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3 March 2020 - 3:34 pm
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Hey guys, sorry i never gave you guys an update on Louie. Im not sure if im ready to go into much detail yet, but we put my sweet boy Louie down two fridays ago. Its been really hard and he was just suffering terribly. The vet gave him 2-4 months after we found out he had lung mets and in just 2 weeks he went so downhill. It really was a shock and happened too quickly. I really underestimated this cancer. I will go more into detail later, but just wanted to update you guys. Thank you all for caring. <3. Means more than youll ever know.

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3 March 2020 - 3:43 pm
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Oh I’m so sorry for your loss; sending you lots of love, what a beautiful boy Louie was.

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3 March 2020 - 4:24 pm
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I am so sorry to hear that. Louie knew how much you loved him and you did everything that you could. My thoughts and prayers are with you

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3 March 2020 - 5:02 pm
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Oh nooooo I’m really sorry! My heart breaks for you knowing what you went through with your sweet boy. Cancer is so darn mean. When things change so quickly it’s a terrible shock.

As you come to terms with his passing, try to remember that Louie left this world knowing he was a special part of your family. He led a dog’s dream life, and he knew that you guys were amazing humans. No dog could ask for more right up to the end.

I’m so glad you told us, but yeah, when and if you are ready to write more, please do. We are here for you always. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

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I just was holding my breath when I read the title, knowing that one of our preciois Souls had to head to the Bridge. And then to find out it was our sweet, adorable Louie jist veoken mynjeart andmhas me crying  right along with you, and with everyone here.  Just so very very  sorry.  I’m  so sorry.  I want to come back in a bit.  For now, we can all only surround  you with our love  as we struggle to find words, when there are none.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

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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3 March 2020 - 5:44 pm
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I’m so sorry to read this. 

You did everything you could for Louie. And it’s impossible for anyone to love him more than you did.

Wishing you 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. 

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I am just devastated to read this. I have followed Louie and your story from the beginning. You did everything you could possibly do for Louie, and he loved you so much,  as you did him.

There comes a time when it hurts more to watch the one we love suffering then it is to say goodbye.  Since Louie was in pain the best gift you gave to Louie was to let him go.

Even though Louie is no longer part of your life, he will always live in your heart. I truly believe one day we will see our babies again….

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!

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I join the others in sending hugs of comfort your way. I’m truly sorry for your loss. 

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0t is such a vicious,  cunning, brutal disease.  You did sooooo Mich yo ensure Louie coild jave a pain frre qua lofe.  And he did….not nearly long enough but he didn’t  look at it that way.  He just knew he was getting more spoiling  than he ever though possible.  And of course, some steak and ice cream as an extra bonus.

As he got closer and closer to the Rainbow Bridge , his energy came back and he was running fast as the wind!   He was greeted first by Jerry who complimented  him on a job well done.   Jerry put a beautiful  purple ribbon aeound his neck with a Purple Heart attached.   💜     Louie put up a brave fight and he made sure he greeted each day with joy and wagging tail😊    After the celebration  home cerem, he had a feast of yes……steak and ice cream….and not jn that order either!  He told everyone what a spectacular time he had with you and he wouldn’t  have traded his time together with you for a million cookies!

Louie is now your Guardian and watch over you and Suki, just as you were his Guardian here on earth.  He jumped jnto our heartx with your first post.  And then when we saw his pictures we grinned ear to ear at all his cuteness! He’s such a handsome boy.

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Thank you for sharing him with us.  We know your grief is heavy and seemingly never ending.  Just kmow that Louie wants you to remember  all the good time.  That’s  what he’s hold in his heart…those good times and the love you gave him💖   

Surrounding  you with Louie’s happy smile and eternal light

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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19 March 2020 - 1:02 pm
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Hey guys its been awhile. I’ve been meaning to get back on this forum to go more into depth about Louie. Really just for my own closure I guess, but I have been dreading coming on here and talking about him. It just hurts to even think about him. I know I need to for my own sake to express my feelings and emotions, but I think I’ve just been trying to block it out of my mind. I don’t like being sad and thinking of him only makes me sad right now. I read somewhere about coping with the loss of a pet that that is part of the grief process. That the goal is to get to the point where thinking of your pet no longer gives you feelings of sadness, but of happiness. I want to get to that point, but I’m just not there yet. It hasn’t even been a month since we put him down and I find myself getting better. I will have days where I will go almost the whole day without thinking of him. Then I start to feel guilty that I didn’t think of him, almost as if my mind is forcing thoughts of him away, just because they cause me sadness. After he was gone, it was really hard to look at pictures of him. Its like I didn’t want to see them, but I did, because I didn’t want to forget his face. I’ve never gone through something like this before and I have to say its the hardest thing I’ve gone through. Louie was the love of my life and I’ve never loved anything more than I did him. Its messed up, but I can’t help thinking why did it have to be him. I have 2 other dogs that I wasn’t as attached to as Louie. And I know its so messed up, but I can’t help thinking why did it have to by my baby. I spoiled the hell out of him and I did everything I could have for him. Yet, cancer still got the best of him. 

It was just such a shock for me and my family. He did amazingly well after the amputation. I thought that with the homemade diet and the homeopathics and ozone therapy, the cancer wouldn’t come back. He did great with the chemo too and I think that those 2 months that he was done with the chemo were the best for him. Then one day he started coughing. I think I knew the cancer had come back at that point. I just had such a bad feeling about it. I wanted to be wrong, but I wasn’t. When he coughed up blood that one day, I just burst into tears because I knew it had came back. His last visit at his oncologist, we found out what I already knew was true. She said there was more chemo that we could do, but would only stabilize the cancer in his lungs, not regress it. It was also way more than I could afford. I was already in debt with the amputation and first chemo treatments. I knew I didn’t want to put him through anything else anyways. She gave him 2- 4 months to live. I was upset after hearing that, even knowing that it didn’t really mean anything, that he could live longer than that. But looking at his current condition, I just knew he didn’t have long to live. He looked terrible. He had really bad eye boogers, was getting very weak and loosing his appetite. It was only 2 weeks after that appointment that he got to the point where all he would do was lay around and didn’t ever want to go outside, which was always his happy place in our backyard. The night before he was put down he somehow was able to get on my bed. And he laid there all night. He didn’t get up at all. We were fortunate to find a vet that came to my house and was able to do it there. Because there was no way that we could’ve gotten him up. It was very peaceful and couldn’t have gone any better. I’ve never had to put down an animal and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I surprised myself though and was able to be there for it all. I sat next to him and pet his face and kissed him while it happened. The vet was super nice and afterwards made me feel a lot better about it all. Louie died peacefully on my bed with his whole family in the room. He even got to have a mcdonalds double bacon cheeseburger beforehand. I forgot to mention, it was his birthday. He finally let go on his birthday, Feb. 21st. His 4th birthday. I was happy that he atleast made it til then. I felt very good about it being his time. The vet even said he was glad that we didn’t wait another day. I think the timing was perfect, even if it was his birthday. One thing you guys told me that really helped was to look at it like a gift you are giving him. You are giving him the gift of no longer suffering. 

I just wanted to thank you guys for all the support. Wish I would’ve found this site sooner. Everyone here is so sweet and its nice to know that I’m not the only one that has gone through this. I have never loved anything more than I have loved Louie and I hope that someday I will see some kind of sign that he is here with me. I kiss his clay paw print everynight before going to bed and the box that his ashes are stored in. I like to think that I can feel his spirit with me, but I just don’t know if its all in my head. I like to think its not, because it makes me feel better to think his spirit is with me. I have pictures of him everywhere in my room and pieces of his fur. I plan on planting some forget-me-nots in my backyard in his honor. I am doing everything I can to have his spirit live on. 

Anyways, thanks guys for everything and all of the support. Thank you for loving my boy too. <3. Good luck with all of your tripawd babies. I wish you all the best. 

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19 March 2020 - 1:18 pm
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This is the picture I have framed of him. My favorite picture of him. He was so handsome <3. <img src="https://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah85/Louiebear33/Mobile%20Uploads/20200227_191753_zpsypbzlemt.jpgImage Enlarger

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Just one more. He loved rocking his tripawds harness. <img src="https://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah85/Louiebear33/Mobile%20Uploads/Snapchat-623633663_zpsnldf3cju.jpgImage Enlarger

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Ohhhh Louie was such a handsome boy. He got his wings way too soon but will forever be a puppy in your heart and ours. I love seeing those photos. If you feel up to it, send them to me and I will post them without the Photobucket watermark.

It’s an honor to be able to help you during such a rough time. Everything you are feeling is part of the long, sucky process but you need to know that it’s normal. One day will be great and the next not. It’s a lot of ups and downs but it just shows how much you loved that boy. In time, you will feel good about him and not so much sadness, but how long that will take is anyone’s guess. Don’t let anyone tell you how long to grieve, that is up to you and you only.

By writing out your experience here and sharing those photos, you courageously confronted your grief, your guilt, and all the hard emotions around saying goodbye. That is such a HUGE step! Be proud of yourself because I’m proud of you. It took a lot of courage. And although you may not ever come back here again, that is truly OK because you took that first step toward healing and we are so glad you did. Do whatever works for you, and know that no, those feelings of Louie’s presence are not in your head. They are as real as the sweet aroma of his fur, and the lovely sound of his bark. We are all just bundles of energy, and energy never disappears, it just changes form. Louie is in a new form that our human eyes cannot see and our ears cannot hear, but I guarantee he is around and will never leave your side.

You are stronger than you think. Your boy is so proud of you. 

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Thank you so much for your reply. Im in tears reading this. You are so right about everything and i think the reason i held back on coming back here and talking about louie was just simply because i wasnt ready. I felt ready today though. At first i didnt think i would come back on this site. But i felt like i needed to just for my own sake. Also for you guys because i just felt it was the right thing to do, to just let you guys know. Youre right that i really felt like it was a step towards healing. I really do feel better now that i have talked it out on here and especially after i have read what you said.

And thank you for confirming that louies energy is still living on. <3. That makes me feel so much better. I miss seeing him so much. I really used to look forward to coming home when i got off work. Just to see my baby and snuggle him. I miss his smell and everything, all the little quirks he had. But it makes me feel so much better that he is still here in spirit. 

I cannot explain how much your words have helped me. You really are doing a great thing here. I dont use social media or anything so its weird to think that you can connect with someone like that over the internet. Thank you so much jerry, and everyone else. All of your support and kind words mean everything. <3.

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