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21 October 2018
Seven weeks ago today, we said goodbye to our sweet girl Mysti after her cancer spread to her lungs and likely her nasal passage. As a puppy, she always kept us on our toes and enjoyed time visiting family and playing on the beach. She became an even better travel companion when we moved across the country and curled up in the tiny space in our moving truck. We took her on dozens of hiking and backpacking trips, always sure to bring her rain jacket as she was never fond of the PNW rains. In the beginning of October, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right front leg and we amputated it by the end of the month. We started chemo in November and she tolerated it very well. In January, we celebrated her 8th birthday and almost exactly 5 months after her initial diagnosis, she passed. She had an enormous heart that loved unconditionally, as our heart did for her. Mysti will always have a part of our hearts as we make the transition to a life without her.
It has been difficult, to say the least. No one to tell us it’s 6pm dinner time, no one to tell us the mail-lady, UPS, or that there’s movement at the neighbors house, no one to warm my toes at night. Our home is quiet, even with a toddler around. I don’t know what to do with the mostly cleaned peanut butter jars or the leftover stalks of broccoli. Our hearts are broken. But we are healing. We have pictures of her around the house and I think about her in almost any song lyric or when I hike and that brings me joy. I miss her every hour of every day but it’s not always sad. Sometimes, I think now how easy it would be for us to take her places (she’s cremated in a small wooden box) or how we can leave meat on the grill-side table without the risk of turning our backs. Her last day was spent running free on our property, oblivious of a huge bull elk, a fight she would have clearly lost, but wanted to try, almost an entire package of hot dogs, chocolate cookies and cake pop, ice cream, and hopefully enough hugs and kisses to let her know she was loved until eternity. I can’t thank everyone on here enough for the help during our too-short time of learning about osteosarcoma and the wonderful support that is here during her amputation and chemo.
22 February 2013
This just breaks my heart to read. I’m so very, very sorry your beautiful, sweet, gentle Mysti had to head to the Bridge.
Your post had me crying, then smiling, then crying, then laughing…..you did a BEAUTIFUL job of paying tribute to Mysti in the most perfect way. A way that made her proud.❤
I loved reading all her posts and all the ways you made sure she lived life to the fullest. Neither you, nor Mysti, let anything hold you back from making every moment count! And then you continued celebrating her life with the most delightful send off a dog could ever want! As Mysti ran full steam ahead to the Bridge, healthy and whole, our Angel’s at the Bridge could smell the hot dogs in her breath and see the ice cream drool dripping from her chin as they welcomed her back home!
The pictures you have shared with us today really speak volumes about how loved and happy and, yes, slightly spoiled she was by her hoomans who loved her more than anything. And that puppy pictre… CUTEST THING EVER!! And just as privileged as you felt to have her in your life, she felt just as privileged to have you in hers. And all your tripawd family here were privileged and honored to get to know this inspirational sweet Soul!! She has taught everyone that big mature dogs can rock in three legs!
Mysti lived a life of meaning and we will never forget this beautiful Soul who melted our hearts from day one.❤
Surrounding you with Mysti’s eternal light
Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie
PS And when you are hiking and lyrics to a song, or beautiful bird soaring high in the sky, or a big Moose meanders by….that’s Mysti sending you a sign she is still with you ❤
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!
16 November 2018
Mysti is beautiful in life and even now in your hearts. Thank you for sharing her story and her beautiful photos.
Like Sally, I cried, smiled, laughed and cried some more. Know that we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
Our Remy is almost 9 and he had his left front leg amputated on November 16, 2018. He is doing well, but we just found a sore on his other front leg that came out of nowhere and now we are worried. We are not ready to say goodbye, but then we never are, are we?
I will light a candle this evening for Mysti although she is now running free on the other side of the rainbow bridge .
But she will be waiting there for you both with a wagging tail…. for as long as it takes.
She knew love and that is a lot more than many dogs these days.
Thinking about you.
13 August 2015
Oh what a beauty Mysti was! Thank you for sharing all these beautiful pictures with us. Your journey like ours with Mighty Max was too short but filled with so much deeper bonding and love. Sounds like you surely made the most of your time with your beautiful girl after amp and you packed in priceless moments with her. I’m so very sorry for your loss and sending you warm thoughts and prayers as you navigate the “after”. Fly free Angel Mystic.
Linda & Spirit Mighty Max
25 April 2007
We are so sorry, and sending all our condolences. Her time with us was far too short.
When I saw you had posted here, my heart broke. I waited all day to read your post, knowing there was sad news for us. But when I arrived and those beautiful photos jumped out at me, and when I read your touching tribute, I couldn’t help but smile, because she was so, so loved. What a life you gave her!
Mysti was your first born, your practice for the human child who would be lucky enough to receive those giant sloppy kisses from a wise, sweet ol’ girl. And now, Mysti will keep an eye out on her earthbound family, always making sure that you continue having those adventures that feed your soul and make you happy.
Even though you didn’t get to be with our community for so long, just be aware that Mysti’s story will never, ever be forgotten. Every animal who joins us is a great inspiration to others, and Mysti will forever be part of the magic that helps folks through the Tripawd journey. We are honored we got to come along for yours. Thank you, and many hugs are coming your way.
1 October 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences. I know that was hard to write, but it was a beautiful tribute to your Angel girl. You gave her a wonderful life, and she gave you the same back.
My thoughts are with you, fly free Mysti in your beautiful XL Angel wings
Jackie and Huckleberry
Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry