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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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23 April 2015 - 9:48 am
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Hi Sally! Loved seeing the pictures and video of Happy Hannah! Bryan, Spirit Billy and I are thinking of you. It's been about a year for us, too...those mastiffs like to stick together!  


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M.AGGIE!!! It's wo derful to hear from you! I cannot tell you how many times you, Bryan and that HANDSOME BILLY are I my thoughts!!

Geez, I so hope you come back and read this! Please let us know how you are doing. PM me if you'd like. Im gonna pm you and hope you're around long enough to read it!!!

I want you to know that when my Happy Hannah transitioned, I told Jerry that I wanted her post at that time to be like Billy's! Even though your hearts were broken in two, you made his blog uplifting and celebratory! I failed miserably! I so admired the humor you two always used in Billy's was just sooo Billy!

I'm soooooo glad you had those photographs from the day before and had wonderful memories of a delightful day! The was just shocking. We were all stunned.

Has Billy sent you another Bull Mastiff yet? Happy Hannah sent me Merry Myrtle about two months later. She has carried o. The legacy of Bull Mastiff love, joy, sweetness and slobber just beautifully! Oh, and I've also adopted a howling tripawd Coonhound just to make life even more fun!

Your avatar picture says it all says it all!

Sending you and Bryan all the love in the world! And know that Billy and Hapoy Hannah are sliming up the Bridge as only Mastiffs can!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

PS...wo derful Bonnie, Polly's mom, started a thread called Tripawd Alumni. Sometimes it's hard to stay here after their earth journey ends. This gives us a "place to go" to share stories about our Spirit dogs and cats, as well as share updates on all the new pack members we inevitably add to our family! Maybe well see an update from you there?

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 2016 - 9:07 am
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Thinking of you today Sally, and your eternal light Happy Hannah..... Hard to believe 2 years have gone by already for you, and so many of us that have had 2 year angel-versaries this year, but look how far we have come when we didn't believe we could get through another day, we have, and we have learned to live and be happy again. Not that we will ever stop missing and grieving our most special and beloved Tripawd pups, but we have learned to pick up the pieces, and most of all, give our hearts to those new pups that were sent to us by our angels. 😊🐾💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️🐾

And I want to also thank you for being there for so many of us, in our time of need, and for any other support and friendship you give of yourself, we all love you to the moon and back 🌝🌝❤️❤️🐾

All my Love,

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu

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15 April 2016 - 9:22 am
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How well I remember reading your post and breaking into tears. Hannah was such a very special member of the Tripawds family. We all adored her! She became the embodiment of Be More Dog . And she brought us you. What would countless numbers of us have done without our Sally over the past few years?

We all shared your grief, Sally, and we all continue to share the joy that was Hannah.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel...and the Labradork

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!


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15 April 2016 - 9:34 am
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OH MY GOSH!!!! OMD!!! I just came on and BAM, my beloved Happy Hannah's banner was up! I gazed at it wuite awhile with al@ sorts of emotions, needless to say.

And then BAM.....some special Earth Angel posted the thread I started April 15 2014!! Anynyou knkw what? I appreciate the heck out of it!!

The support of this community meant the world to me then, and it still does now! And yes my dear Bonnie, every word you said is so true. I hope others who have gone through losses find their way here ro this thread today. I hope they find the comfort that I did in every single loving post Happy Hannah and I received. And I hope everyone starting this journey finds hope in knowing that dogs CAN bath the odds sometimes and they are NOT statistics!

Actually, I'm wuite a pile of mush right now! Seeing this thread was so unexpected....and so was so caring of that Earth Angel to bring Happy Hannah to me today with pkctures and love and some really good fond memories.interspersed.

I want to ppst some pictures and videos of Happy Hannah today, but I jave to take out a "memory card" (I think that's what it's called) and put in an older one that has all her pictures and videos. However, I NEVER do that task myself for fear of somehow screwing things up! I always go to BFF Bobby at Verizon for that! Can't get there today...besixes, BFF Bobby at Verizon may be on strike!

There are pictures here though. And I have the treasured "Book of Happy Hannah" that our beloved Michelle made for me.

I cannot EVER, EVER, EVER thank you enough for NEVER forgetting my beloved HAPPY HANNAH!! Thank you for letting me know her life mattered to you a d she brought you smilez! Honest to goodness that dog laughed!! She and Inlaughrd together every single day...every single one! We had sooo much funlaughing

Thank you all for lpving my Happy Hannah and for loving me. I soooo hope you feel our love back to each of you! You have brought everything good about humanity into our hearts.

Surrounding you each with love and light

Sally and My Eternal Light and Chunky Spiritual Being HAPPY HANNAHclapclapclap

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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Thank you Kathi...and right back at you with love!

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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Wow Sally, it's hard to believe another angelversary is here. Who can blame you for being a big pile of mush?! Those reminders hit home hard. They did for me for a long time.

I remember that heartbreaking day that Hannah got her wings. crying That was a dark moment in this community, we all hurt for you, knowing what a difficult time you were both going through. But rather thanbe sad, I want us all to celebrate Hanna's wonderful life and big heart, and your presence here too, because the joy, comfort and laughter you, Hannah, Frankie and Myrtle have brought to this community cannot be measured, it's as endless as the Universe itself! 

3-paws up to Happy Hannah and her Pack! Huzzah! clap

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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15 April 2016 - 10:02 am
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Today must be one of those days for me.  I knew what today was.  I wrote Sally privately and then my FB shared my rant last year when Hannah lost her fight and all the pictures I posted.  Tears were streaming down my face and reading all these nice posts for Sally is making me cry again. 

Bonnie is right we never stop missing or loving those special dogs.

I will never forget this day.  I couldn't believe it.  We will always remember Ms Happy Hannah and all her treats and love and all that deer poop she loved to eat. 

gotta get back to work and I will be a mess crying & taking phone calls lol


Michelle & Angel Sally


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."

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I remember this post .. just weeks after I lost Shelby and I couldn't believe what I was reading. It seemed so surreal and it still does. I figured Hannah would live forever ... and she does, through her spirit, through Sally, through this community. The friendships, the bonds that have formed through this amazing place will never ever be broken. While I grieve for the loss of ALL our angels, our April Angels (Shelby, Ty, Hannah, Murphy and too many more) will always hold a special place in my little heart.

Today we shall ALL honor Sally and Hannah with LOTS of chocolate, ice-cream, cake and deer poop (well no poop for me but I am not sure what Jasper was munching on earlier on our walk but I suspect kitty roca). 

HUGS and love always and forever and to the moon and back to us all!

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

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This was before my time, but just reading the subject line brings tears to my eyes. 

Active 10+ Pyr mix suddenly came up lame with ACL tear in left rear leg. Scheduled for a TPLO but final pre-op x-rays indicated a small suspicious area, possibly OSA, which could have caused the ACL tear. Surgeon opened the knee for TPLO but found soft bone. Biopsy came back positive for OSA. Became a Tripawd 9/18/14. Carbo6 with Cerenia and Fluids. Pain free and living in the moment. Crossed the Bridge on 7/12/15 after probable spread of cancer to her cervical spine. A whole lifetime of memories squeezed into 10 months. Here's her story: Eloise

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Sally keeping you and Happy Hannah close in my thoughts today.  Love you my friend!

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15 April 2016 - 12:48 pm
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Dear Angel Sally - I am sending you lots of love and hugs as you remember you Happy Hannah today!  Though time eases the loss they are always very near to us in our hearts. 

You have been an angel to me in just 3 short weeks, wish I could be there to give you a hug in person.

Lots of Love from Summer and Patchy smiley

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