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Name: charon coonfield
Website: http://etgayle.tripawds.com/
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. Ohhh Olive!!! You are an ADORABLE fashionista!! You are such a Goodwill Ambassador of Inspiration for all tripawds everywhere!!

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading about you and your Mom and the positive impact you are having for all the voiceless! THANK YOU! 🙂

    Make no mistake about it, sweet Maggy is a wonderful Guardian Angel for you both. She continues to touch lives through you!!

    Lots of loe!
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    PS. Welcome to the Helpline Team!

  2. I am fostering a 1-2 year old Yorkie and the vet just recommended amputation of his hind leg due to a congenital defect. He can only bend it at the hip, but not the knee or hock. An x-ray showed the bones and knee cap badly mis-aligned and twisted. I’m hesitant to schedule it because other than sometimes dragging it when walking, he get around great, doesn’t seem to be in any pain, and uses the leg for balance and running.
    How likely is it that he will suffer from arthritis or other problems later in life if he keeps the leg? Because I don’t see how amputating will improve his quality of life in the present.

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