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Calamity Is Now An Angel
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Metro Kansas City
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13 June 2014 - 5:01 pm
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It is with such a heavy heart that I tell everyone here (some may remember us, some won’t) that we let my sweet girl cross yesterday.

She was done with all of this thing called life. She was just a month over 13 and a tripawd since Oct 23, 2008.

She decided to quit eating well about mid-March. I took her for blood work thinking the kidneys were going to be the answer, but no. She had x-rays & ultrasounds & nothing was found. She did have LS, which made walking a little more difficult for her and I think she just made up her mind that she was done. I nursed her as long as I could and every day got more difficult to try to get her to eat.

My heart is shattered but I know she is at peace now. I am sure she met her littermate & best friend, Morgan and I know that made her very happy. She had not been the same since he passed.

GodSpeed my sweet Doodlebug, you will live in my heart forever.

Janie & Calamity http://www.trix.....gspot.com/

Virginia
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13 June 2014 - 7:58 pm
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I’m so sorry. I don’t know much of Calamity’s story, but just by your words I can tell how much she was loved. Take solace in knowing that she had a great life, surrounded by those who loved her so much. Thats all any of us could ask for in the end. 

Run Free Calamity!!!! 

{{HUGS}}

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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13 June 2014 - 9:02 pm
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I’m so sorry for your loss.  It’s never long enough with our sweet babies.  Over time, may your heart heal and be filled with happy memories of sweet Calamity.

Amy & Spirit Libby

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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13 June 2014 - 9:02 pm
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I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your story but I looked at your blog. She was so loved … what an amazing life! 

Sending you lots of love and strength right now.

 

Alison & her Shelby fur-ever in her heart 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

Virginia
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13 June 2014 - 9:16 pm
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So very sorry for your loss. Hopefully you can find comfort in many happy memories and knowing she is at peace now…running free.

Deb and Angel Lexie* Diagnosed at age 13. Tried radiation first; wish we had amputated upon diagnosis (even with lung mets). Joined Club Tripawd April 2014 & Lexie loved life on 3 legs! Advice: Start physical therapy as soon as your vet clears it, especially hydrotherapy if available :-) See Lexie pics here.  

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13 June 2014 - 9:22 pm
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I remember Calamity!  You and she joined here just a month before I did!  So long ago.  I’m so sorry your girl has gone on to the other side!  But what a wonderful story she has left for all of us!  She won’t be forgotten!  Sending healing thoughts to you!

Virginia




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13 June 2014 - 10:20 pm
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Calamity issich a lovely girl. You can jist see her gentleness in her videos.

I kowyor heart aches right ow and you miss her soooooo mch. Tirteen uears….good job Calamty!! And so many of those years as a tripawd!

Maybe many of us weren’t “jere” when yo and Calmity started tje tripawd jourmey, but we still “kmow” her…and you.

We kow she was a very, very well loved girl. We kow she was a brave and relient girl. We know y did everything possible to give her a wonderful life.. We know she loved her other dog pals…..I saw Trigger ad Morgan in her video). We kow yoj are a very kind, compassinate soul who gave greyhounds a hapy lfe fullof love. We kow you showed them what love felt like.

I’m so sorry for your loss. You gave her the most selfless gift possible and she knew youwould when she needed to esit this life.

Know that we are all here for you and understand like no others can. There is so mich support here. When you can, maybe yo could share more pictures of your beautiful girl and share more f her wonderful life with you..

Surronding you with Calamity’s eternal grace. Run like the wind sweet Calmity!

Sally and Happy Ha nan

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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13 June 2014 - 10:37 pm
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So very sorry. What a beautiful angel she must be and youhave so many memories to hold close.

Luanne and Spirit Shooter

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

http://shooter......ipawds.com

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14 June 2014 - 8:22 am
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Oh Janie, what a sad day for the Tripawds Nation, we are deeply sorry to read this and our hearts and condolences go out to you. You were such a devoted mom to her, through thick and thin, right up until the very end. It’s that love which created a bond that will never fade, and only get stronger in time as her spirit continues to enrich your life, and shine down on the Tripawds Nation. I know that our Jerry and every Tripawd angel hero is there welcoming her in doggie heaven, dancing with joy and running to their heart’s content.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey, what a long time ago when you joined us and shared Calamity’s story! Until you two joined the Tripawds Nation, we knew very little about retired racing greyounds and their amazing, sweet disposition and gentle nature. Thank you for opening our eyes to these sweet dogs.

May Calamity run free to her heart’s content, young and strong as she once was. Folks, check out this video that Janie posted, of Calamity in her prime:

I just thought I’d share one with you…..not her best race, but it shows her skills. She was always the best in the 1, 2 or 3 hole as she loved to “run the rail”, being in the 8 hole (as she is in this video) made it hard for her as she had to cross the field of runners to get to her beloved rail. You can see her figuring out what she must do as soon as she pops from the box.

I hope you enjoy watching my girl as much as I enjoy it over & over again.

Janie, you are in our thoughts and hearts, we are so sorry.

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14 June 2014 - 8:24 am
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And here’s lovely Calamity, featured in her Momma’s blog, way before we even had Tripawds blogs here!

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17 June 2014 - 10:19 am
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Our deepest sympathies for you and your family for the passing of Calamity. We know the pain is great but what a fortunate girl to have you and the good life she had.
She will be missed.

Esther and her Snoop

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