Cygnus and Orion’s Life Story:
Our goal is to raise awareness for Canine Cancer. Our dog was diagnosed with Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma and our World was turned upside down. This will share our story, photos, home-made dog food recipes and more. My husband wrote this on a previous blog during our battle to fight cancer. This story is the beginning of the fight against cancer with Cygnus. We never finished the story because things took a turn for the worst. Cygnus got sicker and Orion began showing signs of illness.
A brief introduction:
My husband and I decided 15 years ago, that we wanted a puppy. We knew we wanted a large breed. One that was loyal, family-oriented, protective, and overall just a great loving dog. We wanted a dog with floppy ears/lips, big feet, and a wrinkly face. We spent a few hours researching the different types of breeds on the Internet and after seeing what seemed like hundreds of pictures of the same boring breeds we came across a picture that just melted our hearts. Staring in front of us on our computer screen was the perfect dog. A Rhodesian Ridgeback! We immediately searched for a local breeder and found one about a two-hour drive away. We called to schedule an appointment…..
On a cold winter morning on December 21st, of 2002, we headed up to West Charleston to pick out the perfect pup. The mother just gave birth to a new litter! When we arrived, we were greeted by this pony-sized dog! He was the great-grandfather of the litter we were looking at. He was just gorgeous! I remember being so excited at that moment. I couldn’t wait to find our pup!!!
The breeders brought us down to their basement where this beautiful female Ridgeback (her name was “Willow”) was nursing a litter of puppies. My heart just melted! We sat down for a few minutes and just observed the beautiful moment that was taking place before us.
Soon the puppies began to play around with each other. Nipping at each other’s ears and tails. After a few minutes, this sweet little pup with big feet and floppy ears came over to my husband. The puppy began nipping at my husbands face! Without any hesitation, we both knew that this little rascal was our perfect pup. We began petting him and giving him lots of love when another puppy came walking over towards me. When I looked down, I saw one white paw that had a white toenail. I picked her up and looked at all of the other puppies and she was the only one that had a white paw with a white toenail. It was love at first site! I fell immediately in love with those feet! I just knew I had to have her! I looked at my husband and he looked at me and we both said: “We will take them both”! The owners told us that they were born within in a few minutes of each other and had already forged a wonderful bond with one another….
Our trip home was greeted by a bitter and icy Vermont winter. We encountered a road in the Northeast Kingdom that scared us into getting a new car, one that could also accommodate two large-breed canines in fact! It was evening by now and the road was covered in ice and snow that magically performed a 90-degree turn, one that allowed you to go straight into a lake if you were not paying attention. A few days later we dumped RBP’s car and settled for a mid-sized SUV. We were ready now for any winter conditions and to pick up our pups.
Fast forward to January 11th, 2003 we were back to pick up our 8-week old puppies – “Cygnus Beauagard” (the male and focus of this site) and Orion Volcano (his loving alpha-sister)
Let’s fast forward through the potty training, chewing through furniture and walls, past the play fighting that caused a huge hole in the wall! Let’s fast forward eight years later to November 2010 and this is where our story begins…