Fighting Cancer: Bubbles’ Will to Live

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In Baltimore, Md., a two-year-old, female, Neapolitan mastiff mix breed dog was walking down the streets as a stray when she met her guardian angel. A woman was on her way to work when the she was taken aback by what she encountered: a friendly black dog with a deformed face.

The good Samaritan knew this kind soul needed help, and she didn’t hesitate to take the dog to Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS). BARCS contacted Noah’s Ark Recue help save this dog and offer her a better quality of life.

Photo Credit: Noah's Ark Rescue
Photo Credit: Noah’s Ark Rescue

The canine is now known as Bubbles, and after numerous consultations, x-rays, scans and a biopsy, veterinarians and canine cancer specialists concluded that Bubbles suffers from Multilobular Osteochondrosarcoma (MLO) – bone cancer.

The mass on her face is growing from Bubbles’ cheek bone and is filled with blood. The slit you see on her face is not a skin rupture caused by the growing mass, but her eye slit.

Scans show her eye is intact but it has been displaced out of its socket. The scans also show that there are cancerous masses growing in her lungs, but these are slow-growing masses and not considered life-threatening at this time. Bubbles is underweight and anemic, but veterinarians believe the facial tumor can be removed and her cancer can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation. This treatment will likely give Bubbles four or five more years of life.

“The fact someone abandoned [Bubbles] in this condition is INHUMANE and TRAGIC,” posted Noah’s Ark Rescue on Bubbles’ page.  “I am so glad we have her. She is a young dog that we are hopeful can live at least 4-5 more years with the surgery.  If we do nothing, she will die within several months.”

The surgery has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. It will be a complicated procedure and surgeons expect Bubbles will suffer major blood loss, but they are preparing for this and other complications.

“Our sweet girl is going to need several blood transfusions to survive the procedure,” posted Noah’s Ark Rescue. “Once the mass is removed, she will have reconstructive surgery to restore as much of her face as possible. If at any point during the procedure she has complications that will take away from her quality of life, we will say good-bye to her during surgery.”

No animal deserves to live life in such terrible conditions and veterinarians say Bubbles’ condition worsened over time. Her owner probably abandoned her because of it and she had been on the streets for quite come time.

“[Bubbles] is a happy girl that loves everyone. We love her and so admire her courage,” posted Noah’s Ark. “She has made the best of a terrible situation.  Whatever she needs, she will now get. Her life isn’t over, it just got better.”

If you would like to contribute towards Bubbles’ medical expenses please donate at You can also find updates on Bubbles’ surgery there.

Let’s keep Bubbles in our prayers and hope for a speedy recovery. She still has lots of life to live and love to receive.


12 thoughts on “Fighting Cancer: Bubbles’ Will to Live”

  1. Bubbles met her guardian angel. Hope she makes and please can you keep us posted on her progress. So sad that she was abandon. Prayers are with you bubbles<3

  2. If she and my male Great Dane work out together, I will, at least, foster her. Let me know what you think.

  3. I’ve become very weary and wary of so many who post their ‘god bless’ and ‘sending prayers’ at this sight. Seems it soothes the poster most, not the pooches. PRACTICAL efforts are needed! I contribute my hard-earned donations, rather than self-balms, to help in a fundamental way. Your humble $5 or $10 contributions is far more effective in a down-to-earth manner. THESE PITIFUL PUPS DO NOT LIVE IN CYBERSPACE! I’ve wanted to express this for quite some time now. Spend a little money, save the hollow best wishes.

    • @ J.K. : I totally agree and understand where you are coming from.
      Too many that come here spout their beliefs, as if that is what the Dog needs…

      Cold hard cash is what these dogs need, not the self gratifying hollow wishes of the indoctrinated.

      Reach for your wallet/purse, THAT will help these beloved dogs NOW, instead of your prayer book, which only satisfies your own selfish conscience whilst never ever helping the poor Dog.

      I donated.

      • Good for you two! I am proud you had money to donate, If I had extra money I would have saved my own dog that I just had to put down 2 days ago due to bone cancer after putting hundreds down on him in the past 2 months trying to give him as long as possible. I have 4 more rescues I am still trying to afford and my own child. Not everyone can afford to put money down and I WOULD RATHER SEE PRAYERS THAN NOTHING AT ALL. You two don’t know peoples situations to sit there and criticize and judge. Pull more money out of your pockets and donate because I have donated to other organizations and it is not possible to donate every time you see a neglected or abandon animal..I don’t know about you but I see about 15-20 stories a day about poor animals and different horror stories. Cancer is a tough fight. Good luck Bubbles sorry I cannot donate at this time but I pray for the others that can afford to do so.


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