Coco the Collie

Diagnosed with lymphoma she needs help with her last part of treatment
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About the Campaign

First vet check up

At the end of August Jill noticed an abrasion on Coco’s toe. Jill took her into the vet where the vet gave Coco topical meds, even checked out the lymph nodes and that seemed fine. Over Labor Day weekend, Coco started to act lethargic and stopped eating and drinking. On Labor Day Jill took her to the Emergency Vet. They said she was dehydrated and gave her fluids. She continued to be very lethargic and not eating. Jill was giving her fluids and feeding her mushed up food with water from a syringe. Since there was no improvement Jill took her to another vet.

Finally on September 9th, Jill got a diagnosis, hemangiosarcoma. After the misdiagnosis of hemangiosarcoma on 9/9 I took Coco to the local vet for a splenectomy on Monday 9/12. When they did the ultrasound they discovered it was not hemangiosarcoma. They noticed her enlarged and rubbery lymph nodes and reviewed the x-rays from vet #2 and suspected lymphoma. They aspirated her lymph nodes and spleen and confirmed the diagnosis of lymphoma.


With a diagnosis of lymphoma the dog must be treated or they die within days or weeks.  The gold standard is a combination of chemotherapies given on alternate weeks.

So far Coco has received a dexamethasone shot given with an L-asparaginase injection. L-asparaginase is an antibody that kills lymphoma cells.  She was put on high doses of prednisone which she is almost weaned off of.  A week after the L-asparaginase treatment she received a vincristine treatment. On October 2nd she received Cytoxan which is an oral chemotherapy. On 10/9 she received another vincristine treatment. Every week they alternate different chemotherapy for 6 months.


She is on week 3 and has a partial remission. Hopefully with continued chemotherapy and then immunotherapy she will remain in remission for quite some time. If she does not get treatment she may only have a few weeks to live.

The vet says that if Coco gets the treatment her success rate is excellent. 90% of dogs treated with this chemotherapy protocol respond to treatment and are in remission (cancer free)!

Coco is responding well to treatment. Her appetite is excellent and her activity level is great. She is playful and happy again!

Jill and her background in Collies

Jill has a family of Collie’s and except for one they have lived to be 12-13+ years old. She says collies are not a breed known to be predisposed to lymphoma though there does appear in some dog breeds there is a genetic component.

Coco is only 5 years old!!

Jill has been involved in exhibiting Collies since 1999. Her dogs are AKC registered. They are well-bred and well socialized. She is well known and respected in the breed and has been a member of the Collie Club of America for 20 years.  She is also a member of the Collie Health Foundation. She shows her Collies and through the years has had many memorable dogs and champions. All her dogs are house dogs. They are well socialized and very much loved.


Jill and her family have paid out many thousands of dollars already in treatment. They want their young baby to get healthy!

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  • Harriet Brown

    My cat has lymphoma so I know what you are going through. Best of luck.

    October 14, 2019 at 11:36 pm Reply


      Thank you very much Harriet. Hope your cat is in remission. Blessings to both of you!

      October 15, 2019 at 11:25 am Reply

  • Michelle McKinzie

    Praying for Coco!

    October 18, 2019 at 5:13 am Reply


      Thank you Michelle! Your genorosity is much appreciated!

      October 23, 2019 at 3:36 pm Reply

  • Meredith Douglas

    Praying for Coco. 🙏🐾🥰

    October 19, 2019 at 7:18 am Reply


      Thank you Meredith! Your friendship and support mean a lot to Coco and me!

      October 23, 2019 at 3:34 pm Reply

  • Nona VanDamme

    Best of Luck to Coco, beautiful dog !!

    October 19, 2019 at 9:15 am Reply


      Thank you Nona! Your kind words are much appreciated!

      October 23, 2019 at 3:33 pm Reply

  • Maribeth Decker

    I want to Coco to live a long and lovely life!

    October 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm Reply

    • Jill Lanese

      Thank you Maribeth! From your lips to God’s ears. Praying for a miracle! Thank you for your support in ALL ways.

      October 23, 2019 at 3:32 pm Reply

  • Natalie Brown

    Mom Coco,
    I hope that you will get all better soon!
    Your favorite, Smart, Handsome Son:

    October 24, 2019 at 8:15 am Reply


      Thank you Natalie, Felicia and my love Bubba! I am speechlesd at your generosity! Thank you sooo much!

      Coco and I are both trying so hard for her to get better!!

      Still praying the pharmaceutical company will give us the experimental drug – that is her BEST chance to keep her in remission and maybe beat this!

      On Tuesday we’ll know more. The oncologist will be redoing diagnostic testing so we could see internally if there is improvement.

      Love you guys!!

      October 25, 2019 at 4:13 am Reply

  • Natalie Brown

    Mommy Coco,
    Please get healthy and feel better soon! I want you to see me grow up!
    Your favorite, most handsome, smartest, best-est son:

    October 24, 2019 at 8:21 am Reply


      Dear Bubba,

      This is Coco. Mommy is taking a shower and I am using dictation software to type this.

      I want to be there for your Bar Mitzvah in 11 years Bubba so I will work very hard at getting better.

      Momma Jill is doing everything to help me. Momma Chyna had an issue this week with her insulin and collapsed so momma Jill is very stressed. Mommy (Jill) had to rush her to the vet to save her life 3 times. I think they figured out the problem and she’s doing better now.

      So, pray for mommy Jill too. I need her strong to help me! I didn’t feel well yesterday so mommy took me to the oncologist. When we got home I was hungry and ate dinner but Mommy Jill has been crying all night from the stress.

      I love you Bubba and we all miss you! I will do my absolute best to be here to watch you grow up. When I finish with chemo I will ask mommy to take me up and see you. You were always my favorite Bubba.



      October 25, 2019 at 4:28 am Reply