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Good-bye Sweet Zip
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22 September 2011 - 9:09 pm
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Dear friends,

Today was Zip's last day on earth and we sent her on her way with a veil of tears for us and happiness for her to be finally free of all pain and sickness. It has been 14 months of miracles, worry, tears of joy, sleepless nights, new friends, magical moments and finally the journey has ended. She had a good night last night with her best friend and owner and then today came and it all ended so suddenly.

Even though the hole in my heart is huge, the one in my daughter's is even more so. Zip and Rachel have been inseparable for 14 1/2 years. They have been parted just a few times and have shared so many good times , bad times and all the days inbetween. She loved Zip enough to let her go but it is the hardest thing she has ever had to do.

Love your companions tonight and give them each an extra hug or rub in memory of a great lady named Zip.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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23 September 2011 - 10:19 am
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OH!  I'm so sorry to hear about Zip.  She fought so hard and so bravely.  14 years is a wonderful time to have had but it can make it so hard too.  My heart goes out to your and your daughter.

My deepest condolences.




(PS I moved your post – for those that already had written a note, I'm sorry but I have no way of moving those posts. But I didnt want Zip's passing to get lost.)

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.

Lucas, Ohio
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23 September 2011 - 10:56 am
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I am so, so sorry to hear of Zip's passing…I've been thinking about her often after reading your post from a few days ago..sending pawsitive healing thoughts your way. This is just heartbreaking.

          The most unselfish act that you will ever do, is to take the burden of pain away from your beloved girl, and take it on as your own.

                    Run free Zip!  I will most definitely give my kids an extra hug today in Zip's honor.

Anita, mom to Xena & Roger

  and my angels, Spammy & Chloe



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23 September 2011 - 12:00 pm
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“She loved Zip enough to let her go but it is the hardest thing she has ever had to do.”

What a hard, but selfless decision for a child to make.  Zip will always hold a special place in your family's heart, especially Rachel's.

I wish I could find the words to take away the loss you are feeling now, but there are none.  The only thing that gave me a little comfort was knowing that Hope was no longer in any pain and was happy and running fast and free on all four paws.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Barb and Spirit Hope

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23 September 2011 - 12:38 pm
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so sorry to heat about Zip i just hope that when her time comes i am brave enough to make the decision for Dizzy that your daughter was so brave to make. I have also given Dizzy a big extra hug in Zips memory

Dizzy diagnosed with osteosarcoma 24 may 2011 amputated same day doing fine hopping around on three legs giving the neighbourhood cats what for

Plainfield, Illinois
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23 September 2011 - 3:05 pm
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So sorry to hear about Zip.  I wish I could say something to make it better, but I know there isn't anything.  Zip knew that Rachel loved her and fought for her until the very end.  My one comfort with sending Chili Dawg over the bridge was knowing that he was no longer in pain.  It hurts to be separated, but knowing he is out of pain makes it a little better.  I will give Finchy extra attention tonight in Zip's honor.  I know that Zip is running with the Chili Dawg.


Jenna and Spirit Chili Dawg

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
Chili Dawg crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 8/30/2011 & is now pain free. He was my heart dog, and I miss him every day.

My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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23 September 2011 - 5:22 pm
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I am so sorry for your loss. 14 years is a long, long time to share with a fur child. I know your heart is breaking and I truly feel badly for you and your daughter.

Being on the journey is something only another person who has been there can understand. The ups and downs are so much a part of life. I hope the 14 years of great memories will soon replace the sadness you feel today.

RIP sweet Zip. 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.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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23 September 2011 - 5:43 pm
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So sorry to hear about Zip. I just hate it when kids have to learn about this part of life, and 14 years, thats a long time , I'm sure there is a treasure chest of great memories, our thoughts are with you, Spirit Gus and Dan

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

23 September 2011 - 6:04 pm
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Tonight is a night full of rumbling thunder……I'd like to think that was all of Zip's tripawd family on the Other Side running to greet her.  They'll care for her until you're together again.


Godspeed, Zip….run fast, play hard.

23 September 2011 - 6:07 pm
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Nothing any of us can say will make this part of the journey any less hard or painful.  It is the price we pay for loving so much.

I know that someday the 14 years you had together, and the privileged of being able to see your pup turn gray will bring smiles.  The lessons learned over Zip's lifetime, and the way she overcame the obstacles life threw at her will inspire your family forever.

But for now you have to mourn your loss, and we can help just a little by sharing your grief.



San Diego, CA
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23 September 2011 - 7:10 pm
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  It's been one week since I lost my sweet Gracie.  My heart still aches as I am sure yours is too.  I hope yours heals.  It is so difficult coping with the loss, but this community is wonderful for support.  We have all been through traumatic times with our furry friends.  Keep your chin up….

Kim (Gracie's Mom)

Greater Western Washington area
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23 September 2011 - 8:41 pm
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Oh Zip,


There is a huge sense of loss for me tonight.  I just thought she was doing so well.  I am so sorry and please tell your daughter that we grieve for Zip and you all.  This sucks!  I am feeling glad that she was feeling good right up until the end, that is a blessing at least.  Your daughter had a special bond with this precious pup, 14 years is a long time.  My prayers go out for all of you, may Zip already be playing and having fun and waiting for you at the bridge, and may your family heal quickly from the pain of her loss here.


Elizabeth and Sammy

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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23 September 2011 - 9:03 pm
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Sending healing heart wishes to you and Rachel in such a difficult time!

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24 September 2011 - 10:07 am
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We are so sad and sorry that she is gone. The hole in our hearts they leave never goes away but we learn to live with it. Never the same but we live.

Fiona and misty

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Sister to Millie, 9 yr old choc. lab

Sister to Lola, 6 yr old choc. lab

Sister to Toby, 7 yr old rottie mix (officially my sons dog, but I'm still his mama!)

Sweetness to Fiona and Bill

St. Louis, MO
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24 September 2011 - 2:13 pm
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I am so sorry for your loss and that it was Zip's time to journey to Rainbow Bridge .  You have Zip the most unselfish final gift of love by giving her angel wings.  Godspeed Zip.  Fly free with all of the heroes that have gone before you. 

Hugs and chocolate kisses,

Ellen & Charley


DOB: 3-29-08, male chocolate lab  
Dx: OSA L proximal humerus 10-19-10

Amputation: L front leg & scapula 10-28-10

Chemo: 5 rounds of Carboplatin

Video (12 weeks post amp):Tripaw Charley Playing

♥♥♥ Lots of supplements and love!!! ♥♥♥

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