Millie – You Can Help

One late night in May 2019, I heard a dog in front of our home screaming. I ran outside. I saw a street dog viciously attacking this poor little pooch (Millie) that I’ve never seen before.

I shooed the larger attacking dog away. The dog that was being attacked was small with a black coat and lying in the gutter shaking. She smelled–her odor was unbearable, and I saw what I thought was her intestines exposed. I was terrified that this poor soul’s life was going to end in this miserable way.

Millie found in a gutter after being attacked 10 May 2019.

Later that night at the vet’s office, we found out she had a severe case of canine TVT. It was a cancerous tumor coming from her vagina that I thought were her intestines (when I rescued her). Needless to say, these things don’t grow over night. Most likely, who ever had her before didn’t treat her cancer.

Released From the Hospital

Fast-forward to September, Millie was cleared to leave the vet’s office (where she was staying since 10 May). I was visiting her 3-4 times a week. Every time I visited her she would growl and bark at me. I wasn’t able to get close enough to her to pet her. We brought her to our home on 23 September. We opened her crate, but she wouldn’t leave it until we were gone. She growled every time we came close–even when we fed her.

Then, about three days later, she came up to me. She sniffed me. Then she stood there waiting to be pet. I couldn’t believe it. Finally, she trusted me. This is after rescuing her, visiting her for months, and staying three days at our home. Ah, what a relief.


On 26 October, Millie was back in the hospital. During a checkup a couple days before, two new tumors were found. This time Millie’s doctor recommends that Millie undergo doxorubicin chemo once every three weeks.

Millie was a bit of a mess on some days following her first doxorubicin round. Below is a photo from four days after on a good day. So beautiful.

Millie after her fourteenth round of chemo. First round of doxorubicin.
Millie after her fourteenth round of chemo. First round of doxorubicin.

Now, we need your help–to help Millie fight her cancer. And, to find her a forever home.

You Can Help by

  1. Referring people to
  2. Telling people about Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud tours, if they are going to Ubud or living in Bali.
  3. Donating what ever amount of money you can on Millie’s donation page.
  4. Sharing this post on your social media feeds.
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Just after being rescued.
Millie enjoying life. Finally being able to be a dog. A brief and rare moment while her cancer was in remission.

Thank you!

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By mark l chaves

freelance photographer ∙ writer ∙ web developer

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