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Holly Jolly by Golly earned her wings
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27 July 2014 - 8:34 am
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It is with a heavy heart that I’m posting this. Holly is now an angel with all of the angel tripawds who went before her – running at the Rainbow Bridge , chasing squirrels. She was my miracle pup – her amputation was Dec 29, 2009 and she made it over 4.5 years. Each day with Holly was truly a gift. We haven’t been on tripawds in a long, long time – but all of you are always close to my heart. I hope that Holly’s amazing journey helps inspire some of the newer members of this awesome community. Holly earned her wings on July 17, and while each day gets a little easier, it is still so very hard.
Angel Holly Jolly by Golly, 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!

Los Angeles, CA
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27 July 2014 - 9:03 am
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I didn’t know your story but I am so sorry for your loss. What a miracle baby for sure. Holly Jolly had some amazing years and I know she is playing over the bridge w/my Shelby…

Much love and hugs in your time of sadness


Alison & her Shelby fur-ever in her heart 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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27 July 2014 - 9:21 am
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I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

New Jersey
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27 July 2014 - 9:27 am
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I’m sorry to read the loss of your Holly. Our sympathies go out to you and your family.
Your loss is great, but I think in sharing your news you also gives many here the hope of long time with their babies.

Esther and my Angel Snoop

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27 July 2014 - 10:54 am
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I am sorry to hear of Holly’s loss.  RIP in little girl and run free. 



Michelle & Angel Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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27 July 2014 - 11:11 am
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Ohhh Susan, I’m so sorry to hear this! Holly is and always will be such a joy to read about, she had a hoppy spirit that is just contagious. I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m sure it’s tough on the pack to be without her.

Folks, be sure to read Holly’s blog, it’s truly inspawrational:

Holly: Happily Living Life on Three Legs:

I’ll post more pix when I’m on my laptop but be sure to look at this adorable pic of Holly and Barney

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Livermore, CA

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27 July 2014 - 3:47 pm
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Hi again Susan, I just posted on your blog.
Holly Jolly started her Tripawd Journey while Maggie was still around, I remember her well. I’m so happy that Holly beat her prognosis, and beat cancer! Little consolation in the early days of loss, but your girl and her story will provide so much inspiration for those who come after.
Holly will live on in your heart.

Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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I don’t know Holly’s story, Susan, but I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a true Cancer Warrior Princess…4 years. Wow! Know that she has some amazing company welcoming her at the bridge, and I hope you can take comfort in all the happy memories. Take care, and I look forward to reading more on her blog.

Thanks to you and to Angel Holly for being an inspiration to us who are newer in our fight. 

Deb and Angel Lexie* Diagnosed at age 13. Tried radiation first; wish we had amputated upon diagnosis (even with lung mets). Joined Club Tripawd April 2014 & Lexie loved life on 3 legs! Advice: Start physical therapy as soon as your vet clears it, especially hydrotherapy if available :-) See Lexie pics here.  

Madison, WI
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27 July 2014 - 8:27 pm
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Gerry and I are so sorry, Susan. What a strong girl, she was. Probably had a lot to do with that Holly Jolly attitude.

Seems like a good time to re-share videos from our two pawties with Holly:

(I would have liked to have re-edited a Holly-centric video for you, but I lost the originals when my computer crashed last years. sad )

Hang in there…

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at:

Westminster, MD
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28 July 2014 - 8:25 am
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I am so very sorry for your loss of such a special angel in Holly Jolly……I am also very honored to be posting a tribute message to such a brave, courageous, and long-time survivor of this crappy disease. Holly Jolly’s story will live on for all to see that a long happy life is still achievable when dealing with the big, ugly “c”. I know there is NEVER enough time with our beloved fur babies, but when dealing with the absolute uncertainty of where this journey will take us, it warms my heart so much to see a sweet Tripawd beat this thing for such a long time. I do know, though, in dealing with the passing of our precious pups and kitties, it still hurts so very much.

Hoping each day eases the pain in your heart, and eventually, happy memories are all that remain instead of immense pain.
Keeping you in my thoughts,
Bonnie & Angel Polly

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28 July 2014 - 1:34 pm
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Oh Bri thank you for sharing the videos of Gerry & Holly and the pawty, these are precious!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |


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28 July 2014 - 3:28 pm
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Susana and Hol l y Jolly by Gol l y and Zuzu too!

Oh yeah, we don’t have to have been here when you started your journey with Holly Jolly….we KNOW her!

We know is a Miracle Dog!
We know an eternal Beacon of Hope for all on this journey!
We know she was loved and spoiled every second of everyday!
We know she was your world and you were hers!
And that wonderful videos and lictures GERRY.AND JERRY.shared……a happy, happy JOLLY HOLLY!!!! What treasures!!!

I’m glad at saw these videos before I posted. When I saw your post the otherday, I just couldn’t respond…couldn’t. But these videos helped push the tears away and celebrate Jolly Holly’s life instead of focusing on herpassing! Beating the odds doesn’t make iteasier, , having her with you l o nger than almost everyone here doesn’t make it easier…the pain…the void…the emptiness will be with you for way too long. But the joyous andloving life you had togetherwill stay with you longer in time.

Thank you for the privilege of knowing Jolly Holly by Golly!!! What a gal! What an adorable, fuzzy, cute bundle of love and joy!


Sending love and hugs to you…

Sally and Happy Hannah

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!

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28 July 2014 - 5:57 pm
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So sorry for your loss… sending healing thoughts your way


Cody and Family 

Cody is our 7 year old Australian Heeler mix boy. Diagnosed on 2/20/14 and became a tripawd 2/21/14! We chose a homeopathic approach and he is being treated by Dr. Loops our of NC.

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30 July 2014 - 4:42 pm
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Thank you to everyone for your kind words and thoughts. This place is still the best community! kiss

Special thanks to Bri for posting the videos of Holly and Gerry – those made me smile and laugh and remember all the fun we had at our tripawd pawties! Holly sure was Jolly when she got to pawty with Gerry. :-) Thank you so very much for sharing those – you’ll never know how much it means to me to see her running so well! clap

She was my little trooper and although the last few months she slowed down so very much – each day with her was a gift and I will cherish them all.
Thanks again,
Hugs from Angel 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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30 July 2014 - 5:50 pm
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We loved the videos too, what a joy to see her on such a great day!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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