Well I came back from a work trip and noticed that my dog was licking his foot and that the nail looked funny. I made him an appt the next day to have it checked out, thinking he just broke his nail off....silly me. That was November 19, 2009. Long story short and three surgeries later....my darling Jack has been diagnosed with Melanoma of the nail bed. This has been a devastating period of time for my family. Jack came to us as a rescue dog back in February 2008. He is such an amazing dog and has brought so much to our lives. It is very obviously that he was an abused dog before he came into our lives, but he is a fighter and has the best disposition!! He is full of hope and love, despite how poorly he was treated previously. Money is tight, but am doing what I can to help him fight this awful disease. I've changed his diet, he had his toe amputated and is doing amazenly well!! He starts chemo on Thursday so we shall see how that goes. I'm also looking into the melanoma vaccine. But man is all of this expensive!! He is also being evaluated at a local school of vet medicine for participation in a melanoma trial. We've got a tough road ahead of us but my daughter and I will do whatever we can to balance fighting for his survival and keeping his quality of life high! If anyone has any info regarding the below please let me know! Melanoma K9 Immunity Melanoma vaccine Ok update on 12/31/09 - Jack had his first chemo treatment and the Melanoma vaccine, first shot. Three more shots to go and at least three more chemos to go. So far so good.....he just ate a big dinner, partially home made food and partial grain free dog food. Gave him some minced ginger just in case he has any nausea. We will see what the next few days bring. Thanks!!