Honeybear’s Hero

chogan and honeybear beach

As you all know HoneyBear is on a journey to fight and God willing be cured from Osteosaracoma.  I strongly believe she is able to fight because we saw her symptoms and acted quickly.  The reason we were able to see this is because one year ago today we lost our beloved Chogan Thor to the same disease.  He was 11 1/2 when he passed.  He had x-rays and we thought he just had some really bad arthritis for months and finally when his leg was lame we saw a specialist.  We chose not to do treatment with him.  We didn’t have the knowledge then that we do today.  I have regretted this before but I am a believer in God and I know that everything happens for a reason.  I find peace in my heart knowing Chogan gave HoneyBear her fighting chance!  If it wasn’t for experiencing what we did with him we would also be treating Honeybear for arthritis.  She at least has a fighting chance now.

chogan and honeybear wedding

*We had an extremely small wedding but the one thing we were determined about from the start is Chogan and Honeybear will be a part of it!* 

Chogan was so special to us, he was our first “fur baby.”  He went on so many adventures with us and was always ready for another.  He was the most intelligent dog I have ever known and gave true meaning to the term “gentle giant.” There was never a quiet moment with him around as he was very vocal!  He even knew how to say “I love you!”  Before we brought Honeybear home as a puppy Chogan knew the names of his toys…..basketball, baseball, monkey and frog!  Honeybear changed this very quickly because she ate them!! 🙂  Honeybear learned everything from him even staring at the guinea pigs at Petsmart!  They were best friends.  He was the kind of dog you could take off the leash and trust %100.  He was strong, loyal, smart, sweet, and had such a big heart.  Chogan was tremendously loved by us and everyone that knew him and not a day goes by that we don’t think of him and miss him but I know he will always be with us.

Honeybear's Contest Photo


Honeybear is doing really well and is 6 weeks post op!  She has enjoyed several trips to the beach and loves to hang out on the deck every night chasing the lizards!  Her muscles are feeling so strong again and her balance and core strength is great!! The only side effect we have seen from the chemo is low white blood cell count.  During these couple days she gets a little sleepy and lethargic and then the next day she is perky and ready to go!  I recently bought her an organic immune supplement to hopefully help with this.  Amazon loves me right now!  Anything Honeybear needs Honeybear gets!  Although she definitely knows how to hop around and hop around fast she does tire pretty quickly so little by little is best for her.  One of the hardest things for me is to let her be a dog!  Every time she tries to chase a squirrel or run around the house I get really nervous she will hurt herself.  I feel like I want to wrap her in bubble wrap!!  🙂 She plays with her toys once in awhile but still not as much as before.  I have to remind myself she is still only 6 weeks post op!  I feel like the surgery was years ago already!  I am very happy with her progress and feel blessed for more time with her!

silly bear laying aroundhoneybear and immune supp

5 thoughts on “Honeybear’s Hero”

  1. Such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute for your precious Chogan. Thank you for giving us the privilege to know this very special boy.

    So many of us who are here now, didn’t know “what we didn’t know back then”. Years ago my Benny (Benny 55) was misdiagnosed for months with sprain, arthritis, etc. When my vet finally diagnosed osteo, no real “options” were offered. Different times, different information then versus now. Your Chogan truly lived a life of purpose…a life of meaning…a life that continues to have a positive impact.

    Chogan is such an enlightened Soul and his bright light continues to shine brightly! 🙂

    I love that Honeybear “gets anything that Honeybear wants!” A cute tripawd can never be denied!!

    It has me grinning ear to ear to see your family album with Chogan and Honeybear at your wedding and to see what great buddies they are in every photo.

    And then we have pictures of Honeybear being Honeybear, happy and living in the moment surrounded by looving and spoiling and toys and treats and comfy beds and pillows and trips to the beach and lizards!! Yeah, this dog is living life to the fullest and knows how to make everyday count! 🙂

    HAPPY SIX WEEK AMPUVERSARY! Steak and ice cream for everyone!’ And yeah, six weeks is still early. It IS tiring though to hop on three legs, especially in the summer heat! Honeybear is so happy doing exactly what she wants to on her terms!

    Cheering for ya’ Honeybear! 🙂


    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    1. Thank you so much for your positive feedback and response! It means a lot to connect with people who know exactly what you are going through!

  2. What a cute face you have Honey Bear!!! Keep fighting that ole cancer. It is mean but you are stronger than it is God willing!

  3. Sheena, Honeybear looks like she is doing GREAT! What a lucky girl to have such a strong mom and dad to help her fight on and thrive.

    I”m sorry about Chogan, that is So wrong to have osteo happen twice in the same lifetime. If you need anything at all just bark OK? We are here for you.


  4. You made me cry, RIP Chogan. And I so relate about letting them just be dogs… I am always hovering over Kokomo to make sure he does not slip or fall and hurt himself. I’m definitely a helicopter mom!!!

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