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Maya has joined the bridge today
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25 May 2020 - 1:04 pm
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Just writing to let you all know that Maya has earned her angel wings today. We are devastated. She had an amazing last 3 months since we discovered that her cancer had metastasized but today her breathing was heavy and the coughing was taking over her quality of life. It was a tough call but we knew it was only going to get worse. She left on a high note, still demanded her 3 walks, ate rotisserie chicken and steak. Her passing was peaceful and beautiful. We decided to have it at home and she passed on her favorite spot, her stroller. I asked her to let me know if she made it safe and there was a spot under her stroller that looked like a heart, maybe it was my sign or maybe I am just wanting it to be. I am broken inside but I know we did the right thing. She left on Memorial Day and I took this picture in the morning without even realizing that the flag was behind. RIP beautiful girl you are my heart dog and I would never forget how much joy you brought into our lives. Today we choose to let you free and leave your failing body behind. Till we meet again sweet angel.

Thank you all for this amazing site that helps all of us to go through this journey. I have no regrets and Maya had an amazing 6 months since her surgery. We had lots of ups and downs but my girl got to live to her fullest and enjoy her life pain free for the past 6 months.

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25 May 2020 - 1:18 pm
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I am sorry Maya's family.  Your love for her gave her her wings.  Now she's at the bridge with all of ours that have gone before us having a grand old time.  She knows you love her to the moon and back!  Take comfort that you did everything you could for her.  

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25 May 2020 - 4:58 pm
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So very sorry that our sweet, beautiful  Maya has to jeas to the Bridge.  It just breaks our hearts to reas this.  I assure you, we are crying  with you right now. 

As hard as this was to write through the tears and as your heart is breaking,  tje way you Jace paid tribute  to this sweet Soul is soooo loving and cery word is so  heartfelt .

Even as Maya transitions she continues to touch lives in so ,any ways.She most definitely  does.  The way you assessed her quality and put that ahead of the heartbreak you knew would come, will help others when they are at that part pf the joirney.  The part where you know it can only get worse.  The part where you let her "earth exit" back to her  "Spiritual self" be on a high note.  You were able ro celebrate  her home with happy memories.

Part of Maya's Legacy is  showing everyone  you CAN get extended quality  time in spite  of mets.  You sid an incredible  job of making every mo,ent count.  She, nor you, let nothing  interfere with building hsppy memories  togethee even today ash she ate her steak and enjoyed  her walks.

That picture of Maya with the Flag in the vackgrou d gave me chills thru the teats.   It is a day we honor our heroes, and it will be a day we honor our heroic Maya,  and all our pips who headed to the Bridge in May.

And without question....WITHOUT QUESTION,, Maya left you that heart under her beloved carriag. Got chills yet again when you shared that.  Such a "Maya spexific" way to communicate that she is ALWAYS with you.  Yes, she is your heart dog and you are her heart humams💖💖💖

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Surrounding  you with love and eternal slobber from !aya enjoying her Turkey  Cake...forever  known as MAYA'S Turkey Cake

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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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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25 May 2020 - 7:13 pm
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I am so sorry for your loss.  This is the hardest part of our journey.  It is so personal.  No one can tell you when the hurt will stop.  There will be good and bad days.  Don't beat yourself up over either one.  One day you will be able to smile at the memories. 

I believe the heart was your sign.  she will give you others.

Thoughts andprayers

Michelle & Angels Sassy, Bosch & Baby Simba

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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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26 May 2020 - 8:15 am
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Thank you Michelle & Jake for the beautiful words it means a lot. Benny I can’t thank you enough for this beautiful message... you are such an amazing & caring person. I wish today was easier than yesterday but it hurts so much. This morning my husband and I were talking in the kitchen and the power went off for a couple seconds and came right back. We both looked at each other and started to cry. I think was Maia saying that she is okay. 

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26 May 2020 - 8:58 am
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My heart goes out to you, I'm so sorry for your loss, this isn't easy. Leaving on a high note is so tough for us, we always think there could be more time. But to her, it was all she wanted, to be remembered for the brave, loving girl that she was while she shared her life with you. I just love the photo you shared, how beautiful. And Sally those photos are just so great, thanks for pulling those up.

No, it's not easy to be without her and it takes time to heal after such a heartbreak. Be good to yourselves and don't expect too much too soon. Healing happens but on its own timeline. You will get there, eventually. I just love that Maya sent you those signals! Yes it was totally her! Watch for other signs too, I'm sure when she is taking a break from celebrating her new life at the Rainbow Bridge with all our heroes, that she will come back to let you know all is well. Please share those signals with us, and more photos if you'd like.

I fell in love with Maya the moment she joined us, she has always had this look of wisdom and love on her face that just made me go "awww" whenever I saw her avatar pop up here. She was such a sweetie, and she never let cancer take away her ability to enjoy her time with you. May her spirit surround you with love and happy memories for a lifetime. 

Much love & condolences coming your way. Keep in touch OK?

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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28 May 2020 - 8:01 am
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Thank you for your beautiful words. I wish it was getting easier but it’s not. Yesterday we got back her ashes and her favorite bed. I know it will take time but it hurts so much not having her here. My heart goes out to everyone that loses their pup. It’s such a painful process.

I wanted to share another sign that we received a day after she passed. My husband and I promised Maya that we would continue to do her walks (it was her favorite thing in the world). I was watching videos about the Rainbow Bridge in the afternoon and thought it would be a great sign if we saw a rainbow on our walk. We went for a evening walk and were talking about some of the goofy things that Maya did during her walks. All the sudden a stray dog just runs in front of us and crosses the street towards a house. We went to look for the pup because he looked scared. When I looked towards the house that he ran I saw a drawing of a rainbow that our neighbors kid posted on their window and as soon as we saw the drawing the light in the bedroom was turned off and we couldn’t find the dog anymore. It was a weird sensation but I think it was another message saying that she is okay in the rainbow bridge . We are just not there yet...

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28 May 2020 - 11:30 am
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Awww you are so welcome. Of course it's not normal for you yet. With everything going on in the world, your grief, and getting her cremains and bed back, well it's enough to put anyone in meltdown mode. Your feelings are to be expected and it sucks, but it will take time to feel less heartache. Give yourself the space to feel and grieve, it's OK and we get it.

I just LOVE the rainbow story! Oh my gosh that was totally a sign that Maya wants you to know she is OK. She is speaking to you, and you heard her call. Yet another signal that she will always look out for you.

((((hugs))))

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Virginia




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28 May 2020 - 3:00 pm
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Here's a poem that longtime member Martha and her Oaktown Pack shared when my Happy Hannah went to the Bridge.  I kinda felt like I was going a bit crazy with the semi unbearable grief..this made me feel more "normal".

Sweep the floor

Look out the window

Pant

Make a cup of tea and some toast

But then not eat them

Change the sheets on the bed

Try to sing

Start to cry

Forget what day it is

Stumble into a corner of the floor and hold your knees tightly

Keen

Pull yourself together

Make another cup of tea and this time drink it

Look out a different window

Stare at that spot on the floor where your dog used to stretch out, languid and happy, his paws twitching as he raced across sleep meadows and into dream ravines filled with moss and ferns and the scent of foxes

Look for the Kleenex

Use toilet paper instead

Wander around the house, your heart like a damned anvil in your chest

Heat up leftovers

Push them around the plate before leaving the entire thing in the sink

Look for what is not there

Hear things

Feel the forgotten fur beneath your fingertips

Feel the forgetting begin

Hold a memory, any memory, bright and shining, soft and sad, smelling of wet fur and leaves, with a whisker there and muddy paw prints left on the stairs, of a walk of a hike of a trip to the park with a treat and a bone and a belly rub snacks stolen off the counter and tug of war and the squeaky toy a glance of complicity in play with your hand on head with tail wagging and breath misting in the morning light or the moon over the trees while an owl croons ears are pricked and nose to the ground sniffing, sniffing, sniffing following the invisible trail to its joyful finding

Put on your pajamas

Turn around three times before you curl up by the rope toy and find yourself chasing the echo of a bark into a night that will never end

Grow a tail

      Catherine Young 11.27.12.

Lots of love 

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

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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28 May 2020 - 3:09 pm
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I am so sorry to hear about Maya.  It's clear how much you loved Maya, and she loved you.  I know many of the Tripawd Angels were there to greet Maya, including Brownie.  Even though your pain is just beginning you can find comfort in knowing that Maya is happy and whole again.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Nancy and Angel Brownie

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

04/01/2007 - 03/05/2020

"March Saint"

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28 May 2020 - 3:22 pm
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Aww thanks for sharing that poem Sally.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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28 May 2020 - 3:33 pm
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Thank you for sharing the poem Sally! I loved it. The grief seems unbearable indeed. I know it will turn into beautiful memories, I am just not there yet. I think is specially hard on us because she was our only dog and had such a special place in our hearts. These past months since we discovered the cancer our bond got even stronger. 

Thank you for the comforting words Nancy. I followed your journey with Brownie and it was so beautiful. He was definitely your soul dog just like Maya was mine. I am sure Maya is having fun with all the angels and Brownie is making her feel home showing her around.

Thanks Jerry. I will keep sharing her signs as they come. Not sure if I will keep getting them but I sure do hope so 🙂

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28 May 2020 - 3:49 pm
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I'm so sorry Maya had to go on ahead.  Of course it's still hard because she was with you for years, you've only been navigating this new normal for days.  I love that you guys were talking about her on 'her' walk!

As far as signs... at the beginning I think the signs sent our way our obvious, they have to be to find their way through our grief.  As time goes on the signs might become most subtle.  For me, now,  signs from Tri-Pug Maggie are often just a thought or help making a decision.  I sometimes feel her hopping on the bed when some hard thoughts are keeping me awake.

But sometimes she still sends something obvious.  Last March (Mag's birthday month) I found these little prints made of stones at a park I had never been to before.  I was out doing an errand at a building on the same block and had Elly with me.  I was leaving when on a whim I decided to let Elly walk around a little.  And there was Maggie...

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Those special dogs never really leave us- they live on in our hearts and so are always by our side. 

Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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29 May 2020 - 11:14 am
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I do believe the heart was from Maya. I do believe our pets send us signs to let us know they are ok. I mean look at the sign Karen got from Maggie.  I sent balloons to Brownie on his 13th birthday, three weeks after he passed.  This star was shinning so bright that evening, and some evenings I see it shinning in the same spot.  I think he is telling me everything is ok.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

04/01/2007 - 03/05/2020

"March Saint"

Virginia




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29 May 2020 - 1:31 pm
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BTW, the stray dog the neighbor's  house, the light turned off, the Rainbow  poctire... chills head to.toe as I read this!  Absolutely  a connection from Maya!  No doubt!  Spirit  energy  is  powerful and real!

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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