Multi Nat'l & Int'l Ch Buffy T. Bad Girl, daughter of Multi Nat'l & Int'l Ch, 2x World Ch Powerhouse Braxx & Multi Nat'l & Int'l Ch Amber Twee von Haus Hastel
Owner(s): Paul & Vickie Saez
Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux
Age: 8 years
Diagnosis: T-Cell Lymphoma
Prescribed Treatment: Chemotherapy
Born June 25 2003 Buffy was descended from Dogue de Bordeaux Royalty. Her parents and grand parents are still to this day the most awarded DDBs in America having won more National Specialty titles and National and International Championships than any other Bordeaux.
Always feisty, fiercely loyal and wickedly wise from the moment we brought her home, it was our intention to breed Buffy one very special time for a litter of puppies to show as the first ever DDBs to compete in the AKC. Her only litter was born by C-section on August 1, 2006. At 5 years old Buffy followed in her parents (and her own puppies' ) footsteps and earned an AKC Championship of her own. Ever calm, the unquestionable alpha in a house of pups who outweighed her by 50 lbs, Buffy was infinitely patient & stern with her gorgeous babies. Each of the 6 pups from the litter we kept earned AKC championships and a multitude of awards in their show careers, more than fulfilling any hopes and dreams we had.
Buffy won Top Female at the 2009 DDBSA National Specialty Top 20 Competition as well as Brood Bitch of The Year, a huge award.
Just 2 months after losing her daughter Holly to lymphoma, Buffy displayed the many of the classic signs herself when, Saturday, April 2, 2010 I discovered swollen lymph nodes while palpating her throat. This was something I did (and still do) on a weekly basis with all our dogs after Holly's diagnosis. On April 6, 2010 when Buffy was 6 & 1/2 years old we received the expected but still devastating news that Buffy did indeed have T Cell Lymphoma. A diagnosis made all the more devastating because we now knew it meant that none of our dogs could ever be bred as the cancer was genetic, inheritable and strong in our lines, because both Mother and daughter had it.
Because of her age, we decided to forgo radiation treatment for Buffy, but did pursue a full course of chemotherapy. We gained 8 1/2 joyous months at the skilled hands of Dr. David Lurie, who by now had become a dear friend. We were heartbroken to discover Buffy had come out of remission on January 6th of 2011, and after a last good fight, Buffy succumbed to her cancer February 8, 2011. She was never sick a single day of her remission. It was only in the last two days of her life that she showed any decline at all. A year later, our home still feels empty without our "Mama-dog", but our life is so much richer for having shared it with her.
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