One man's commentary on his dog's cancer

Holly on guard for rampaging squirrels, May 2003

This site is dedicated to the memory of Holly, my 9-year-old Siberian Husky, who was diagnosed with intestinal lymphosarcoma in July of 2003.  The story doesn't have a happy ending, but I hope it will help those who have found the site looking for either information on the disease because their dog has a similar affliction, or those who have lost their dog and want to know that they aren't alone.

For me, it's a way to talk about the feelings of loss I have, as well as give some perspective on the impact of this kind of diagnosis in a pet.  Don't tell me it's "just a dog" -- When you spend 24 hours a day with another living being, whether it's a dog, cat, or other pet, a bond develops and you can see that they share many of the same feelings that we have.

I hope this site proves helpful to someone out there.  If your dog has lymphoma, I wish you the best of luck and a happy outcome.  If, like me, you've lost your dog to this disease, know that there are others who understand your loss.

Tom Hudson
Port Washington, WI

If you came to this website using the link in USA Today Weekend, you may be interested in the work being done by the Morris Animal Foundation.  They are working on a cure for canine cancer and USA Today Weekend provided my website URL by accident.  Visit them at


Holly's Story

What is Intestinal Lymphosarcoma?

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