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What is wrong with people? Good comebacks!
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27 February 2012 - 7:07 pm
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I had to post this as I know everyone here can understand my vent/rant.

I have had some of my co-workers say the absolute rudest things to me about my dog.  One co-worker told me that when I found out my dog had cancer and needed amputation that I "should have just put her down since she is going to die anyway and why spend all that money".  Two other co-workers told me to sell my house, move into the city and "just get rid of the dog because she takes up too much time."  Wow!!!  Seriously????  Who says these kind of things, says them to someone who has a dog AND a dog that has cancer????  I get not everyone is a dog person and not everyone treats their dog like a member of the family but I would never in a million years say something like that.   Really??  People need to learn some manners or grow a heart!

Okay...rant over. 

Tasha was a German ShepherdBorder Collie mix who was diagnosed with OSA at age 8.  On December 29, 2011 she had her front right leg amputated and received 4 rounds of chemo.  Sadly and suddenly Tasha became sick and we discovered she had liver cancer that had spread to her lung.  After almost 19 months, Tasha earned her wings on July 17, 2013. No regrets and never forgotten. 

Greater Western Washington area
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27 February 2012 - 8:04 pm
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I know exactly how you feel.   My boss told me not to worry because my dog doesn't have a soul so he won't be going to heaven anyway, he is just a dumb animal.  My "friends" at work handed me a newspaper when I was crying over Sammy's diagnosis and said there are lots of dogs that don't have cancer in it.


Some people are missing a compssion gene!

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

In your heart, where I belong.
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27 February 2012 - 8:18 pm
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Well...I guess if reincarnation is real and karma works, most of these people will live as a dog that has cancer. Now there's a thought.


From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at

New Zealand
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27 February 2012 - 8:25 pm
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I'm sure they don't mean to be rude, annoying and bloody hurtfull, I guess its just ignorance about what you feel for your fur babys. Just think of all that fun, the amazing bond and the unconditional love that these sort of people are missing out on. We are the lucky ones we have experienced that love and will continue to cherish it, our lives are richer for it and our houses more full of life. 

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27 February 2012 - 9:20 pm
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If somebody dares to say that to me I would say 'Gee, I heard the compassion gene skips generations.  Too bad for you!'

Or maybe I would just call him an asshole - hmmmmm.  Or maybe I would bite him, or give him fleas... (hee hee)

I love Dakota's Karma thought - especially when I think of our beautiful furbabies coming back healthy and happy.

Wags and Slobbers

Judy and Baby

San Diego, CA
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27 February 2012 - 9:46 pm
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Some people can be incredibly rude - no doubt about it. I'm sorry you had to even deal with the idiots that said that to you. That is the kind of thing where I would obsess about it and hours later, when it's way too late, come up with a stinging reply.

But, as Sarah said, those folks are to be pitied, because clearly they don't understand what it's like to experience the love and joy that we get from our pups.

Hope you at least feel better after getting it off your chest with folks who get it.

Hang in there. As I always say to my hubby when he is annoyed w/ his co-workers (which is often, cuz some of them are a real piece of work): Don't let the turkeys get you down.
Jackie, Angel Abby & MBBunny Rita's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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27 February 2012 - 10:31 pm
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At first I was mad and then I thought how sad....

How sad for them that they don't get it and they won't get it.....the unconditional love and loyalty, the integral part of your family and your day...that a dog provides.

So enjoy your day with your wonderful three legged cancer dog and just ignore those pitiful dummies!

Peoria, IL
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28 February 2012 - 2:23 am
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Those who say a dog doesn't have a soul have never looked into the eyes of a dog who loves them.

I, too, heard many of those same things when family and friends heard that Sammy had cancer and that his leg was going to be amputated. Some, especially those who struggle financially, don't understand spending so much money on an "animal." Others truly don't understand the deep bond we share with our fur-babies. I feel sorry for them; they are missing out on so much.

My own mom suggested it might be kinder to let Sammy go rather than putting him through the surgery. She had never seen a tripawd and what they can do. After seeing him happily hopping, running and jumping around, she changed her mind. When she recently adopted a little dog, the strength of her feelings toward him surprised her. She is crazy about him!

I must admit, I wasn't much of a dog person until I had Sammy so I know these people are not trying to be cruel.  They just don't get it. When accosted by such ignorance, I simply reminded people that, to me, Sammy was as much a part of my family as any member of theirs — and asked if they would put down a family member if he or she was sick. That usually shuts them up.

Smilin' Sammy, March 16, 2004 – Dec. 5, 2011
Golden retriever, diagnosed with osteosarcoma in September 2010 — right front leg amputated November 2010. He fought valiantly to stay with us; but a second diagnosis of osteosarcoma, this time in his left front leg, was more than our golden warrior could overcome. He loved his pack — and everyone else he met.

We loved him even more.
Thanks for the pennies, Sammy. They helped.

knoxville, tn
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28 February 2012 - 6:51 am
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morons are everywhere...  here's what i've done, when it's a guy who is a jerk:


i say, "gee, richard, i'm shocked at that"... 

he replies, 'oh, my name's ___, not richard!"...

i look at him really closely, and say, " oh, really, you look like a dick to me!!" and then walk away....


it really works in a crowd...


but, probably the best thing to do is pity the fool who has never known the love of a heart dog...


charon & spirit gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


Rock Hill, SC
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28 February 2012 - 8:04 am
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I hate it that we have to discuss this topic, but I love those replies!

We have lived with these comments for many years, through misc. surgeries for Merlin's terrible knees and our attempts to save him from his cancer and now with Zeus' amputation.  I refuse to let these comments slide, although I know they sometimes come from persons that we cannot alienate due to family or work ties.  Therefore I try to be kind but give them something to think about by explaining "you know, each of us have our own opinions and passions in life and those should be respected even if you don't understand them.  I have never once criticized you for your decision to have children and make all of the sacrafices that comes with that decision, even though I do not have that desire and do not understand it.  I would simply ask you for that same consideration to respect what is important to me, no matter how foreign the concept is to you."

Shuts them up every time.

Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...

On The Road

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28 February 2012 - 8:26 am
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Bravo Zeuspod and Charon! I need to remember those comebacks.

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Columbia, MO
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28 February 2012 - 9:29 am
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I live in the midwest and work with a lot of what I call rednecks.  That's ok--I call them that to their face.  Anyway, most were supportive when I told them Daisy most likely had cancer and what the options were.  I originally was going to let her go when I felt it was "time".  Well 1-1/2 days later I decided I would go with amputation hoping that she would be in the 10% that it cures.  When I told them the responses were definitely not positive.  Things like "why would I put her thru that" and "just to go ahead and put her out of her misery since she is going to die anyway".  Turned out she didn't have cancer so good thing I went with my gut not their words of wisdom.

I had a cat for 11-1/2 years that was diabetic.  I had to give him insulin shots twice a day.  The guys used to tell me "I'll give him a shot and you won't have to worry about it anymore".

I just quit telling them about my pets.  They just don't get it.

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

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28 February 2012 - 10:22 am
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Eeegads,  I am from St. Louis originally (NYC now) and so I looked to see where you were.  You would think with the great vet school at Mizzou that people would have a clue. 

But I recently had a lady tell me that I probably gave my dog more cancer by chopping off his leg.  So I can't explain what's wrong with people, but I can tell you that there are wackadoos in Central Park as well. 

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28 February 2012 - 10:37 am
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OMG it just amazes me how insensitive people can be!!  I can't even think of a good comeback for that kind of ignorance.  Love the ones the rest of you came up with though!

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28 February 2012 - 11:32 am
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A couple months ago, at the dog park, a guy with a 9 YO German Shepherd with
pretty severe hip dysplasia

asked me why in the world would I WANT to adopt a dog with three legs.

While watching my Tripawd run in the lush grass with his fur brothers having
the time of his life,

all I could say was, "I adopted the dog-not the legs" then ran off
to play with my boys.

So even SOME dog people don't get it!

I will have to remember the comments I read here.

Wyatt - non cancer Tripawd

~ missing front left paw ~

10 pounds and bulletproof!

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