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 New Paltz Walk is Jessie Van Tine. Her photo and story are shown here.
Jessie is a 12 year old American Cocker Spaniel. We adopted Jessie about 7 years ago from CockerPals Rescue (a rescue I volunteer with). Jessie is also a cancer survivor! She was diagnosed with Oral Cancer in April 2018. I was devastated!! Oral cancer for a dog is one of the worst and most aggressive forms of cancer. Jessie had 2 surgeries, the second one giving clear margins. She was on a chemo drug for about 3 months which has shown success in fighting recurrence. Knock on wood, Jessie is doing well and we pray the cancer will never come back.
Jessie is such a good girl! She is a Daddy’s girl, but also Mommy’s shadow. She’s spunky and she loves and lives life to the fullest! Our goal is for her to continue to do so for a long long time. Thank you to Puppy Up for all you do to help others like our Jessie.
Not only is Jessie a Survivor, she is also Miss August on the 2019 PuppyUp Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down Calendar.
– Sheila Van Tine