Just also wanted to add how vibrant and handsome
    , alert and content he always looks in all his photos, especially the ones you shared with us last week. There’s no difference between a “healthier” Jabba Bear and a “less healthy” Jabba.

    Of course, you can probably attribute that to all the fine food you packed Jabb’s tummy with as he was preparing for his journey….pizza!….hot dogs! Pizza hound! Wouldn’t be surprised if he sends you a whiff of pizza to smell when you least expect it! He’s just letting you know he’s okay and getting all the pizza he and his tripawd pals want!

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  • jerry

    Sweet Jabba, I finally had a chance to look at your pics and am so glad I waited until I wasn’t feeling rushed. Looking at these was like watching your life in front of me, being able to see you grow up gave me a chance to get to know you and see how you grew up to be such a handsome, sweet boy. Your people are wonderful for sharing these with us, it’s a beautiful tribute.

    We know your people’s hearts are heavy, it’s definitely not easy to know that time is going by. But we also hope that by sharing photos and stories about your life like they did here, that the good times will start to take the place of the heartache.

    Much love coming your way.

  • princess

    These are just the most gorgeous photos. A beautiful tribute. And the abstract art is amazing.

    My heart aches for you. Jabba was cheated of time but he was so blessed with precious, quality time with you. He was so clearly loved.

    Many hugs to you

    Karen and Spirit Magnum

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