Dog Owner Sells Car To Fund Poodle’s Chemotherapy

TarkMany of us pet owners are willing to do anything for our pet’s health. We scrap and save to pay for their medical bills, prioritize our pets over our needs, and for one California woman, she is selling her car to pay for her dog’s cancer treatments.

Karla Jadwin, a Bakersfield pet owner, found out her beloved dog had cancer. She wanted to do everything and anything to get him the treatment that he needed. She even is selling her own car.

Tark, her 13-year-old poodle, was diagnosed with bone cancer in November. A painful tumor was found in his right leg, and veterinarians amputated his leg. He has recovered from the surgery and is currently going through chemotherapy.

“My first thought was another man in my life with cancer in his bones… that’s how I lost my husband,” Jadwin said. After seeing her husband battle cancer, she wanted to make sure Tark would survive.

Jadwin put an advertisement in the newspaper to sell her Pontiac Firebird for $6,500. The money will help with the ten thousand dollars in medical bill she has for her dog’s chemotherapy.

Tark’s vets told Jadwin that he only has two years to live. She hopes that chemotherapy will extend his life expectancy.

Jadwin also has struggled with her own cancer. She is a 17-year breast cancer survivor. She knows the pain that her dog is going through and wants to ease his pain.

“Ninety-five percent of dogs that have this disease are put down because of the incredible pain. I have a problem with that, I would choose life. And I do believe in miracles, I do believe in early diagnosis. It saved my life, and I believe there is a good chance it will save his life.” said Jadwin.

Jadwin said the cancer treatments did affect Tark. He lost his fluffy white hair, but now his hair is starting to come back. She hopes that she will have a three-legged dog with tons of energy and more hair.

She drives Tark to Orange County for chemotherapy every three to four weeks. Jadwin does have another car to drive after she sells her Pontiac.

She said she is not looking for donations or handouts from people. She simply wants to sell what she has to keep her beloved best friend for as long as she can.


16 Responses to “Dog Owner Sells Car To Fund Poodle’s Chemotherapy”

  1. Elderta says:

    All the best, Tark. Lucky doggie to have such a wonderful mommy!

  2. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    Good luck, Tark, and may whatever gods there are bless and protect Karla.

    Send comforting purrrsss to both of them from all of us.

  3. Debi says:

    That is just sadder than sad, I have a friend that lost his wife to cancer, then his most beautiful dog got a very aggressive form of cancer, and 3 weeks ago he lost his buddy too. Its really sad, especially if the dog is your’e only family member. I hope Tark outlives the 1 year diagnosis. Just as a side question, have you read the book by Martin Goldstein, dvm, called the nature of animal healing. If you do read it, he has saved many dogs and cats that normal vetrinary science said were terminal. You can order the book used on If you are interested, or rather want an appt. or consultation, I have the phone #, he is pretty expensive but I believe it is because of his phenomenol success with holistic medicine, which by the way, can be handled through your’e own vet.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I (don’t) wonder where this dog received vaccine injections.

    Good work Debi getting the word out that there are additional treatments that can help.

    vaccination without risk notification must be stopped.

  6. Bichon Mom says:

    I don’t think Dr. Goldstein does any phone consultations anymore … he’s pretty busy these days being a Vet to the stars. I saw him on Oprah’s TV show a few months ago and on Martha Stewart’s show too.

    I bought his book and I tried to consult him (ie via paid phone consultation) years ago when my dog was diagnosed with Cushing’s. I guess that he was too busy to do phone consults back then too, because I was only offered the possibilty to consult (for an astronomical amount of money) by phone with one of the Vets who works in his clinic … and that only if I agreed to ship blood samples to his Lab for analysis first. I was told that I would also have to continue sending in the blood samples and doing the expensive phone consults on an ongoing basis.

    I asked if maybe my Vet could contact Dr. Goldstein to consult with him about treatments for my dog, figuring that maybe he could explain some of his novel and wonderful treatment options to my Vet, but I was told he doesn’t consult with Vets either.

    He doesn’t go into any detail at all about the treatments he talks about in his book, so I had tried everything I knew how to do to get Dr. Goldstein’s input, hoping he could elaborate on some “treatments” he mentioned in his book, but I came away from that experience with a bad taste in my mouth and the feeling that like so many other people, he’s only in it for the money.

    I sure hope that Tark’s Mom can get the help she needs for Tark, but I doubt she’ll get anything at all from Goldstein

  7. Irene says:

    Karla, my most heartfelt thoughts are with you and Tark. I agree with Debi, holistic medicine can be of great value and hope you might check it out. I also suggest you go to the following website: The article is entitled: The Budwig Diet - Flaxseed Oil & Cottage Cheese

    A quote from the article: “She has been referred to as a top European Cancer Research Scientist, Biochemist, Blood Specialist, German Pharmacologist, and Physicist. Dr. Budwig was a seven-time Nobel Prize nominee.”

    In the article there are testimonials to the success of her protocol, which has been used not only with people, but also with pets. Her name is Dr. Johanna Budwig and you will find much info if you search her name, including information relating to pets who have benefitted from her therapy as well.

    Hope the info in this article might encourage you to give this option a try.

  8. Bichon Mom says:

    Irene wrote:
    A quote from the article: “She has been referred to as a top European Cancer Research Scientist, Biochemist, Blood Specialist, German Pharmacologist, and Physicist. Dr. Budwig was a seven-time Nobel Prize nominee.”

    I’m not against using herbs and other “natural modalities” … I’ve used many herbs and other “natural treatments” myself (and I have given some to my dog, too, and I have found that some do provide a measurable good effect … milk thistle for the liver, for example).

    But as far as I know, the Nobel Prize nominees list is *never made public. The list of nominees is a closely guarded secret and only the Nobel Prize winners’ names are ever announced. So when I see anyone claiming to be a Nobel Prize nominee, that is a huge red flag for me.

    If Budwig was a nominee, she wouldn’t know, and neither would anybody else, unless she won a Nobel Prize of course.

    Maybe flaxseed oil and cottage cheese works to fight cancer, I don’t know (it couldn’t hurt to try it I guess) … but I wouldn’t trust any information on any site that hails Dr. Budwig as a “seven-time Nobel Prize nominee.” and I also wouldn’t bet my life (or the life of my dog) on it.

    Budwig’s cancer-cure claims are not new (I’ve known about the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese thing for years). And honestly, if flaxseed oil and cottage cheese could really cure cancer, surely by now somebody with believable credentials would have made it known to the world that if you want to cure a cancer, that’s how to do it.

    Does anybody here actually know somebody who has tried it and found that it cured their cancer?

    Promoting these types of unproven claims gives false hope to people, and in my opinion, that is cruel.

  9. Debi says:

    Bichonmom, yeah, I called too, but in the e-mail a lady named Rochelle, told me that he does do consultations, after the e-mail came and I saw the 450.00 price tag, I felt the same way you do about the greed. When he wrote the book back in 97, he was still filled with wonderment that the treatment his bro. and he concocted was soooooooo successful and really wanted to help alot of pet owners facing cancer, now I’m afraid to say, only the rich can be assured of a cure through him. Not nice, definitely not fair. I kind of hope its not true,and if Karla could maybe look into holistic alternatives elsewhere, maybe that would end up being a godsend. One thing I know that works for the best, is our old friend, prayer, I will be putting Tark in mine every morning.

  10. Bichon Mom says:

    Debi says:

    “One thing I know that works for the best, is our old friend, prayer, I will be putting Tark in mine every morning.”

    Me too.

  11. mittens says:

    i have given up vacations for the past 2 years( sorely needed ones- i work 20 hour days when we’re busy) because i couldn’t bare to leave my elderly cats- 2 of whom were sick. this past year it’s been that plus the vet bills which pretty much nixed the vacation outright.

    i’ve always put my girls first. when i didnt have money ,they always ate before i did but i really draw the line at dumping tons of money in some “holistic “doctors’ pocket for unproven procedures and remedies. it’s not that i think that much outside of traditional medicine isn’t helpful-on the contrary -but terminal diseases are effected by miracles before they’re remedied by herbs and smudge sticks let alone traditional drugs and invasive procedures with questionable success rates.

    years ago, i brought i friend to some wholistic voodoo vet with her cat who had just been diagnosed with feline leukemia. he had this stunning array of bach medicines and meatless foods to be ministered in such a complicated manner i had to do a flow chart to help keep track of the days and dosages. after a week of torturing the poor cat, who had promptly stopped eating ,i managed to convince my friend to give it up- the cat’s is going to die and short of divine intervention there’s nothing we can do to stop it. why make her more miserable stuffing twigs and berries in her? give her the food she likes, make her comfortable and pray for a peaceful end.

    i felt the same way when i saw my grandmother ,who had specified legally that she had wanted no heroic measures done to revive her if her heart stopped, plugged into machines and being kept artificially “alive.” after rather brutally quizzing her smug little intern as to whether her condition had met the criteria of having been’ revived against her expressed wishes’ (and i nearly had to beat it out of him but, yes, he admitted it was so), i flew into such a rage at his/their audacity in ignoring her will my mother had to slide between the two of us for fear of me smacking him upside his puffed up ,arrogant head. doctors of all ilks do so like to see themselves as god and in doing so they exploit the pain and suffering of those so scared of losing their loved one. guilt tripping at such a time is clearly a cash cow to certain people of questionable morals.

    personally, i will not allow any of my girls to suffer . if i feel the quality of their lives is so impacted by illness that it would be cruel to try to drag them through lengthy disruptive treatments i will not do it and i do not think i am miserly or selfish in doing so.but we all draw our own lines in these difficult decisions of life and death. i trust my pets to convey to me when its time for them to go and while it’s never easy to see my dear babies go beyond the veil in my heart , i trust ,i know they are always with me.

  12. pam says:

    mittens…you can sue the hospital.

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  14. Karla Jadwin says:

    Hi Folks,

    Just found this website thingy today (04-11-09)! My precious Tark died in my arms November 6th of ‘07. I had no idea so many people out there were praying for him.

    Thank you.

  15. Morgan says:

    How sad that you would spend $10,000 on chemo but not even try the Budwig protocol because it sounds too simple. The Budwig protocol costs about $15 to start and I would say that would last at least a week. Johanna Budwig did in fact try to tell the world that this protocol does work & reverses cancer in 90% of cases - and it worked better when chemo was not used…. but the AMA is not interested in promoting foods as healing modalities. If it does not make THEM money - if they can’t bottle it and sell it — they are not interested. It’s too bad that you were unwilling to even try it when you can read hundreds of testimonies where the Budwig protocol has worked and cleared cancer in humans and animals. I am positive my dog’s tumor is shrinking because of this protocol - he LOVES it and laps it up like he NEEDS it. He wants more. People need to stop poo pooing natural remedies when they have worked for thousands of people — where as traditional medicine has failed millions. If your dog is ‘dying’ and you have nothing to lose why not try a simple remedy of cottage cheese mixed with flax seed oil and see if something happens? WHY NOT???? It is not going to hurt them that is for sure…. unless they have a terrible kibble diet and are prone to pancreatitis. I have read over 30 testimonies that regard it as ‘a miracle’, the miracle that saved someone, the answer to their prayers. Anyone else who comes across this post — if you know someone or a dog with cancer - I highly encourage you to look into the Budwig protocol.

  16. Morgan says:

    My apologies - my comment was to Bichon Mom not the owner of Tark. To Tark’s caretaker — I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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