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|Comments:||I've lost three now, first my Ace at 5 1/2, then my Hogan at 5 1/2 and just recently my Angus at 10 plus. None of these dogs was bred here, but all were so much a part of me. I miss them every day.
Thanks for your efforts to fight this horrible affliction. Hopefully, we see a breakthrough soon.
I was so very sorry to read your post to the Guestbook and learn that you lost your daughter too to this damned cancer and still so very young.
Having seen the Histio Roll Call site you will now have seen that that we owners of Bernese Mountain Dogs are only too well aware of this cancer. On average, one in every five BMD deaths is from MH and close to 80 % of MH cases are diagnosed in BMD's.
While MH is clearly genetic in the BMD, over recent years we have been actively fundraising to assist research into this cancer!.
The laboratory of Dr. Elaine Ostrander and colleagues (Dr. Heidi Parker and Dr. Nate Sutter) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is conducting a study of Malignant Histiocytosis (MH) in Bernese Mountain Dogs. The goal of this study team is to find variation in genes associated with MH.
In addition and working independently, the laboratories of Drs. Catherine André, Francis Galibert and Benoit Hédan of the CNRS / Medical University at Rennes in France have also been studying MH in BMD's and have collected a single large family with a large number of affected individuals, with great help of the French BMD club (AFBS).
Since we wish to find the MH genes as quickly as possible, the laboratories of Dr. Elaine Ostrander in the U.S. and Drs. Catherine André, Francis Galibert and Benoit Hédan of the CNRS / Medical University at Rennes in France have been recently funded by the AKC-CHF to collaborate on this extraordinary project. This offers an exciting opportunity for a group of long term colleagues and friends who have collaborated many times in the past to work together again to pool resources and talents to expedite the search for the MH gene.
This funding also complements an ongoing project in the laboratory of longtime collaborator Dr. Matthew Breen who seeks to understand the changes in MH tumors that are associated with rapid onset and progression of the disease. These three laboratories have a long history of collaboration, and the proposed plan represents the most efficient way to tackle this complex disorder.
The three research groups have established a formal collaborative strategy to collect and share both genome DNA (from blood samples) and tumor DNA on affected dogs .Our hope is that this collaborative will lead to rapid identification of the germline mutation/ and these results will in turn be a major step forward in developing a much needed diagnostic test for the BMD.
This research is now getting very close to finding the genetic marker that causes this cancer in these dogs.
It is our hope and prayer that one day soon they will find the answer and that this research will extend outwards to help all forms of MH whether it be with our Berners, other breeds or our human loved ones too and wishing for an end to the heartbreak!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your very sad loss.
With much love,
Jean, Miss Pixie, Herb and the Longlease Gang,
In Loving Memory of Tinka, Samson, Simmy, Sunny and Barney
|Comments:||Please, I hope you won't find my entry offensive, but until today I had no idea that MH could affect other then people, nor that it was so common in certain breeds.
My heart goes out to all of you, as I know what an ugly ca. it is. I lost my oldest daughter to it...3 months short of her 16th birthday, and all these years later this is the first time I have met people who know of it, but what a horrid price you have paid for that knowledge.
I hope that memories of your beloved companions will bring you smiles and eventually some peace, and that in time science might find more answers for us all.
|Comments:||We lost the love of our life, Kasher, age 6 to this awful disease. A little bit of me died that day too and I felt I would never recover. Not a day goes by when I don't think of her, but life does continue and a Berner pup called Kelci, who found us, helped to heal the great hole left in our lives. Despite all the pain, it was a pleasure to have shared 6 years with her and I am a better person for having had her in my life. She will live forever in the best place possible - my heart.|
Sadly I have an addition for your histio page. Thank you for maintaining this! It helps to see others that have gone through it. I still visit my Friday Girl's page on your veteran angels list... Zen crossed the bridge today. I hate MH! We are sending specimens to Michigan for research.
I'll get a picture and info to you.
king of Prussia, PA
|Comments:||Seeing this site made me sad and want to cry all over again. We sure miss our Big boy Payton from this disease... He was only 6 years old (May 2000- Oct 2006) (we had him for his last 3 years).
Because of Payton, my husband wanted to get a Berner... we now have TWO berners in the last year.. Adopted one last Feb 07, and this year April 08 (both rescue dogs)..... Thank you Payton! WE love and miss you Dearly!
|Comments:||Viewing this was absolutely heartbreaking to see how many beloved berners were lost to Histio. My heart goes out to all of the families who had there bernese taken by this hideous disease. I hope we never have to face this with our two berners.
May all of them rest in peace across the Rainbow Bridge.
|Comments:||We lost our berner Kirby to histiocytic sarcoma on July 14, 2007. Seeing this website and all the berners and their caregivers who unfortunately had to go through these terrible cancers is so sad, but made me feel less alone, helped me grieve. Thank you so much for this website. I hope to add my Kirby to the histio rollcall soon.|
|Comments:||My Beaux has just be diagnosed with histio. Our hearts are broken. Thank you for this site. It is painful to look at but at least I know I am not alone.|
|Comments:||We lost our Berner, Jonley in September only days after discovering he had cancer. It was very quick, and we sure were not ready but we knew one day we would have to say goodby. Here is our dogs tribute page! Its lonley going out on my hikes now without my pal.
|Comments:||I plan on putting our boy on your page. OUr beautiful Freedom was taken days ago. We tried our best but it was his time. Your page made me smile among the teas I still shed. Thank you.|
|Comments:||Our precious Berner, Maggie Mae ( Oberlands Ultra Maggie Mae) has just been diagnosed with Malignant Histiocytosis. I came across your wonderful tribute as I was researching the disease.
This is a lovely idea. Thank you for your effort of putting this together.
Port Moody, B.C. Canada
|Name:||Craig and Lisa Plew|
|Comments:||we love our Berners Barkley 1993-2001, and hogan 2002-|
|Comments:||10/31/05...our beloved Bailey, a mix we adopted into our family over 10 years ago, has just been diagnosed with histiocystosis. We are still reeling from the diagnosis, but first and foremost is our promise to Bailey that she will not suffer.
Such a devastating disease...my thoughts are with you all.
|Comments:||We lost our dog, Mick, on 6/24/05...3 days before his 9th birthday. These dogs truly are one of a kind. He was so very much a part of our family. My kids miss him terribly, as do my husband and myself. We have a female Bernese who is very lonely right now. She is 5 yrs. old. Not sure if we want to get another Bernese and have to go through all of this pain again. It was one of the hardest things that we have had to deal with, next to loosing both of my parents to cancer. We found out in Febuary and he lived over 4 months. We did our best to keep him happy, comfortable and made sure he knew how much we loved him.|
|Comments:||We lost our beloved Monty this past Sunday (Fathers' Day) 6/19/05. It's as if someone cut off one of my arms - we were inseparable. He'll always be my baby, the first, the only, my partner - I miss him dearly. Leaving for Europe next week and stopping for a few days in Switzerland in his memory.|
|Comments:||Missed beyond measure:
Freya 2/27/93 - 4/19/97
Tilly 5/23/95 - 6/6/02
Argos 3/25/95 - 9/9/02
Fauna 4/5/94 - 11/19/02
Freyr 5/23/97 - 7/8/04
Thank you for the work you are doing.
|Name:||Kevin & Trish Lunder|
|Comments:||Thank you for this great web site. We lost our good buddy Couper to MH on October 20/2004.He was 7.5 years young. They truly are one of a kind. The memories will live on forever. Unconditional love.|
|Comments:||This made me cry, seeing all of our friends cut down in the prime of their lives. I lost my first berner at the age of 91/2 to atypical histio and just relived the pain and loss as if it was yesterday and it was 1994. Thank you for caring, you can add him to your list. Ch. Sir Bandit Snowking V Bev's, just my Bandit, 1985-94, missed by Robin Korotki still with a broken heart.|
|Comments:||My e-mail default client would not recognize your e-mail address. Could you please send it to me. We lost our darling Abby to histio this past August. I am a double amputee and she went through the surgeries with me and was my devoted service dog for 5 years. Now her nephew has taken over the job, but my heart still pines and aches for her.|
|Comments:||I like your site.|
|Comments:||Thank you for your site. I lost my beautiful Sophie to MH on July 16, 2004 at the age of 6 years, 1.5 months. I will miss her forever. Although I would never wish such a fate on anyone else, at least I know I am not alone. I only hope a cure/prevention for this horrible disease can be found.|
|Comments:||A nice dedication page. I had to put my beloved mn schnazer to sleep on thursday, may 13, 2004 i am totally devasted. Anyone want to write me.|
|Comments:||I didn't lose my beloved berner, Mira to histio; but I lost her to kidney disease April 1, 2004. She was barely nine years old. I so deeply miss her, my constant companion and sweet friend. My heart reaches out to all those souls who also loved and lost their berners.|
|Comments:||that was sad
but i have a tremendous love for animals
|Comments:||He was my warmth when I was cold, my smile when I was sad, my humer when I was mad, He was my constant companion... I miss you Willy|
|Comments:||What a beautiful and moving tribute to this most noble of breeds. I still miss Casey after ten years...in a way it doesn't seem like it could be that long since I have seen his face, on the other hand it feels like forever. Thank you for this page and for your love of the breed...
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it,s freighten my to see how manny dog,s are already on your Histio list in suchs a short time.And i am affreid that in the near futher ther will came more and more names on this list,because every Berner ouwner can by the next on this list.Nobody can say this will not happend to my dog.
There for i cannot understand why it is possebel that for the running raffle for the cancer foundation Joye Neff have hade until now only 40 people who have send monney for tickets for this raffle.
There are more then 2000 members of the Berner L list and also a lot of members from the Natural Berner list if every member bay one ticket for this raffle then we can have an tremendis lot of monney for the resurce of Histio.
I find it a shame that only 40 people have order tickets by Joye.Now you can spend a little monney maby to protect your ouwn dog in the futher for this terrebel illnis.
If i reed the story,s on the Berner lists from people who spend thousends of dollars for operations or chemo cure when ther dog is diagnost on Histio,there for i ask you all please spend a few dollars on a ticket ,so that the Fred Hutchinson centre can finnisd there job and that we can say Histio is not longer the moost deadley form of cancer because this cancer must by stopt.
Think about it
Willem and Dingo Wijnberg
|Name:||Chris and John|
It's heartbreaking to see this extremely sad and beautiful collection of so many loved and lost Beloved Bern's and other breeds. You have obviously been and still are working hard to produce such a lovely Tribute to them all. Our Congratulations and Thanks to you for this much appreciated site.
Chris and John (Plumus)
|Comments:||What a beautiful tribute to our lost Berners. Thank you.|
Thank you so much for doing this for all of us!!!
|Comments:||What a beautifully conceived and orchestrated website !!!! I'm in the same boat as Karen, though....went through about a quarter box of tissues till I reached the bottom of the page. Just kept saying to myself over and over, "They're all gone...these magnificent, loving creatures are all gone due to Histo". Thank you so much for this beautiful tribute.
|Comments:||I didn't want you and Willem to be the only ones to sign!!
Love and Hugs,
This is the most incredible website I have EVER seen!!
You have put your heart and soul into it and in turn,
have won the hearts and souls of others. I come to
look at my babies on your site and to also enjoy the
'friends' of others. Keep up this wondeful labour of
love, it is SPECIAL and enjoyed by so many of us!!
Karen, Angel and Amika
and my Heart of Hearts, Britney Mae of Kokanell
|Comments:||How beautiful all these spirits are! I can't imagine the grief of losing a dog to this disease. I hope through this research that many of us will never experience it.
Thanks for all your hard work.
You have don an great job with making this list,it,s frightful to see how manny of our beloved friends die on the moost words form of cancer.
And i am happy that i can help with raise monny for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Reseuarch Centre with making paintings for the raffles for this centre.
In the past 36 years i have lost so manny of my best friends on that terrebel illniss.
When my last Newfy Simba go to the Bridge also on cancer i make the prommis to her that i will do anything what is possebel to fight against that terrebel cancer.
I will thank you Jean and Joye Neff and Pat Long who make it possebel for my to keep my prommis.
That terrebel illniss must by stopt
Willem and Dingo
|Comments:||With many thanks to Pat Long and Joye Neff who have worked tirelessly in support of all those owners who have lost their Bernese to the awful disease, Malignant Canine Histiocytosis!It is a great priviledge to be able to help them by setting up these Tribute Pages for those brave dogs and their owners. If you have lost a Berner to Histio and would like to be included on this Site, please contact me.
Sincerely, Jean Cheesman.
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