Labrador Retriever
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Home:Princeton, NJ  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 14 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Thelli, Thelli-Gabelli, Biscuit-Boy, Sock-Hound

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

April 4th 2002

Othello loves to take walks on the canal; go canoeing on Carnegie Lake; go to Home Depot; go to New Hope and watch the bikers; help with chores around the house; plant flowers; steal everyone's socks; AND he loves to bring in the newspaper for a biscuit!

Thelli has very few pet peeves and is very easy going. He even lets all the kitties have their way around the house.

Favorite Toy:
Othello's sister, Liz, bought him a stuffed froggy when he was 6 weeks old. He sleeps with froggy, and has not torn it to shreads after all this time.

Favorite Food:
Thelli has been on a diet since he was a year old because if it was up to him he'd only eat his mom's beef stew, meatballs, and t-bone steaks.

Favorite Walk:
Othello loves to walk on the D & R canal with his papi.

Best Tricks:
All of Thelli's tricks are wonderful, but his most clever trick is to pull the newspaper, that is still in its wrapper, off the kitchen table and run to his cubby with it in his mouth, asking for another payment for the same paper he brought in earlier.

Arrival Story:
Othello was a surprise father's day gift for his beloved papi. Thelli and his pop are joined at the hip, do all their chores together, and spend all their free time hiking, boating, shopping, mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow. They adore each other.

Thelli's best friends are his pup pal, Mo; Greta, the beautiful yellow lab, and Chester his fiesty beagle cousin. He also loves his feline sisters, Wille and Mia!

Forums Motto:
Born to LOVE!

The Groups I'm In:
♥ Ratties and labs♥, **HANG~N~WITH THE BIG DOGS**, Black Lab Lounge, LABS LABS AND MORE LABS!!!!!!!!!, Squeaky & Fuzzy, ~~~*♥Dog Park USA♥*~~~

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Lymphoma was Diagnosed

I've Been On Dogster Since:
January 29th 2005 More than 12 years!

I Was In The:
See me in Dogster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
♥Mom♥ 2005 Mother's Day Stroll!

2005 Valentine's Day Party!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Thelli's Page


February 17th 2008 10:44 am
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Dear Pup Pals,


Since my Mom told you I had lymphoma last September, I had to go to Red Bank Hospital every Saturday for 20 weeks. There I met and made friends with many other doggies and kitties who were also sick.

First, the great doctor there took out the enlarged lymph node on my back right leg. Then they took many other tests, and the doc became a bit confused by the results. I had a "stage 1" lymphoma, meaning I just had the one node, no other nodes enlarged, and my blood work showed no cancer.

Soooooo, my mom and pop agreed to send for another biospy report from a doggie expert far away. That report too came back "probably lymphoma" and caused a very odd expression on the doc's face again. "Thelli is unique!" he said to mom and pop. But geeeee, they already knew that, doc! HA!

He told my people that we should do the "Wisconsin Protocol" of chemotherapy " to make really sure Thelli will be ok; and it was lucky we caught it so early!"

Mom and pop didn't want me to have all those nasty chemicals put into my shiny black lab body, but they also didn't want cancer to surprise us later on.

Now, after 20 weeks of treatment, I am a perfect specimen of block-head health!


Guess what?!
I passed my Canine Good Citizen test AND the International Therapy Dog Test, all in one day!

WOW my pop was so proud of me, especially since, he told everybody, "Thelli is home-schooled!" (whatever that means :-)

So Pup Pals, after a long time, your Thelli is back.


Heart Breaking News

September 1st 2007 11:45 am
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I don't know how to tell all of our Dogster pals this news.

Thelli had surgery last Tuesday to remove an enlarged lymph node in his back left leg. We picked him up Wed, and he is recovering.

This morning the surgeon called with the biopsy results of the lymph they removed. Thelli has cancer, lymphoma.

There are no words to express how grief-stricken and devastated my husband and I are.

Today we have an appointment to speak with the oncologist.

Thelli is only 5 years old, and he is the love of our lives. Our hearts are broken.

Thelli's mom


OK, It's Not So Bad

July 1st 2005 12:19 pm
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Hi Pup Pals,

So, I'm here to report that being an uncle to a human boy-child is not so bad after all.

As you can see from the photo above, my human child understands perfectly the necessity of watering his favorite black lab!

Ahhhhh, it's sooo nice and cool in that sparkly pool. Just keep the water out of my eyes, Jack!

Your Rover-ing Reporter of all things Lab, Thelli

ps. Oh, by the way, this is not the same human infant my brother just "blessed" us with, as I posted in my last diary entry. I will report later on the lab-friendliness of that bundle of joy.

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