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Name: charon coonfield
Bio: gayle developed a small lump in her right front wrist. biopsy determined it was a soft tissue sarcoma, with amputation feb 17, 2010. she's recovering nicely, taking naps when needed, and enjoying every moment of every wonderful day. in december 2010 we discovered oral melanoma cancer. gayle had two surgeries to remove tumors, but the ugly disease took her from us december 12, 2011. love never ends.

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love never ends
it is with a heavy heart, that i post that we lost gayle today.  she was about 22 months post amputation for soft tissue sarcoma, and was nearing the one year date of identifying the existence of oral melanoma.  she had two surgeries to remove the (More)
what a great day for a walk!
sunday was our first every morris animal foundation k9 cancer walk here in knoxville.  the weather was great, and the turnout was unbelievable!!  gayle got a little tired, but was a trooper thru the whole afternoon of visiting and excitement.  sam (More)
she may have a finance degree, but she can't add....
charon is a goober when it comes to counting...even with only three legs, i knew her numbers were off.....geesh, today is my 19 month ampuversary for pete's sake!!! geesh, she's so hard to train, but i guess i'll keep her. gayle (More)
2nd UPDATE!!! counting our blessings...
yesterday was charon’s birthday – she dare not even think about september when the news of gayle’s melanoma diagnosis came last december.  but gayle is a warrior, and again, she sat by her charon’s feet, napping and having puppy dreams, as t (More)
come walk with us in september - i'll be the one doing the 'tripawd hop'
charon & i are registed for the first annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in knoxville.  we'll be 'hopping' on sunday september 18th, so everybody should try to plan on being in knoxville that weekend to walk with us.  there's plenty (More)

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hope you can snag some sleep while your two 'babies' sleep!!! it will get better, we promise. charon & spirit gayle (More)
welcome!! poor oscar, having to go through all of that pain and such, when that leg was obviously wanting to be gone. he will do fine on three legs - although we'd recommend you keep him a little confined/controlled for the next two weeks until the incision is healed and sutures are out. the pain meds can make our pups loopy, and it takes a (More)
we remember the shock of learning of gayle's cancer, and then the second diagnosis of melanoma. writing about your experience is very important for you, and for us. we don't need to dwell on the heartbreaks, but we need to acknowledge them and give ourselves permission to feel the pain. charon & spirit gayle (More)
bailey, we are declaring it 'bailey day' here in ET!!! the monkeydogs are getting extra treats and we are celebrating your wonderful 18th birthday!! be careful, now you're legal to be drafted into the army!! charon & spirit gayle (More)
sounds like you guys are on an excellent adventure. geesh, mulligan on a golf course - that's funny!! charon & spirit gayle (More)

3 Responses to “Ouch.”

  1. Mt cat, little man, 6 years old had his front left leg amputated a week ago he has been off pain meds two days and is now hissing growling and biting at his none existent leg. He is hiding a lot. He is usually a sweet boy and runs to me if he is scared or stresses but not now. I am so worried about my little man. He is also my registered emotional support animal and tells me when I have seizures please help. How can I help him will this stop? Will he be alright

  2. Oh wow, what a beautiful story! You are truly a great family and did so much for your Jerry who seem to have the best life ever.

    • Aww thank you so much, you really touched us with your kindness. Jerry’s the real star here though, he’s why Tripawds exists and he’s the magic that keeps it going 🙂 xoxo

  3. My dog Martin has been diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumor in his right front leg we have amputation scheduled for wed. open to any advise or thoughts did your dog loose his scapula as well?

    • Best wishes for Martin! Please visit the forums and featured blogs for lots of helpful information or consider downloading the Tripawds e-books for fast answers to common concerns. Start here for help navigating the many helpful resources this community offers.

      Jerry loved life on three legs for two years without his scapula.

  4. Ginger Miller July 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    My Dobie is a survivor of osteosarcoma, with a rear leg amputation as well. I’m so glad Diamond Jim has shown you the unconditional love of a dog. Lots of love and happiness to you both.
    Ginger and Roc my superstar

  5. My 12.5 year old female lab mix Zoey was diagnosed with an anal gland tumor in early April/late March. Early May she became very weak, disinterested in walks and eating, and lost 13 pounds (from 79 to 66). I took her in thinking this was the end, but her vet offered to try Prednisone (20mg twice a day) to stimulate her appetite. He also thought it would help reduce swelling around the tumor and where her lymph nodes are swollen. I am combining that with Tramadol (100mg twice daily) for pain. Anyway, the panting/drinking water are a definite side effect, but she did gain back the weight she lost and seemed like a happy dog again. But now she’s been on Prednisone 2.5 months and is again becoming very weak and is now having a hard time getting up and using her back legs. The medicine may have made her feel better, but at the same time it is making her weak and lethargic and I feel she is losing her quality of life. She lives for her walks and treats and she’s no longer interested in either. I’m wondering if it’s worth trying to taper back the Prednisone or not. It’s really hard to make this tough decision as Zoey is our family’s first fur baby.

  6. DIAMOND JIM iIS SPARKLING SO BRIGHTLY WE ALL NEED SUNGLASSES!!! What an uplifting and inspirational story!

    Diamond Jim is showing the world how to live life to the fullest on three legs! Clearly nothing is holding him back! 🙂 You are doing a stellar job of staying in the moment and making every day DIAMOND JIM DAY! 🙂 The love you have for Diamond Jima, and he has for you, comes shining through as brightly as his sparkling personality!

    Keep on keeping on Diamond Jim!

    Lots of love!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!


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