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I am so sorry for your loss.  Run free sweet Lucky.  You will see him again.  This is the hardest part of our journey.  One many of us have been on.  Lean on your friends and family.  Watch for signs he will show you he is ok.

Sending hugs and prayers

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Pam - My heart is breaking for you and your family.  I know you had planned to try more treatment, but listening to your heart about what was best for Lucky was the right decision, as devastating as that is for you.  I am sending you love and peace tonight and will keep you in my heart.  May Lucky's memory be a blessing.sp_hearticon2 Stacy

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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No words right now....too many tears and heartbreak to even  try

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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Pam, my heart just aches for you. I can't believe it and am so so sorry. I wish I could say something that would help you feel less hurt right now. Your sweet boy got his wings way too soon, our entire community grieves for you.

Lucky was such a special boy who touched the hearts of everyone he met. You gave him the best life any pup could hope for, and you never let him down, not even when you knew that your own grief would be so, so hard to go through. Nobody ever expects to have to say goodbye so suddenly but you stayed strong because you knew that he deserved to transition with dignity and love by his side. You did right by him up until his last breath. No dog could ever ask for more. He was destined to find you.

As you figure out a new way of being without him following you around, know that his spirit is still strong, it's just changed form. May Lucky's eternal love comfort you and your family now and always. He is never far from your side.

I'm truly sorry. If you'd like me to share those photos that aren't appearing, just email them to me OK? I can share them for you.

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Pam,

I am so sorry.  Even though Lucky's life was short, it was filled with so much love.  No dog or human can ask for more then that.  I am glad you found the strength to be with him, but I knew you would.  You put Lucky before your fear, because you love him so much, and I guarantee Lucky knew that.  All the tripawds angles were there to greet Lucky, and I assure you that Brownie is showing Lucky where the best cookies are.  God gave you a wonderful gift in Lucky, but it was time for him to go home.

I have posted this poem before, and I read it everyday.  It reminds me that I made the right decision for Brownie, and as you did for Lucky.  I hope you find some comfort in it.

May I Go Now?

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?

I’ve lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?

I didn’t want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.

I want to go
I really do.
It’s difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you’re sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.

I’ll not be far,
I promise that, and hope you’ll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too,
that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you’ll let me go today.

– Written for a beloved pet & friend, by Susan A. Jackson

God Bless, Nancy and Angel Brownie

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Michelle said
I am so sorry for your loss.  Run free sweet Lucky.  You will see him again.  This is the hardest part of our journey.  One many of us have been on.  Lean on your friends and family.  Watch for signs he will show you he is ok.

Sending hugs and prayers

Michelle, Snickers, Jasmine, & Angels Sassy, Bosch and Baby Simba

  

Thank you Michelle. This is so hard, but I am glad that he isn't suffering.  I appreciate your kindness.

Pam

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Pam - My heart is breaking for you and your family.  I know you had planned to try more treatment, but listening to your heart about what was best for Lucky was the right decision, as devastating as that is for you.  I am sending you love and peace tonight and will keep you in my heart.  May Lucky's memory be a blessing.sp_hearticon2 Stacy

  

Thank you Stacy sp_hearticon2.  I so appreciate your kindness and wish you and Griffin the absolute best.

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Pam,

I am so sorry.  Even though Lucky's life was short, it was filled with so much love.  No dog or human can ask for more then that.  I am glad you found the strength to be with him, but I knew you would.  You put Lucky before your fear, because you love him so much, and I guarantee Lucky knew that.  All the tripawds angles were there to greet Lucky, and I assure you that Brownie is showing Lucky where the best cookies are.  God gave you a wonderful gift in Lucky, but it was time for him to go home.

I have posted this poem before, and I read it everyday.  It reminds me that I made the right decision for Brownie, and as you did for Lucky.  I hope you find some comfort in it.

May I Go Now?

May I go now?

Do you think the time is right?

May I say goodbye to pain filled days

and endless lonely nights?

I’ve lived my life and done my best,

an example tried to be.

So can I take that step beyond

and set my spirit free?

I didn’t want to go at first,

I fought with all my might.

But something seems to draw me now

to a warm and loving light.

I want to go

I really do.

It’s difficult to stay.

But I will try as best I can

to live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me

and share your love and fears.

I know you’re sad and afraid,

because I see your tears.

I’ll not be far,

I promise that, and hope you’ll always know

that my spirit will be close to you

wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.

You know I love you too,

that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye

and end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time

and let me hear you say,

because you care so much for me,

you’ll let me go today.

– Written for a beloved pet & friend, by Susan A. Jackson

God Bless, Nancy and Angel Brownie

  

Nancy,

Thank you for sharing this.  I'm crying again, even though I didnt think I had any tears left.  I keep hoping for a sign from him to let me know he is ok.  Did you see any signs from Brownie?

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Hi Pam,

As a matter of fact I have had signs. Also, Sally and I from the signs we have been getting think that Happy Hannah and Brownie have met. 

As soon as I finished posting the poem Brownie's Banner poped up. Like he was reminding me I did the right thing. 

I have a book called "The Amazing After Life of Pets" In one chapter someone asked "Does my dog miss me". The author answered no. The reason is that they never go far, and are always with us in spirit.  If you PM me your address I will be happy to send it to you.

To tell you the truth Brownie passed two months ago. It still hurts but on a different level. I do write Brownie letters and poems which really help me clear my head. What Jerry and Sally taught me was Brownies life was about so much more then the Cancer. So now when I think of Brownie I think about what a happy dog he was, just like Lucky.

I remember your first post. You posted "Lucky, Not so Lucky". Let me tell you, Lucky was lucky because of you and your family opening your home to him. It takes a special person to take in a rescue. Who knows what his life would of been wi th out you. So Lucky was a very Lucky dog!  Please don't ever forget that.

Lucky's life was cut short, but his life was so full of love!

I know it's hard right now but soon you will be able to feel him with you. I still talk to Brownie and tell him about my day.

When people would say to me "I know how you feel" I would get defensive, because there is no way anyone can know how I feel. That is between Brownie and me. Just like the way you feel is between Lucky and you. Bug I do no it hurts. You have a loving family with them and prayer you will get through it.

You are in our prayers, and let me know if you would like me to  send you the book.

I wish I could send you a internet hug......

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

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Pam, my heart just aches for you. I can't believe it and am so so sorry. I wish I could say something that would help you feel less hurt right now. Your sweet boy got his wings way too soon, our entire community grieves for you.

Lucky was such a special boy who touched the hearts of everyone he met. You gave him the best life any pup could hope for, and you never let him down, not even when you knew that your own grief would be so, so hard to go through. Nobody ever expects to have to say goodbye so suddenly but you stayed strong because you knew that he deserved to transition with dignity and love by his side. You did right by him up until his last breath. No dog could ever ask for more. He was destined to find you.

As you figure out a new way of being without him following you around, know that his spirit is still strong, it's just changed form. May Lucky's eternal love comfort you and your family now and always. He is never far from your side.

I'm truly sorry. If you'd like me to share those photos that aren't appearing, just email them to me OK? I can share them for you.

((((hugs))))

  

Thank you so much.  I thought that I had figured out how to post pictures, but I guess not.  I will email you the pictures,  if you could post them, I would appreciate it.  

He was indeed a special boy, and my home seems so empty without him.  I find myself looking around expecting him to be there.  It's the little things that tug at my heart and bring on the tears.  Seeing his empty bed, only filling one bowl of food instead of two, finding one of his tennis balls that he loved so much.  I wish that he could send me a sign that he was ok sp_hearticon2.  I want to thank you for all of your support!

Pam

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For some stupid reason, I thought if I came back later I would have myself together a little better and could maybe write coherently. Nope, not working.

You had some lovely notes of support and love and understanding.  I can only ditto ecery single heartfelt word.

  And the poem Nancy posted is something  that continues to help us all.  We all will tell you that, even years later, a poem like this still resonates and comforts as though our loss was yestrrdsy. Yes, the tears flow, but the heart is so full of love and appreciation  to jave jad our time together with these special Souls.

We all,every one of your Tripawd family, know how deep your love for Lucky is...and his for you and all his homsns❤    We felt it, we saw it in uour care for him, in the way you celebrated all of his victories 

You can bet with 100% vertainty  that Lucky is telling  everyone  at the Bridge he, was indeed, the LUCKIEST  dog who ever walked this earth!!  Most import, he would not change one single second of his time with you for any other life!  Because  of you, Licky experienced joy and fun and happiness and tummy rubs and, most import, LOVE!  Just as privileged  as you felt to have Lucky in your life, he felt just as Lucky to have you in his!!

I k ow it's ja4d ro come back here right now.  And please know, you don't  meed to respond to us right now.    You need to kist focus on taking one  breath at a time right now.  The only way through grief, is through it.  You can't  ignore it.  You will cry and cry and sob.  And when you thanknyou can cry anymore, you will.  You are so gutted right now.  Your heart is wounded amd your emotions are  raw

Yes, I so believe  we are energy and light from a Source"".  We are Spiritual beings in a human being body.    We make appearances in our earth clothes in whatever form.  In Lucky's case, his wise Soul decided to come to you in his doggy  clothes!!  Very, very cute doggy clothes!!  And when our earthly form no longer serves us, when our purpose is sone, when lessons are taught and learned, we transition  back "home"...back to our energy and light form.  

I love what Nancy shared with you about our dogs not missi g is because they are never far...their energy is always with us. 

Lucky WILL connect with you.  That is a promise!!  It may take awhile bec your grief is so heavy right now.  Or he may already be connecting  with you and uoj do t recognize  it.  Ot may be little, or may be big, it may happen six mo ths from now, ot may happen tomorrow..but it WILL happen!!  

All we can do is surrou d you woth our love and with another promise.  It's really Lucky's promise.  He promises  you that all the thousands  of gloriously  happh memories you shared will push the darkness of you grief further and further away, and fill it with his eternall shining lignt of joy and love and appreciation for a life well loved and well loved💖

Surrounding  you with Lucky's joy❤

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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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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10 May 2020 - 7:33 pm
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Oh Pam, I'm so sorry.  Even when you know the end is near it still hits hard.

I hope you find some comfort knowing you gave Lucky a wonderful life and when cancer showed up you gave him every chance.  In the end you gave him the most selfless gift- allowing him to go on a head.

Keep your eyes open but don't look too hard, he will let you know he is near and is OK.  The special ones never really go far-  he lives on in your heart and he will always be by your side.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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

1999 to 2010

 

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benny55 said
For some stupid reason, I thought if I came back later I would have myself together a little better and could maybe write coherently. Nope, not working.

You had some lovely notes of support and love and understanding.  I can only ditto ecery single heartfelt word.

  And the poem Nancy posted is something  that continues to help us all.  We all will tell you that, even years later, a poem like this still resonates and comforts as though our loss was yestrrdsy. Yes, the tears flow, but the heart is so full of love and appreciation  to jave jad our time together with these special Souls.

We all,every one of your Tripawd family, know how deep your love for Lucky is...and his for you and all his homsns❤    We felt it, we saw it in uour care for him, in the way you celebrated all of his victories 

You can bet with 100% vertainty  that Lucky is telling  everyone  at the Bridge he, was indeed, the LUCKIEST  dog who ever walked this earth!!  Most import, he would not change one single second of his time with you for any other life!  Because  of you, Licky experienced joy and fun and happiness and tummy rubs and, most import, LOVE!  Just as privileged  as you felt to have Lucky in your life, he felt just as Lucky to have you in his!!

I k ow it's ja4d ro come back here right now.  And please know, you don't  meed to respond to us right now.    You need to kist focus on taking one  breath at a time right now.  The only way through grief, is through it.  You can't  ignore it.  You will cry and cry and sob.  And when you thanknyou can cry anymore, you will.  You are so gutted right now.  Your heart is wounded amd your emotions are  raw

Yes, I so believe  we are energy and light from a Source"".  We are Spiritual beings in a human being body.    We make appearances in our earth clothes in whatever form.  In Lucky's case, his wise Soul decided to come to you in his doggy  clothes!!  Very, very cute doggy clothes!!  And when our earthly form no longer serves us, when our purpose is sone, when lessons are taught and learned, we transition  back "home"...back to our energy and light form.  

I love what Nancy shared with you about our dogs not missi g is because they are never far...their energy is always with us. 

Lucky WILL connect with you.  That is a promise!!  It may take awhile bec your grief is so heavy right now.  Or he may already be connecting  with you and uoj do t recognize  it.  Ot may be little, or may be big, it may happen six mo ths from now, ot may happen tomorrow..but it WILL happen!!  

All we can do is surrou d you woth our love and with another promise.  It's really Lucky's promise.  He promises  you that all the thousands  of gloriously  happh memories you shared will push the darkness of you grief further and further away, and fill it with his eternall shining lignt of joy and love and appreciation for a life well loved and well loved💖

Surrounding  you with Lucky's joy❤

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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Oh Sally, this is just so beautiful! Thank You!  The tears keep coming, and coming, and coming.  I will be ok for a while and then I'm not.  I never realized how many tv shows and commercials have dogs in them or how many commercials are about cancer.  I am looking for signs from Lucky, hoping that he will let me know that he is indeed ok, and that he's still here with me.  I just miss him so much!

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I know what you mean about the commercials Pam, or songs. For me, it was songs. Oh my gosh certain ones that reminded us of Jerry just made us lose it. Even grocery shopping made me sad when I didn't have a need to get him his usual treats. 

And I agree, don't look too hard. Be still, both mentally and physically, and he will come to you in his own way. 

Meanwhile, I really enjoyed these photos you sent, and am happy to share them with everyone. What a love.

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