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Nancy, 

I am so sorry to hear Fionn is gone. Losing a heart dog is so devastating. Hopefully you can find a little peace in the knowledge that you did everything you could do to support him in his valiant fight. We are here for you whenever you need us.

Run free Fionn 💔💔💔

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oh Nancy, I'm so sorry to hear about Fionn. My heart is breaking for you. you did an incredible job for your boy and he knows it and knows how much he was loved. It shows in every picture I've ever seen of him. Such a fabulous smile!

We're all here for you and thinking of you.

Run free Fionn!

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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'm so sorry your journey has ended with Fionn.  Your Fionn has quite a fan club and well deserved it is too because he was such a treasure!  Know you were the best doggy Mama!  You would have moved a mountain if it would have helped him.  Sending you love, light and healing peace at this hardest of times.  Fly free new Angel Fionn!

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15 June 2017 - 9:27 am
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i am so so sorry about your loss of your beloved Fionn.... it is the worst pain but may the memories of the times you shared comfort you in the dark days to come. Stay close to us ... we are all here for you and sending you love.

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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Thank you everyone for your kind words and support along this journey. The Tripawads nation was instrumental in getting Fionn and I through the various questions and traumatic events we experienced pre and post op. We could NOT have done it without all of you! I got 9 months and 1 week post amputation with my sweet boy, and that is way more than I was told by the vets. Of course, there was that part of me that hoped "he could be an exception" (as we all do/did I'm sure). THAT part of me is MAD because Fionn's lung mets were growing slowly and we could have had more time if not for the HO rearing it's ugly head. I have nothing but positive things to say about the surgical and oncology staff at UC Davis. Fionn's doctors and technicians did everything they could to help him and were just as devastated that they could do nothing for his HO. Even though I ended up not needing the help, the person who offered to help pay for Fionn's treatments will forever be in my gratitude. If the biophosphonate infusion had worked, they were going to pay for some of the chemo UCD wanted to give him to try and attack the lung mets. Whomever they are, they are an angel on earth!

I am so glad we got to go to the Nor Cal meet up in May. It was a goal I set and he was still feeling good then too. What pawsitive energy there was surrounded by all those tripawds. And we got to have lots of adventures together which I will cherish. Fionn was the second dog I have been able to do this with as their cancers gave us the "luxury" of time. For anyone reading this and going through this journey right now, create a "bucket list" for your dog and enjoy adventures together. Fionn became an excellent beer and wine drinking buddy, and I literally took him everywhere I could. When friends would invite me somewhere my first question was always "can I bring Fionn?". I rarely went somewhere without him! Those memories will stay with me forever.  

Someone said that "it's better a day early than a day late" when deciding it's time to let them go. Very true words. Fionn is my 5th dog who I have had to help and I know that each time was the right time. Fionn was no exception. While he never lost his appetite, he was in pain and nothing was helping. The drugs made Fionn's personality go away and he had no quality of life. I was so glad he decided to go outside one more time though. It was his idea and he got one last roll in his favorite spot. His last memories are of green grass, a lovely breeze and endless love from his people. He went peacefully and, while so very, very hard on us to make the decision to say goodbye, it is the very essence of love and kindness to do so. Once the pain of his loss is a little less acute, I plan on visiting Tripawds in the hopes that I may help someone else like I was helped. 

 There's a lovely quote I found when my dog before Fionn passed:

"Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart." Fionn created a space in my heart I didn't think could be possible. He truly was special. 

There is a lovely video that Facebook made with pictures and video from his last day. If I can figure out how to share it here I will.

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Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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16 June 2017 - 10:19 pm
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Nancy ~ I'm so very sorry about Fionn....I'm sure that he, Murphy & Eurydice are having fun chasing squirrels and laying in the warm sunshine at the Bridge.

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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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Oh Donna, I had no idea we lost so many this month and 2 in one day! How totally unfair that Murphy survived his amputation so well only to be taken by another, horrible cancer. I've dealt with hemangio before and it is cruel. Yes, our fur kids are free and healthy again (and if there are squirrels Fionn will be ecstatic!). 

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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When my dog before Fionn passed from cancer, I made a video as a tribute to him. It was both sad and cathartic to go through all the pics and videos of Cooper I had saved through the 10 years he was part of my pack. Sadly, I only had 23 months with Fionn, but boy did I take a lot of pictures! I felt I was ready to look through them and create a video for my Finny. The beginning is when we adopted him and he had all 4 legs (and he was super fat). The end is a series of pictures from his last day. Even in the end he got in a roll in the grass, his absolute favorite thing to do. The song is The Dance by Garth Brooks. My favorite song.

https://goo.gl/photos/ZYwmTmQ1Hk4Q5xEn9

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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Nancy, my dear, deat Nancy. I cannot tell you how many times I "tried" to come here and offer my lpve and support. That's all we can do. We know nothing can take the sadness away, we just know you can, hopefully, at least find comfort in knowing how deeply we care about you and Fionn. But I failed miserably. I just kept tearing up everytime I came here and the numbness wiped out any words. The losses of such GREAT dogs like Fionn have left us all shaking our heads in disbelief.

But our tears are for the humans left behind, not for our dogs who were sooooo loved and soooooo spoiled and sooooo happy just to have extended pain free time with us! They didn't care about the number od "days" that had with us. They counted the "moments". And for dogs, the "moments" had no beginning or end...they were eternal! Just one endless happy "rolling in the grass and eating bunny poop" blissful moment! 🙂

PLEASE KNKW YOU AND FIONN HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY BY SHARING EVERY ASPECT OF FIONN's JOIRNEY!! You have provided a great "tutorial; on how to deal with the ups and downs of this journey, especially the first several weeks. And you taught everyone how to CELEBRATE EVERY SINGLE MOMENT without letting that piece of crap disease interfere! You and Fionn fou d joy in everything you did!

You and Fionn have also shown such grace and dignity when it came time for his transition. I loooove that he gave you that WONDERFUL gift of a roll in the grass at his favorite spot. That was his big "thank you" or giving him the gift of loving him every single moment of his life by your side. And a "thank you; for giving him the gift of release when he needed it. Clearly he welcomed it with a joyous heart as he headed to the Bridge.

We know this is not easy Nancy. We know how hard this void is. We k ow the depth of sadness. We also know that FIONN WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN HERE!! FIONN'S TIME IN HIS EARTH CLOTHES MADE A DIFFERENCE.....AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! 🙂 I'm so glad you took the time to chronicle Fionn's journey here and in his blogs. You have provided insight and hope and fun (yes, we can have fun in this journey) for anyone starting this journey.

And yes, he will send you someone who needs to feel what love and joy feel like. He will send you someone to expand the LOVE in that generously compassionate heart of yours.

FIONN AND NANCY, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING IS THE PRIVILEGE TO BE ON THIS JOURNEY WITH YOU. WE ARE HONORED. And we are looking forward to more stories, with pictures of course, of your time together. We are also.looking forward to hearing how Fionn had let you know he is still very present in your life.

The Bridge sure has a huge group of "newbies" clamoring to get to the ice cream and steaks awaiting them for a "welcome" treat! And know worries, there is bunny poop galore! And lots of pristine cool lakes for swimmers a d BEAUTIFUL lush green fields for the best roll ever! 🙂

Okay, I'm going to look at the album you put together. I KNOW it will be beautiful and a spectacular tribute to your fabulous Fionn! 🙂

Surrounding you with lots of kisses and wagging tail from Fionn...and love and hugs from all of us

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

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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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Hey everypawdy, if you are able, hop on over to read Nancy's post about Fionn's transition time. It's a beautiful post:

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It's been awhile since I've logged into Tripawds. Sometimes being reminded of my loss is too much, but today, Fionn was everywhere and I felt compelled to once again visit the place that gave me such comfort during this crazy, 3-legged journey. Sally saw I replied on another post and asked that I share how I'm doing. Part of me is too cynical to believe in "signs" and such, but today felt different. I was at the barn and someone who I rarely see, but have seen since Fionn passed, asked where he was. She had brought her dads golden retriever and wanted them to meet. She felt terrible about asking once she knew. I has been awhile since I've had to talk about it and I thought I was past the tears stage, but nope. She and I had a good one right there in front of everyone. Okay, it was just a few people and our horses, but I'm sure the horses were like "dude, what is up with the waterworks and where are the carrots?". Then, her golden leaned on me just like Fionn did. She said the words everyone says, "he was such a HAPPY, GOOD dog". I told her what the vet said about why goldens are so riddled with cancer- they are filled with so much joy, they can't hold it for very long. Ugh, MORE tears.  I also shared a story about a frame we've had in our family for years. After our first golden died in 2003, we put her picture in a wooden frame that says "Good Dog". We got a golden puppy soon after and adopted a golden a year after that. Those 2 crazy boys never stopped getting into trouble. My girls and I would tell them "you'll NEVER get in the good dog frame if you keep this up!". While I loved those boys as much as the others, neither of them got in the frame. Fionn's picture now resides in that frame

https://goo.gl/photos/6xW7YifhPfYeJiH98

When I got home, I just felt compelled to visit the forums. Reluctantly because I knew I would find out who else had succumbed to this awful cancer. My condolences to those of you who have recently lost your fur babies. I saw Luka, Nitro, Otis and Mosby have joined Fionn at the bridge. I hope their people are able to find comfort visiting here when they are ready as I have. There were a couple of posts I replied on where I felt I might be uniquely able to help with my knowledge of human medicine. Was that Fionn giving me a push? I don't know, I just feel him with me when I think about him and, today, I was sooo thinking about him! There were a few posts about when to get another dog that hit home. I haven't wanted to really consider it (not out of some sense of guilt I promise- I've had enough dogs to know they each make a place in your heart separate from the others). I am still paying off the bills from his surgery and treatments and I would rather have that done with before I am responsible for feeding and vet bills for another one. My daughter's cat Luna lives with me so there is a living creature that requires some effort on my part, but not much honestly and, while friendly, it's on her terms and, well, it's just not the same. Cats just don't have that "I worship you" attitude like dogs do. It's more like, "I will now lay on your face and you will tolerate it or I will slash you while you sleep or pee on the bath mat". There has been one benefit from Fionn's passing. The dog door stays locked now. The cat used to freely go in and out since I left it open for Fionn while I was at work. Luna is 8 lbs of viscous, serial killer and is single handedly keeping the bunny,lizard and quail population controlled. Many of them ended up in my house. Many still alive. Now, she's either in or out and I can make sure she isn't "carrying" before she enters. If I get another dog (my daughter gives it until December before I give in), I'll have to get out the various sized capture devices again (a mix of tupperware and boxes depending on the size of the creature). Ugh

I'll leave you with a picture I found on an old phone of the evil Luna's mummy and Fionn. It pretty much sums up his personality.

https://goo.gl/photos/Wdz6knMDMwc2aZ32A

Don't worry Sally, I'll keep visiting. Time may pass as the pain is still fresh, but coming here keeps Fionn alive for me in a way.

For those of you on or beginning this journey, support is a click away. Let the tripawd nation help you through this. Live every day with your fur baby to the fullest. Make a bucket list for your baby and do everything on it!  Don't fret about the "timeline" you are given. None of us make it out of here alive so LIVE the time you are given. Dogs and cats do that instinctively, we are the ones counting and bemoaning the days we have left with them.

Love from Nancy and big, super wet kisses from Fionn at the bridge (sorry but they probably smell like horse poop)

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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Nancy, 

it was so good to hear from you. I'm glad that you found comfort in returning to the Tripawds site. You definitely have a lot to offer us and all of the new tripawd heroes. I wanted you to know that I have this deer that visits me in the garden almost every night and she had two fawns one of which I named Fionn after your beautiful boy. He is sweet and comes up to eat apples and cucumbers and hosta. Just wanted you to know that we think of you and your guy.

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OMG Amy, you really touched my heart. Fionn's name living on in a sweet fawn is amazing! Thank you for telling me heart

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

http://fionnsjo.....pawds.com/

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Nancy, that picture you linked - Fionn is so joyful.  What a happy, goofy smile he's wearing!

Strength and comfort to you.

Tracey & Tai

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Wooooaaaah. Nancy, I'm so glad that Sally encouraged you to post here. Thank you. I know it's not easy. 

Right now I have tears in my eyes and a smile on my face knowing that you were able to find the strength to share what you've been going through. That means the world to newcomers who are just starting out, or those who are just now coping with their own fresh grief. Powerful stuff my friend, thank you for sharing your thoughts, your lessons and the beauuuuuutiful photos. They speak volumes about your devotion to Fionn and the care you are taking of yourself right now. 

Take all the time you need until another Good Dog enters your life. You'll know when it's right. 

Until then may your ankles and bath mat be safe from the Luna-tick! She sounds like a fun kitty 🙂

Keep in touch OK? You are always part of this family.

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