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Ontario, Canada
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Last night I made the most horrible decision I've ever made, and I let Eva go. She got eat everything she ever wanted all day long, and I spent the entire day cuddling her. Our vet came over to the house at 7 PM, and she left this world lying in arms, with her head in my lap.

I am so broken-hearted. She was my baby, my angel muffin. Already I can hardly stand that I will never keep to see her again, and more importantly I will never get to put my arms around her and cuddle, or play with her big, soft silky ears.

I don't regret fighting her cancer with every weapon I could use - amputation, IV chemo, oral chemo although I had to stop that, pills and supplements, massage, "happy therapy" when I'd try my best to make everything as normal and fun for her as possible. Cancer couldn't take me, and it couldn't take stinky sandwich meat (her favourite treat these days) but it gradually took everything else that first made life fun, then at least bearable, until it was unbearable. And then I let her go.

Eva - you are my baby, my 10 year old puppy dog, my angel, my sweetest girl. I will miss you so much. I already miss you so much. I love you.

I'm glad that Eva participated in an OVC study examining osteosarcoma in canines. Her results and those of others will help veterinary scientists to devise treatments and scans that will gradually work to stop other dog lovers from having to go through the pain of losing what Eva was to me.

She was a hero, and I loved her.

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It is with great sadness that I read you posting and hope that you will accept our deepest sympathy at this time. Your posting tells a wonderful story of a very special love that you shared with your Eva. I know of the feelins you expressed so elequently having been in this exact position just 46 days ago. Ten years is clearly not enough time - especially when you two shared such an obviously great relationship. You fight was brave. You can look back and clearly say that you did everything that could be done. However, I know how empty those words sound just now but in time they will be a comfort.

My Cherry also left her battle in my arms with her head. Like you it was one of the most horrible decision we ever could have made. However, you were strong and did not make Eva suffer more pain. I could see in Cherry's eyes that this cancer was saping all her energy. While you may not be able to stoke Eva just now, you will not be without ever for the gifts that she has given you will live with you forever.

Praying for the time when you will find peace and can remember Eva with a smile reflecting the wonderful moments you two shared.

Spirit Cherry's Dad - Bob

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13 February 2010 - 8:46 am
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Hi Eva's family

I am sorry for your loss and the pain you are now feeling. It is so hard, not much I can say about that. Just know you are being sent good wishes from many places today.

Tazzie's Susan

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I am so, so sorry about you losing your angel, Eva.  You know you did the right thing by letting her go.  She made the decision for you.   It's never easy but you guys fought hard.  My heart goes out to you.  

I know we can't say anything to ease your pain but know that we feel it with you.  I hope that can bring a little comfort during difficult time.

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.

Here and Now

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We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Bless you for all you did for Eva.

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Fortis sends a great big Hug! Please except our love and prayers.


Brett & Fortis

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Jess, I'm so sorry to hear about your Eva.  As with many other people here on these forums, I know the pain you're feeling right now.  And Tazzie is right, it is hard.  All I can say that helped us a lot, is to remember all the great, happy times you had with her.  They'll bring many tears to your eyes, but someday, instead of tears, you'll have a big smile.  Our thoughts are with you.

Diane & John

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13 February 2010 - 11:13 am
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I'm so sorry to hear about Eva. Your post was a beautiful tribute to her. Please know we are keeping you in our hearts, and are sending big hugs to you.
Holly and Holly's mom

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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We are so very sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some peace in knowing Eva is now running free and no longer in any pain. You are 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.

Portage Lake, Maine
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13 February 2010 - 12:37 pm
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I'm so sorry to read about your Eva.  Hugs to you in your grieving for Eva...

Tracy & Maggie

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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With great sympathy, from Patrick and Sully

"What can't be said, can't be said
But it can't be whistled either"

-Kahil Gibran


Coquitlam, B.C. Canada
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I am so sorry to read that you have lost your precious Eva. Please take some comfort in knowing that she is now running free with a lot of other tripawd angels free of pain and in some cases from the discomfort of the chemo side effects.

Sending you a huge hug,
Darlene (Tehya's Mom)

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13 February 2010 - 3:31 pm
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Many, many hugs going out to you. Eva always knew how much you adored and loved her. We hope you can find some comfort in picturing her running free with all of us Spirit Tripawds, back to her healthy self and loving life the way only us dogs know how to do.

Treasure your good times and hold them tight. Eva isn't far away.

Much love to you.

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Wesley Chapel, FL
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I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Eva...Crying I know how difficult your decision was, and how sad you are feeling right now. It's been a little over 3 months since I had to say good-bye to my angel Jake... and my heart is still so broken and I miss him so much.

You did everything you could to make Eva's life happy for as long as she had. She is now at peace and running free at the Rainbow Bridge ... I hope that she meets up with my Jake up there...

You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time...

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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Condolences to you during this painful time. Everyone has been so eloquent...suffice that our thoughts are with you.

Christina & Stas

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