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So I fell in love with a dog I’ve never met.  He is a tripawd due to cancer named Nate, at the adoption center in New Hampshire that I adopted my very first greyhound from.

I felt compelled to write to them.  I know it makes no sense! I know how much cancer treatment costs, and I can’t do it again without insurance, and no one will insure him for cancer, I’d wager.  But I can’t get him out of my mind.  Paul’s at hockey and has not been consulted.  He would have trouble supporting this, to put it mildly.

Maybe I will feel more rational in the morning.  But there is no harm in asking about him, so I did.  Maybe he already has an awesome home lined up.

About Nate

Fallon  8/28/06--9/6/18.  My Heart.

Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.

Nothing But Love in Her Heart - dawn3g.tripawds.com

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A good looking fella’, that’s  for sure!

First just see where the inquiry takes you and go from there.  Cannot imagine  that there could be anyone out there any  better  “qualified” to care for Nate!  

You know what you’re in for (unfortunately).  Not knowing the specifics  at this point, you don’t  know what, if any treatment  would be suggested, what the prognosis is, etc.  I know you’ll find all that out if you proceed further. 

We’ll be waiting  to see if they reply to your inquiry, what Nate’s situation is, what  type of diagnostics he’s had,  etc.

❤❤❤ You have such a big heart❤❤❤

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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No contact yet from the adoption agency, but I did talk to Paul.  He is more rational than I am, and knows this is a bad idea.  Me too.   My jets have cooled a bit since I first saw Nate, but I worry about him.  Who can adopt a dog who, to have a wonderful chance at life could cost thousands of dollars in medical bills?

I’m still going to watch over him from afar….

Fallon  8/28/06--9/6/18.  My Heart.

Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.

Nothing But Love in Her Heart - dawn3g.tripawds.com

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8 January 2019 - 7:22 pm
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Paul provided  some good common sense rationale to help balance your huge compassionate  heart💖

For now, just “trust” that this will unfold as it should.  Perhaps there is another family who needs to know the depth of love that can develop  when they have a tripawd hop into their heart.  

From a perspective  of just looking out after YOUR heart, it would concern  me greatly that, because  Nate has this despicable  disease, your time with you could be short.  It may be that, like too many cases we see here, some don’t  even survive  past the first couple of chemo treatments.   You are still grieving  for Fallon and still raw from that entire experience.  

And yes, Nate has you watching  over him from afar, as will be Fallin💖

You and Paul are such special Souls.

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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I had to come back a few times. I am relieved that you aren’t jumping 100mph into this. I agree with Sally on so much of your conversation. (((((Hug)))))

There is no better human to take care of a pup in this situation, true. Your heart is still raw and you and Paul are still grieving, so true. I cannot even imagine how awful it would be for the both of you to venture into this and all of a sudden lose another so quickly, if things took such a turn, which nobody knows how this will play out… that’s the true that scares me the most.

The rest of me says things will reveal themselves and either your paths will cross or they won’t. This is the part of me that totally with all of my being believes that if things are meant to be… they will be. If they don’t, then there is a reason whether we understand it or not.

It’s kind of like Paula asking if heart dogs are magically pre-determined. For some things, there is no answer, but sometimes things just magically happen.

I love that you have so much love to give. It is what makes you and your family so special. I love that you are brave enough to even consider this. If this happens, I support you. If it doesn’t, then Fallon has somebody else in mind for you. She will have a play in this, I really believe it.

Sending you and your family big hugs and lots of love heart

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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