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Buster, Heaven has another Angel
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19 April 2009 - 1:30 pm
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Its with a heavy heart and fallen tears that on today ,April 19th at 2:45 pm, Buster was given heavenly peace.

He was having a difficult time breathing and the coughing was much worse and no amount of medicine would help him.

Coming home now to this empty place without him here, seems amiss.

We took him in to be evaluated, they gave him some oxygen and we were even considering altering his meds when he did  decline further. The vet agreed it was the humane thing to do. I didn't want his own body to suffocate him.(lung mets) We read the parting prayer, surrounded him with his favorite toys and said our final goodbyes. He went very peacefully.

I am truly heart broken and can not stop crying….

I told him about all the friends there to keep him company till I can be reunited with him.

He is being cremated privately.

My life will never be the same.

He was such a wonderful boy, indeed my fur baby. I am so lucky he was a part of my life.  His unconditional love was always there to see me through.  He handsome husky smile always made my day complete. Rest in peace my sweet boy.

Thank you all my fellew tripaws for this journey and support .

Mommy loves you so very much,

Kim

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Kim & Angel Buster

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
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19 April 2009 - 2:31 pm
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Oh I am so sorry for your loss!!!  Your post made me cry thinking about how you feel.  I had to put my dog Kodi down a couple years ago...he died in my arms.  I'd had him since I was 12 years old and he was (and will always be) my best friend.  I know no matter how many other dogs I own in my life, that Kodi was one of a kind.  I still miss him dearly.  I think I cried for two weeks straight... I actually slept with his empty collar clenched in my hand and I was a serious mess. I still cry about it from time to time.  I like to think that he is up in heaven with my dad now, waiting for me.  I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone, we feel your pain, and it's ok to cry, cry cry.  Take care.  It will get better.  Big Blink

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19 April 2009 - 3:16 pm
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Kim, I am so very sorry for your loss.  I was worried about Buster from a post you made a couple of days ago.  My heart is with your as you face adjusting to live with Buster in your heart.  Buster is beautiful and had a wonderful family with you.  You made decisions that would give him quality life.  You've done a fantastic job.

RIP sweet Buster, 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.
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19 April 2009 - 3:37 pm
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Kim--

I am so very sorry for your loss.  I am crying with you right now.  Tika sends her best malamute kisses to you.

Take care of yourself.

--Kim and Tika

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19 April 2009 - 4:11 pm
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Oh Kim,

I am so sorry- I know how hard this is. But hold tight to those memories. Let them remind you of the good times and let them bring the smile to your face and peace to your heart. I know Buster is having a great time living pain free, and will forever watch over you.

You are in my thoughts-

Sending lots of love your way with a great big hug to go with it.

xoxoxox

Seanne and Angel Wrigley

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19 April 2009 - 5:01 pm
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Words cannot begin to explain…. “Heartbroken” isn't nearly enough. Such pain this news stirs up. Tears fall freely.

Buster's peace is all that brings us solace. As does your courage, Kim. Bless you for taking such good care of your baby – in everything that you did for him.

I know that those who have been through such a thing can say “We understand” all they want, and it won't make much difference in how you feel today. But please know that we are all here for you, just as you and Buster have been here for so many.

I feel your pain and I reframe it with a smile knowing that Jerry and Buster finally get to meet at the bridge. Which of course brings more tears. I'm so sorry kim, thank you for sharing. Peace.

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19 April 2009 - 5:47 pm
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Kim, I know no words can make the hole in your life go away, but I hope you feel the prayers and support of your friends.  You're not alone.

Peace with hugs,

Mary

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19 April 2009 - 5:59 pm
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Kim,

Your news has brought me to tears, I and all your Tripawd family mourn with you. You gave Buster peace and dignity in the end, we should all be so lucky.

Take care, be kind to yourself in the days to come,

Gineej & Paris

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Honoring her life by opening our hearts & home to Addy!

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19 April 2009 - 6:00 pm
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Kim,

I am so sorry to hear of Buster's passing. Each death in our tripawd community just breaks my heart. I know nothing I can say will really ease your pain right now but I hope the knowledge that you are part of this wonderful community of people and dogs, many of whom have been where you are and all of whom wish you well, will help you through this difficult time. Buster shall join the pantheon of tripawds  who have gone before him on our altar tonight. And he shall be forever in your heart, and ours, because you shared so much with us.

Thank you, and be at peace, knowing that your love for Buster, and his for you, will always be with you.

Martha

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19 April 2009 - 7:13 pm
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Kim,

I am so, so sorry I wasn't online today when you Tweeted. We were driving all day and I just had a chance to sit down at my laptop. Jim warned me before I started up....

With broken hearts, we send our love and condolences. I don't know what to say to make Buster's loss easier, it's so hard to lose our best friend. When Jerry left us, it felt like my world had ended. I didn't think I could go on, it hurt so, so much.

But with each hour that passed I did my best to remember how Jerry hated it when I cried. So I tried to find the strength within me to trade each crying bout with a memory of a happy one. I guess I sort of struck a bargain with myself, and allowed myself to cry and feel awful, but then replace it with a good times vision of all of us together.

Be good to yourself, and remember that you did the absolute most honorable, noble thing for Buster. It's the hardest thing, but the most kind and brave thing we have to do for them oftentimes. And they will forever be so proud of us for it.

We love you, and hope that the pain you're feeling now will lessen as time goes on. It's not easy, but we need to keep honoring our boys, by living life in the same spirit they did.

Thank you for being a part of our family. We are here for you if you need anything at all OK?

May our boys run free forever, side by side.

Rene

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19 April 2009 - 7:13 pm
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Dear Kim,

I was so sorry to learn that you lost Buster today.  Your heart was also broken today.  The pain is so awful, but you know that you did everything right and that you gave Buster the best of everything, right to the end.  He was a very lucky and beautiful dog.  You've been so kind to so many others in this situation, myself included, and now it is, sadly, your turn to receive the sympathy. 

I remember so vividly how I felt when I lost my Luna seven months ago.  That first day is just a numbing experience, the tears won't stop, the face is swollen, and the world passes by in slow motion.  You can't believe it has happened, even though you knew it had happened and happened because it was what was best for Buster.  I like to think that our intense grief translates into love, a sign to man and animal alike, of our common bond through affection, respect, loyalty, and devotion.  It all adds up to our feelings of closeness and love for our wonderful dogs, especially tripawds.

Kim, you and Buster will be in our prayers in the days and weeks to come.  Buster is free now, no pain, no struggle, and can breathe with ease and happiness.  And, most of all, Buster knows now, more than ever, how much you loved and cared for him.

Sincerely,

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19 April 2009 - 9:42 pm
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Kim I am very sorry for your loss of Buster.  You did so much to keep him going for so long, and I know that he will be deeply missed.  He always did have a happy smile in all of his photos!  You are both an inspiration to us all.

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19 April 2009 - 9:55 pm
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Dear Kim, I am so sorry at the loss of Buster.  The pain is still so fresh in my mind, after having Dasha pass in my arms on april 15 th. I also will never be the same. Just remember you did everything you could for him and you gave him the ultimate showing of love by releasing him of his pain. I just know my Dasha was there escorting him across the bridge. Cry I only hope god blesses you and your family and helps heals your broken heart.

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We are so sorry for your loss. Over time and distance we have become close in a unique bond inspired by our Tripawds' astounding bravery, which is always an inspiration.

Buster sky blue eyes always took me to a good place - last night I was completing his donor art (hadn't heard the news yet)

and the final touch was copying the color of his eyes from his actual photograph and reproducing it in his poster.

Kim, you are a wise and strong lady with the biggest heart ever, this I know, and we love you.

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20 April 2009 - 3:43 am
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Kim, I can hardly type through the tears…my heart is breaking for you…i am so incredibly sorry for the pain you are feeling, during these difficult and heart breaking days, try and remember - that part of your soul has been awakened only because of Buster:

Kim & Buster

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France”.

Only you could release him from his pain and suffering - as much as this sounds ridiculous at this time, you gave him the greatest gift of love there is…and the most difficult, I'm sure.

I love you kiddo - I just want to give you a big hug and tell you it will all be OK and you'll survive this, but I know that will come in time. Call me ANYTIME if you need an ear, OK?

Run free Buster - we love you…be at peace Kim…Buster could not have had a better mommy than you.

With a heavy heart and much love,

Heather and Zeus…Buddy too.

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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