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The Rainbow Bridge

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30 July 2014 - 10:02 am
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Wow wow wow. I'm just so in awe of your love for this community and all the goodness in your hearts, thank you for all you do here.

Through the years we've realized that for many people it's too hard to be here after the journey is over. We totally understand that and would never hold that against anyone. For those who choose to stay and share their insight and experience with new members, we have more gratitude than words can describe.

Sally, the thought of Jerry and your Dad makes my heart sing, thank you for that lovely image.

Lots and lots of hugs to all of you. Thank you.

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I would agree with Christine; somehow we all fall into our 'roles' here ... I am not as great with the loss part ... I can offer condolences but I am never as eloquent as Sally or Christine (and others) in the words. But I do know that when Shelby passed and I got so many emails of support - from people who had never posted on my stuff - it meant the world to me and I felt less alone. And on the FB Tripawd page ... when Rene posted about Shelby's passing, her photo went viral (I saw it on many other pages too) and the outpouring of love and support was overwhelming and humbling.

As much as I try and "forget" a lot of Shelby's issues .. I hope that I can offer support and maybe a little humor about some of her trials and tribulations (the purple bath mat remains my favorite) through this scary journey.

I can understand why it is hard to stay connected though. When I see pups starting their journey, my heart sinks because I know what's to come and I ache for those who, like I was, are scared, unsure and know the inevitable but go down this journey anyways. I am forever grateful that Jim and Rene stayed after Jerry and kept this site going.... sometimes coming here and seeing my 'buddies' here is all the comfort I need!

And anyone who is on FB can feel free to 'friend' me to catch up on Jasper (and the rest of my life if you feel so inclined). I consider you all friends already! XOXO

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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This is a wonderful idea that Bonnie had and Rene put into action.  For me I had never thought about leaving this site after I had to let my Leland go.  It helps me to reach out and help others who are either going through the amputation process or coping with the loss of their beloved family member.  It keeps Leland constantly present in my heart and almost like he's still here because over time I'm afraid his memory will move to the background of my life.

We all have so much knowledge and insight to pass on to others that are on the journey we have completed.  This is such a wonderful community for us and others to come to share our experiences.

I am definitely proud to be a Tripawd Alumni!!

Sahana and her Angel Leland

Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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Sahana and LELAND!!! Once I started "naming names" in my earlier post...I almost deleted because I didn't want to leave anyone o ut, nor did I want to keep naming because it would be a mile long post!!!

But I was CERTAIN I had Leland's name right in the beginning! And here's what's crazy....I checked twice and SAW IT!!! Okay Leland, are you doing some sort of "message" stuff to your momma?? Did you have a habit of making things disappear??

Sahana, Leland definitely brought you here for a reason...and it's evident in every post.....your compassion, selflessness and wisdom come shining through everytime. Thank you so much for staying! I know it can be very, very heartwrenching sometimes.

LOVE!

Alumni Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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benny55 said

Alumni Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

Perfection in a signature! Love you Sally!!! XOXO

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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30 July 2014 - 9:13 pm
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we are in post more later :)

 

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Michelle & Angel Sassy

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31 July 2014 - 4:57 am
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Now I may have to post more instead of merely lurking in the shadows ;-)

"Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."
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31 July 2014 - 8:31 am
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What a totally brilliant idea clap

I am one of those alumni that lurks in the background a little - time goes by and I don't post as often and so I feel that when I pop up again in the main forums people won't know our story and may wonder who the blow-in is blush

This place was such an important part of my life for a year ... and Peda's journey is shared here with you all. Tripawds will always be such an important part of my world - it was from this place that I had the strength to take the Tripawd journey with Peda ... which gave me another year with my girl.

So it's nice to have a space for us too ... so thank you to you all for making this happen.

Kirsty, Spirit Peda and Boots!

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31 July 2014 - 9:42 am
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This was the inspiration I needed to come back and check in. Thanks for thinking of such a great idea.
It is already hard enough after our Tripawd Heroes are no longer physically with us, but sometimes the constant reminder of our journey and the sadness being experienced by other members is just too much to take. Even now, years later, I am crying writing this. I still miss Tai so very much.
That being said however, I remember how supportive it was to get words of encouragement, empathy, elation, sympathy etc during our Tripawd adventure from all of the members, many of whom had already lost their fur kids.
I don't feel like I have much to add as far as advice, most of it has been repeated time and time again as the Osteosarcoma story is so similar in most cases. But I can add my emotional support during the ups and downs.
Always a Tripawd Mum,
Laura

Tai – 9 yr old lab. Diagnosed Osteosarcoma Dec 18/09. Front right leg amputated Dec 21/09. Started chemo Jan 7/10. Lung mets discovered Sept 16/10. Valiant to the end on Oct 26/10 when cancer reappeared in a leg and we made the decision to set her free. Forever in my heart where not even cancer can take her from me.

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31 July 2014 - 10:00 am
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mmrocker13 said

Now I may have to post more instead of merely lurking in the shadows ;-)

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What a totally brilliant idea clap

I am one of those alumni that lurks in the background a little - time goes by and I don't post as often and so I feel that when I pop up again in the main forums people won't know our story and may wonder who the blow-in is blush

This place was such an important part of my life for a year ... and Peda's journey is shared here with you all. Tripawds will always be such an important part of my world - it was from this place that I had the strength to take the Tripawd journey with Peda ... which gave me another year with my girl.

So it's nice to have a space for us too ... so thank you to you all for making this happen.

Kirsty, Spirit Peda and Boots!

This what I was hoping for !!! Megan/mmrocker13 and Kirsty/pedapup, welcome back to the place you belong......once going through this difficult journey, it is really hard to leave the place that has been a tremendous comfort, and source of very helpful supportive energy and knowledge. I am so honored to be here with so many wonderful people, but even more honored to see some of you who have taken this awful journey before me, come back to the place that YOU helped make what it is today. Starting with Spirit Jerry, and all that came after, each and every caring, hopeful and helpful member has added so much to this group, and everyone and their beloved Tripawd, has a place here, now and forever.
Okay, so no lurking anymore, now we just need to wrangle more long time veteran alumni back.......!!

Much Love,
Bonnie & Angel Polly

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31 July 2014 - 10:56 am
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Perfect idea! I have been a semi-lurker, but leaning more towards lurker as more and more of those that started this journey with Shooter and I have crossed the bridge. I enjoy welcoming new members and letting them know someone is always here to talk to and give whatever comfort I can to those that are ending their journey. I always watch for Mast Cell posts in case what little expertise I have on the subject can help someone in anyway (Karen is the real expert).

Thanks for giving us a place where we can all keep in touch and remember our fur kids and share our current life without a tripawd (if that is the case.

 

Luanne & Spirit Shooter

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

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31 July 2014 - 10:58 am
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OMGosh, this makes me cry!  What a lovely idea...thank you Bonnie! I lost my tripawd, Maggie, last August.  It's been really tough.  I love my tripawds family but sort of feel out of touch now.....  This was Maggie in 2012.

 

Tracy & Spirit Maggie

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

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OMD!!!!!!!!! Bonnie and Polly...LOOKY!!! LOOKY!!! YOUR IDEA WORKED!!!! I am soooooo thrilled to thnk our veterans, most whom I shared my journey with and who shared theirs with me.....they're back!!!!!!!!!clap And clearly never left us and have been lurking!

WELCOME HOME TIA AND LAURAsuperstar

WELCOME HOME KIRSTY AND PEDAsuperstar

WELCOME HOME MEGAN AND SAMPSONsuperstar

Laura, I wasn't on this journey when you and Tia were here, but as soon as my tablet quits fading in and out, I'm going to check out your lovely Tia and the beautiful soul she picked as her human to travel this journey with. I fee l your love for her through your words. We understand like no others can! I so look forward to hearing more about Tia. Has she sent anybody to y ou??? How has she made her presence known?

Kirsty, you and Peda are on my mind sooooo often and I'm just estatic to see your post here today!! "Blow-in"! Are you kidding?? You and Peda are a huge cornerstone of this community!! I do know what you mean though. It was such an honore...such a privilege, to be on this journey with you and the magnificent gentle soul, Peda Pup! And to know that you are here...that you and Peda will stay here, just makes my heart so happy! Please update when you can on how you're doing and who you have in your pack!!! PICTURES!!!!!!!!

Megan and Sampson! OMD!!! First, if anyone here didn't know Sampson, go bakc and look at his posts right now!!! A bunny chasing, stubborn, curmudgeon of a guy who was one of our most beloved Seniors, along with Megan and her long suffering hubby Patrick!! Megan, you brought so much wisdom, so much humor to all of us. We've missed you! And I assure you, Sampson will NEVER be forgotten here! PLEASE update us on GRYPHON WITH PICTURES!!! I can only assume thatyour miracle cat Momo has transitioned?? Always one of your biggest fans and Im just thrilled to see that.Sammer's picture again!! Teary eyed happiness!

Bonnie, you and Polly nailed it with this topic!!!!!! Thank you! Thank you Jerry!!!clap

WELCOME HOME AGAIN EVERYBODY!!

Sending love from my heart straight into your heart!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah....an My Pal Merry Myrtle Mae

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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HOOOOOLY MOOOOOLY!!!!!

I can't keep up with all our veteran heroes fast enough!!!!!!!!!

I'm crying tears of joy to see my old friends and the dogs that meant so much to me on my journey..and still hold a forever place in my heart!!!!!!

LUANNE AND SHOOTER...TEAM SHOOTER!!!!! WELCOME HOME!!!!! Shooter's banner pops up more times when I'm on here than I can count! And his beautiful contented gaze I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, gives me pause for a second as I smile back at him! I do, really! I smile back and think about his love of your shoe...and of you!!!! And you'd better believe your post make a difference! You are ALWAYS supportive but you really, really help those dealing with mast cell. SHOOTER is still touching lives through you!

TRACY AND SWEET, SWEET "GOOD GIRL" MAGGIE!!!!! WELCOME HOME!!! Soooooo wonderful to hear from you and see that GLORI O US picture of you and Maggie!!! Maggie's story needs to be kept in the forefront for new members! She is such an inspiration and your holistic protocols were always sooooo informative. Seeing you two "work" together and how very much she enjoyed it always made me smile for days!!! I think of Maggie and you so often and am just so joyful you've come back h ome agai....especially now, with August coming up. My Happy Hannah will have a birthday in August so we'll celebrate their lives together my friend.

With so much love...

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah. and My Pal Merry Myrtle Mae!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Bravo Bonnie & Angel Polly, this was such an awesome idea! It's wonderful to hear from so many alumni. Thank you so much everypawdy!

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