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My beautiful Tripawd Warrior Princess Sassy Earned her wings today
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20 August 2013 - 7:03 pm
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My sweet Sassy Sugar Bear crossed the bridge.   We went in for our appointment to do a blood check up and she was breathing hard.  She had been since Friday I thought it was from the infection but I wasn’t 100% sure.   Dr Boyer walked into the room and I knew by looking at her face it wasn’t good.  She listened to her heart & lungs.  In 10 days time the lungs sounded clear to not being able to hear her heart or lung sounds.

 

We had 9 months togther since her amputation and 10 months since the possible diagnosis.  I know its wasn’t long enough.  She was definately my heart dog. 

 

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for being here for us

 

 

Michelle & Angel Sassy  

 

 

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Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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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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20 August 2013 - 7:12 pm
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Oh Michelle..  you know I am with you in spirit, you know I know exactly how you feel… you know that you are in all of our thoughts and we understand what state you are in.  How blessed Sassy was to be with you.. to be loved by you and Bosch… I’m sure she thanks you because I know she had a great time!

Sassy girls blog and story was one of the first ones I got to know when I came here looking for answers with my Franklin.  ( wonderful months!!  I would love to have had that long.  I was so hopeful for her with her new meds..  

Tears wet my cheeks for that sweet girl.. but I warned Franklin that she was coming.. he’ll be on the lookout.. and maybe show her around and introduce her to a few squirrels up there!

hugs girl.. 

Christine….. with Franklin in her heart ♥

 

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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20 August 2013 - 7:24 pm
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Michele,

I am so heart broken for you and for your loss of Sassy. She was lucky to have such a dedicated and loving Mom, and as you were to have such a loyal and loving friend. I believe they are always with us, and by our sides watching and smiling down on us, as your Sassy is for you.

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20 August 2013 - 7:31 pm
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I’m so sad and heartbroken over this news. I’ve loved getting to know you and your dogs and you were there for me during Barret’s recovery. I appreciate that so much. I’m glad you had 8 months, though it is far too short. You were the best dog mom she could have asked for. You’re in my thoughts tonight and forever.

Heather

Barret was diagnosed with Hemangiopericytoma May 16, 2013. Front left leg/scapula/pectoral muscle was amputated on June 11, 2013 and we've never looked back. Follow our story on http://barret.t.....pawds.com/ and read my column on That Pet Blog

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20 August 2013 - 7:40 pm
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Stunned is all I can think of to say in this instant.

Words can’t convey our sadness and the heartbreak we feel for you. We are so, so very sorry.

This community has suffered a great loss with Sassy’s passing. You have both done so much for this community, your bravery and optimism and courage in dealing with this disease is beyond measure. Always being there for others even during your own battle. You and Sassy will always be the definition of “Be More Dog .”

Never before has the Tripawds Nation suffered such a terrible blow in one day. Two unforgettable dogs, now angels watching over our earthbound heroes. I don’t even know where to begin to convey the right words. For now, please know we send our deepest condolences to you Michelle, and your Mom and Bosch, we know how much she meant to you pack.

 

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20 August 2013 - 7:40 pm
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Oh Michelle, I am so very, very sorry.  Through Sassy you’ve shared so much and helped so many others with their Tripawd’s journeys.  We never have enough time, but you gave her the best that anyone could.  Sending you hugs and wishes for peace and healing.

Run with the wind, Sassy Sugar Bear!!  Roo ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Liz and Roxie 

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20 August 2013 - 8:07 pm
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No! When I read the title of the thread my mind said there must be another dog on here named Sassy.  I too am stunned.  You have been a great inspiration to me and Libby.  I learned much from reading your postings. My heart breaks for you.  No matter what, it’s never enough time with our furbabies.

Sassy was blessed to have you and vice versa.  RIP beautiful Warrior Princess.  You will never be forgotten.

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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20 August 2013 - 8:09 pm
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Nooooo! $&#%$% no! Not Sassy! Not today! I’m afraid my emotions are raw, absolutey raw and there is NOTHING any of us can do to help you. I am in shock.

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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20 August 2013 - 8:42 pm
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Michelle, you know if my heart wasn’t already broken it would be breaking for you and dear Sassy.  May Brendol and Sassy find each other and care for each other as they watch over us.

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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20 August 2013 - 8:49 pm
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Michelle, I am just stunned. What a very sad day. You and Karma were two of the very first people I met here.

You and Sassy are an inspiration to so many. My heart goes out to you.

"Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."
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20 August 2013 - 8:56 pm
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It’s just impossible to wrap my head and heart arou d the events of today. Just like everyone, I am stunned. Just like everyone, this has got to be one of the saddest days this community has ever experienced. Just like everyone, the shock and sadness prevent me from even beginning to find the right words.

I can’t even get into the chat room ( …loading….loading……loading…..for friggin ever…..)..thinking you might be there and I just want to “be by your side” right ow in whatever way I can.

Michelle, this has taken us all to our knees.

The impact you two have had on all of us willl continue on i ways we cannot yet imagine. You have single handedly given hope and inspiration to us all. Your willingness to share knowlege, to forge new paths, to encourage, to motivate….all along while fighting your own battle on Sassy’s behalf.

Michelle, it’s just impossible for me to properly convey my feelings of what your Sassy Sugar Bear has meant to us right now.: I just keep shaking my head in absolute disbelief. I’ll post more later when, hopefully, I can be less stunned and more supportive. I’m just so very, very sorry.

You go be with Bosch right now and hold him close. I’m sure Sassy has given him specific instructions on how to help you through this. Through Bosch, you will feel her presence. Through that glorious portrait, you will feelher presence.

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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MICHELLE, I HAVE NOT POSTED SINCE MY CHANCE DIED THIS PAST MARCH, SAW THE SAD OH SO SAD NEWS ON FACEBOOK AND WAS IN SHOCK,,,,OH GOD NOT SASSY……YOU, MY FRIEND WHERE SO SUPPORTED OF ME WHEN I FIRST CAME ON THE SITE SEEMS FOREVER AGO, AND THEN SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY,,,,BUT EVEN THRU YOUR STRUGGLES WITH SASSY YOU TOOK THE TIME OUT FOR ME AND MY CHANCE GIVING ME GUIDANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT,I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET THROUGH THOSE LAST MONTHS WITHOUT YOU AND YOUR SASSY,,,,MY HEART IS BROKEN ALL OVER AGAIN……..I AM SO SORRY FOR THIS GREAT LOSS, I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AS YOU TRUDGE THRU THIS GRIEF JOURNEY…..WHAT AN AMAZING WOMEN YOU ARE, AND WHAT A GREAT MOM TO SASSY,,,,SHE WAS SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU BY HER SIDE….AND I KNOW ALL TO WELL THE PAIN YOU ARE FEELING TONIGHT, I JUST WANTED TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU AND YOUR SASSY DID FOR ME AND MY CHANCE…….AND TELL YOU,,,,,I LOVE YOU, I LOVE SASSY, AND I AM SO SORRY THAT SHE IS GONE…..SO SO SORRY………LINDA CHANCEY’S MOM

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Oh Michelle, I am so so sad. :( I don’t know what to say. I can’t really add much to what everyone else has said. I think rene summed it up. Cancer sucks so much and I feared this day so much.

Please lean on us. You don’t have to be strong for others. You and sassy have given so much. Let us support and grieve with you if that’s what you need.

Sassy was amazing.

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You are a dear friend, Michelle, and right now I hope that you know I’d take this away if I could. I am doing a horrible job right now of thinking of anything helpful or useful to say, so I won’t make a fool of myself. You and I will chat soon, I know, and until then I hope you know how much Sassy means to us all.

I was gone almost all doggone day, and earlier I saw the news about Brendol. Then I managed to squeeze in a minute online this evening and saw you’d sent me a message about Sassy. For whatever reason, these things often seem to come in cycles. Not in a single day, though. If there is any consolation in any of this, I guess it can be in hoping that Brendol and Sassy weren’t alone. And when I logged on here tonight to this page, Dakota’s banner was up. Maybe he held the door open for the ladies.

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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20 August 2013 - 10:56 pm
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Michele-

When I saw this post all I could think was please not Sassy. I am so sad for you and know that nothing I say can ease the pain. All my thoughts are with you and holding you close. Sassy and Brendol are running pain free together. Keep all the happy memories close.

Blessings-
Luanne

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

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