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After a 2 year 8 month battle with Osteo our Cooper has crossed his rainbow bridge
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it is so sad for me to be writing this right now without my Cooper by my side.  Cooper was diagnosed with OSA back in July 2014 and his prognosis as we all know isn't good.  We immediately did surgery, followed by 6 rounds of Chemo and met with a nutritionist to put him on a home cooked diet.  Cooper did wonderfully and was beating all the odds.  All scans always showed clear. Then 2 years and 5 months after his amputation of his rear leg we discovered cancer in one of his toes.  We had it removed immediately and it was a confirmed sarcoma.  The cancer was then found in his lymph node but we were going to get a CT Scan before we removed to ensure there was no more spread. The CT scan was done yesterday and the lungs were pretty clear except for two minor/possible mets, however there was a newer growth on his front shoulder blade and near his spine.  When he was waking up from the anasthesia he either had a clot or his heart failed and he never made it through. I pray to god he did not suffer through that and we struggle as we blame ourselves for this, however if his ultimate fate would have been only a few more months of pain I am not sure I could do that either.  

We noticed cooper slowing down in January after his toe was removed and then he started a cough (with blood twice which took him in to the ER but they couldn't find an issue with abdomen or airway). We immediately got X-rays which showed two very minor areas that, after treating with antibiotics for 2 weeks, got much better in an X-ray view (during that followup is when the vet noticed the lymph node swelling behind his knee). His appetite these last few weeks was either nothing at all or it came back with a vengeance.  I knew there were signs (like when he remained on our couch instead of wanting me to carry him upstairs, or starting to sleep in my son's room instead of ours (eventually making his way back in though).  It all is so incredibly hard he was just such an amazing dog that I wanted to share his journey.  He has beaten the odds with his 2 yr 8 month success story and we have to hold on to that thought as we got to spend a lot more time with him than expected (but is it ever enough).  He made our family whole and there is such a Huge void to fill.  Thank you to the TriPawds community from the bottom of my heart as we could not have gotten through these last few years with you. I may not have posted much but I have read your posts and blogs and have prayed for your beautiful babies too.

the morning of Cooper's procedure I saw the biggest rainbow I had ever seen.  I didn't realize then that this rainbow was meant for him.  The pain is so great in knowing I will never get to touch his ears or kiss between his eyes ever ever again :(. 

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So sorry to hear about Cooper.  However what a great success story.  2 years and 8 months!  Cooper really was kicking cancer's butt.

Remember that you were a great pawrent and Cooper was so lucky to be with you for so long.  I know it's heartbreaking and I know nothing can really be said to make you feel better.  Just know that we are all here keeping you in our thoughts.   Remember the good times.

Otis - 121 lbs pre amp - 114 lbs post amp and now 118 lb Great Dane - English Mastiff X.  Started limping on 12/24/16.  Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 12/28/16 - amputation of front left leg on 1/6/17.  Stitches out and 1st round of Chemo on 1/19/17.   2nd round of Carboplatin on 2/10/17 - 3rd round on 3/2/2017.  4th round was scheduled for 3/22/17 - however due to low WBC postponed - 4th Chemo completed on 3/28/17.  Had breathing difficulties, stayed in Tufts ICU overnight.  Due for 2 more rounds of Chemo but we are opting to go with homeopathy with Dr. Loops instead.

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🙁  I'm so, so very sorry to read this.  I (we) know what it is like to never ever get to kiss him between his eyes again, I have been dealing with that since 30 November - and MySweetTed is on the banner as I write this....  Do not for one moment blame yourselves for this - you did every single thing you could to keep him happy and healthy.  I'm so sorry.


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I'm so very sorry for your loss.  crying

Cooper really did beat the odds!  How wonderful that you got so much extra time with him.  You obviously loved him very much.  He knows how much you loved him, too.  He must have wanted to spend some extra quality time with your son, that's why he was sleeping with him.  These darn dogs are so very smart - Cooper knew that his time was running short, and he needed to get all that quality time in.  The decision got taken out of your hands, sometimes that's a good thing, but I understand the guilt you feel.  I'm sure it was fast and painless for Cooper - he simply went to sleep, and it was peaceful.

Hugs to you and your family.


Donna, Glenn & Murphy

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  



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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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Thank you all for the beautiful words.  I know our family will get through this and be able to only remember the great times he's had but it will take so much time 

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Cooper was a true warrior.  No matter how much time we get its never enough is it?  So sorry you are at this hardest time in your journey.  Please don't blame yourselves cancer has a mind of its own.  No matter how and when the ending comes we must take solace in the fact our furfaces knew they were loved here on earth and they gave that love back without reserve.  All our Angels were at the bridge to welcome your sweet Cooper.  Hang on to that rainbow you saw.  It was Coopers last gift to you thanking you for giving him such an extrodinary life and letting you know he'd be ok.  His spirit will be with you always until you meet again.  Fly free new Angel!  Sending you healing peace and love.

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I'm so, so sorry. There is never a good time for them to go, we are never, ever be ready to say goodbye. The rainbow was a spectacular gift, cherish it.

This is the tough part, I'm less than two months in and keep finding the grief changing form somehow and springing out from corners. I think the one thing that makes a tiny difference is hanging on to how much love they gave us.

Cooper knows how much you loved him and his love for you had not changed, not a tiny bit. He's out of pain and running at the Bridge. I love to picture the party that's going on up there.

Come back here when you're ready - this group are truly lifesavers.

Wishing you peace.

Teri and angel Isa

Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.

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I am so sorry for your tremendous loss and the pain you are feeling. What a warrior Cooper was though... that is a really amazing and LONG time to fight this awful disease.

and the sign of the rainbow... I got goosebumps reading that. WOW... he was telling you he didn't suffer, it was his time and he was ready to serve as your guardian angel. 

Sending you lots of love and support !!!

Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too) 

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 news was just so incredibly heartbreaking when we read it, I can't tell you how badly we feel for you guys. Please, do not blame yourselves. You were giving Cooper the life a dog dreams about, both in terms of your love and the medical care he received. The love that your decision was made with is the beautiful energy that Cooper's soul felt as he transitioned over to an eternal being. And it's your love and bond with each other that will keep his presence strong in your life forever. 

With many, many hugs,

Rene, Jim, Wyatt Ray & Spirit Jerry

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I'm so sorry your earthly journey with Cooper ended this way, it's so heartbreaking. 

You did your best for him always, including scheduling this scan. He fought like the warrior he was and now he is enjoying his reward at the Bridge.

Cooper's story will live on here to inspire others, and he will live forever in your heart and so be forever by your side.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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