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I kissed Comet for the last time tonight.
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30 January 2011 - 9:42 am
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Ge'Lena,

We are soooo sorry to hear this.  We have just been getting to know everyone here but it did not take us very long at all to recognize how special Cometdog was.  The two of you have helped us tremendously in our short time here and we are just heart broke.  Please know we are thinking of you in our thoughts and prayers.  Hugs to all and extra biscuits to Rocket.

Sierra and Brad  

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30 January 2011 - 10:00 am
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Ge'Lena –

 

I know your love for Comet was special, as she was a special girl.  You can now let go of all that worry and stress and just remember the love and good times.  I'm sure she is still bossy and demanding those cookies in doggie heaven but one of her friends will get her one when they are done swimming or jammin' so don't worry, she is still being taken care of. 

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31 January 2011 - 8:26 pm
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As I said in my other forum post, I have been away from internet technologies for the better part of 3 weeks and only in my other forum did I realize I missed this post.  I am so sorry that your dearly beloved had to leave you so unexpectedly. 

You do wonders for this community with your spectacular videos and I know the whole community is weeping and grieving for your loss.  I am so glad I was able to put Miss Comet in color for you and I hope that when you look at her picture that you remember all the good times with her.

You are an amazing person Ge'Lena and we are all here for you.

-Nicole and Chloe

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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31 January 2011 - 8:43 pm
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I know this is another post (sorry for spamming your forum!), but I just read Comet's story. She was as much of a tripawd as anyone else here, cancer or not.  You have paved your own special path here in Tripawds and have won over all our hearts with your silly quips and games.  We really do need a laugh when sad things are occuring all the time…

After I read her story, I found myself in tears because I find that I myself am much the same way with Chloe (as you were with Comet).  I worry about her all the time, worry that she is going to go nuts when I'm gone, not going to eat when I'm not there, not going to stop pacing the house while I am out and not going to stop whining because I can't be there. It breaks my heart every time I have to leave her. But as a student I do not have the luxury of taking her wherever I go.  If I had the opportunity to do exactly what you did, I would take it in a heartbeat.

For me, it was a godsend that I could take her to lab and leave her at my friends house.  I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out what was best for her when I moved up and had to deal with neighbors, the AC… it felt like I was never going to catch a break.  She seems to enjoy staying at Bailey's, I think the company suits her.  She tries to boss Bailey around and he just takes it. I know she still misses me when I leave her, but I can run down to see her in 30 seconds flat if I need a tripawd fix.  She has separation anxiety and now I do when I leave her. I completely understand the desire to stay home and therefore miss out on events because you didn't want to leave your precious Comet. I often do the same with Chloe.  I guess I just enjoy her company.

Now before this turns into a full fledged essay, I am going to send warm wishes, hugs and positive thoughts your way. We wish you the best and we know you can get through this, three tiny steps at a time.

-Nicole and Chloe

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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31 January 2011 - 9:38 pm
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Ge'Lena,

I know we've shared our stories about the depth of love we have for our girls….Mackenzie was my world completely and now that she's gone, I feel a big piece of my heart missing.  When Mackenzie was younger (even before her cancer diagnosis) I would actually tear up thinking about what if I were to lose her.  We too knew each other inside and out – I miss her barking at me whenever she sensed that I was getting upset or emotional.  I always knew what Mackenzie was trying to tell me and my instincts were always 100%.   So Ge'Lena, the love we have for our girls is like no other.  And I only wish we could have them back, just even one more kiss.  I will take comfort in knowing that maybe both of our girls are together looking down at us and telling us that they're ok and they'll be seeing us soon enough. 

I'm so glad that Comet gave you that peace at the end.  That was her gift to you for caring and loving her the way you did. 

xoxo

Kami, Angel M & Kobe

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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1 February 2011 - 11:04 am
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I just want to tell you how very kind it was that you took the time to reach out to me yesterday.  It was my first ever post, regarding Buddy Corgi Kid's therapy recommendation request.  I realize that you must still be grieving, and yet here you are for Buddy and me.  Thank you again –  Teri

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1 February 2011 - 3:17 pm
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Teri, thats one of the reasons why everyone here has loved Comet and Ge'lena so much! That is the kind of person she is and we are all so blessed to have her here and to have shared Comets life!

 

Coopsdad

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the monkeydogs only THINK they have invaded the tripawd state

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1 February 2011 - 8:52 pm
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Just when I thought the tears were all dried up!  Thank you Coopsdad.  And you are welcome Teri.

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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1 February 2011 - 8:57 pm
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you are so very welcome Ge'Lena 🙂

Coopsdad/ Kenneth Blackburn

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the monkeydogs only THINK they have invaded the tripawd state

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6 February 2011 - 7:39 pm
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I'm so sorry for the loss of Comet.  I don't post here much, but I've read a lot about her.  I think of my Eddie Waffles sort of as a mini Comet.  He has an undeveloped left front paw and holds it straight out front when he stands.

 

Embrace the good memories!

 

Meg, Three Legged Max, and Eddie Waffles.

Angel Max ***
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I miss my boy so much

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5 March 2011 - 6:11 pm
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GeLena,

I have not logged on for a little while and saw your youtube movie of beautiful Comet in my facebook stream.  When I saw it I immediately felt my heart drop and had to pick it up.  Shock and that sad feeling overcame me and I knew your post would bring me to tears again.  Comet had a fantastic life with you and be grateful that it was you who was his protector. 

I know I am a little late but just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear the news.

Sending many hugs,

Storm and Koda

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5 March 2011 - 7:30 pm
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Thank you so much.  I really appreciate you posting!

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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21 March 2012 - 6:58 pm
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Ge’Lena,

I am so sorry that is was Comet’s time to journey to Rainbow Bridge .

I sincerely apologize for not posting sooner…I am not on here as often as I should be and I haven’t figured out the most efficient way to catch up on all of the posts.

Thank you for sharing Comet’s story.  You both have a very special bond and she will always be with you in spirit.  I believe that Comet was here to teach you a very important life lesson and when she had completed her task, she was called back to heaven.  You will both be reunited again in a better place.  In time, may memories of your girl bring smiles and happiness instead of only tears and sadness.

Godspeed sweet Comet.  Run free with all of the heroes, like yourself, that have gone before you.  Send your mommy pennies when you have a chance.

Hugs and chocolate labby kisses,

Ellen and Charley

Charley's Blog:  CHOCOLATE KISSES


DOB: 3-29-08, male chocolate lab  
Dx: OSA L proximal humerus 10-19-10

Amputation: L front leg & scapula 10-28-10

Chemo: 5 rounds of Carboplatin

Video (12 weeks post amp):Tripaw Charley Playing

♥♥♥ Lots of supplements and love!!! ♥♥♥

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21 March 2012 - 7:30 pm
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I am so sorry that is was Comet’s time to journey to Rainbow Bridge .

Thank you Ellen – your words are very heartfelt and I appreciate them!  BUT look at the date when she died!!!!  Not that I mind an excuse to talk about Comet, but I don’t want any newer folks to think she died in January and they somehow missed it!  She died in 2011!

 

But thank you regardless if it’s a little belated!big-grin

 

 

 

   

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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21 March 2012 - 8:08 pm
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Our hearts are with you.  Thanks for sharing so much of your precious Comet with us through your posts.  Your relationship – her brave positive attitude were inspirational. She’ll be missed tremendously by you, of course, but I think the whole tripawd community will miss her. 

Tears and Whines

Judy and Baby

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