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27 May 2020 - 7:09 pm
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I have started this post so many times over this last month, here I am starting to cry again.  Mr Brock Samson, our guardian, our protector our Bumbles the Wonder Mutt has crossed the rainbow bridge.   He seemed to be struggling, when we got him in to the vet, the worst was confirmed, lungs just completely full of cancer.  We took him home and the next day, Saturday April 25 in his backyard where he was happiest, he was put to rest, his head in my lap as I cuddled him and told him how much I loved him. The house is so empty with him gone and being work from home these past few months only amplifies it.  I still go to the patio doors and check on him, though it's becoming less and less.  We miss him terribly.

We do want to thank everyone here for the support and kind words as we went through the amputation and chemo.  Not gonna lie, wish we would have gotten closer to that year or more but are thankful for the time we got, he made it to 12 and got a few last romps in the snow, his absolute favorite...besides junkfood.  He did so great post amputation and I don't regret that for a second, we would have had to let him go so much sooner and he would have been in so much pain.  I'm honestly not as sure on the chemo, taking him for all those appointments was stressful for him and I'm not sure it really ended up doing much but that's only in hindsight; I know if we hadn't done it I would be sitting here in even worse shape lamenting not having done it and did we cheat him from more time.

I wish everyone the best and hope you are keeping safe and doing well through these...bizarre times. 

We miss you Mr Samson, love you forever.

Karen and Anthony

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27 May 2020 - 10:13 pm
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Oh no, not our sweet Samson, sweet, sweet Samson.  It seems lie as soon as our tears stop for o e of our beloved members, they start up all over again as another one heads to tje Bridge.  We know all too wel jow jard thos was to write. And we are heartbroken with you.  

Boy, Samson sure did give it a good run though!  He showed the Vets that age is just a number, that big dogs can handle three just fine!!  I am soooo glad you got other opinions s back then and got to have more pain free quaility  time with the hoomans he loved❤  

I know it is still soooo hard and the void and break in routine hurts your heart.  I also know Samson wants you to be happy.  He wants you to remember how Happy he was with you.  He wants you to know that he is still woth you, he's still protecting  you as your Guardian Angel.  If he hasn't  already, he will connect with you in a way that leaves kmow doubt  he's with uou.

Yes, Mr. Brock Samson is one of April's Angel's now.  They were all there to greet him, along with all the newbies  that just arrived. They had a vig fear awaiting  him and buckets of ice cream to compliment  the meal.  Then they tood Samson over to an area they made just  for him.  Ot was a huge field of snow made just for him.  He ran and rolled and frolicked for hours in it. 

Those pictures you shared just make is want more.  When you can, I hope you will share more of Mr Bumble your Protector and all the adventures  you shared. 

Surrounding  you with Samson's eternal light and happily waggingntail

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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28 May 2020 - 4:07 am
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I am so very sorry for your loss. You took wonderful care of your boy, never doubt that for a minute. My thoughts are with you through such a sad time. Your Angel Sampson is pain free now and his spirit will always be in your heart. I can visualize him bouncing from cloud to cloud looking like a big fluffy cloud himself. He was such a sweet and handsome boy. Please take care of yourself.


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Karen and Anthony, I'm so very sorry. This entire community grieves the loss of your stunningly handsome, super sweet Samson. How your heart must be so broken right now, it's clear that he was truly your protector and leader of the pack. I wish we could take away the heartache.

No, he didn't get nearly enough time after amputation, not at all. Cancer can be so mean! It's taken so many of our heroes lately, we are reeling from the losses. But I hope that through your tears, maybe not now, but maybe some day later, you can be so proud knowing that Samson's life story is one that will always be here to inspire others standing in the same place you were in last November.

His story is especially notable above and beyond who he was as Bumbles the Wonder Mutt, because 1) your original vet was a total naysayer about his ability to cope on three legs, and boy did he prove them wrong! And 2) as a senior dog, and a giant breed at that, he really did show the world that age is just a number! Samson's life story is one of victory and heroics!

He will always be a story of hope and comfort during scary times for people who never expected to face amputation for their dog. And why? Because you listened to your gut instinct and rose to the occasion to advocate for him! It was the learning experience you didn't want but wow, if you hadn't have stood up and gotten another opinion, the world would never have known about your amazing guardian pup and he wouldn't have had the last six months to cuddle and watch over the pack. Be proud of your pet parenting, it was awesome.

We cannot thank you enough for finding the courage to post here, thank you for that. Samson may be an angel now, but his life and his spirit will shine on brighter than ever in our community. We will never forget him, ever.

Please share more photos if you get a chance. The ones you posted were so sweet, we would love to see more if you're up to it.

Much love, a million condolences, and endless hugs are being sent to you across the miles. 

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I'm so sorry the time came so soon for your magnificent boy. 

I know you will find peace knowing that you gave him every chance and when it had to be you gave him one last, unselfish gift.  It is never easy and hurts like hell but keep your hearts open, the special ones never really leave us.  They live on in our hearts and so are always by our side.

Karen and Spirit Maggie

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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I am so sorry for your loss.  This is the hardest part of our journey.  It is very personal.  Run free sweet boy.

michelle & Angels Sassy, bosch and baby Simba


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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