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Caira Sue. What a long strange trip it's been.
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East Bay, CA
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21 January 2010 - 8:42 pm
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Today Caira Sue took her last earthly road trip. The pain she was in over the last 2 days only increased. This morning when I got home from work, she told me. We couldn't take another day of pain. I did not want her to lose her dignity. I didn't want her to have days of whining or inability to move. Not super-duper Caira Sue.

When we got to UCDavis the oncologist was amazed at how much more swollen her legs were than 2 days ago. Yes, they were swollen and hot...but she walked in on them.

She laid down on her purple microfiber blanket (the color or royalty, you know) that has "Paws for Peace" on it. We sat next to her. She laid her head on Adam's lap and she went to sleep with Adam telling her what a good, beautiful peanut butter cup she was. I was petting her head. It was beautiful and peaceful. We could instantly feel a weight release. Her pain was gone. She stayed with us in the room. That we know for sure. We feel she will never leave the pack. We could still feel her in the car. But a calmer, pain free version.

Oh, we cried. But as Di told us earlier "grief is the price we pay for love." We cried as much as we loved and were loved by her. Then we cried in celebration of her life and her freedom from pain.

Please visit my blog at to see our tribute.

And please, no talk of rainbow bridges. Caira Sue is out looking for tennis ball bridges and ocean waves and jackrabbits. That's our girl. Free and crossing over the tennis ball bridge to find her some fun....but always watching to make sure we aren't far away.

May 2001-Jan 21, 2010.....I'm a dog and I'm AWESOME!..... Always.

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21 January 2010 - 8:53 pm
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You two raised one heck of a dog and you fought the good fight right along with her.

I remember feeling like Yoda's energy had moved from where he lay to beside my leg before the vet had quite finished.  I am glad you were blessed to feel Caira Sue's peace after helping her to go on ahead.  Grief will probably take you up and down, so that memory will be a good thing to have and hold onto.

Lots of thoughts and prayers are coming your way.

Yoda&Mom united: 9/5/06 …….… Yoda&Leg separated: 6/5/09……… Yoda&Leg reunited: 10/14/09 ……… ……………….………….………….……. Yoda&Mom NEVER separated! …………………….….……....….…… Though Spirit Yoda currently free-lances as a rabbit hunting instructor for tripawds nationwide

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21 January 2010 - 8:56 pm
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Oh, oh, oh, I am just so sorry. I'm so sad.  I was hoping for good news from the topic.  I'm just so sorry.  I loved watching her videos.  There are no words.  She was such a super star here.  She'll be so missed.

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.

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21 January 2010 - 9:01 pm
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Oh Caira Sue, my little fruit bat Cry

Your parents wrote a beautiful tribute to you, accompanied by truly wonderful photos of the invincible Caira Sue. What a life you led! I will always remember Caira Sue saying "I am a Dawg and I AM AWESOME!" May your parents memory of that help them out at this time.

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21 January 2010 - 9:04 pm
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I am really stunned and speechless.  It was only this morning that you shared with us Caira sue's diagnosis.

Caira Sue, a brave girl, a true fighter; she will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Big Hugs.

21 January 2010 - 9:11 pm
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Here is to tennis balls on the beach and all the jackrabbits you can chase.

I am glad I got to know you Caira Sue- you're the coolest rez dog EVER.

Mary and Adam- I am thinking of you tonight.


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21 January 2010 - 9:27 pm
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Oh Mary and Adam, our hearts feel so, so heavy right now, this is so sad. There are as many tears being shed right now as there is rain falling from the sky. Buckets. Please know we are thinking of you, and truly sorry that this time has come.

Your blog post was incredibly beautiful. What a life she had. It so closely parallels the one we shared with Jerry. Hiking and beaches and outdoor fun. She was a true adventurer, and we know her spirit will always be out there experiencing the universe to the fullest.

Ok, the Tennis Ball Bridge...That is a beautiful thought and Jerry is all over that. He will definitely see her there.

Many, many hugs. What an honor it was to meet this incredible girl. We will never forget her, or you. Thank you for being a part of this community, we are forever changed because of you all.


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21 January 2010 - 9:34 pm
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Super Duper Indeed. Bless you for doing right by Caira Sue and making the difficult decision you did, when you did. Peace.

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21 January 2010 - 10:09 pm
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Mary and Adam,

I am so sorry to read your post tonite about loosing Caira Sue... I can't stop crying... Cry I feel like I knew her... Reading all the posts on the forum and her blog... about her wonderful adventures... She was truely a hero tripawd... She was amazing up until the end!!

I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you are devastated now... but you have so many beautiful memories of your 'super dawg'... and so do we!!!

I hope that she is enjoying herself now... chasing tennis balls and hanging out at the beach... and chasing those crazy jackrabbits!!! I will never forget Caira Sue!!!!!

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!

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21 January 2010 - 10:22 pm
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Maybe Caira Sue's bridge is a rainbow of different colored tennis balls. In the after life maybe you can get them in all different shades unlike here on earth.  Just another way where every wish can come true.

I am mourning CS, your beautiful girl.  God bless you for not making her suffer and letting her go when you love her so much.  May her spirit give you joy.  I am praying for you both.  Unfortunately all to many of us have walked in your shoes.

Debra & Angel Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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21 January 2010 - 10:24 pm
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Mary and Adam, we are so sad to hear this news about sweet Caira Sue.  Our thoughts are with you.  Janette, Torsten and Montana

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21 January 2010 - 10:38 pm
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Caira, I love you like you were my own.  I will severely miss your adorable updates, but hopefully you will send your mom and dad little messages from the invisible world, and they will keep us informed 🙂  I bet you're already having a blast 🙂

<3 Laura

22 January 2010 - 12:31 am
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Mary and Adam,

Noooo, I could not believe it when I read your post.  I just told Koda the other night about Caira Sue and how she went through the same thing as him and the same leg at around the same time (after I read your post).  I am so so sad to hear about your loss.  Her photos proved that you guys lived each day to the fullest and were great pawrents to her.  Some would say that she was lucky to have you as her pawrents, but I'd like to think that you were lucky to have her in your lives to teach you all she has taught!!!! 

Sending our love and thoughts,

Storm and Koda 

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22 January 2010 - 8:41 am
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Oh gawd, I hated opening this thread….Caira Sue, I loved reading about you and your adventures. You fought a brave fight… I hope you have many Tennis balls at the Tennis Ball Bridge!


Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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I am so sorry for your loss of the awesome Caira Sue.  From her photos it looks like she had a very fun and full life even to the end.  She will be deeply missed.


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