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Sketch, almost 2 years post amp
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25 July 2017 - 5:49 pm
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I hope this is the right forum to post an update...if not mods please feel free to move it.  I have not participated on Tripawds for many months as we were fighting an inoperable brain tumor in our beloved collie boy, Kinnon, who sadly has now had to leave us. He was a wonderful rescue boy (pulled from a high kill shelter just hours before he was due to be PTS) who graced our home with so much love and joy for over 13 years.  Kinnon was one of those extra special gentle souls who, if we are lucky enough, sometimes come into our lives and our hearts.  RIP my sweet boy.

Sketchie, our blue merle Sheltie boy, who had his left rear leg amputated at 7 years old in Sept 2015 due to fibrosarcoma of the femur, followed by a battle with MRSA , is doing great!  He runs like the wind chasing balls and frisbees...he can even still out run all of his 4 legged "siblings".  He does tire more easily on only 3 legs and he lets me know when it is time to end a game and rest, but he is obviously totally happy with life on 3 legs and I honestly doubt he even remembers what it was like to have 4.  We don't do long road walks anymore as walking definitely puts more stress on his spine, whereas running seems pretty much stress free for him...and Sketchie has always preferred doing life at "running speed" anyway. There has been zero evidence of any cancer spread/return so we and Sketchie are truly blessed as we hopefully look forward to many more years of happy hopping around.  

As I start to catch up on posts I am incredibly sad to see how many of our brave tripawds have recently lost their battle.  My deepest condolences to all who have lost their beloved companions.  No matter how long these precious souls grace our lives, it is never long enough and their passing leaves an empty space in our hearts that never quite refills even as we learn to go on and maybe welcome new loves into our lives.  

Trini, Sketchie's Mom


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Oh Trini...such mised emotions with yiur post.  So very, very sorry to hear about your veloved Kinnon.  He got to ve loved and spoiled vynyou every moment of every day for thirteen years!  I hope thst will eventually bring you some comfort.

Yes, there have been soooo many of our furbavies who headed to the Bridge along with Kinnon.  Knowing that they are healthy and whole and vibrant and young helps us heal.

And we do, indeed, have plenty of reasons to celebrate around here!!.  HAPPY TWO HEAR AMPUVERSARY SKETCH!! 🙂 🙂.  We need inspirational Beacons of Hope around here like Sketchie!! 🙂   Victories like his gives everyone hope sstarting this journey!   And he had quite the rough start too! 

We would loooove to jave some pictures of our Spunky Sketchie.....and his gentle buddy Kinnon too!!

I certainly hope Sketch got ice cream and cake for this monumental milestone!! 🙂   He did get ice cream and cake, right??



Sally and Alumni 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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2 years?! That is so wonderful! I don't know what else to say except that it's so nice to see good news and have something to celebrate. You have a strong pup 🙂

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Wow Trini, time flies! I am soooo hoppy Sketch is lovin' life. What a great update, thank you for taking the time to write. Congratulations on all your pack has achieved and an especially BIG SMOOCH to that handsome Sketch!

For new members, here is Sketch's story. You'll see he has come a LONG way against great odds. What a story.


Yes, we have lost quite a few members lately, thank you for your sweet note. During times like this it's so important for new members to know that there is hope so thank you for inviting us to Sketch's ampuversary celebration!

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Sally, thank-you for your kind words on the passing of our wonderful Kinnon Boy...and for sharing our happiness that Sketch is getting ready to celebrate 2 cancer free years as a tripawd.  Sketch appreciates your concern that he have ice cream and cake, but he says that a really BIG yummie steak is by far his favorite celebration treat.  As to posting pics...I would have linked to Photobucket, but see from the thread about changes at Photobucket that unless one wants to provide them with lots of money, linking is no longer allowed. Thankfully I do have all my pics stored on my computer and will have to figure out how to get those uploaded to share.  To say I am not remotely computer savvy is an under-statement...maybe my IT Grandson will be willing to come over and show his poor old Grandmom how to do it!  LOL

tiffyshea, yes, 2 years is a big happy milestone for our boy and Sketch shows no signs of it being an end milestone.  

Jerry, time has certainly rushed by.  Hopefully Sketch's good news will be a beacon of hope for anyone just starting on this journey with a beloved companion.  It was a tough ride at times, but we are incredibly blessed to have Sketch doing so well now.

Trini, Sketch's Mom

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I remember you and Sketch well as you started your journey just shortly after ours.  I loved the videos you posted of Sketch doing so well after amp!  So happy for you and Sketch that he's doing so well!  Happy two years Sketch and yes steak is definitely is order.  Perhaps with a scoop of ice cream to keep Sally happy!  I'm so so sorry you lost your Kinnon boy!  I've had collies my whole adult life and I know that collie personality takes over the home and leaves a huge void when they leave. 😥  Fly free Angel Kinnon and sending you healing light and love Trini!

Linda & collie Riley with Spirit Mighty Max 

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Linda, my heart sank when I read your signature line with "Spirit" in front of Mighty Max's name.  I searched back to find your post from January 18th of last year when you had to say good-bye to Max. 🙁  I am SO very sorry your wonderful boy is no longer physically here with you.  Losing a beloved doggie is one of life's deepest heartbreaks even though we know we have been blessed to have had them in our lives.  Your Mighty Max was, and will always be, special.

Yes, Collies have such wonderful personalities.  Our Kinnon was the protector of all the many rescues who came into our home as fosters. He made them feel welcome from day one and was the resident "baby-sitter" while they learned that life could be safe as they got ready to move on to a new life with a loving family.  He was a deep, "old soul" from the day he came to us at just under a year old. We miss him terribly and always will, but are so thankful for the memories that are his forever gift to us.

BTW Sketch says to tell you that he will definitely have a scoop of ice cream along with his steak...just to keep Sally happy of course! 

Hopefully Kinnon and Mighty Max are now good buddies in eternity.  Sending you love and comfort.

Trini, Sketch's Mom

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