American Kennel Club Gazette
All of us dread the day we discover a lump on our beloved pet. Our worst fear is to hear the diagnosis of cancer. Jos�e Clerens and John Clifton have published Sparky Fights Back, documenting the life of their Australian Terrier and his journey through treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
John and Jos�e had decided to get an Aussie - their first dog - after reading an illustrated dog book. After much searching, they found a puppy for sale - their Sparky. They had met the challenges of raising a puppy in a New York City apartment building and now, six years later, were faced with trying to save the life of their beloved dog. How unpredictable life is!
In addition to being a wonderful, heartwarming story, the book includes an expanded glossary of tools available to fight cancer, an appendix with the 10 warning signs of cancer, and listings (with addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses) of resources such as radiology facilities by state, online resources, oncologist locators, sources for financial aid, and veterinary associations.
Four years after their Australian Terrier went into remission from lymphoma, Clerens and Clifton recount the difficult and expensive road they traveled to save him. Determined to "shock and awe" the cancer into remission with a multi-pronged, shotgun approach to treatment, the couple recorded the ups and downs of Sparky's journey from diagnosis back to health. Pet owners prepared to go the extra mile upon getting the bad news will appreciate this honest tale with a happy ending. An appendix full of resources, including a short list of veterinary financial aid institutions, is updated regularly on the authors' Web site.