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On Tuesday, September 3rd we had to say goodbye to our blonde bomber. We had a pretty good stretch with him with meds, supplements, CBD, and toe grips. And then he started failing. He lost his back end, lost his appetite, lost his will to live. The quality of life that he had plummeted and it just was not fair to keep fighting to keep him going.
I didn’t know whether to post it here or in the forum that talked so much about his life and our challenges… so we are here.
I miss you big boy, papa misses you too and Bo is still looking for you.
Thank you to everypawdy that helped us through Mitchell’s hard times. It means the world to us.
We are all a mess right now, I feel like I am just going through the motions .. a million miles away. Having a really hard time so I am going to close this up and leave you with one of my favorite pictures.
See you on the other side baby boy
26 June 2019
Oh Jackie im so sorry! My condolences to you and the family on the loss of your beautiful boy. Sending you all big hugs ❤
Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾
My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.
Thank you Bev, I really appreciate it ❤ I am hoping as hard as I can that you guys come out of this on top.
Oh noooo! We hadn’t heard from you and now I know why. I’m so sorry Jackie!
No matter how long we have together it’s never enough. Mitchell was loved to the moon and back by his people and he left this earth secure in that feeling. What a gift to a beautiful, funny, sweet doggie like him. You were the best parents ever to that boy.
We are keeping you close in our hearts and sending lots of love across the miles. Please feel free to share more about him when you feel up to it.
4 April 2019
I am so sorry. I know how much you loved him, and how much he loved you and your family for rescuing him. I know it’s hard to let go, but you did what was right for Mitchell. I’m here if you want to talk or text.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
Thank you 🤗 Just really hard right now without blubbering like a baby. Thank you so much for all of your support.
22 February 2013
Our dear dear Jackie. Yes sweet gentle Mitchell has freed himself of his failing earth clothes so he could join the September Saints. Your heart is broken, and ours break with yourx.
I’m glad you posted here so maybe, in some small way, you can find comfort from those who understand the depth of your pain, and the commitment to “leave no stone unturned” when it came to Mitchell’s care. And goodness knows, you rode the roller coaster of good and less good days alternating for a long time. And when there was no “bounce back”, when the good days were less and less, Mitchell knew you loved him enoigh yo help him transition to the other side of this life
I know Rosie was there to greet him. And I also know the first thing Rosie told him was “Just because uou are a Lab, you do NOT have to swim in the crystal clear cool lakes. at the Bridge!” That’s right, Mitchell has to be the only Lab ever who did NOT like to swim!! I’m sure she had a wheelbarrow full of sticks for him to chew on though.
That puppy picture is absolutely adoravle!!! Yeah, prove that we can, indeed, smile through our tears anytime cuteness is in our presence.
And here’s another picture of Mitchell where he is showing his complete and utter disdain for his hooman putting a diaper onto him at bedtime! Look at that expression! I think he thought of he closed his eyes no one could see him!
Jackie, I know uour world has stopped, as has David’s. I also know the magnificent happy times you shared with Mitch will help carry you through to happier times. And we woild love to see more puppy pictures when yoj arr up to it. It really has been, and shall continue to be, a privilege to know Mitchell❤ A strong and determined Warrior, but with a gentle kind heart💖
Surrounding you with Mitchell’s eternal light and our 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!
18 October 2009
Jackie I’m so sorry.
You guys gave that boy everything to ensure a good quality of life, but there is nothing you can do when the body is just worn out. No matter the cause letting one of our pups go on ahead is so hard.
I was talking to a friend a couple weeks ago after she had to let her 17 year old pup cross the bridge. It’s true that the pup lived a good, long life but that means there are that many more memories to sift through as you grieve.
I hope the good memories help to soothe the hurt as you navigate the coming days and weeks.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
27 July 2014
Jackie and family,
It’s hard to lose any member of a family no matter how many legs they have. It’s obvious Mitchell is deeply loved and easily embedded himself in your heart. May you will continue to carry wonderful memories of him which, in time, will bring you warmth, smiles, and even some laughter.
18 May 2014
Jackie, I’m so sorry to hear this! I was just thinking of you guys the other day (when I was putting new toe grips on Kodi). I was thinking that I missed emailing you, and getting your emails in return. Wishing you peace in the days ahead, you know he is at peace.
Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro
Nitro 11 1/2 yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms. Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"
"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior
16 October 2012
I am so sorry. I have been so busy I haven’t gotten on here much. My heart hurts for you. We all understand the grief. Fly free sweet boy. I sure hope you meet up with all of our Angels and they show you around up there.
Michelle & Angels Sassy & Bosch
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."
14 December 2016
I am so sorry Jackie, there are just never the right words. Please know that you are in my thoughts, as is Mitchell who was welcomed by this huge group of amazing pups and is now looking down on us with all of them.
Biggest of virtual hugs
Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.
26 January 2017
I’m saddened, but honored, to have Mitchell join the September Saints. I’m sure he and Rocky are at the Bridge, healthy and happy, having a rollicking good time with their tennis balls.
Wishing you and your family peace and comfort.
David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)
Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.
He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know.
15 December 2015
I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mitchell. Sending love and strength at this saddest of times.
Meg, Clare and Angel Pie xxx
Meg, Mutt, aged around 10, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie My life as a MEG-A-STAR