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What The Gopher Saw
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Livermore, CA

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5 April 2017 - 10:30 pm
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No wonder they back fill their holes!

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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That’s so funny!laughing And I imagine very scary for any gopher. oh-my


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What great photos!  I love it!

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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Oh wow! amaaaazing pictures!! heart

Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.

Manni's blog -dogblog-

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Those are great photos!!!! 

JL almost got one the other day. It was dark out and I saw it come out of its hole (stupid when the dog is right there) and run off toward us (also stupid). I was so worried her nose would get bitten so I picked up Jasper but still… stupid gophers! She’s not fixated on that yard on our walks. 

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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Awesome photos!  

Stupid question ,but what are the odds that the gopher will grab Elly?👀 Nothing against Miss Elly’s skills just wondering?

I would be afraid it would nip her face! Those big yellow gnarly teeth😬

Your go pro is just amazing! l have it on my wishlist. LOL 


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The eyesight of Gophers is so bad, I’m guessing Baby Gopher just thinks he’s seeing his mamma Gopher!

Nah, he won’t attack bite Elly, he’ll just duck and dig! They really aren’t aggessive animal beings at all. Fleeing into their hole is their defense.

A d from the looks of allnof Elly’s ohotos, it just like she wa ts to be his friend maybe…..or not! 🙂

The pictures really are stupendous. I love how the grasses frame her face.

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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These are fabulous pictures. Just amazing! Did you put the camera down the gopher hole? And the light is so good too. Just great. Look at her whiskers bristling!

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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I love the pictures Karen.  Great job.  Hey my dogs root in those tunnels don’t know if its a gopher or mole but i have wonderful tunnels in their yard now LOL.


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."

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I love them!!!

When we had a ground hog living under out deck, it scratched Cassie on the nose once!  It was trying to get back into the yard from the park, coming over the fence so she stood up (of course!) & it scratcher her, came over & ran fast around the pool to get back under the deck!  I couldn’t believe that the fat thing could out-run the dogs lol


Donna, Glenn & Murphy

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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Michelle said
 but i have wonderful tunnels in their yard now LOL.

‘I have tunnels in THEIR yard now’ 🙂 🙂 🙂

Manni grew up in a horse barn where we also had Jack Russel terriers who were fantastic at catching the occasional rats. Manni wanted to try it, too of course. -We ended up going to the emergency vet at midnight because he got bitten in the nose by the rat…

Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.

Manni's blog -dogblog-

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