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Anniversaries of Pups Who Have Passed
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Here and Now

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One year ago today (OK, yesterday) we Jeeped up Engineer Pass with Jerry. One month later we laid him to rest. Does this look like a dog enduring his final days?

Rocky Mountain High Jerry Atop Engineer Pass Image Enlarger

As we approach the one year anniversary of Jerry's last day a lot of emotions are getting stirred up. But rather than be sad about his death, we must celebrate his life, as that is how Jerry would want it. So why not use this topic to pay tribute to our fallen three legged heroes?

Similar to our ampuversary shout outs topic, please feel free to post the anniversary date of yor pup's passing or reply with a brief tribute on that day. Peace.

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Nope - sure doesn't look like a pup "enduring" his final days...He looks like a wise teacher living each moment to the very fullest because there is no guarantee that we will have another moment to live.

We love you Jerry!

Zeus and Mom

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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Long live Jerry in all of our hearts!  You continue to inspire ...


Linda & Barney B

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Nope... they are incredible in their final glory aren't they. Thanks Jerry for showing us  that its better to hop on three than limp on four. Couldn't have done it without you!

I like this idea of a tribute wall to our fallen heroes.

Wrigley - March 28, 2009

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This is so timely.  Yesterday was Dakota's one year anniversary and it was tough, especially in the evening as his time of death neared.  I also thought of Jerry Dawg, as his date is a month after Dakota's.  But thank goodness that our hearts and arms are not empty.  Wyatt Ray Dawg is a handsome, regal pup and I think my Gunner (having finally grown into his ears) is also a beaut.  Thank you for the wonderful synchronous posting.  Dakota's mom.

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My hero, my best friend, my inspiration and my soul mate


March 8, 2008 - September 5, 2009

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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8 September 2009 - 6:47 pm
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Such a great picture of Jerry, he looked very happy... Thinking of everyone!

Buddy Lee

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With great sadness, I had to put Java to sleep early Thursday morning.  She was such a trooper, at over 13 years old my precious Rottie endured the front leg amputation and bad back legs and fought osteosarcoma to the end.  This site gave me such great support as I found it when I  first bought her home from her amputation and I thought she was never going to be the same.  This site gave me such comfort when i read that others went through the same ordeal after their pet's amputation.  She bounced back well from the amputation and lived another 5 months.  The decision to put her down still haunts me.  The cancer had spread to her lungs and we had exhausted every chemo alternative, we were at the point of trying CCNU, an experimental chemo option.  She was getting progressively weak over the last 2 weeks but hanging in there.  On Wednesday at about 10 pm she had very labored breathing. I thought she was going to die at home in bed.  I rushed her to the emergency room to have her put down to put her out of her pain.  The emergency vet confirmed with her low red blood cell count, pale gums and lung tumors, she just wasn't getting enough oxygen and his opinion is that she would need to have 24 hours of oxygen and he beleived that she should be put down. I made this heartwrenching decision and then they bought her in the room so I could be with her during the procedure. When they bought her in she looked great because the whole time that I was talking with the vet and while the vet examined her in the back, she was in a pure oxygen cage.  He again assured me that without constant oxygen she would be in bad shape.  I went ahead with the euthanasia but in my mind I can't remember how weak she was the last few days and how she couldn't breathe on Wednesday night, only I remember her after the oxygen cage and looking better - so of course I keep questioning maybe with her prednisone she could have been comfortable for a few more days and then I would have had a few more precious days with her to day goodbye. Again, at my worst time, this site gave me comfort as on the site I read the following quote which made me feel better "Better to say goodbye a two days too early than two weeks too late".   I miss her terribly. 

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I am so very sorry for your loss, Carolyn.  Many of us will ultimately have to make that final decision.  Know that you made the right choice, as for sure, you made it from your heart.

RIP sweet Java.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge .

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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Thank you. Best of luck with your dog. I took Java to accupuncture and chiropractic care once a week and that really helped. She was diagnosed back in December, 2008, probably had cancer for a few months before that as it took a bit to discover why the prednisone wasn’t helping her limping, we did not amputate until she fractured her leg in April, 2009, because we initially did not think she would handle the amputation well. I adopted her at 2 1/2 as a rescue dog and she was my constant companion for 10 years. I will just say my house and heart are very empty today. I wish I had just a few more days with her but I feared if she had another breathing episode she would die alone at a timie between when I was at work and when her pet sitter stopped by for her twice daily visit. Take care and thank you for sending your best wishes.

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Hi Java's Mom. Thanks for joining the Tripawds Community. We're sorry it was under such difficult circumstances. Please don't let the decision haunt you, it's the best thing you could do for your pup as she can't make such a decision for herself.

That quote is indeed great. Do you remember in which topic you read it? that sums up our belief that advanced cancer care is all about quality of life, not quantity.

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One year ago tomorrow, Oct 2nd, our sweet Abbey stepped into eternity. I still miss her so much although Layla is now almost a year and we love her so much.  (They are their own beings and I'll always miss Abbey).  I was so shocked last year when I learned that Jerry was released the very next day than Abbey on Oct 3rd. I will always feel a special connection to Rene and Jim and all of you guys here at tripawds. Nobody really can understand like others who have been through the same. So THANK YOU ALL and press on. Life goes on but the heart will always remember and the tears still flow.

love, joy, peace~

diane riley

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My heart goes out to all of you... for the loss of your heros... Abby, Java and Jerry... and all the others!

I have lost several of my dogs in the past, but it was always from some acute illness... and they were gone within days. With Jake... we know what the outcome will be... we just don't know when. I don't know which is better... Maybe the latter, because we make sure to enjoy every single minute with them, as if it was their last!

Jake's Mom Cry

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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We too will always have a special place in our hearts for Abbey. Peace.

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diriley said:

One year ago tomorrow, Oct 2nd, our sweet Abbey stepped into eternity.

Diane, your love for Abbey knows no bounds and is timeless. Rest assured, Abbey runs free, with you in her heart forever.

Hugs to Layla. I can't believe she's almost a year now.

Much love,

Spirit Jerry

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