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It's with a shattered heart I had to help HAPPY HANNAH into her Angel Wings today.
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I'll try...I'll are our family and we love you...and have been loved by you.. and you need to know

At home, vet assisted, surrounded by her favorite stuffies, her food bowl on on her Big Barker Bed vy"her" woodstove.....and me bynher side...and she by we have been for nine years and seven and a half mnths.

Shenhad M&M's, steak, turkey liverwurst, dry cat food, deer poop...yep...darn right...deer poop balls.

On the woodstove, I had the beautiful treasured portrait Murphy's dad and mom.....I had candles...I had picture of Sassy, Chuck and SuperDog Hunter...Bodie and Lydia's picture, notes to myself allover the house to staymin the miment, to be Spirit of Dog and my jewelry Rene made ...and some flowers she sniffed bymher ramp last night.

Her tail was still wagging and she was still eating...she just was soooooo exhausted from trying so hard t breathe...she wss gettng less and less able to take more than enough steps topee and then she would have to sit and try and catchnher breath. It was like she was trying to breathe through a straw.

But it was hard because I'd put so much emphasis on her quality being gauged by wagging, eye sparkle and eating. But what I came to realize the last several days, as she was still trying to give her all like she has everydayof this journey...was that she was continui g to try and adapt to the "challenges" now and she was having a harder and harder t e dong it. She was wagging because she was sooooooo happy to have all my loving and spoiling and to be with me and to have ice cream and candy!! But she was beginnng tompay too heavy a price and the scales were tippng out of her favor.

She was just spent. So, had to her enough to just love and spoil and tummy rub without the struggle anymore.....she could get all that in heaven now and even more.

I stayed in a celebratory state and as centered and calm as possible. She'd only met this vet o ce over a week ago just to listen to her she realy didn't thi kof her as a vet...just as a visitor who came to see her again! I explained ahead how I wanted her to come in the house in a happy state and my beloved Happy Hannah was glad t see her! I had the vet hide all her "tools".....she kept her "relaxing" shot in her pocket and, as I was feeding Hapy Hannah her smorgasbord, she gave her a shot amd she didn't even flinch.

I held that wonderful' wo derful, s oochable mugof hers and I thanked her over and over for the best ti e ever!! I told her she ade me laugh every seco d of every day!! She Did!! I just looked at her and smiled and she looked at me a d wgged and wiggled and woooood. I gave her aplause for a sSPLENDID job wel done! She kissed me with the most beautiful deer poop, liverwurst slobber I could ever hope for! Whst a gift.

I'm not lyiig-I'm fallkng apart over many have bee through it....I need you.
And ghe worst jasn't even begun yet....hasn't even started.

I told her I would remain hapy in her ho or...I would spread her ahppiness...that's who she is ..The PUREST HAPPI ESS I HAVE EVER KNOWN

P,EASE, PLEASE, P.EASE.....I DN'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE WORDS BOLD OR YELL LOUD ENOUGHT THROUGH THE SCREEN......PROMISE....VLW....COMMIT....YOU WILL NEVER' EVER' EVER FORGET HER!!! P,EASE,! Yo were the ol o es who ever got to really know here....the few people wesaw outside of vets...the FedX man for apocaps deliver, so eo e wh gave me firewood, and a few others who fell in love with her i sta tly...-but you EW her!! You KNEW her HAPPY SPIRIT

i can't say anymore...and I'm sorry so manyofyoj are going through your own grief. A d those on the jour ey' se HAPY HANNAH as your role odel for how to be SPIRIT OF A HAPPY, BLISSFULLY HAPPY DOG

She wasn't a "fighter of this crapper se...she just said...I'mplayi g full out and having a blast no matter what!!!! Anfd THAT made her VICTORIOUS! That crap didn't take jack s**t from her... she was even HAPPIER because of it!! So there!!! She won!

I'll write better later and please know how grateful I am for our time together--.and for our ti e together with you! This I proise YOU! HAPY HANNAH AND I WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET YOU!! You and your heros!

With all my love to each of you.

Sally and my beloved always happy HAPPY HANNAH!! YAAAAAAAAAAY HAPPY HANNAHclap

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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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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15 April 2014 - 7:18 pm
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Hugs hugs hugs dear Sally.  I don't cry often, but sobbing for you and your girl.  I pretty much said everything in my PM to you, but Miss Hannah and Miss Brendol won't be forgotten, even if it is just the two of keeping them in our memories and our hearts.


Adelaide is a young tripawd Husky, from an injury.  Her amp was on 10/1/12.  She has 4 sisters, Aissa (a senior border collie/chow), Maggie May (a puppy Great Pyrenees), Mathilde and Morrigan and 1 baby brother, Bagheera.  We are all watched over by our angel Brendol, who was dx with OSA 1/30/13, amp on 2/6/13, and left us on 8/20/13.

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Kelowna, British Columbia Canada
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15 April 2014 - 7:19 pm
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Dearest Sally,

Words cannot express the enormous loss we all feel for you, as Hannah was truly an inspiration to us all!! You know how I  feel, as I just sent you a PM.

Just remember, we are all here for you!! Hannah will NEVER be forgotten, nor will YOU!!!


With a very heavy heart on this news!

Your friends forever,

Stirling and Tahoe

"Tahoe" - Our Amazing Superman and Best Friend.

Dec. 01-03 to Aug. 19-14

Diagnosed with Periarticular Hystiocystic Sarcoma Feb 14-13; Amputation March 18-13, and diagnosed with STS April-14. Tahoe touched so many people while visiting us, leaving a massive void in our lives. Always Missed, Never Forgotten!!

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Oh Sally,

I am so so sorry.  Hannah will never ever ever ever be forgotten.  I feel like I want to go outside and just scream.  It so isn't fair.  You both were all of our Cheerleader.  The biggest one this site has had.  I just can't believe she is gone.  She looked so great in the pictures and recent videos.  I was watching for any kind of sign.  She just never gave it.  She was all dog.  Loved life.  You gave her the greatest life that anyone could ever have and spoiled that baby rotten. 


She loved her treats and will be the greatest inspiration to many Big dogs that come here.  She proved people wrong many many times.


I love you my friend.  I know in my heart Sassy was there to great her.  She will teach her the ropes until its time for you 2 to be together again.  You gave Happy Hannah the greatest gift you could give her and with all of her Angels watching over you 2. 


Hugs & lots of love

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."

Orange County, CA
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15 April 2014 - 7:22 pm
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I'm really sorry to hear Hannah has decided to go on.  I think maybe she had taught you everything she knew about living life to the fullest, and it was time to leave you so you could "Be More Dog " on your own.  Hannah was one of a kind.  Thank you for sharing your girl with us.  It was an honor.

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15 April 2014 - 7:23 pm
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With tears and an aching heart, I promise you Sally,

We. Will. NEVER. Forget.

Happy Hannah.

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I don't even know how to find the words to tell you how much you both mean to us, how many hearts you've touched, how many smiles you've put on thousands of faces around the world. You and Hannah brought so much light and love to this community, we are forever changed for the better, and will continue to celebrate the life of your amazing, very special and unforgettable Happy Hannah. Her spirit isn't going anywhere, she will always be a part of us.

Sally we love you with all our hearts and are very, very sorry. Somehow even that word isn't enough to express our condolences. I wish I had the right words.

Much love and hugs and sympathy...

Rene, Jim, Wyatt Ray and Spirit Jerry, who is now so happy to meet such a beautiful spirit.

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15 April 2014 - 7:40 pm
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Oh Sally. My heart. . Just hurts so much for you. There is no forgetting her! You BOTH touched ours lives in so many ways. I really am at a loss for words. I am SO sorry. You guys meant so much to us. I don't think I've cried this hard... Since we went through it. Know if you need anything. . We are here. She was and will always be our hero!
:( love to you! Much love to you!

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15 April 2014 - 7:44 pm
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Oh Sally.  What a hard thing to hear. Hannah will always be in all of our hearts.  She was so very, very special.  We grew to love her, and you, over the past year.


Tears running down my cheeks and I hardly know how to go downstairs to tell Garry.


You are held in all of our arms tonight.


Love to you from Kathi, Murphy, Garry and Gus

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

New Jersey
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Dear Sally,
I am so so sorry. My heart is breaking for you. Hannah was a remarkable girl, an inspiration and a shinning light. A light so bright it can never be dimmed. She will be forever remembered by all of us here. Her happy nature, her live of life and her love for you,

Sally, you and Happy Hannah both gave and will continue being a teacher, a mentor and a reminder for all of us here and those who will come how to live and love to the fullest. An inspiration for others.....

In our hearts with love,
Esther and her Snoop

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OMG ... I am bawling... this is just not fair. NOT FAIR!!! I AM so angry.... my heart hurts for you so much. BUT I promise you this - Shelby was RIGHT there ... RIGHT there waiting for Hannah to run and to play with her. Shelby LOVED big dogs and I know she will love Hannah soooooooooo much. 

Sally, I promise I will never ever forget you OR Hannah. you are one of the most special and loving people I know ... the strength you have given us ALL.... life seems so unfair. 

I don't know what else to say. I am devastated... I found my tears again. I promise you I will eat chocolate tonight in honor of the beautiful Hannah ... you both are so loved. SO loved. We are here for you. Stay close to us (as you tell us)...


I love you!!! 


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

Westminster, MD
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15 April 2014 - 7:56 pm
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Sally, I do not have words anymore.......I will never forget sweet Happy Hannah or have been the super ray of sunshine for everyone here, and to live up to your level of uplifting compassion, never-ending bravery, and inspirational love, I will fail miserably ......but I WILL hold you and Happy Hannah, forever within my heart, and pray for peace within your heart.......all of us here, love you and Happy Hannah so much........

Surrounding you with all the love and peace I possibly can, from within my heartbroken soul.....I have to go now......
Bonnie & Angel Polly <3

Tolland, CT
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15 April 2014 - 7:57 pm
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Hannah, we love you.

Sally, we love you.

-Liz and Angel Roxie Lou Roo Roo and all our pack with all our hearts.

Twin Cities, Minnesota
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15 April 2014 - 8:14 pm
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Oh, Sally...No one will ever forget her. I felt like she was Sam's partner on this journey in so many ways--and you were mine.

I wish there were something I could do or say to take some of this burden for you. <3 <3

P.S. The late, great Sampson T. Wonderdog commends you for sharing the deer poop. It is a fine and fitting meal. ;-)

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I don't have the words to express my sadness and sorrow. Happy Hannah was and always will be loved by everyone here. She will never be forgotten. My heart is breaking for you.

With love,

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