Meet a Lowcountry Dog: Cassady Hartong

Around seven years ago, we adopted a puppy from the SPCA that was labeled “Lab mix.” She was so cute with floppy ears and a furry brown coat. She changed a lot during those first few months: her tail curled, her fur lightened, her nose grew longer, and her ears pointed up. It was hilarious because her ears went up at different times. She no longer looked like a Lab puppy but more like a chow/shepherd. When we were at the dog park or walking, people would ask us, “is that a dingo?” It became so common that I did a little research and found that she looks a lot like a Carolina dog, which is the indigenous dog to the U.S. and also resembles the wild Australian dog.

 A year and a half ago, we noticed a lump in Cassady’s front leg. She was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Since the tumor had not spread, we decided to amputate her leg to prolong her life. After a month of rest and healing, she was basically back to her old self. She still swims, runs, plays, and unfortunately digs. She has even caught a mole! Even though she tires faster, due to hopping on three legs, she is very happy and enthusiastic. When people see us out walking on the beach or at the park, they can’t believe how amazing she is. She has new nicknames such as “hop-a-long Cassady” and “tripod.” On average, a dog diagnosed with osteosarcoma lives for 6 months or less but she has surpassed that mark and is still going strong. She is truly amazing.

 submitted by Kelly and Travis Hartong – James Island

Would you like your dog featured in an upcoming Meet a Lowcountry Dog spotlight? Send us up to 3 photos, and a short {500 words or less} write up of what makes your dog so special. Email the info to leah@lowcountrydog.com using the subject line: Meet a Lowcountry Dog.

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3 responses to “Meet a Lowcountry Dog: Cassady Hartong

  1. I noticed your post tonight and wanted to let you know that we went through this with one of our dogs recently. Apollo was diagnosed with the same disease, had his left front leg amputated and we were given the green light. Unfortunately, it came back in his rib cage, then spread to other organs very quickly. His leg was removed last October and he passed away on May 5th, at less than three years old. It is wonderful to see a dog doing so well!!! I have included the poem I wrote for him in a recent work I’m having published soon to bring about more awareness hopefully for this disease. Best Wishes

  2. WE LOVE THAT DINGO! AND WE LOVE YOU TWO. Best wishes with the arrival of Poter, the new family member. We look forward to our spring break visit where we can play ball with Cass and get to know Porter.

  3. Kelly I was wondering if you were familiar with the Trot for the Cure a benefit for cancer research in dogs and which SPCA did Cassady come from?

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