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My Heart Has Gone to the Bridge
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As some of you know My Beautiful Beloved Brownie crossed over to the Bridge on March 5, 2020.  Brownie was Amazing.  He was loveable, smart, brave, and very strong willed.  When I looked at Brownie, I did not see a dog.  I saw my best friend, my companion, and my protector.  Brownie could turn a bad day into a good day with his deep bark and wagging tail.  There was not a day that Brownie did not greet me at the door, even through recovery.  He always was willing to lend a ear for listening, and a shoulder to cry on.  People who knew us referred to us as soul mates.  I was not know as Nancy, but as Brownie’s mom.

Brownie was clever and stubbrand!  If he did not like his food, he would use his nose, tip his bowl over and walk away.  Some people say dogs don’t talk back.  Well, Brownie did.  If I told him to go outside, he would look at me, bark, and then go lay in his bed.  It was like he was saying “No, I don’t want to”! Brownie taught himself to open doors. He figured out how to open the pantry door, where his treats were kept. He didn’t just eat one, he ate the whole bag. I remember there was a day when I just needed some quiet time. I went into the bedroom and shut the door. A few minutes later I hear a squeak, and here comes Brownie. I know his thought was “You can’t keep me out, don’t think so mom”.

Brownie was silly!  Like when he locked me out of our apartment, and when he dropped his toys in the toliet and flooded the bathroom.  Every night at 7:00 we had cookie time.  If the clock hit 7:03 he would bark at me until he got his cookie.

Brownie was caring.  He stood by my side when my mother passed.  I laid in bed for four days.  Brownie started to drop toys onto the bed one by one.  He was letting me know that Grandma would not want me to be sad, and it was time to get up.  Because of him I did.

Brownie was protective.  When we would be on our walks, some people we would meet he was fine with.  But if Brownie got a bad smell he let me know.  He would stand directly in front of me, fur standing up, tail straight, and give a stare with a low growl.  He was letting them know “You just try and get close to my mom, I dare you”!

Brownie got up each day and fought cancer with determination, dignity, and grace.  When several vets only gave him three months without chemo, Brownie didn’t listen.  Brownie lived an additional one year and eight days. I have never been more proud of anyone in my life!  Even though cancer is a disheartening disease, I believe if you search hard enough you will find good in anything.  Brownie and I have always had an unbreakable bond.  Through this journey our bond even grew stronger, which I thought was never possible.  He taught me when things look grim don’t give up.  He taught me to embrace each day, the good ones as well as the bad.  I became a member of the most heart filling online community there is.  I do not think I would of made it through this past year without all of your support.  I truly value the friendships I have made along the way.  I will be forever grateful, and do not know how to express my gratitude to each and everyone of you!

My Beautiful Brownie, I am keeping the third promise I made to you.  As you wait for me on the bridge, make friends, play hard, stay out of trouble, mind your manners, and run on four like you have never ran before.  You will always live in my heart, and one day we will climb that mountain together…

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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Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful memories of brownie! It really made me smile picturing him doing all those things. (I bet him and Roane are raiding the pantry together now!) I can just picture the look on his face as he was thinking what can i do to make mom smile? I love it when she does the happy voice! 😉 and we do smile and it fills our hearts with love and pride. 

I know that brownie is still popping in to check on you and to make sure you smile.  Soulmates never leave us. I tell Roane that mama is a silly human and shes not good at not being able to see her or touch her or hear her but im working on it because i know shes still with me.

Brownie will make that contact and when he does you will smile and the pain will ease a bit.

BTW you are most definitely listed in my contacts as Brownies mom Nancy. 

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Bev, Moe cat, autumn angel Roane & angel dog Gypsy 🐾

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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.

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Nancy, I can’t think of a more touching, funny, sweet and memorable tribute for a big ol’ boy who made us laugh and smile again and again. Thank you so much for sharing these adorable memories with us! The pantry episode…oh my gosh I can just see that naughty boy diving into the cookie bag. Yikes! Or the toy-clogged toilet. Good times!

You put his life into words so perfectly. Yes, you were Brownies Mom and always will be. He was so much more than a dog, he was a strong-willed, smart (did he grow thumbs when you weren’t looking?) handsome warrior who knew exactly who he was sent to this earth to look after. And as an angel, he’s going to keep doing his job in so many different ways. I can’t wait to find out what kind of signs he sends your way.

If you’re able, share some more photos of Brownie, we would love to see them.

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Oh Nancy, this was lovely, absolutely lovely.  You were guided by your heart and expressed your relationship  with your beloved  Brownie.❤

Rene said everything so eloquently.   I can only ditto.  As she said, you put his life into words perfecrly.

As Bev said, Soulmates never leave us💖 And Brownie clearly was that!!

With a lump in my throat and tears already filling my eyes, I soon started smiling and laughing as I read about each of his antics and how well he trained you!!!   I loved how he talked back to you, or gave you orders!  What a dog!!

Yes, the Legacy of Brownie  has  so many fun  layers.  But he will FURECER ve ab inspiration  and Voice of Hope for anyone starting this journey.  His stubborness and determination  to show those Vets how wrong rhey were with their silly statistics motivated him to carry on for an additional  glorious year!

May these memories help heal your heart.   They soon will find their place in your heart and help push the sadness away.  And you have thousands of more happy memories waiting to be uncovered…..and we can’t  wait to hear avout them. 

Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful and unique ways that Brow made you smile everyday 😊   We’ll celebrate  Brownie furever here.

Surrounding  you with loud Woofs and wagging  tails!

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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Such beautiful words to describe your soul-mate and the life you shared. It sounds like he was your “one-in-a-million” like Nitro was mine. He will be forever in your heart, and you in his.

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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"

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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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How are you doing today Nancy? We are thinking of you. sp_hearticon2

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Brownie truly was your ❤️ Dog!  I loved hearing about his unique personality and Warrior attitude.  In reading your tribute to him I just had to stop and smile and I said to myself “yup Brownie taught her to live like Dog”.  Many don’t learn that lesson but you had an awesome teacher in Brownie!  My heart goes out to you at this saddest of times, we know the void they leave.  Fly free new Angel!

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Nancy,

I had a hard time coming here empty handed. I know Brownie was your world, still is. I have thought about you every day. I hope you like it.

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PAULA.  That is such a spot-on lovely expression.  You always have such exquisite ways of expressing words from the 💖

NANCY The picture  of our Beloved Brownie and BFF Grizzly will definitely  put a smile on Nancy’s heart. 😊  Very kind of you to put that together❤

Amd ues, as LINDA said, you had a great teacher! 

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 all for your support and understanding during this grim time. I think each day gets worse instead of better, but I will get there. I think Sassy knew, because a couple weeks before Brownie passed she did not care about how much attention Brownie got. She use to jump in between us. Max seems a little confused. He use to lay in the office with Brownie while I worked but now he stays out in the hall. 

Jackie, that is just beautiful and yes I absolutely love it! I have to figure out away to print and frame it. I really love it! It touched my heart!

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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Paula: I just brought myself to read the card you posted. It really hit home.  No I wasn’t ready to say goodbye, but I will always carry is heart in mine.

Thank you! I needed to read that. My anger is gone, and I actually made it a full day without crying…..

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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Aww that’s good to hear Nancy. I’m sure it’s been a very long week but you made it my friend. Day by day, you’ll get to a better place.

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I actually remember st ine point in my day, realizing that I had not cried that day for the first time.  Doesn’t  mean your days of crying are over, but it is a good sign that makes Brownie know you  are getting stronger🤗

((((((HUGS))))))

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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Glad it helped Nancy – I bought this necklace for Nitro, and I wear it every day!

Paula

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"

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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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