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Heaven got another Golden ANGEL today...
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Henri earned his wings today at 11:30.  I knew Henri was tired of fighting...and I did not want things to get worse.

The last two weeks Henri showed signs of declining.  Especially the last two days have been rough.  Henri had a really difficult time getting up, getting comfortable and going potty.  I know I did what was best for Henri even though my heart is shattered.  My pain is so deep and I am trying to focus on how much Henri and loved each other.  We grew together and learned from each other.  I have never in my life loved anything so much.


I will post a tribute soon but need to medicate my pain first.

Thank you for all of your kind words and thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.


Hugs and love,


Wendy & spirit Henri~



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12 June 2010 - 11:34 am
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Wendi, so sorry about Henri, it's the day we all hate to think about, we are here for you, that is the great thing about this community, we can actually say we know what your going through and it sucks. what you and Henri had was special and can't be taken away, Take one day at a time, just like we do while we go through this journey with our buddies, but please remember you did all you could for him, and I truly feel these guys know that whatever we do is to help them. You are in  our prayers, sincerely, Gus and Dan

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

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Dear Wendy,

If only there were words that could fill the giant hole in your heart – I would say them 100 times so this wouldn't be so painful.   Losing Henri to all of us here is a devastating loss. 

He was your world and he knew it.   What you did for him was a beautiful, loving thing.  His body gave out but his spirit and memories will live forever in your heart. 

It's not going to be easy for you but I can promise you that time will heal your broken heart and enormous sadness you are feeling today. It will only be a tiny, tiny little bit each day but it will get better.  The pain of losing a loved one is never gone but some how and some way we go on.  

Please, please come back here and talk.  By talking about your beautiful Henri, you will find it will ease the pain a tiny bit.  You have friends here that will try to help mend your broken heart. 

In the meantime, get some rest so you can refocus your thoughts to happier times.

Sending you a loving hug,

Comet's Mom


Who could ever forget this most touching picture of you and Henri:

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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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I am so sorry to hear about Henri.  Please know that as hard as it is, you did the best thing for him.  My heart is aching for you and I am praying for you.


Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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keepsmiln1818 said:

I know I did what was best for Henri even though my heart is shattered.

Bless you for all you have done for Henri, including this most loving final act of compassion. Please know that you are not alone in your pain, and that by sharing Henri's story you are certain to help others facing the difficult decisions you have.

We know all too well what you're going through. I still miss Jerry more than anything (or anyone) I have ever lost. Just thought I'd share these recent addition to the Inspawrational Quotes topic …

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional."

From Doug Koktavy's inspirartional book about anticipatory grief and

coping with pet loss, The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and

Dying from My Canine Brothers.


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Wendy, our hearts go out to you.  Our Golden girl earned her wings yesterday, so it is still very raw.  We do understand what you're going through. You were brave to let Henri go.  It's the last great gift of love you could have given him.  Let the people on this forum help you, as they have helped us.  Henri was lucky to have someone who loved him so much!  Take care of know that's what Henri would want.


Jane, Cathy, and Angel Skyler

Skyler – 10 year old Golden Retriever.  Diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor on 2-26-10.  Right rear leg amputated on 3-4-10.  Crossed Rainbow Bridge on 6-11-10.  Chloe – Joined her sister on 4-4-11, due to hemangiosarcoma.  The beloved Golden Girls are now back together.

My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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It is a sad day for us all Wendy.  We share your pain, and wish so much we could do something to take it away. Henri was a much loved companion and he knew he was special - they all know. Only time will heal the pain you feel today, but hopefully having no regret in making a decision for love will bring you peace.  ((Hugs)) to you Wendy. 

Henri, you will be missed.

RIP sweet Henri.  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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wendy, this is a sad day.  henri was so brave, and you gave him a tremendous gift by letting him move on to the next part of his journey.  blessings to you, and remember - love never ends.

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


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I am so saddened to hear of Henri's death. It sounds as though he had an amazing life and was so loved. Jack and I send out hugs your way and are thinking of you during this tough time

Erin and Jack

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Oh Wendy, I am so so sorry that Henri's journey came to come to an end today. Henri fought a hard brave fight with you by his side. He is a true Hero and you such a wonderful pawrent.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rest in Peace Henri, you will be greatly missed.


Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

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I am so very sad that you lost your sweet Henri - I can't hold back the tears.  I know how much you loved each other - and that's the beautiful gift you gave each other.  Please find comfort in knowing that you two are still together and he will always be there with you.  The picture of you and Henri together says it all - how beautiful.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.  My heart goes out to you.

Kami (Mackenzie's Mom)

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

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Wendy, I am so utterly sorry for your loss. He was beautiful, he was your dear, dear 11friend and companion and I know your heart is right now shattered with sorrow at his parting but your final loving gift to him was a selfless and compassionate one.

Many, many hugs, Wendy.

You are in my thoughts.



Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

 Catie Caitlin 

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Dear Wendy,

couldnt hold tears when saw Henri has passed. Was keeping up some hope he will maybe get better but by your last couple of posts it was more then obvious his battle  has come to end. And he fought bravely. Most of us here know very well how sad this day is,sad beyond words, but true love is when you know when to let go too. I lost my golden boy 2.5 months ago,and not sure times helps for sadness to go away,it just makes it more bearable.

I know how hard it is,but you gave Henrie a great gift,a gift of freedom from this earthly pain he was going through and I you can be sure he is so thankful now when running free again with no pain,on his four legs 🙂 Be happy for him…. I am sure he is.

God bless you Henri,run free and take care of Don for me please.

You and your brave mum will be in my prayers


     Lots of love and hugs


          Daniela, Angel Dons Mum

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I'm so very sorry for your pain in loosing Henri today.  Know in your heart you did the very best you could for your best friend...

Hugs to you....remember the great times you and Henri had...


Tracy & Maggie

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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I am sorry that Henri's journey came to an end today. 

Hold on to that part of you that knows you did the best thing for Henri, it will bring you just a little bit of peace.


Karen and the pug girls

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