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Pack your pajamas and come on over and snuggle with Merry Myrtle and Frankie...awww
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17 November 2015 - 10:43 pm
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To state the obvious, I just love taking pictures of Frankie and Merry Myrtle sleeping! The "togetherness" is initiated more by Frankie than Myrtle. He insists on laying next to her, or on her all the time! Once I'm in the mix though, they both are jockeying for snuggling position to see who can get closest to me, or on me!

Although I maybe squished, or unable to move more than an inch, I savor every second sleeping eith these blanket hogs!

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Night, night, sleep tight, don't let the little bedbugs bite!

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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Sally- this is hilarious and adorable. It makes me think of that photo you sent to the organization before adopting Frankie, showing them that there was a Frankie-shaped spot on the bed for him. Myrtle has kept that promise to him even when you're not right there cuddling with them!

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18 November 2015 - 8:50 am
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Love, love, love these!

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel...and the Labradork

PS Hannah's banner is at the top of my page, showing just how much she approves of this arrangement. Of course, she engineered it, so it must be right!

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

Livermore, CA

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Love it!

Obie is not yet interested in even touching Elly. 



Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

Los Angeles, CA
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I LOVE puppy snuggles !!!! So cute!!! 

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

Schofield, WI
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I'd be there if I lived closer!  Never can get enough puppy snuggles!  I'll bring the wine and chocolate and sweet potato treats for the furfaces.  And a chick flick.  Maybe Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.  😀  Oh yea and popcorn too.  Plus I'll have to bring all my furfaces too.  That's 3 more including Max.  Anyone else want to join us?

Linda & Max with Ollie & Riley too

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I love it.  I love each and everyone of these pictures.  I know you love all the snuggles you get.  We would need 2 kings size beds for all of us plus our furkids lol.  Oh but the fun we could have of a slumber party 🙂



Michelle & Angel Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

Norene, TN
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21 October 2014
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Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey

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