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Heaven Has Another Angel
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9 February 2010 - 12:50 pm
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This morning we set Supai free, no more pills, no more pain. She has 4 good legs and the energy of a puppy! Now it is time for our pain, and the time to heal. During the last week Supai turned for the worst. We just had her 8 wk. ampuvirsary and we thought this was a good omen. But on Tuesday night when I came home there was no Supai laying in front of the door awaiting me (I am the first home) and the traditional happy dance. This has happened everyday for 6 1/2 years, so I went to check on her and it was clear something wasn't right but she seemed comfortable, she was running a fever.

I took her to the Vet on Weds. AM, blood work looked good, cancer was in the back of all of our minds but we tried a shotgun approach to rule out other things. She was drastically better on Thursday, but Friday she was sliding backwards. Monday AM we took lung x-rays and she had 10 mets, one was the size of a silver dollar. Our vet was surprised by the aggressiveness of this development. The appointment was made for today. So I brought her home, one more bone in the snow, cheeseburger for dinner and ice cream for desert. And as a family spent the night petting her. About 2:00 AM I awoke to painting a restlessness, at 2:30 I gave 200 mg of Tramdole and spent the night on the floor calming her. She was doing better this AM which was nice, happier memories.

We want to Thank all of you on Tripawds for your support during the last 9 weeks! We hope you and your friends are all doing well.

Shaun, Supai, Heidi & Barley.

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9 February 2010 - 1:06 pm
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Oh Supai. Oh Shaun and family. I was so surprised to see this sad news. Of course I thought Supai would be going strong for a long time. She was doing so well just last week! Take care at this time and I hope you will enjoy your happy memories of Supai with 4 and also with 3 legs.

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9 February 2010 - 1:08 pm
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Bless you for all you did for Supai, and thank you for sharing her story. Please accept our deepest condolences.

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9 February 2010 - 1:10 pm
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Shaun, I'm so sorry to hear this news about Supai.  You and your family are in our thoughts.

Diane & John

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9 February 2010 - 1:43 pm
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I am so sorry to read about your loss. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

-Gwen & Harley

Amputation on 11/10/09, due to Histiocytic Sarcoma in left elbow. Angel Harley earned his wings on 06/24/10.

9 February 2010 - 1:57 pm
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You gave Supai a chance at a longer, pain free life, but there is just no way to tell how much time we will get.  You did your best for her, and in the end did the unselfish thing and set her free.

I hope your happy memories will ease the pain a bit.

Karen and the pug girls

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9 February 2010 - 3:33 pm
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I am so so sorry for your lose.  Supai was such a beautiful girl and the love you shared was so evident in your posts.  Like so many others I was very surprised and saddened to read your post.  Please know that I am praying for you.

Debra & Angel Emily

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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9 February 2010 - 3:45 pm
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Oh Shaun....reading your post now made me cry!!  I know how hard it is. Not so much to take the steps to set her free, it is what we do when we love someone so greatly, but the part about how much you will miss your sweet Supai!!

You were mutually blessed, she with a loving family and you by her sweet spirit.  Take good care.

I am sending you a hug, Ginny & Angel Paris

Grateful for every moment we had with Paris… regrets!

Honoring her life by opening our hearts & home to Addy!

9 February 2010 - 3:49 pm
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Shaun and family,

I am so sorry you lost your beautiful girl.  It sounds like she had a great dog life.  It is the final gift we can give them to release them from the pain.  I hope you find the strength to heal.  I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


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9 February 2010 - 5:05 pm
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Shaun, Heidi & Barley,

This is a sad day here at Tripawds, we are so surprised and very, very sorry. We hope that you find some comfort in the brave deicsion you made which allows her to run pain-free with us Spirit Tripawds, while watching over all of the silly humans on earth. Keep an eye out, I'll bet she'll send you some signs that she's still by your side.

Supai's courage will live on to inspire others for a long time, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your journey with us. May your hearts find solace in the memories you shared.

Hugs to you all,

Spirit Jerry, Rene, Jim & Wyatt Ray

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9 February 2010 - 5:11 pm
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So sorry to read about Supai. Like you said, now is your time for pain, but Supai is Super now....Take care,Hugs

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9 February 2010 - 5:25 pm
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I was shocked when I read your post! I thought that Supai was doing so well... I am sooooo sorry for your loss. I'm crying with you right now...

My Jake only made it till 7.5 weeks past his amputation... I thought he'd be around for much longer too... I know how devasted you must feel right now... It's so not fair!!!! Crying

Supai is at peace now... and running on all 4 legs... pain free!!! I hope that my Jake is waiting at the rainbow bridge to welcome Supai... I am so sorry for your loss!!!! Cry

Angel Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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9 February 2010 - 7:33 pm
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Dear Shaun and family: We're so very sorry to read this sad news. We too were shocked. Supai seemed to be doing so well. She's a gorgeous girl and clearly loved her life. We're originally from Vermont so we could clearly see her running through the woods and playing in the snow in beautiful New Hampshire.

It sounds like you had a special if heartbreaking last few days together. What a good life Supai had!

She's your guardian angel now. She's running free with all our Tripawd heroes.

Please take care. Love, Eve, Romeo, and family


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9 February 2010 - 7:59 pm
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Spirit Supai, that was very brave of you to let your family know you were ready to start the next leg (pun intended) of your journey!  Sometimes it is very hard to say goodbye, and it is only because you were loved so much that you were able to go before you started feeling a whole lot worse.  How lucky you were to get a cheeseburger and ice cream!  Wow!  Thanks for being a super dog, Supai - you gave us all something to smile about.  Say hello to all our other doggie friends that went before you, and greet the others that come to visit with a wagging tail and a field full of tennis balls. 

<3 Laura and Mr. Sniffy (aka: Jackers)

9 February 2010 - 8:13 pm
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We are so so sorry to hear of this news... our thoughts and prayers are with you

Erin and Jack

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