No Distance is Too Far for Beloved Family Companion

Crystal Drives from Washington to Colorado to Help Baba Ganoush Fight Cancer

Crystal + Baba Ganoush

Crystal met Baba Ganoush after he was abandoned in Jacksonville, Florida. They were immediately inseparable and when it was time for Crystal to move to Oak Harbor, Washington, Baba moved with her.

"After arriving at CSU, the team recommended Baba for the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation Cancer Treatment Fund."

Baba had become Crystal’s loyal companion during her husband’s deployments. As a military spouse, she relied on Baba for comfort and support, “he’s a charming sweetheart,” said Crystal. “He loves to sleep on my chest, tucking his head around my neck and into my hair. We often nap together on the weekends.”

Shortly after arriving in Washington, Baba was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma by his local veterinarian. Immediately Crystal said she wanted to “do something.” “Waiting for test and opinions was excruciating. We wanted to consider every options and balance quality and quantity of life.” Ultimately, Baba’s vet referred them to the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. At first, the distance from Washington made it seem impossible for Crystal. But after talking to the team at CSU she knew it was the right fit.

Crystal packed up the car and drove Baba from Washington to Colorado for two weeks of radiation. After arriving at CSU, the team recommended Baba for the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation Cancer Treatment Fund. Crystal said that being recommend for the fund “gave us the peace of mind to focus on Baba’s treatment and not the anxiety around financing his care. It was such a relief to have a plan in place to rid Baba of his cancer.”

After radiation, Crystal took Baba home to Washington to complete his treatment. She says that other than a little bit of lethargy after treatments, Baba’s personality and behavior has remained largely unchanged. Crystal is grateful to have more quality time with her best friend, “Baba and our dog have been my companions through my husband’s many deployments. It’s comforting to come home to their little furry faces.” And, the CSU team continue to cheer on Baba, sending fan mail and encouragement as he completes his treatment in Washington.

Together with Blue Buffalo, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $13 million in pet cancer research and treatment. If your pet has been diagnosed with pet cancer and you need assistance with the cost of care, please see our Pet Cancer Resource Guide for a list of organizations that may be able to provide assistance.

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