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My Heart Dog tribute as I embark on this overwhelming grief process
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My daughter helped me make this video. I wanted to share this with my new family, Tripawds. Although, it seems our time was brief in this process, this site has helped beyond words. In the last photo, it was in the exam room before they took Darby back for surgery. I kissed him on his forehead and I felt bad because I left a lipstick kiss but now I am happy that he will have that forever.
The way I lost Darby is awful but regardless, it was going to break my heart how ever it happened. I just feel so stunned and wrecked by it.
Darby got through the surgery. They told me I couldn’t visit him, that he needed to rest and recover and that I could see him the next day. I talked to the doctors and staff three times after his surgery to see how he was doing and it seemed like all was well. Then, about four and a half hours after his surgery, the doctor called me. He said the staff noticed that Darby was struggling to breath and they intubated him and were breathing for him. I could hear stuff going on in the background and the doctor told me he was just informed that Darby was in full arrest and they were starting CPR and they would get back to me. I howled and I prayed. He called me back about eight minutes later and told me they defibrillated him twice and he had no brain activity and I needed to tell them when to stop CPR.
After, I went out and laid on the top deck in the spot that Darby liked to sun himself, and I watched the sunset and prayed. There was a cloud that looked like Darby, I’m not kidding! It looked like him laying down and he had four legs. I watched the cloud till it drifted away and disintegrated. Although the pain is no less, it felt like Darby telling me he made it to heaven and he was whole again and was saying goodbye.
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3 November 2017 - 9:43 am
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I am so sorry to hear your story.  This is such a hard process, and Darby did not have enough time.  But you did everything you possibly could, and his spirit will live on in your heart.heart

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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Thank you for coming here to this forum share Darby’s story and sweet video with everyone. Even through the pain you managed to share his life story, and you are already helping folks by showing them that it’s possible to see hope through the tears, thank you for that.

I can’t imagine getting a phone call like that and imagine it was so hard on the staff too. Darby was at such a great clinic, there’s no telling why something like this could happen but the heavens have their reasons I guess. They called your sweetheart back, but right there showed you a clear sign that all is good in his spirit life. How beautiful, I’m so glad you saw that.

When our Jerry passed, we were driving home from the clinic and Admin swears he saw Jerry running alongside us in the sky, happy and on all fours. It’s totally possible that they leave us signs like this, to help us get on the path to healing. It’s not easy but eventually, we can smile about our heart dog’s life with us. You’ll get there too in your own time. 

Sending lots of hugs your way…xoxo

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………, there’s no telling why something like this could happen but the heavens have their reasons I guess. They called your sweetheart back, but right there showed you a clear sign that all is good in his spirit life. How beautiful, I’m so glad you saw that.

When our Jerry passed, we were driving home from the clinic and Admin swears he saw Jerry running alongside us in the sky, happy and on all fours. It’s totally possible that they leave us signs like this, to help us get on the path to healing

It’s hard to remember that we are just “borrowing” sweet Souls like Darby until they are called back home.  Darby came into your life chock full of purpose and mission.  We can only assume his mission here in earth clothes was complete, and now he will continue his mission from a place of Spirit Energy.

My confession:  I have not been able to see Darby’s video tribute yet.  I know it will be BEAUTIFUL and it will also fill me full of tears.  I want to be in a place of serenity when I watch it so I can focus on ccelebrating Darby’s life affirming time of love and joy hereheart

Surrounding you with Darby’s eternal light

Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being 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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Well, I finally got myself in a celebratory state so I could watch Darbey’s BEAUTIFUL tribute wothout sobbing!!  Well that lasted about a second!!!   I was a blubbering mess!!

It TRULY was magical though to xee Darby being Darby!’  We really did get to know him.  We got to see how HAPPY he is!  We got to see how CONTENT he is!  Darby certainly had a bit of a clownish side too!  I love all his sleeping positions!  Darby CLEARLY is a loved dog….and he knew it!!

It is such a privilege to be included in Darby’s family and to have his lovely family album shared with usheart. Thank you for that honor.

Have you had ny more signs from Darby?  Any “sensing his presence”?  

Thank your daughter for putting together this lovely celebrating of Darby!  She has quite a gift.  Beautiful, just beautiful.

Surrounding you with 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!

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Thank you Sally! I do think I got another sign from Darby! I have been so grief stricken that I haven’t been getting out of my pj’s much this weekend. Instead of going to church this morning, I did “pajama church”, watching service online in bed in my pj’s. Today’s service was “The Greatest Reward” about the afterlife. I couldn’t believe how perfect the timing was for a service like that. They had serveral people they interviewed that had near death experiences and were able to share their experience of the afterlife or heaven.

Maybe I read too much into signs but I look for him everywhere. Someone came to our front door with a beautiful Collie tonight, asking if she belonged to us and could we hang on to her till her owner was found. Sadly, my first momentarily feeling was repulsion, I felt like I can’t do this and I don’t want to think about another dog but within moments, I wanted to hug her and hold her as if she were Darby. I cried, thinking this is a sign and he came back in a different way. Gratefully, she was microchipped and is back with her family but it was such an odd experience to look for Darby in her.

While trying to prepare for Darby becoming a Tripawd, I listened to almost every tripawd podcast . Were you on one with interviews asking about Hannah? 

FYI, Darby likes deer poop too

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