Remember Hawk the Hero?

When Hawk helped Bill through cancer treatment Bill never suspected he would be doing the same for Hawk someday. I had the honor of meeting Bill and Lois and their German Shepherd, Hawk in December. The whole family drove to Fort Collins from Clinton, Iowa for specialized cancer treatment.

I am happy to report that he is recovering stunningly from his cancer treatment! Bill and Lois kindly send updates and photos of his progress.

In February I received this update:
“Just thought you’d like a quick update on Hawk. So far, all is going well! He is happy and active. He continues to do well at training and continues to take part in all of our civic and school programs. He’s been loving the weather and chasing his “brothers” through the snow! Hawk should have his final chemotherapy treatment next week along with a 2-month check-up. We will be back in Fort Collins the middle of April for his 5-month check. We are hoping for the best!”
My heart jumped for joy! Just a few shorts weeks earlier Bill & Lois sat with me in the coffee shop anxiously awaiting his first treatment appointment. Running through the snow was a dream come true.

Hawk February 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Hawk February 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

In April I received this update:
“Thanks for thinking of us and sending us the email… So far, things have been going pretty well so we are hoping for a good re-check for Hawk! Hope you had a good winter…we’re all looking forward to spring!”
This photo shows him back working, doing what he loves with Bill.

Hawk Training April 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Hawk Training April 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Finally on April 21st Hawk returned to CSU for his five month recheck appointment.
Sitting at the same coffee shop across the street from the hospital the tone couldn’t be more opposite from December. Hawk’s scan showed no new cancer growth and not only that the scan showed no cancer at all-full remission!

Hawk’s 5 Month CSU Recheck Silver Paw Studio

Monique and Hawk – 5 Month CSU Recheck – Silver Paw Studio

My talk with Bill and Lois revealed several new opportunities to serve since Hawks diagnosis.  The laser treatment left a distinct square patch of greying hair on his muzzle. On a recent therapy visit to the children’s hospital one patient compared the laser scar on her leg to Hawk’s. He now has a young boy pen pal who is undergoing cancer treatment also. And this spring Bill and Hawk will walk together as cancer survivors in their local cancer event.

I am so grateful they shared their journey with me and continue to keep me updated.

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