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I kissed Comet for the last time tonight.
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Portland, Oregon
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24 January 2011 - 5:23 pm
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I feel what you feel when you say your life revolved around her. I can relate when you say you were as one. Your language. Every look and bark. 

My heart goes out when you say you spent your life taking care of her. 

Indi has been gone for a month now, and I've entered this new stage of grief: I not only lost my love, I lost my job.

 

Love to you from a fellow dog mom who has loved and lost.

Raina & Spirit Indi

Indi the Saint Bernard mix had her front left leg amputated on August 31, 2010. She crossed over the rainbow bridge on December 17, 2010, because of a spinal injury, not related to cancer.

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24 January 2011 - 6:48 pm
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Ge'Lena – I am so, so, so very sad.  I wish there were some way to reach through the intertubes and give you a hug.  We will all miss Comet so very deeply – and that will only be a small amount compared to what you feel.  She and you have always been there to lift us up – and now we are all here for you.

I loved this quote:

daisy2010 said:  

“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star, everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then- whoosh and I'm gone….and they'll never see anything like it ever again…and they won't be able to forget me- ever”  Jim Morrison

Amen.  We will never, ever forget Comet and all the smiles she gave us.  I am so very sorry.  So very, very sorry. 

Sending huge hugs,
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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24 January 2011 - 7:17 pm
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Ge'Lena,

I had not been on tripawds for some time, but follow the site through facebook.  It was there that I learned of the loss of sweet Fortis and then today, shocked, I read of Comet's loss.  As others have echoed, I have no words…Comet's presence will be greatly missed.  She always provided a laugh and a smile.  You couldn't look at that face and not smile.  You and Comet were one…it was impossible to think of one without the other, and your support and encouragement when I had to let Chance go just three and a half months ago were invaluable.  His video tribute is still treasured at our house.  You have given so much to this community and I hope you find in it the strength that you have so freely given to others.  I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

 

Jen and Spirit Chance

Chance, our 9.5 year old Rottie/Shepherd mix was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his left front shoulder.  In July of 2010, we planned to proceed with the amputation, but lung mets were discovered.  Chance reached the Rainbow Bridge October 1, 2010, just a few weeks after his 10th birthday.

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24 January 2011 - 7:31 pm
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Oh, I am so sorry for your sudden loss.  Sometimes they try to make things easier for us by leaving so sudden, or at least that is how I want to believe it. 

Days are the only thing that help me….the more that pass, the less I cry…..but, sadly the pain never really leaves.

 

I hope once the shock dulls a little you will be able to make one of those terrific videos that you have made for so many others.

 

RIP Comet, your Mom will miss you!

Gina

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24 January 2011 - 7:56 pm
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I read this, got up, came back, re-read it, I did that 3 times…and it didn't change.

We are stunned, heartbroke and dumb struck.

We are so sorry, so very sorry, Comets gone. You two lived for each other, you both made the others life so rich, loving and full. It hurts so much to lose a special one and all of us have just lost a very special one.

I don't know what else to say, you're in our hearts and prayers…

I can't help it, when I look at her pictures, I get this big grin in my face, thank's to both of you for being here for so many of us.

I hope soon you'll be able to look at her pictures and smile and giggle, what a wonderful dog she was.

Cindi, jack, Penny, Charlie, Shelby, Gracee Boo and Maggie.

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24 January 2011 - 8:03 pm
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So sorry for your loss. cry  More thoughts and prayers are coming your way.  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: http://gerry.tripawds.com

SoCal
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24 January 2011 - 8:06 pm
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So sorry to hear this.  She was a very special girl.

Cindy and Boomie

Boomie's leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on May 15, 2008.  He enjoyed over two and a half years of life after that, one day at a time.  He died on Feb. 21, 2011.

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24 January 2011 - 8:53 pm
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Ge'Lena… originally I was also going to let my private email to you stand… but as I read these posts from all of Comets friends , I must add my tribute to the beautiful Cometdog… I once read the words on this forum… “Everyone loves Comet” – let the record show, through all of these heartfelt words , that truer words were never spoken. “Everyone loves Comet” and if anyone questions those 3 words in this community – I say they do not know truth. Suffice it to say.

Cooper and I came to know Ge'Lena – as Cometdog, the sassy yet compassionate tripawd that welcomed everyone into her world and did her best to make everyone feel loved and welcomed. Cooper and his pack stand in quiet disbelief today at this great loss of our friend Comet.

 

We stand in silence and sadness in honor of our fallen friend.

Coopsdad/ Kenneth Blackburn

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the monkeydogs only THINK they have invaded the tripawd state

Snohomish, Washington
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24 January 2011 - 9:20 pm
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I am with you Ken. I didn't know what else to say, thinking my e-mail would suffice. However, after reading your post, I too want to pay public tribute to our beloved Comet.

Other than that, I'll stand with you. Silent and heartbroken, honoring our friend.

Lincoln's Mom

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall – Confucius

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24 January 2011 - 11:13 pm
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Dear Ge-Lena

I just can't believe it. I thought Comet would go on and on, and of course we had no reason to think otherwise. I can't imagine the shock it must be for you. You have done so much for everyone and everydawg here. You can tell from the outpouring of attention how much both of you are loved.

I know it is hard, but try to take care of yourself.

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25 January 2011 - 12:55 am
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Oh Ge'Lena, I am so, so, sorry.  I miss so much that I didn't get to meet Comet last month, and I was looking forward to meeting her this weekend.  I've been working and haven't been online since yesterday.  I was going to e-mail you and decided to come here first. I'm shocked, like everyone else.  I just want you to know that I'm here for you.  There is so much love and support here- we all heal together.  If I can do anything for you, just ask.  I wish I could give you a big hug in person, but for now a virtual one will have to do.  Rest peacefully sweet Comet, I know you'll have fun playing with Sadie and all our other brave angels.

Lisa

Sadie is my 9yr old Rott/Shepherd mix. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right scapula 1/28/10. Our brave girl had her amputation 2/13/10 and her last chemotherapy on 6/6/10. Unfortunately, a tumor appeared in her back right leg and on 10/7/2010 Sadie's earthly journey came to an end.  On 10/24/2010 we adopted Ranger, a handsome Rott/Lab mix tripawd (got hit by a car) I think Sadie sent him to us.
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25 January 2011 - 5:34 am
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So very sorry to hear this.

Hard to know what to say but I am sure that Comet left us having had a fantastic life and will be forever thankful that she came to you.

 

Thinking of you

Io, Cobweb, Mitch and Rog

Baltimore County, Maryland
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25 January 2011 - 8:55 am
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Ge'lena & family,

So sorry to read this- our hearts are broken with yours. The comic relief you & Comet provided on the forums were invaluable to us and will be cherished. Thank you for sharing Comet with us, we will miss her.

Our prayers are with you, your family, pack and Comet

Mandy & Kenmore

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25 January 2011 - 10:34 am
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Ge'Lena,

 

 I am Brett's Mom.   I am deeply sorry over the loss of your beautiful, caring Comet. Comet was such a joy to my beloved Fortis.  They were two of a kind.  When Brett told me I could not believe it.  What a shock.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  May time ease some of the pain you are feeling.  I know Comet and Fortis are having a lot of fun.  Thanks Comet for all the wonderful memories you brought to my Fortis and his Mom and Dad

 

Fay

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25 January 2011 - 2:37 pm
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We are so sorry to hear about Comet. She was such a wonderful inspiration to all of us! She always knew how to make us laugh!!! She will be missed by many because she touched so many of our lives! Peyton will be excited to meet up with her at the bridge!

 

XOXO

Cami, Kris, Dillon, Rhys and Spirit Peyton

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