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Addi lost her cancer battle this weekend
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7 February 2022 - 8:53 am
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My sweet Addi girl lost her battle to cancer over the weekend.
I am at a complete loss of words. I miss her so much. She was my soul dog – no question about it.
Cancer is so unfair – it robbed me of my time with her.
She was there at my highest and lowest points for the past 7.5 years. It’s hard to imagine a life without her. 
My house feels so empty.

I just hope I did her justice in her last year. 

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7 February 2022 - 9:28 am
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While so very, very sad to hear Addi had to run free to Rainbow Bridge , show knows, and we k ow, to did EVERYTHING possible for your girl!!   You abso ten million pwrce t did “jistice” for your sweet Soul sog.  In fact, ou went beyond what many would do, and that includes starting with the amputation. 

While we NEVER have enoigh earth time with our dogs, your loving care definitely  gave Addi extended  quality  time that did pass her “prognosis”.  So to me, in a way she did beat that nasty piece of s**t disease  by beating the “statistics” projected with her challenges.

You clearly adore Addi.  We saw it.  We felt it.  Addi got to jave her own person love her and spoil her and give her joy and happiness.  Not every dog is Licky enough to jave their own person, especially  one as devoted  as you.

Addi knew you loved her enough  to release her from her earth clothes when they know longer served her.  Her energy is free know AND her energy still surrounds you.  I believe that with all my heart.  

We know the gutwrenching  grief you are feeling and will feel for awhile.  Yoir world has stopped.  Your routine of caring for Addi has now created a void.  

One thing we can all promise you is eventually  the thousands of hapoy times you two share will eventually  seep inbetween the tears.  Every now and then  a smile will come as you think of something sill sweet Addi did that made you laugh.  That what Addi wants for you.  To remember  the spectacular  earth life she had with you.  

The close up picture of her sweet mug just melts my heart.  And yes, my heart melted more seeing Addi’s dog buddy so lovingly lay next to her.

Please stay connected, okay?  We understand  like no others can the depth of despair you feel right now.  No one could ever understand the level of bond this journey creates.  When you can, please share more of Addi with us.  She will always be an inspiration  here.  Always.

And absolutely  Addi is at the Rainbow Bridge bragging about how she had her very own person who was the best evvvvver!  And make no mistake, she’s telling everyone  how loved and spoiled she was.  And she was sooooo grateful  for the extra year she got.  (Remember,  that’s seven years in hoomans).  She”@ bragging how she had you wrapped arou d her paw and got more spoiling  and loving than even she (Addi) thought was possible!

Surrounding  you with Addi’s eternal light of love

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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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7 February 2022 - 10:55 am
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I’m so very sorry to read this about Addi. You both fought so hard and yes, you absolutely did right by her! You investigated all your options, you didn’t just surrender when you got the news that her leg needed amputating. You gave her almost a year of a life without a painful leg, a life with you filled with many moments of presence, love, and togetherness. When it came time to help her transition out of a body that no longer served her, you put your grief aside so that her loving spirit could fly free into the universe. There is no greater gift. And as difficult as the journey was for you I’m certain that Addi knew she was a cherished family member, and deeply loved.

There is nothing more heartbreaking than having to say goodbye because of cancer. I’m so sorry! It does feel like you’ve been robbed, I totally get it. Cancer is such a mean disease that it feels like it steals our loved ones from us. It’s OK to feel that way. I think everyone who has been touched by cancer has felt that. In the end, I think what I learned after a while is that cancer cannot steal the spirit of our loved ones, or all the good memories we shared together. Those are ours to keep forever, just like the love and energy of the fur kids who touched our hearts. 

I’d love to see those photos of Addi. They’re not showing up for some reason. I know you have more to think about right now so if you’d like email me the photos and I’ll fix them here for you OK? 

Much love, and many hugs coming your way.

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8 February 2022 - 8:36 am
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Thank you both so much for your kind words. They really mean a lot to me. sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2

It is so refreshing to hear from people who love/loved their animals so deeply. I wish the culture around pet loss was more understanding. 

I think at a certain point our pets stop becoming something external to us – they become an extension of ourselves which is why it makes it so hard to let go. It feels like a part of yourself is also dying. 

Addi was my support system. I got her right after I graduated college. She helped me get through the loss of my only brother.
Ironically, I am mourning the absence of my girl who could have made this loss more bearable. 

Benny – you are absolutely right. I think eventually my brain will stop being clouded with her last few days and replaced with all our wonderful memories over the years. 
Jerry – you are absolutely right cancer cannot take away all the wonderful memories we had. 

Loss really does make you realize how precious and fragile life is.

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8 February 2022 - 10:57 am
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I agree totally when it comes to the culture around pet loss. Not enough people really understand but I think things are slowly changing. As more dogs and cats become family members, more people are starting to grow deeper bonds with their animals. Change has been slow but it’s moving in the right direction.

I think at a certain point our pets stop becoming something external to us – they become an extension of ourselves which is why it makes it so hard to let go. It feels like a part of yourself is also dying. 

VERY well said! I think you could write an entire essay on this. I know exactly what you mean. When you suddenly lose all those routines, all those reasons for doing what you do each day, it does feel like a part of you has been lost. You feel off kilter, without a sense of purpose or direction. It takes time to find new meaning for getting up every day, and all you can do is try and try again. Eventually we get there.

Addi played such a big role in your life, and marked such milestones for you. That’s not easy to just let go and thankfully you don’t. Those years together were filled with so many lessons that will help you forever. That’s such a loving legacy!

I’m sorry you are also coping with your brother’s passing. That makes this even harder, it’s unimaginable. Addi’s forever gift to you was giving you some tools to continue processing losing him, and now, hers. Take things day by day like she did, and eventually you’ll think of her and smile instead of cry. 

((((hugs)))))

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8 February 2022 - 1:47 pm
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You articulated everything so beautifully.   Thank you for that.  You amd Jerry both  expressed differently aspects so well.

Can you imagine the reunion when.Addi saw your brother waiting for her at the Rainbow  Bridge.  On my goodness, he has tears of joy and her tail is wagging non stop as she jumps into his arms😊♥️   The stories they are sharing as jis sister and her very own heart person…….I bet your ears were burning!

Thank  uou again for sharing your I sight.  Addi con5 her legacy of helping and inspiring  others through you.  And yes, when we say we grieve with you, we mean it.  We DO understand  like no others can if they have not been on this journey.  So much to celebrate  when a.ife is well loved and well loved, but the lessons of this joirney through all the joy, and yes the knock-you to- your- knees grief can only come from the deep bond you jave with Addi.

And you know what, her lessons s are still ongoinAnd p,ease pay attention,  she WILL connect  with you in a very Addi specific  way.  Be open and trust.  It will happ55 and we would love to hear about it when it does.

Love and light

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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8 February 2022 - 2:31 pm
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Oh these photos are so sweet. They really show Addi’s personality and all the love you surrounded her with. What a good BFF to her pal Zeus. He seemed to really adore her.

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8 February 2022 - 3:44 pm
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Hmmmm…..I think Addi is playing  tricks on us.  Some of these showed up yesterday.  I could see them, but I know Jerry said she couldn’t.   I can see these….the ones Jarry just posted…..but can’t  see the ones that I saw yesterday…….hmmm…..does Addi have a sense of humor????

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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Thank you for posting those Jerry. She had the sweetest face sp_hearticon2

Benny – She most certainly had a good sense of humor. I really like to think she’s up in the clouds hanging out with brother who loved her dearly. That image alone makes me grin from ear to ear. 

I’m keeping a close eye out for signs from her but, so far all I’ve had is dreams of her. 

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10 February 2022 - 7:33 pm
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You are so welcome, it’s a joy seeing her personality. 

Those dreams? Were they good ones? I think they can definitely be signs. Totally! I honestly believe that our dreams connect us to the unseen but very true and real parallel universes we walk through each and every day. We may not be able to see them with our eyes, but our hearts know where we need to travel to get to them. Addi found you in one, and she came to you to let you know she’s never far. 

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    I really like to think she’s up in the clouds hanging out with brother who loved her dearly. That image alone makes me grin from ear to ear. 

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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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17 February 2022 - 10:15 am
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Awww what a sweet photo. Thanks for sharing Sally!

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