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Celebrate the Life and Memories of Ajax!
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6 September 2016 - 6:19 pm
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Posted on behalf of Kathleen, aka kazy55, for Ajax…

Dear Friends,

It is with exceptionally heavy hearts that we write to inform you of the loss of our beloved, tri-pawed, family member Ajax.

After bravely battling a variety of conditions over the past several years it was clear to us that his life would could no longer sustain the level of joy, happiness, grace and dignity that made him such a unique and special dog.

Ajax brought immeasurable joy and happiness to our lives and hopefully, in some small but meaningful way, to each our you.

Among the many names that we had for Ajax,one was “The Glue” because he connected us to so many wonderful people. He served as a silent alpha dog for numerous puppies in Central Park, a patient model in literally thousands of tourists’ photographs, Best Dog at our wedding and was our loving constant companion and friend. Later in life, he became a teacher to people both young and old about courageously and positively dealing with physical limitations, and hopefully he was an inspiration for all who met him.

All of you opened your hearts and many of you shared your laughter, hugs, treats, adventures, homes, pools and meals with Ajax. Our 14 year old Labrador Retriever “Puppy” led a remarkably wonder-filled life, in no small measure, thanks to your love and kindnesses.

We deeply appreciate the support that you have given us and our little buddy over the years as we have attempted to provide him the richest and fullest life possible.

Special thanks go out to all Ajax’s veterinarians, surgeons,oncologists, rehab therapy team, caregivers, house-sitters and especially his long time dog walker Martin and weekly friend Eva for their exceptional care of him and for being part of Team Ajax.

We thank each of you for the love and kindness you showed him during his wonderful life and hope the memories of him will bring smiles to your faces in years to come.

We miss our buddy dearly, cherish each and every moment he graced our lives, and look forward to celebrating Ajax’s life and memories with each of you sometime soon.

All our love,

Bill & Kathleen

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6 September 2016 - 7:10 pm
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  What a wonderful tribute to his life!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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6 September 2016 - 10:28 pm
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I am so sorry for loss. Thank you for sharing Ajax’s story with all of us. 

Sending you Love & Well wishes

Mama & Zoe

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7 September 2016 - 9:33 am
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I am so sorry for your loss but what a life Ajax lived … truly amazing! Always a hero and warrior…

Hugs and love,

Alison with Spirit shelby 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

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7 September 2016 - 10:27 am
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It’s been a ruff week in the community, and our hearts are heavy knowing that we’ve lost another great Tripawd hero. We were so sad when Bill and Kathleen shared this news with us. Yep, he truly had a remarkable long life and was a wonder dog in so many ways. How we wish he could have lived forever.

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For those who don’t know the story of Ajax, he’s been with us a lonnnnnnng time, since 2010. He beat chondrosarcoma in 2010 also mast cell cancer in late 2011. He even had a cruciate repair surgery after that!

His people are great supporters and always so willing to go the extra mile for their amazing doggie. Here’s his entire story a few big highlights that demonstrate how he lived and thrived a remarkably long time on three legs:

Bionic Ajax is Home and Hopping Around
ACL/CCL Surgery for Ajax

Happy 14th Birthday and 6 year ampuversary to Ajax!!

We are really going to miss you Ajax, but your legend will live on forever.

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7 September 2016 - 11:29 am
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Insprirational.  Not only for hope for our guy, but also for us to do right by him. 

Thank you.

Peace & Condolences,

Jenifer & Milo

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7 September 2016 - 2:37 pm
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What a true Cancer Warrior! clapA Tripawd Hero!superstar

Thank you for sharing Sweet Ajax with us.

I’m so very sorry for your loss crying

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Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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8 September 2016 - 10:03 am
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Yes, the legacy of Ajax shall love with js furever!!

Ajax has been a Beacon of Hope for all of us starting this journey! Everyday Ajax was VICTORIOUS inspired us and gave js a reason to believe we could be victorious too!

The journey of Ajax has touched us all. Such a special, special Soul!heart

Just as you felt privileged to jave Ajax in your lives, he felt just as privileged to jave you in his! A d we are ALL so privileged to have been on this journey with him.

No dog could have been more loved and more ared for. He his life fully and with so much joy and happiness…And yeah, sooooo much love!!

I know your void and break in routine is gut wrenching. I know your heart is broken and your grief is overwhelming. I also know that Ajax left you with thousands of happy memories that will soon push the grief further into the background. Ajax wants you to have happy thoughts with thinking of his extraordinary life here on earth.

I know all the occupants st the Bridge greeted him with ice cream and cake and a standing ovation!! I also know they stood st attention as Jerry honored him with a Purple Heart for courage and braveryheart Then they immediately ate junk food and went swimming!

Surrounding you witn Ajax’s eternal grace

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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8 September 2016 - 6:13 pm
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Ajax lived the life most dogs dream about.  What a warrior he was in every sense of that word!  I’m so sorry for your loss and pray you find healing peace for your shattered hearts.  You left no stone unturned to give your beautiful boy the best life.  Well done ” Team Ajax”!

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