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Another angel in heaven... Etta passed away today
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9 April 2010
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21 June 2010 - 5:31 pm
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It is with great sadness that I tell you all that my sweet baby girl lost her battle with cancer today.   We made the decision last night as she was clearly not going to walk again or be pain free.  It also became clear that she having seizures and they were increasing in amount and intensity almost hourly. 

I think she knew what was happening.  Last night many of our neighbors came to say goodbye and she greeted each with a long tail wag (something she hasn't done in awhile) and gazed into each of their eyes.  She had many many friends.  My partner and I would often joke that Etta had more friends than we did.  Some dogs come along and touch the souls of many... She was that kind of dog and I am forever blessed because she chose us to be her forever family.

Thank you all for the support you have shown us here at tripawds.  you will forever be in our hearts! 


Our angel "Etta" amputation on 4-15-10 lost her front limb. initially dx'd with neurofibrosarcoma. However, after surgery they discovered histiocytic sarcoma a very aggressive cancer. After two full rounds of chemo our special angel lost her battle on 6-21-10. the sweetest and most gentle soul. Our lives are forever blessed for having known her...

21 June 2010 - 5:42 pm
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I am so sorry to hear about Etta.

Nothing but time will allow you to replace today's heartache with the memories of the good times.  You and Etta fought a good fight, you did your best for her, and you gave her the last great gift you could by unselfishly letting her go.

I hope the fact that it was clear to you that Etta was at the end of her journey brings some amount of peace to you and Etta's extended family.  I was so thankful for that when I let Maggie go.

Thank you for sharing Etta and her story here with us.


Karen and the pug girls

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21 June 2010 - 6:26 pm
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Devastated.  Just devastated.

I am so sorry.

Amputation on 11/10/09, due to Histiocytic Sarcoma in left elbow. Angel Harley earned his wings on 06/24/10.

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21 June 2010 - 6:26 pm
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 I am so sad to read that Ettas journey had to come to end today.  Many years ago when we had to put one of our dogs down as I  bent down to give her a kiss good bye , as sick as she was she wiggled her tail to me, I always felt that she knew what was going to happen and it was her way of telling me it was ok and that she was ready to leave. I will always cherish that memory.  I pray you also will find comfort that with each tail wag Etta was saying good bye to all her friends and that she was ready to end this journey.

Thank You for sharing Etta with us, she will be missed by us all.


Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 June 2010 - 6:38 pm
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I'm just so very, very sorry about Etta.

It doesn't seem fair.  I know that the two of you are going to be so lonely without her.  I'm almost left without any words anymore because of all the losses.   Each one cuts deeply as it has with Etta.  She was such a lovely girl.

If I had to go, I would love to say goodbye to all my friends like she did.

I hope your sad tears will soon find a way to be happy tears when you can look back on the memories.  She will not be forgotten here.

I'm just so sorry.


Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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21 June 2010 - 7:31 pm
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I sincerely wish we never had to lose another of our wonderful tripawds to this horrible disease.  It is just so horribly sad when we must say goodbye .  May the sweet memories soon replace the sorrow you feel now.

RIP sweet Etta.  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.

Wesley Chapel, FL
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21 June 2010 - 7:34 pm
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I'm so sorry to hear about Etta... cry I know that your hearts are aching right now... You did everything you could to help her... and she was happy until the very end.

You are both in my thoughts and prayers... Rest in peace sweet golden Etta!

Angel Jake's Mom

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!

Pahrump, NV
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21 June 2010 - 7:44 pm
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I'm so sad to hear that Etta's journey here has ended.  She is an angel now, pain free and wagging her tail at all her new friends.  Thank you for giving us a chance to meet you beautiful girl.

Sadie is my 9yr old Rott/Shepherd mix. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right scapula 1/28/10. Our brave girl had her amputation 2/13/10 and her last chemotherapy on 6/6/10. Unfortunately, a tumor appeared in her back right leg and on 10/7/2010 Sadie's earthly journey came to an end.  On 10/24/2010 we adopted Ranger, a handsome Rott/Lab mix tripawd (got hit by a car) I think Sadie sent him to us.

Calgary, AB
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21 June 2010 - 7:51 pm
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Etta's spirit will live on in you both for the rest of your lives. Your final gift to her was one of tremendous love and compassion. I am so sorry for your loss. May time be kind to you and help fill your broken hearts with sweet memories of such a lovely companion. Run free at Rainbow Bridge Etta - you will be remembered always.


Tai – 9 yr old lab. Diagnosed Osteosarcoma Dec 18/09. Front right leg amputated Dec 21/09. Started chemo Jan 7/10. Lung mets discovered Sept 16/10. Valiant to the end on Oct 26/10 when cancer reappeared in a leg and we made the decision to set her free. Forever in my heart where not even cancer can take her from me.

21 June 2010 - 7:51 pm
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You were beautiful Etta!  The world is a bit sadder and lonlier without you. 

Spirit Ruthie's Mom

Edmonton, Alberta
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21 June 2010 - 7:51 pm
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All these journey ends are breaking my heart. I am so sorry for your loss.

She was a beautiful girl. Thank you for sharing her story with us.

Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

 Catie Caitlin 

Los Angeles
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21 June 2010 - 8:12 pm
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I sit here at the keyboard and can't hold back my tears.  I am so saddened to hear about Etta and so saddened that I won't get to meet her.  I was looking forward to our own tripawd pawty when Etta got better.   I can't even begin to tell you how heartbreaking this is and we are all  grieving with you....Etta was such an incredibly special and beautiful tripawd and she fought the good fight.  May you and your partner find peace and comfort in knowing that she's still right there with you and she'll be forever in your hearts.   


My thoughts and prayers are with you.  I'm so sorry.....

Kami (Mackenzie's Mom)


My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

Palm Desert, California
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21 June 2010 - 8:16 pm
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We are so sorry to hear that Etta has passed.  I just don't what else to say; the past few days have been very discouraging.


Chuck Holliman & Rusty

Rusty is a Labradoodle who was diagnosed with level 3 Fibrosarcoma on January 16th, 2010 and had his left hind leg amputated on January 25th, 2010 five days before his 18 month birthday. Please see Rusty's blog  He is putting up one heck of a fight against this terrible disease.

Livermore CA
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21 June 2010 - 8:24 pm
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I'm so sorry Etta had to go.  What a blessing she was to everyone--thank you for sharing your sweet baby with us.

Sending comfort prayers to your family.

Mary and Cemil

Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

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21 June 2010 - 8:29 pm
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I am so very sorry that Etta has lost her know by now that Magic has also....perhaps they have now met at the Bridge where they are both healthy and happy and meeting all their other tripawd friends. 

I know how devastated your hearts are....there has been such an awful wave of losses....may you find peace knowing you did the right thing.

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