Canine Comfort…Helps Fight Cancer!

Just a few short weeks ago, I received a text from a very good friend of mine.

“Sorry, I can’t come over today. I found out last night I have ovarian cancer”

Tears don’t often well up in my eyes but that is what immediately happened.


Dani holding Tipo after his spa day!

Danise Daffer is fighting cancer. Stage 4 cancer to be exact.

Dani is one of those delightful people that you can’t find a bad word to say about her.

I’m trying right now to think of one…NOPE… can’t think of one!

She is always willing to pitch in to help with anyone in need.

She is energizer bunny type.

Of course, She loves dogs!

She just finished her second round of Chemo.

It has not been an easy road.

She can barely keep any food in her stomach. Walking short distances just wears her out.

Luckily, she has her little pooches to comfort her along the way.

Three little Chihuahuas.

I’ve know Dani for years and these dogs were old when I met her.

I think they are all about 12-15 years old now.

Yesterday, she asked if we would give Tipo a spa day.

Of course we were happy to help out.


Tipo after his bubble bath

Tipo is the old man of the group. His hips don’t work very well…but the chihuahua spunk is still very much alive!

Julie gave him the super bubble treatment. Wash, rinse and repeat.

She massaged that little body until you could almost hear a cats purr :0)

After some nail clipping and a bit of gland squishing….it was off to the blow dryer.

Tipo was very good and maintained conversation during his pamper time.

I’m sure if he could speak English, his barking would have been informing us of how life was in the good ole’ days.

How he has a right to be a bit grouchy….Because he is old!!

I’m sure he was also expressing the concern he is sensing with his human mom.

Dogs seem know everything about us. Sometimes even before we figure ourselves out.

They are designed to understand our human emotions and struggles.

Dogs are in tune with our spirits.


Danny with fluffy Tipo

We delivered Tipo back to his house yesterday afternoon….whiter and fluffier.

I’m sure VERY relaxed. (if that is possible for a chihuahua)

Dani’s husband, Danny (yes that is true they share the same name) met us at the door.

We can’t forget that Dan may not have cancer in his body..but his fight is just as important.

With a family of seven girls, the last two still in elementary school, Danny has much on his shoulders right now too.

Luckily, they have their family coming in from all over to help.

People in the community and in her church congregation are pitching in.

Dani’s dogs are ready to cuddle her when she is down.

It seems all the important bases are covered.

Now we hope to sit back and watch miracles happen…

I’m a firm believer in miracles!

If anyone else would like to help out in a small way…I just found out that they have set up a “go fund me” account.  Then type in “Donating to Dani”

You will see her and pictures of all those beautiful daughters of hers….

I’m sure Tipo and the rest of the Daffer Family would be very grateful.

~Just Krista

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2 thoughts on “Canine Comfort…Helps Fight Cancer!

  1. visleman

    Dani is truly one of the very few people who it is an honor to know and love. She never asks, she always gives and her diagnosis came as a complete shock to me as well. I know she didn’t lie to me when we talked at Christmas and I asked how she and her family were doing and she answered “fine”. I don’t know when exactly they found out. But she is such a compassionate, giving, loving, caring person any animal would feel the difference and probably knew long before she did.

    I know without a doubt that animals (particularly dogs and cats) seem to know us better than we know ourselves. When my Mom was diagnosed with cancer, out cat just wanted to stay with her constantly. When my Mother-in-law left her home in Kentucky to come and spend her last months with us in Oregon, all 4 of her dogs were dead within 10 days (they were old, but they had been loyal to her until she left). Her group of cats went into hiding sometime before. Whenever my son was sick as a teen (and he was very ill), our cat was always with him no matter where in the house he was.

    And I know that all the dogs and one cat I have owned they always seemed in-tune to what was going on. It works both ways with them, when we pet them or pay attention to them, we receive as much love from them as we are giving, probably more. Yes, they can seem to be demanding at times and under certain circumstances it isn’t even fair to these gentle creatures to own them in a place where they can’t be kept safe from predator’s, but by and large if I have an animal I know I have been blessed.

    I also know Krista Reynolds and having known her and how much she loves and cares for the dogs in her care she made an obvious connection, that she could help out Dani’s whole family by helping to care for her beloved dogs. And that is the kind of person Krista is too, loving and caring of not just her family but in the choices she made in her work to care for dogs and see the love they can give.

    Thanks Krista for seeing a need to both animal and human and honoring your love for both.

    • Vickie….Your words are delightful. Our animals know us and take care of us. We are all in this world together :0) Best wishes to you. Krista

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