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Thu, Jan 17 | By Matt Van Hoven | 599

NEW JERSEY – Inker is a therapy dog at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ. Since taking on that role two years ago, the nine-year-old golden retriever has visited nearly 900 patients suffering from cancer. Owner Pat Dobson has been In… more ›

Cancer Therapy Dog Diagnosed with Lymphoma
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Shellguy
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Shellguy
5 years ago

You are so right!

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

Such a sad irony. I personally would like to hear that veterinary research is focusing on possible dietary reasons for what seems a rise in animals cancers.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

cancer is a harsh disease in human or animal, the sad part is some people can not afford therapy for either

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Beccasooner
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Beccasooner
5 years ago

Such an awful disease for all of us including our pets.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

Poor thing. When we treated one of our dogs for cancer he did not have the same type of human side-effects and he lived for 4 more years.

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Ahb
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Ahb
6 years ago

Oh my goodness, this touched my heart. I'm so sorry to have read that Inker died. He did so much to help so many people. What a wonderful, wonderful dog.

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Sharon111
6 years ago

Inker passed away yesterday 4/8/08. I work in the cancer center. He was very ill for the past few weeks. He will be missed so much.

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
6 years ago

Oh, that's so sad. I was just going to write I hope Inker is doing well. Thanks for the update.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

So sorry to hear this.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

He has done so much to help other cancer patients. I hope he will be okay.

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Satana H.
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Satana H.
6 years ago

What a touching story. I've seen what chemo can do to a person, I really feel for him. Good luck.

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Dsnyder
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Dsnyder
6 years ago

Does Inker have a dog visiting him! :D That might keep him happier!!

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

What a sad story. I hope the dog is ok.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

Sad and wonderful story. Hope the chemo treatments are successful. Quite an unusual connection for a therapy dog to have.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

This dog is amazing and I am sure now that the patients know he has cancer too, it makes it all the more special that he comes to visit them. I will pray that he goes into remission and continues his good work.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

Poor Baby! I hope you get well and soon. My thoughts are with you and your family. Good job pup!

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

After being such help to patients, it is sad that he too has the disease. Good luck in getting better.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

What a great connection he has with patients. They can relate with each other. It's always great to know when someone (or some dog) understands what you are going through.

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Melissa7271
6 years ago

I hope he stays on the path to remission. He has many people pulling for him - especially his patients.

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

Wow, good luck Inker. I hope you get better soon.

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Jess  L.
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Jess L.
6 years ago

Glad to hear he will still be around alittle longer to keep bringing smiles to peoples faces.

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

How sad, but at the same time inspiring. This dog has done so much to help suffering humans, now lets hope he receives the same loving care and concern from them. Good for the owner for investing the resources to cure her canine companion.

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

hopefully people can try to help him out

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

this is ironic that he has been trying to help cancer patients then he gets cancer too

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I hope Inker pulls out a cancer survivor. He's such a marvelous dog for doing what he does.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

I hope Inker beats the cancer so he can continue visiting cancer patients at the hospital.

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Sandy S.
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Sandy S.
6 years ago

What a trooper! This should create a closer bond between Inker and the cancer patients and be better therapy for both. I wish Inker the best.

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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

Inker I sincerely hope you are feeling well and have reached the remission. Keep up the good work dear friend...

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

pat and Inker a true inspiration for the many CA patients you have visited.thank you very much..

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

You 2 are truly an inspiranation to many CA people and many that are not.. God Bless you guys...

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

this is sad Inker and Pat, I hope that Inker will go into a long remission. I hope Inker your treatment is doing OK with you.

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Iseeurn
6 years ago

what a sad but wonderful story. I hope things work out for inker and side effects aren't too horrific for him

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago

Brave dog and great owner.

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

this is so sad for the dog

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Greg
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Greg
6 years ago

Best of luck, Inker.

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

this is so sad. i hope he goes into remission

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stephanie m.
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stephanie m.
6 years ago

SHE WAS THE BEST DIAGNOSTIC TOOL OUT THERE-AND OF COURSE PROBABLY NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE-HOW SAD-MAYBE THIS IS WHY SHE HAD AN AFFINITY FOR THE CANCER PATIENTS SHE 'DIAGNOSED'-IT WAS HER 6TH SENSE.

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Cheryl L.
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Cheryl L.
6 years ago

sad story....

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linda s.
6 years ago

Poor baby, I am glad his owner loves hime enough to treat him. I too have a dog that fought a battle with cancer at 3 years old, he is fine now

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

This is so sad! I wish the best for a full recovery.

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Lauren A.
6 years ago

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

I really hope he can continue his visits with other cancer patients & overcome his cancer. It would really be positive for those he visits & his owner too.

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

I hope people come to visit him!

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LIZ R.
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LIZ R.
6 years ago

HOW SAD..I HOPE HE RECOVERS

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Poor Inker, I'm sure he doesn't understand why he
has to be make uncomfortable and sick in order to get well. I hope he does ok.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

What a role model to the cancer patients he visits

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Anne Y.
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Anne Y.
6 years ago

awe, i hope he is ok

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

I hope he makes it

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Cam J.
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Cam J.
6 years ago

What a awesome dog. I hope he survives this horrivle diesease.

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James S.
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James S.
6 years ago

hope this great dog survives

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Lisa D.
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Lisa D.
6 years ago

What a great dog. I believe in pet therapy. When my grandmother was in the nursing home, I would take my collies to visit. It made some of the patients perk up. There was one man that I thought could not talk. The first day I took one of my collies he talked. And talked. As it turned out he had collies on his farm most of his life. He truly enjoyed the visits with the dogs.
What a wonderful person Pat is and what a wonderful dog Inker is. I pray for both of you.

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dawn h.
6 years ago

I think Inker will fight it until the end! I pray he makes it and doesn't feel to bad. It is so hard to see your best friend suffer. At least he is still able to help all of the cancer patients and now they can help care for him- he deserves lots of extra lovin'.

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