A Prayer for Holly

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A few days ago, I took Holly to Gail’s place to get groomed.  I usually take her every six weeks or so, and Gail is always happy to see us when we arrive.  But a few hours later, when I came to pick Holly up, Gail wasn’t smiling.  She had a concerned look on her face.

She explained that she had found two lumps on the left side of Holly’s throat that weren’t there the last time she groomed Holly.  The bumps weren’t visible unless you raised Holly’s ear – her hair hid them.   One of the lumps appeared to be infected – probably due to her scratching.  I thanked Gail and took Holly home and then called the vet for an appointment.

To make a long story short – they did a biopsy on the lumps, and it’s cancer.  How ironic that her cancer is in the throat.  Guess the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, after all.

They have scheduled Holly for surgery, but it’s not until August 29th.  And waiting isn’t one of my stronger character traits.

But wait is what we must do.

She’s laying beside me – asleep.  When she wakes up, I’m going to tell her my 40% story to motivate and encourage her.  But I won’t be able to conceal the tears filling my eyes.

I never prayed for myself when I learned that I had cancer.  Praying for oneself always seemed to be selfish – but that’s only me.  But I know that many people prayed for me, and I’m giving them as much credit for my survival as I do my positive attitude.

So each morning, I’m going to say a prayer for my Holly.

Update:  August 29th @ 1:15 pmThe vet called and said that they finished Holly’s surgery and that it went well.  They told me that I can come to get her at 5:10 pm – and I can hardly wait.  She deserves lots of treats and kisses when she comes home.   They removed four boo-boos from her head and neck area, which are being sent to the lab for further analysis.

Thank you, for the outpouring of email, phone, and text messages Holly’s received – from friends and readers all over the world.  ~ Danny

Update:  August 29th @ 8:00 pm – Here’s copy and paste of an email I just sent out:

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all of the good wishes for Holly and me.  I just got home with Holly and she’s still wobbly but happy to be home.  She has to wear one of those large plastic cones around her head for 12-14 days.  They removed four boo-boos; two from the side of the neck, one beside her left eye and one from the top of her nose but that was a small wart that I thought should be removed also.  

But the poor thing is having a hard time getting around or even drinking because of the cone – so I’m going to remove it for a few minutes while she eats or drinks – but just for today.  I want her to try to get used to wearing the cone and I’m hoping that I don’t give in to her every few minutes.  But I will!
I’m going to copy and paste this email to the A Prayer For Holly story on my website as an update.
Oh, and I’m feeling much better today but taking it easy for a few days.  I’m Holly’s nursemaid anyway…
Danny and Holly
Update:  September 2nd @ 4:40 pm
Heres a short video update of Holly.  She’s improving daily after all she’s been through.  But she’s still taking it easy – she loves being pampered – and I love pampering her!  Hope you had a great long weekend.
Click to view the video:  Holly’s update video
Update:  September 10th @ 4:00 pm
The vet called today with the lab results:  Doctor gave Holly a clean bill of health! 
What a huge relief!
Today was a great day – I had coffee with a dear friend who’s like an older brother.  Sadly, his older brother recently passed.  I told him that I consider him my ‘adopted’ older brother – and he didn’t even roll his eyes!
But he smiled at me and that warmed the heart.
Holly thanks everyone for their prayers and for being her daddy’s friend.


Dedicated to my Holly Golightly





Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

The Locomotion – lyrics

Everybody’s doing my brand-new dance, now
(Come on baby, do the loco-motion)
I know you’ll get to like it if you give it a chance now
(Come on baby, do the loco-motion)
My little baby sister can do it with me
It’s easy as learning your a-b-c’s
So come on, come on, do the loco-motion with me
You gotta swing your hips, now

Come on, baby
Jump up
Jump back
Well, I think you’ve got the knack
Woe, woe

Now that you can do it, let’s make a chain, now
(Come on baby, do the loco-motion)
A chug-a chug-a motion like a railroad train, now
(Come on baby, do the loco-motion)
Do it nice and easy, now, don’t lose control
A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul

Come on, come on
Do the locomotion with me

Move around the floor in a loco-motion
(Come on baby, do the loco-motion)
Do it holding hands if you get the notion
(Come on baby, do the loco-motion)

There’s never been a dance that’s so easy to do
It even makes you happy when you’re feeling blue
So come on, come on, do the loco-motion with me

You gotta swing your hips, now
(Come on) that’s right (do the loco-motion)
You’re doing fine (come on, do the loco-motion)
Come on, baby (come on, do the loco-motion) hm-hm-hm
Jump up (come on) jump back (do the loco-motion)
You’re looking good (come on, do the loco-motion) hm-hm-hm
Jump up (come on) jump back (do the loco-motion) hm-hm-hm yea yea yea

Songwriters: Carole King / Gerry Goffin
The Loco-motion lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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6 thoughts on “A Prayer for Holly

  1. Well Dan, most of us have prayed when we’ve been in trouble not to be caught. Now that we’re a little older maybe not much more mature we realize the value of life and Friends.
    So we all say a prayer for Holly, and you her keeper.
    Life is short and precious enjoy our moments we have together whether it’s with a partner or a pet it all touches our heart.

  2. I will include Holly in my prayers as well Danny. She is your loyal and trusted family member who brings you the most joy. I pray that she will overcome just as you have done.
    She’s a good Dog. 🙂



  3. Hi Dan and Annette

    Words are hard to find at times like these. So sorry to hear about Holly. By the way, neighbor, how are you?

    Love and friendship from Christine and Bob

    1. Hi Christine and Bob,

      Hopefully, Holly’s surgery will go well and she’ll have a full recovery. And when it rains, it pours – because yesterday, I got a ride in an ambulance to Langley Hospital’s ER Department. After a few hours of tests and chest Xrays, the doctor figured it was a severe case of stomach flu. I was worried that it was cancer because the symptoms were very similar to a reaction I had after one of my chemotherapy treatments in 2009. So, I’ll be staying quiet for a few days. Thanks, for thinking of me.

      Hugs and Love,


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