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Good Bye to Chance
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2 October 2010 - 11:03 pm
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Chance never became a Tripawd- at the time of final diagnosis he cancer had already spread to his lungs.   His Mom just joined tripawds, and sadly had to let Chance go.  Her husband is deployed and she has two small children at home trying to understand where Chance went.

You can read Chance's story in his blog HERE.

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3 October 2010 - 8:49 am
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Thank you for posting here, Karen.  What a great blog for a special boy.

RIP sweet Chance.  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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3 October 2010 - 9:47 am
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RIP sweet Chance.

Say hello to all of the hero tripawds at Rainbow bridge. You are definitely an honourary tripawd in spirit.

Laura and Tai Dog

Tai – 9 yr old lab. Diagnosed Osteosarcoma Dec 18/09. Front right leg amputated Dec 21/09. Started chemo Jan 7/10. Lung mets discovered Sept 16/10. Valiant to the end on Oct 26/10 when cancer reappeared in a leg and we made the decision to set her free. Forever in my heart where not even cancer can take her from me.

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3 October 2010 - 10:28 am
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Honorary Tripawd indeed.

We were so heartbroken to learn about Chance, our hearts go out to you at this sad time. May he run free with our boy.


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3 October 2010 - 11:31 am
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I know that the hearts of this wonderful community are not bound to the exclusion of all but tripawds. We recognize and honor, love, trust, strength, courage, loyalty..... You know all the traits of being a "dog". If you have not noticed, I almost never use words like dog or pet. They will always be companion to me, but back to the point.

The heartfelt sympathy that we extend to Chance's family is no less - for the loss to the family is no less. I will admit that there is a special bond that develops when you battle side by side for as long as Miss Cherry and I did, but that does not diminsh the hurt and feeling of loss that I know Chance's family is experiencing now. We lost Allie to cancer just seven months before Cherry's diagnosis. Her battle was extremely short, three months from initial diagnosis until we had to let her go. These short battles leaving you with a feeling of extra loss for there really was no time to "prepare" (as if we really could ever "prepare" to loose a major piece of our lives.)

So, to Chance's family we say that we feel your loss, and we will extend the same offer to be here during you grieving process to provide what ever support we can. I close with my nearly constant reminder at such a time, you will never totaly be without Chance for the gifts that Chance gave you will live with you the rest of you lives. I know that I feel each and every one of mine here in my heart.

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3 October 2010 - 12:25 pm
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I'm so sorry to hear.  This must be very hard and sad.   

My deepest condolences to Chance's family.

Comet's mom

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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3 October 2010 - 8:15 pm
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Our hearts are with Chance's family at this sad time.  Chance is now running with all our other tripawd heros at the rainbow bridge ... and we send lots and lots of hugs to those he left behind.  We're all here for you.


Holly, Zuzu and Susan

Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!

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3 October 2010 - 11:11 pm
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Thank you all so much...I truly do not know how I would get through this right now without this site.  The care and support is so genuine and comforting...losing Chance would never be easy, but losing him in the midst of the deployment has intensified the loss..I've always had Chance's company when my hubby has been gone, and I was holding on pretty strongly to the hope that Chance would be able to welcome 'dad' back home.  We do not have family within the state, so to have this community to turn to, to know there are others who understand the depth of the loss...I cannot say thank you enough.  I love the blogs- I started Chance's as a way for ME to process everything, and to post our experiences with not being able to amputate...I hope we never have to face canine cancer again, but if we do, now that I know what happens to a leg when it is not removed and have seen the fun and full lives tripawds live as evidenced in the many blogs I have read, I would not hesitate to have the amputation done at the first suspecion of cancer - maybe Chance's story would have been different if we hadn't waited so long, but maybe someday Chance's story can provide reassurance for someone else contemplating the decision.  In the meantime, the comments and condolences from the community continually provide reassurance for me...that I am NOT alone...that this can be survived...that Love lives thank you, again.

Chance, our 9.5 year old Rottie/Shepherd mix was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his left front shoulder.  In July of 2010, we planned to proceed with the amputation, but lung mets were discovered.  Chance reached the Rainbow Bridge October 1, 2010, just a few weeks after his 10th birthday.

4 October 2010 - 10:43 am
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Run free sweet Chance!  You can now look down from the Rainbow Bridge and make sure your dad is kept out of harms way.

Pat, Angel Ruthie & Tess

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Chance you were a beautiful boy. I am glad to see you were surrounded by love. Run and be happy with the rest of our loved ones.

Big hugs to you and the kids.

Thank Your husband for his service.

Angel Jersey May, Mr. Red and their 2 Dads

My Sweet Jersey May. Lost her back left leg in 2001 at 1 year old. diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the remaining right rear leg May 2010 Left our world September 2010.

We miss you Pea Pie

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