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My spirit shall live on forever.
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9 December 2008 - 3:45 pm
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Ashamed to say I’ve only just seen this sad news.  Tears are rolling down my face. I am so sorry for your loss – what a wonderful dog.  He has given many people and pets a lot of hope and the courage to fight back.  Jerry will always be remembered by us and his memory will live on forever for those that visit this wonderful site.  Jerry has had such a full life and has made a big difference to other dogs lives too – Jerry you are a star and we love you


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9 December 2008 - 7:38 pm
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Maxwell, it’s OK, no need to feel badly. We are just honored to be such a part of so many great lives like yours. And yes, my spirit will always live on through this site and through remarkable Tripawds like yourself. Thank you. We love you too!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Dakota's mom
12 December 2008 - 1:18 am
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Time does not bring relief

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go – so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, ‘There is no memory of him here!’
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 -1950)

Dear Rene and Jim, Thank you again, and your dear Spirit Jerry Dawg for being there for us.  Thank you also to LuvYourPets for your encouragement.  Said aloha to my "best dog ever" Dakota on September 3, 2008.  He lost his front left leg, just like Jerry, to osteosarcoma.   The poem says it all.  Holly

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12 December 2008 - 10:23 pm
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Oh, Holly,

What a beautiful and very sad, but true poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.  I am so sorry for your grief and the loss of your beloved dog, Dakota.  This is never an easy time for anyone.  You mentioned to me in your second email that "maybe there was a reason why Blazer came into my life when he did" after I lost my precious wirehaired dachshund, Drucy, and you were so right.  Even though I was not emotionally prepared to take on another dog, partly because I feared that Drucy would feel I had betrayed her, I knew that if I didn’t rescue this little guy he would probably be euthanized at the shelter because he had been labeled a "biter" and many shelters will not take the risk of adopting out aggressive dogs like that, so they put them down.  So, yes, I took him in and I liked him a lot, but I saved my heart for Drucy for a long time.  I treated Blazer very well, because I love animals so much and then the next thing I knew, I REALLY loved him very, very much.  And, it didn’t take away the love I had for my beloved Drucy in any way, shape, or form.  It showed me that my heart was huge and that I had plenty of room to love two dogs and maybe even 6 or 8 dogs (if I had a big enough house!).  My hope is that you, too, will have a dog come into your life that really needs you and lots of love.  This dog will never replace Dakota, ever, but will enhance your life to know that you, too, have a very huge heart that has room to love another dog and still love Dakota, as well.

I am so tickled to see you finally posted on!  Now, my good friend, I hope to see you on many different forums.  You have so much love to offer, Holly, and it would be the world’s loss to not have you share your feelings on this website.  I think the world of you and I know others will, too.

Love, Vicki, Blazer & Kitty Kimber

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