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Mosby passed away peacefully this afternoon with my husband and me at his side. As with everything else he did, he left this world with great dignity - and I am grateful that that was a gift that I could give him, after we were informed on Friday that his osteosarcoma had returned, aggressively, in his right front shoulder. Mosby was brave to the end. I am grateful for the nine and a half years that we spent side by side. For many of those years, we were a happy family of three, as Mosby reluctantly (and then happily) let Chris into our lives. But at the end of the day, he was my dog, and I was his girl. We spent many happy days running together, hiking together, exploring things at the barn, and taking trips. Mosby came to work with me and went everywhere that I could take him. He was in perfect health until his osteosarcoma diagnosis last December, and bravely faced amputation and the complications that came after that. We were lucky enough to have several happy months together before his cancer returned. But I was even luckier to have him at all. He was, in the simplest terms, the perfect dog and the best companion one could ever ask for.

Thank you to everyone on this site for your support. It has meant so much to me and Mosby.

Rest in peace, Mosby. I know that you are running free, with four legs and a big grin on your face.

Love, Mom.


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Even iin the depth of your grief, you are able to articulate so eloquently who Mosby is and what he means to you.

Knowing you gave him the greatest gift we can give...the gift of release when he needed it just another testament to your pure and selfless love for Colonel Mosby.

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We were lucky enough to have several happy months together before his cancer returned. But I was even luckier to have him at all.   

And your Tripawd Family was ALSO lucky snd privileged to get to know Mosby and to be on this journey with this happy, gentle, signified man.

We know jow hard this is. We know how much harder it will get. As we cry with you tonight, know that Mosby will ALWAYS be remembered here. Mosby has quite an inspirational story to tell and he will continue to touch lives here with hope......."Mosby's Hope".

I do hope, when you can, yoy will continue to post more pictures of Mosby and tell us more about this good natured boy.

Holding you in our hearts...And always here for you and with you

Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too

PS. Let us know how Mosby connects with you, okay?? He will!!!

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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I'm so very sorry :(.  Mosby was a special boy and lucky to have you.

We're wishing you comfort and peace.

Tracy & Zatoichiheart

Tracy & Warrior Angel Zatoichi 💓

Zato was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in October 2016. He triumphed through radiation and amputation with dignity and grace. After living a life of love and happiness, Zato earned his angel wings on February 19, 2018.  Read his story here.


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When you can, let us know what your think Mosby's job at the Bridge is. All dogs and cats are given particular jobs or duties that fit each individual perfectly.

Thinking it may have something to do with collecting "hirse muffins" as part of the "Welcome To The Bridge Feast"!



Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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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Fly free new Angel!  The colonel and his story will live on here at Tripawds!  Thank you for sharing your "bestest" boy here with all of us from his journeys beginning to end.  You and your boy fought a hard and valiant battle.  You have earned those Angel wings Colonel Mosby.  I salute you!  Sending you love and keeping your family in my heart.

Linda & Spirit Mighty Max

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Oh wow, I wish I had the right words. I am so sorry that you ever had to make this decision but so impressed by your love and compassion for the Colonel. Mosby is such a beautiful boy and sweet spirit and yes, you were incredibly lucky to have him in your life, just as he was so incredibly lucky to have YOU. He loved every day he spent with you and you loved him to pieces and know every little detail that makes Mosby, Mosby.

I can't wait to see those pictures you took of him at his favorite place at the barn and hey wait, are there Mosby puppy pictures somewhere in this forum? and if not, can there be some Mom?

I know it must have been heartbreaking to say goodbye today but Kerry, what you did for your boy was incredibly compassionate and so loving. What a strong Mom you are.

I would love to hear more about Mosby and I bet you've got loads of fun, sweet memories that you shared with your boy.

Sending you hugs and healing thoughts. We'll be right here when you need us.

Love, Amy & Rusty 

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Sweet, adorable Mosby. I have big, fat tears rolling down my cheeks but I know the Colonel is happy and free from pain, and "whole" again. This has been a difficult summer so far for the Tripawd nation, however, I also realize how fortunate all of these pups are to have such dedicated, loving parents. 

Run free, sweet Mosby. Izzy will be happy to meet you when she crosses the Bridge herself ... She could use a sweet boyfriend like you!


Amy & Izzy

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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I am so sorry, Kerry, that you had to say farewell to your perfect boy.  Glad though, for the bonus months you were all able to enjoy with the Colonel.  That time is such a precious gift.

Sweet dreams, dearest Mosby.  Dearly loved and missed.

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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Truly, I cannot believe the Colonel has gone, but I know they will all have stood to salute him as he arrived at the bridge. You gave him a wonderful life, full of love, and you kept your promise to release him from pain and allow his beautiful spirit to fly free. Truly, you could not have done more, but that does not make the loss of this very special, dignified soul any easier to bear. I am so sorry. Please know, we are grieving with you, and holding you close in our hearts.

Much love,

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie heart

Meg, Mutt, aged around 9, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 

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Kerry, I thought of you and the Colonel often yesterday, knowing that his time had come on such a beautiful summer afternoon. I know it was hard but what a gift you gave him, you made sure he didn't suffer and you lived up to his hopes right up until his last breath. No dog could ever ask for more from his girl. 

We are so honored to have been a part of your life with the Colonel. It wasn't nearly long enough but his story will stay here forever and inspire others to fight on during their own cancer battle. May he live on in all our hearts and may his spirit shine brightly in the sky, leading the way for all our heroes.

Lots and lots of hugs and condolences coming your way. We are so deeply sorry.

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You gave Mosby an incredible life and he returned the favor to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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I am so sad to hear this ... my heart breaks for you!!! Mosby was so loved and will always be remembered here. I hope the memories of the time you shared together will bring you comfort in the days and weeks to come. We are here for you!

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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I'm so sorry. Mosby was a favorite I think of all of us. He was a very special boy - his good and gentle heart was plain to see.

Run free Mosby!

Holding you in my thoughts and grieving with you.


Teri, Roxy 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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Hugs and condolences to you.  I hope the memories of good times and love, as well as Mosby's braveness will comfort you.

Run Mosby, free of pain.

Tracey & Tai

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Thank you, everyone. Today has been hard. I will try to find some time to post more Mosby pictures. Unfortunately, I don't have any puppy pictures, as I adopted Mosby from a shelter when he was around 1.5 years old and named "Boots." I'd give anything to see what he looked like as a puppy, but getting a dog that comes fully house trained has its perks. Not that he had lived in a house before ... he just somehow knew how to be house trained. Just like I never had to teach him to come when I whistled. I just tried it and it happened. While Mosby didn't understand treats when I got him (if I held out a treat, he'd lay down and sort of cower unless I put it directly in front of his face) and had to learn how to walk and run on a leash (he was so scared of sounds and shadows that he'd dart to the right, into my legs as we were running ... disaster!), he was a quick learner and mastered a long list of tricks, voice commands, and subtle hand signals. I LOVED showing him off. I enjoy training dogs, but whenever people complimented me about Mosby, I'd tell them he came that way, I was just trying my best not to screw him up. He loved people and was the barn "greeter" - any car that pulled up, he'd trot over to the driver's side door and wait to greet whoever got out, whether he knew them or not. He also rarely ever barked and probably would have welcomed a robber into the house. This even though, when we were getting all his x-rays done, we discovered that he was full of buckshot. Which explains why he was afraid of gunshots and fireworks. He was a kisser. If you put you face anywhere near his, you were going to get licked. He hated raised voices - even if you were just trying to ask Siri a question. He didn't need a leash so I often forgot to bring one with us, and then I'd have to improvise with a belt or cord if we were in a place where leashes were required. He HATED my horse at first because when we were at the barn my attention wasn't 100% on Mosby. But then he learned that while I was at the barn, he got to go out and explore the whole property and play with his friends, so he came to tolerate his red-headed big brother. The barn was his favorite place. He knew when I was going because of the clothes and boots I'd put on, and race down the stairs to the garage before I even knew he was gone.

I could go on forever. He was a truly once in a lifetime dog. He was the kind of dog that made people want to get a dog. He was also the kind of dog that would talk you out of at least 1/2 of your lunch and maybe a little of your dessert, too. He was sweet, stoic and handsome. He was everything I ever wanted in a dog. <3

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