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My Heart Has Gone to the Bridge
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I found this video of Brownie thanking everyone who donated to the Tripawd Racery. Short but sweet..

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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24 March 2020 - 2:56 pm
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Oh Brownie!  

You always make me smile, even if it’s from the bridge! And we thank you brownie for gracing us with your presence here on Earth and continuing to do so from the bridge we love you!❤❤❤

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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Sweet Brownie❤❤❤ You have a way of finding a smile even in these scary times.  

Nancy,  been thinking about you…. sending hugs!❤❤❤

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Sassy, Max and I are doing ok. Brownie is home now, and that was a little tough. I let Sassy and Max smell Brownies fur clipping, and they both got excited. Max even did his happy dance.

Jackie, I had the card you made printed and it turned out great!

Once I get every thing set up I will take a picture. Just taking my time with it.

Stay safe everyone!

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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🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Hugs to you,  belly scratches to the pups❤

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Oh those ears! Look at how they bounce around. Brownie’s ears flapped as wide as that smile he had. So sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi everyone!
Just checking in. Some days are good, and some not. This is a roller coaster that I do not care to be on, but as we all know, everything that comes to earth must someday go home. I wanted to thank everyone in this community during Brownie’s life as a tripawd, and some words from the bottom of my heart for;
Rene and Jim: First of all thank you for starting this much needed community. I do not know how I would of gotten through the last year without you. Even though this is not the first tripawd/cancer ride I have been on, Brownie was my heart dog, and always will be!

Renee: You say I have a heart like no other. It takes someone with a special heart to see that. I so much appreciate how you put your heart into this community, and how you and Jim picked up your life, and hit the road for Jerry, and the countless people you have helped along the way. My friend, you and Jim have a heart like no other! Thank you for making the banner. My heart jumps with joy every time it pops us. Just want the two of you to know how much you are appreciated. Rene, I so much appreciate the emails after Brownie’s passing, and you checking in on me. When I said that if you look hard enough you can find good in anything, our friendship is one of them. Even though Jerry’s diagnosis was devestating, so much good came from it. Don’t ever forget that. And thank you to Wyatt for stepping in when so much needed. Jerry and Wyatt showed us all that dogs can be happy on three. Thank you for all the encourgement and words of wisdom during this journey, and for just for always being there!

Sally: You are one special lady that all of us truly love. Your helped me through Brownie’s journey, and after his passing. You helped me get through it. As we know, Happy Hannah and Brownie found each other on the bridge, and became friends. And because of this journey you and I are friends on earth. I also appreciate your emails, and phone conversations that we have had. You truly understand when I say that Brownie and I knew each others thoughts, and recognized that we had a very special connection. Sally all I ask, is that you never change! Just always be Sally!  I am honored that you have always been there for me!

Karen: When I first joined Tripawds I posted how much Brownie hated the vet, so I didn’t know if I would do chemo. You wrote that I should take “hate the vet into consideration” and that was so true. I couldn’t see putting him through five months of chemo, to gain five months, and stressing him out. I feel we made the right decision, and to just let Brownie be a dog. I take comfort in knowing he was happy. When Brownie started having bad days you helped me realize why the limitations he was having, and help to educate me, so when going to the vet I knew the questions to ask. And Brownie did bounce back more than once. I just wanted you to know how thankful I am, and most for recognizing why a decision is made, because a dog hates the vet. Thank you! When you posted the sign that pug Maggie sent, I couldn’t believe it! It was amazing! Thank you for your words of encouragement, and it did take awhile, but I truly believe I made the right decision on Brownie’s behalf, and I would like to thank you for helping me realize there are many different roads we can take during this journey.

Jackie: You have been with me since the beginning of Brownie’s journey, with forum post, text messages and emails. You helped me to stay positive. You truly recognized the connection that Brownie and I had, have. I can’t express how much I love the card that you made of Brownie and Grizzly. As Sally and Jerry taught me, Brownie’s life is about so much more then the cancer. I can look at the card and remember much happier days, and remember all the years we had together. it feels my heart with joy and makes me smile. When you posted “Brownie was my world, and still is” I thank you for seeing the connection we had. You are a good friend, and I honor the friendship that we have made!

Bev:  We started the journey about the same time.  I know Roane is your heart dog, and Brownie was mine.  We both understand the connection that human and animal can have.  My heart was broken when your beloved Roane went to the bridge.  But even though you were still morning Roan’s passing you help me get through Brownie’s passing.  That meant so much to me!  I knew you understood because you were going through the same thing, and still are, as I am as well.  I also honor the friendship we have made.

Paula: When Brownie began to have issues with arthritis, you were there. You educated me on acupuncture, CBD, and other treatments you did with Nitro. I can say those treatments did help Brownie. I love the card you posted. The line that reads “Some hearts just belong together, and nothing will change that” was spot on. You also posted that Brownie was my one in a million, and Nitro was yours. It takes a special person to recognize that, so thank you!

Linda:  We really didn’t get time to know each other, but you took time to post when Brownie passed.  You wrote that Brownie taught me to live like a dog, and that Brownie was an awesome teacher.  I really appreciate those words, and yes Brownie was an awesome teacher!

Patricia: When you first joined this community, you did not know that Brownie had passed. Once you knew, you posted some very nice words in Brownie’s forum, and I would like to thank you. I also appreciate how you recognized what a special soul he is. I am so happy to know that Arktik is doing so well, and I know how special he is to you, as you are to him!

I do owe Sassy and Max an apology. You see I haven’t had to check the water bowl in 12 years. Brownie would always tell me when the water bowl was empty by dropping at me feet, or standing in front of it barking. Since Brownie has passed I have noticed I have let the water bowl go dry. I swear those two would die of dehydration. So Sassy and Max, I am sorry, and I put a sticky on the fridge to remind me. I promise it won’t happen again.

I have made a nook for Brownie, and I think I am finished, but probably not. It tells his story of his life before the cancer, and after the diagnosis. I have the special cards that I have received, framed and on the shelf. I will post a picture once I know I am done.

One of the happiest days of my life is when Brownie and I won the fight when he was about a year old, and we started our life together. Brownie and I continued to fight for each other!

I do know that know that Brownie would like all the new tripawds to know something. Belly rubs are so much better on three! And life is good on three!

We are sending good thoughts to all the new tripawds, and know that your journey we be as good as Brownie’s!

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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8 May 2020 - 9:16 am
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Such a beautiful tribute to a bunch of special people – YOU INCLUDED! You have helped so many with your words, and your own experiences with Brownie, never forget that. This whole cancer thing is a journey that nobody wants to take; we are thrown into it, scared out of our wits, and come through on the other side as stronger, better – albeit maybe a little broken at first – people. Our lives are forever changed by these experiences, and by the wonderful, caring people of this community. I don’t remember where you are located, but if you ever have the chance to meet up with any Tripawd members, please do so. The bonds we form here are some of the strongest out there. Wishing you peace as you continue to heal, knowing that Brownie is indeed watching over you, while he lives it up with all of our Tripawd Hero’s.

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

p.s. I had to laugh at the thought of a stickie note on your refrig to remind you to fill the water bowl. Hugs, my friend

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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Dear sweet Nancy.  Your heart has a voice through these beautiful  kind words of yours.  That’s  why you and Brownie could carry on a conversation, you both u understood  the language of “heart speak’💖

The way you expressed uoir appreciation to each of us was touc beyond d words.  And we all agree with the lovely way you recognized  how much Rene and Jim mean to this community  and beyond.

Nancy, make no mistake about it, YOU, and your love for Brownie, is what continues to allow you to put one foot in front  of the other.   We see the inner strengthithin you, even on those days you don’t. 

Yes, you have days where you can cele Brownie’s earth life with smiles as you recall all the fun times.  And there are days when your sadness looms heavy and still hurts.  Yet you are still here helping others through their journey with Brownie’s  INSPIRATIONAL  journey.  A journey that gives so much hope to others❤  True Nancy, all true!! 

 Even as you still grieve, you are here helping  others.  And that’s  not always easy Nancy, Never underestimate how important  you and Brownie  are to each of us.  AMD we DO recognize  the courage and concern for others that it takes to do that Nancy.👏

You have expressed your appreciation of this community eloquently.  Now, look in the mirror and know we are equally  as appreciative  of you and are reflecting  all these kind words right back to you.😊

Surrounding  you with our love and appreciation and Browser’s  smile

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS.    Frankie needs to come over and show Sassy and Max how to drink out of the toilet.  And yeah,.lift the lid too!  Sassy. might need a step stool though 😉

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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Oh My Gosh!

Dave, Nancy and Maggie:

I will never forget the day we met at the park. How you took time out of your busy day to meet Brownie and me! It was so awesome to see the two of them meet another dog just like them. I would always show their picture, and tell people that Maggie was Brownies girlfriend. I saw the look on Brownie’s face when he first met Maggie. His thought was ” Hubba Hubba”.

I wish we could of got together again, but as you know life gets busy, and with the Texas heat it wasn’t possible. Thank you for posting during Brownie’s passing and offering the ability for me to each out. 

You and Nancy did an awesome thing adopting Maggie as a tripawd and it is easy to see want a wonderful life she has now. Something did good come out of her being hit by a car. She found her foever family. It was God’s plan.

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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Nancy I am so choked up right now, this is just the most beautiful, kind hearted and loving tribute. Your words echo the love and gratitude in your heart, and you have just made our day. Thank you for taking time to share such heartfelt appreciation. You not only sound like you’re in a good place emotionally, but I swear I hear echoes of Brownie’s adorable self in what you are telling us. I cannot wait to see the nook. 

Love you lady! Thank you for being part of this community. Your friendship and support for everyone here is incredible, you are such a joy. We are furever grateful that Brownie brought you to us.

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Rene and Jim: First of all thank you for starting this much needed community… 

Thank you so much Nancy. It’s feedback like this that makes all our efforts worthwhile. smiley16

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Jackie: You have been with me since the beginning of Brownie’s journey, with forum post, text messages and emails. You helped me to stay positive. You truly recognized the connection that Brownie and I had, have. I can’t express how much I love the card that you made of Brownie and Grizzly. As Sally and Jerry taught me, Brownie’s life is about so much more then the cancer. I can look at the card and remember much happier days, and remember all the years we had together. it feels my heart with joy and makes me smile. When you posted “Brownie was my world, and still is” I thank you for seeing the connection we had. You are a good friend, and I honor the friendship that we have made!

Nancy, 

You have touched so many lives yourself here, and I have to echo the others…. look in the mirror. I am so glad that the card brings you smiles and good memories. I read these posts last night, but had to find words that still probably cannot express what a special woman you are. Life over here has been such a rollercoaster, yet you still find a way to touch hearts and souls with a smile and happy tears. 

I look forward to seeing the Memorial that you are creating for Angel Brownie sp_hearticon2 no doubt it is a work of beauty and love.

Sending huge hugs and lots of love,

Jackie and Huck sp_hearticon2

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I appreciate all of you with your kind words about me, but please know this post was about all of you, not me.

When Brownie was first diagnosed with cancer I started feeling sorry for myself. All I could think about is  I am loosing my best friend, what will I do without Brownie. I thought there is no way a large senior dog with front leg amputation can be happy. One day my brain clicked and I realized I need to stop feeling sorry for myself. This is about Brownie, not me!

So I stayed up many nights researching. Then I found tripawds.  I read so many stories about other large dogs having amputation. Even seniors. I realized that Brownie has never given up on me, so why should I give up on him.  I should at least give him a fighting chance. So the next morning I called his vet and asked “Is it too late” They moved their schedule around and Brownie had surgery three days later. Some people say I did it for me, not him. Well yes, some of that may be true. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye,  but he wasn’t either. He still had so much life in his eyes.

So, because of all of you sharing your stories, and giving support Brownie and I had an additional year and eight days. You can see by his videos how happy he was. For that I will always be grateful!

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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Sending you the biggest hugs Nancy! You and brownie were there for me at the most difficult time and your support & friendship means the world to me. ❤ good days and bad this comunity and its members care on a level that you wont find any where else! 

Thank you for sharing brownies video. That beautiful face always makes me smile. 🐾😊

         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.

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