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29 August 2018 - 3:37 pm
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Angels come down from the heavens
Just to help us on our way
Come to teach us, then they leave us
And they find some other soul to save

_ Chris Stapleton

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Rest easy big fella. Can’t wait to see you again. 

I will always miss your handsome face. Love you!

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29 August 2018 - 3:57 pm
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Fly free Bender, I know all of our angels are making a huge ruckus over you! Sending love and hugs to all of you. Please find peace in knowing you were such wonderful pawrents. Tears flowing with yours right now, lots of them. 

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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29 August 2018 - 4:18 pm
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I am sorry for your loss.  Watch for signs Bender will give them to you.   Fly free sweet Bender.

Hugs 

Michelle and Angel Sassy

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05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

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29 August 2018 - 4:39 pm
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That is such a beautiful poem and SO true 💕

Our babies are indeed Angels who come here to teach us and then they leave and save another Soul 🌟

Bender was an Angel here on Earth and he won our hearts, all of us fell in love with him instantly, that sweet, gorgeous face and the loving expression in his eyes is too special 💕

I am sorry beyond words he had to earn his wings but am very touched by the fact your heart understood his transition and accepted he is not really gone…

Your poem tells me that. 

Angel Eurydice and all of our other Angels are taking really good care of your boy right now, soon he will visit you in your dreams as Angels do 💫

Sending you all my love 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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29 August 2018 - 5:12 pm
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So so sorry on your loss of your beautiful Bender 😥 Fly free new Angel!  I know you were greeted in Heaven by all our Angels ready to show you the ropes and how to watch over your loved ones from afar.  Hugs to you all at this hardest part of this journey!

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29 August 2018 - 5:43 pm
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So beautiful…the poem and your boy.  Sending hugs heart

Fallon  8/28/06--9/6/18.  My Heart.

Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.

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29 August 2018 - 6:04 pm
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Ohhhhhhhh! Nooooo…. dammit cancer, you are a …. well you don’t deserve my creative swearing ….

We are deeply sorry, this is such a sad day. Bender was such a rock star, he and you fought so darn hard against this terrible disease. We watched him bounce back after a long, hard recovery, and go on to show the world that against all odds, miracles DO happen!

He didn’t live as long as anyone would have wanted. But as you wrestle with your heartache, know that his legacy, his life, it all mattered and will always be here as a beacon of hope. 

We send our deepest condolences and love. 

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29 August 2018 - 7:45 pm
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Only Bender could do this…..only Bender could make us  smile through  our tears as we  look at your adorable picture….always adoravle… always a smile maker who knows how to pose for the camera  better than any dog on the Planet.

We are all so very, very sorry to read rhis today.  Bender jumped into our hearts from day one.  Such a Happy Warrior…..a strong, gentle, happy Warrior.

As Jerry said, Bender showed the world that miracles DO happen.  And he definitely  showed any …hmmm…er…short legged, barrel chested doggies that they can rock on three legs…no problem!!

Yes, his life  mattered and will have a pawsitive  impact eternally here a time someone  faces extra challenges.   We’ll reference  this brave little Bull Dog named Bender over and over as an inspiration.

No dog could have been loved more.  No one could have done more for him  than you did.  It’s  a piece of crap disease but ot never ever could touch Bender’s Spirit! Ever!!

Another special pup here named Domino headed to the Bridge yesterday.  I have a feeling Bender and Domjno both raced together  to the Bridge, free and whole.  And when they got there, they got a standing  ovation  from everyone at the Bridge  applauding  them for a job well done!  Then they immediately  sat down for a feast of ice cream and cake, followed by steak and French fries…..in that order.

Ypu paid a beautiful  tribute to Bender today with that poem and lovely,  lovely  picture.  Thank you fot sharing  that.  

When you can, please share more pictures and great stories…when you can.  These days and weeks, and even months, will not be easy.  The void left after caring for a triapawd thru rhis joirney is so painful.  So hard.  Eventually, the happier times…and goodness knows their  are thousands  of happy days and times….will push the grief further into the background. 

WE LOVE UOJ BENDER!!!!!! THANK YOJ FOR THE PRIVILEGE  OF GETTING TO 

KNOW YOU❤❤

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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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30 August 2018 - 9:27 pm
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Thanks everyone. 

All of you had a big impact on Bender’s life.

For that we are forever grateful.

I hope one day this awful disease is cured and no one has to go through what we have. 

I know Bender is playing with all of your Angels and making good use of new (unhindered) body. 

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31 August 2018 - 10:30 pm
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I’m so sorry Bender had to leave you.  You did right by your boy and he lived life to the fullest.

I actually heard that song last night, now it will always remind me of Bender.

The special ones never really leave us, they live on in our hearts and so are always by our sides.

Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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1 September 2018 - 10:19 am
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Hope you don’t mind, but after reading  Kare’ns post, it prompted  me to,post rhe doll lyrics.  You picked such a sweet and gentle way to honor your boy.💖

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    Seen my share of broken halos
    Folded wings that used to fly
    They’ve all gone wherever they go
    Broken halos that used to shine
    Angels come down from the heavens
    Just to help us on our way
    Come to teach us, then they leave us
    And they find some other soul to save
    Seen my share of broken halos
    Folded wings that used to fly
    They’ve all gone wherever they go
    Broken halos that used to shine
    Broken halos that used to shine
    Don’t go looking for the reasons
    Don’t go asking Jesus why
    We’re not meant to know the answers
    They belong to the by and by
    They belong to the by and by
    Seen my share of broken halos
    Folded wings that used to fly
    They’ve all gone wherever they go
    Broken halos that used to shine

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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1 September 2018 - 4:58 pm
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Yep, got tears now… love Chris Stapleton, those words just speak right to the heart. Thank you Sally xoxo

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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4 September 2018 - 5:22 am
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I miss him so much 🙁

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4 September 2018 - 6:26 am
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I know you do. That quiet in the house is deafening. Your angel is watching over you, he always will.

This is the toughest time in my opinion. Maybe you could share some pictures, stories, videos with us. I know that will involve tears, but it will also involve smiles and love. 

I know Bender is in a better place now, and he’s rocking some serious Bender wings!! That boy is whole again and pain free. 

We never ever stop missing them, but we do learn to smile at the beautiful memories that we made together.

Lots of love and hugs,

Jackie and Huck 💖💖💖

Hugs,

Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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Virginia




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4 September 2018 - 12:48 pm
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One of the sweetest photos evvver!!!   I’m  so glad you captured  that beautiful  moment with your beautiful  boy.❤

Our hearts still break with yours.  And oh how I wish that meany we could take some of your pain away and carry it for you for awhile. Unfortunately  we know all do well, to get through  grief, it has to be endured one second at a time with seemingly  no break in between.  You don’t  want to sleep because  your sadness is so debilitating.   You don’t  want to wake up because  your sadness is so  debilitating.   You can’t  think straight.  You walk around aimlessly.

At some point, there will be a break.  At sone point, as Jackie mentioned,  the smiles will start to come more easily.  Maybe  not today or tomorrow toorrow, but it will happen.   And you’ll realize that Bender is still with you and wants nothing  more than for you to,push the heartbreak  further into  the background and replace it with things he did to make you smile.  And one thing we all know with absolute  certainty,  adorable Bender is one of the biggest smile makers on the Planet!!

We humans are the ones with the heartbreak.   Bender is free and happy and knows he’s  still with you, just in energy form.  Spirit / Soul  form.  His Soul completed what it needed to do in earth clothes.   His earth mission was done.  That doesn’t  mean he isn’t  still teaching us…you can bet he is!!  He’s  just doing it from another dimension  that he has  moved into.  As your grief lessens, and it will eventually,  you will feel his connection  so very strongly as he continues  to guide you through more life lessons. 

Have you felt any “messages” or “signs” from him yet?  You may not be able to be receptive  yet to his presence, but we all promise  you, he WILL make his presence  known to you!  It may be through nature` it may be in your dreams; it may be a sound or through  your sense of smell; it may even be “seeing” Bender.

I know I speak for everyone  here, please continue  to share more of Bender with us as you can.  Such a very, very special  boy to us all💖     Sooooo loved…soooo well loved.💖

Surrounding  you with Bender’s eternal bright light of joy

Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being 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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