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Schofield, WI
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29 October 2016 - 6:35 pm
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Yay!  Gator you’ve got some fun times ahead sweet boy in your new furever home.  Congratulations Christine!



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29 October 2016 - 6:52 pm
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Yay Gator, Christine & family.    Happy Gotcha Day.  Now party time  😉   Sounds like everything is going well.   Gator very proud of you for no destruction on your first day home alone

xoxox

Michelle & Angel Sassy

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Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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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."

Livermore, CA




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29 October 2016 - 8:15 pm
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AWESOME!

There wasn’t much doubt but it is nice to have it official- Gator is HOME!

Karen

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

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29 October 2016 - 9:18 pm
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Yay for Gator! Yay for Christine! Happy Gotcha Day is right. We are so happy to hear that your big boy is officially yours.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

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!

Virginia




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29 October 2016 - 9:54 pm
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YAAAAAAAAAY!!! GATOR IS WHERE HE WAS BORN TO BE!!heart clapclap

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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30 October 2016 - 12:15 am
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Massive congratulations!superstarsuperstarsuperstar

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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30 October 2016 - 9:03 am
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Great news Christine, so happy for you all!

Paula and Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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30 October 2016 - 10:40 am
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clapYeah!clap

I’m so happy that he’s fitting in with you so well.  He sounds like a doll!  Don’t you just wish he could tell you his story?  I wonder if he’s clicker trained?  I’ve never used one, but a lot of people do….and since he’s not food motivated….

Hugs to you & your daughter

Donna

Donna, Glenn & Murphy  http://murphyh......pawds.com/

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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30 October 2016 - 4:25 pm
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When I stop to think about it, Ollie wasn’t very food motivated when he first came to us. For the first few weeks, we had to coax him to eat, sometimes even mixing a bit of canned food and water to make gravy in his kibble. A far cry from the Hoover he has become!

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

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!



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31 October 2016 - 1:00 pm
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CONGRATULATIONS Christine I am thrilled for you🎊🎉🎊🎉

You and Gator were meant to be together 🏹

Lots and lots of kisses and hugs flying your way 💕🐾😘🐶💗💗

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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There was a time, ok almost 2 years ago before Tess tore her cruciate, when I could look at a dog walking and just see a dog walking.  Now, I find myself hyper analyzing every step for possible unevenness.  Ugh.  And Gator squeaks when he wants something – to go outdoors, to play, or just attention.  And I, of course, immediately think he is in pain.  I have really got to dial down this part of my brain!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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5 November 2016 - 4:29 pm
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Christine, if you ever figure out how to dial your brain down, please let me know how! I think that ship has sailed for me forever. 

Paula and Nitro 

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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5 November 2016 - 8:10 pm
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I suspect Nitro will keep you on your toes, but there is no reason for me to be scrutinizing Gator’s every breath for signs of who knows what.smiley

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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I wish I could say that passes but Jasper’s been with me 2 1/2 years and I still treat her like she’s wrapped in bubble wrap. But it does get better. I let her get in the car mostly on her own (she goes low so it’s safe) and I let her run at the dog park but I cringe each time she rolls hard or tumbles. I fear this is my new reality – “helicopter dog mom”! But she has a great life and so did Shelby so I know I do the best that I can!!!! Hugs!  You’re doing great and all this is totally normal. 

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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Tee-hee-hee.  I video taped a sleeping 11 week old puppy because I was worried her breathing was too rapid and shallow.  If you figure out the “dial down knob”, please share! 

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