Canine Hero

Canine Hero

For each PuppyUp Walk, the Event Manager and their Walk Team select both a Human Cancer Hero and a Canine Cancer Hero, to be honored during the Walk ceremonies.

These Heroes are chosen because of their exemplary attitude towards their particular type of cancer, showing bravery and hopefulness in their fight against this terrible disease.

The Canine Hero for the 2019 PuppyUp Anchorage Walk is Layla Jensen. Her story and photos are featured here.

We adopted her at about one year old.  That was 11 years ago.

In 2017, she was diagnosed with Cutaneous Lymphoma.  It is a rare cancer that attacks skin. It appears as small bumps on the outer skin. If left untreated with chemotherapy, it aggressively eats away at the skin tissue. It is an ugly, painful disease.

We made a family decision to treat the disease with chemotherapy for several months. Her life expectancy following treatment was six months (optimistically.) Following extensive research, we’ve added several homeopathic supplements to each meal. These include Reishi mushroom extract, Tumeric, Saffola Oil (to help boost her skin’s health), Omega Fish Oil and Green tea supplements. Two years later, Layla remains in remission from the Cutaneous Lymphoma. Layla was treated for this disease at Pet Emergency Treatment Center.

Unfortunately, at 12 years old, she is now under care for a different type of Lymphoma. It has been diagnosed as “low grade lymphoma” and we are considering the possibility of a second series of chemo treatments through Tier 1/Dr. Schmidt in Wasilla. Her kidneys, heart and lung are most vulnerable. She is taking blood pressure medicine to relieve pressure on her kidneys and heart.

Layla is something of a phenom. She has many friends thanks to her trail and mountain adventures as well as appearances in several books that have been created by her dad.

She’s met so many dogs, young and senior, who have been diagnosed with cancer. She’s brought comfort to these dogs and their people.

Layla and I would love to represent Puppy Up Anchorage, 2019 in a vibrant way. Each day with her is a miracle thanks to modern medicine. Every moment is a blessing thanks to everyone who loves her.

We’d love to help support Puppy Up 2019 and do what we can to far exceed the fundraising goals that have been set.

David Jensen

September 5, 2019:

It is with great sadness that we must announce that Layla lost her valiant fight today. We all, along with David, mourn her passing and are more determined than ever to walk for her at the PuppyUp Anchorage walk.

R.I.P. Layla.

— The PuppyUp Anchorage Team