Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Help Canine Cancer Victims and Get a Personalized Dog Song | Give Cancer the Paw

Randy Barr and Ernie
Too many times I've heard stories about pet owners who cannot afford treatment for their pets with serious illness - often cancer.  Some begin fundraising efforts; some are lucky enough to find a resource that will help them get their dog desperately needed treatment.  

As some of you know, I have a thing for original songs about dogs.  My obsession with my own dog song music playlist led to Dog Song Saturday.  

One day while hunting down some fresh material, I stumbled on a singer songwriter named Randy Barr and his song Ernie and Me.  As I listened to the lyrics they just felt right and I felt my heart crack a bit with their sweet joy.

I shared this wonderful song and the video of Randy and his dog Ernie on a Dog Song Saturday.  I always like to link to the composer and/or performer in those blog posts, so I did a bit of research on Randy.  

That research led to correspondence with Randy himself, plus to this blog post.

At this point you're probably wondering what a dog song has to do with canine cancer.  A lot!

Donate to help people whose dogs have cancer and cannot afford treatment and enjoy your own dog song.

There's a very special organization near and dear to Randy Barr's heart:  Canine Cancer Awareness

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and the available treatment options.  

Donations made to CCA are used for veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.  CCA sends those monies directly to the vet involved and the dogs receives treatment.

They also maintain a wealth of information about canine health in general, as well as canine cancer.  Fetch their website for an amazing collection of articles about canine cancer and useful information to guide you if your dog is battling cancer.

Make a tax deductible financial donation to Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc of $10 or more.  Randy will do a digital recording of your very own personalized version of his song Ernie and Me.  Get your dog song here.

Have a listen to my own personalized dog song, Lucy and Me, then head over to CCA and grab a personalized dog song of your very own.  

It's a win - win.  You're helping a worthy dog cancer cause and you'll have a sweet tribute to your own special friend.

You can also listen to Randy's original song, Ernie and Me, and watch his sweet video of him with his dog Ernie.Randy's music has been described as melodic rock with a kick and is available on cdbaby, Amazon and iTunes.  He has a new album out This Thing Called Love which you can preview at RandyBarr.net    You can also find Randy on Twitter or Facebook, too.

Talking Dogs is participating in the Give Cancer the Paw blog hop, hosted by Pooch Smooches and Peggy's Pet Place.  Join us with a  tribute to a lost pet, personal experiences, tips, research - anything related to pet cancer.

Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.


  1. The stories of financial hardships are heart breaking. The upside is that treatments are available. I remember as a child when cancer in dogs was pretty much a very sad trip to the vet to be put down. There was so little they could do when it advanced to the point pain was unbearable. It gives me hope that while expensive there are treatments.

  2. Very cool! I can't watch the video at the moment as our internet connection here is sloooooow.

    Very cool to have your own personalized song. I need one for Abby. Thanks for joining the hop and for a great post.

    Also thanks for the nice words on Pooch Smooches. Hope to be back in the routine soon.

  3. oh thank you thank you for re posting this. Ever since you did I've been thinking I need to do this for Norman and then I forget about it when I'm on the computer to think about it again each day. I am now going to do this. The video of Lucy made me tear up, what a beautiful gentle soul. What a great tribute memory video. Thank you, have a great day.

  4. Oh now that melted my heart too. What a beautiful tribute to Lucy. We had a yellow lab, they are such sweet dogs. It's wonderful that Randy is giving of his time and talent to help dogs with cancer. I'm going to have to have one made for our sweet golden Brooks. And, I'll spread the word! Thanks for joining Give Cancer the Paw today.

  5. :( thank you for posting about such an important topic. .....that video :(

  6. Oh, I love the video and the song, and the whole idea behind this. What a great way to raise money for such a great cause.

  7. I love the tribute to Lucy and canine cancer project. Too many dogs are lost each year to the disease. Thank you for spreading the word.

  8. Sounds like a great deal to raise money to help people!

  9. That's a nice idea.


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