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My vet Tom is on his way over to help Raven over the bridge
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Auburn, CA
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29 January 2010 - 6:32 pm
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Prayers please.  I am beside myself, my head is throbbing, I can't believe it is really *time* and that my boy will leave this earth within an hour.  God have mercy on me.  Cry

 Rottie Raven, osteosarcoma at 8-1/2 years old, amputation in October '09 and in February '10 due to liver mets he went back to heaven where he came from.  raven.tripawds.com

Now I have Miles, rottie mix amputee from a shelter and traveled 1500 miles to find his way here through the Rescue Railroad thanks to tripawds.com.  miles.tripawds.com

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29 January 2010 - 6:37 pm
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I am so so sorry.  I saw you on chat and want you to know that we are praying for you tonight.  Bless you for having the strength to release Raven from his pain.  You will get through this.Cry

Sue and Nova

Dane Mom Sue at nova.tripawds.com and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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29 January 2010 - 6:41 pm
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He's actually doing fine, he just suddenly cannot walk.  Today was actually a good day. I didn't know this morning woudl be our last. He got his appetite back and gobbled his food and chewed his bone and went on a car ride on errands to town. Barked at the other dogs in traffic. But when I got home, he was wobbly. He laid down and couldn't get up. Mom and I had to carry him into the house. I called in sick to work this evening and called the vet. It's been several hours waiting for him to call back and Raven is actually feeling fine, in good spirits. Mom walked in to check on us and he wanted to get up but couldn't, so he laid on his side and wagged his little stubby nub like crazy. So cute, but so sad. The vet said it's probably spinal mets now and he will continue to go downhill. We could give him something for inflamation of the spinal tumor to get a couple days of coordination back, but it'll grow. It's time. He's on his way.  My ship is sinking. I have been praying to God for the last few months, asking Him to not let Raven ever suffer. Yet, I couldn't bring myself to put him to sleep when he's feeling good. So, it was a catch-22. Was I waiting for him to be suffering so that I could go through with it? But God answered my prayer tonight. Raven is not in pain and actually rolled over for a belly rub and rubbed his face on the rug while groaning happily a few minutes ago. But he cannot get up. He'll be incontinent tonight if I don't do this. I know that it's time, but I didn't have to wait for him to be in pain or sick. Thank you God for this.

 Rottie Raven, osteosarcoma at 8-1/2 years old, amputation in October '09 and in February '10 due to liver mets he went back to heaven where he came from.  raven.tripawds.com

Now I have Miles, rottie mix amputee from a shelter and traveled 1500 miles to find his way here through the Rescue Railroad thanks to tripawds.com.  miles.tripawds.com

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29 January 2010 - 6:53 pm
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It sounds like Raven had a wonderful day filled with bones and car rides … what wonderful memories you can cherish of Raven's last day with you. I know it must be heartbreaking to let Raven go, but I hope knowing you could do this before the pain sets in is somewhat of a help. God bless you for being strong enough to do this for Raven. We’ll definitely be praying for you.

-Gwen & Harley

Amputation on 11/10/09, due to Histiocytic Sarcoma in left elbow. Angel Harley earned his wings on 06/24/10.

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29 January 2010 - 6:54 pm
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CryCryCry

You are right though, this is the right time.  What a blessing that he will not be in pain when he crosses over.  I will be thinking of you tonight.  Bless you, sweet Raven.

Dane Mom Sue at nova.tripawds.com and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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29 January 2010 - 7:15 pm
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Hugs to you and Raven....I'm soooo happy he's not in pain....

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

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29 January 2010 - 7:53 pm
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Dear Dawn: You are so brave and loving to make this decision before Raven is in pain. I hope I can be as strong as you. It sounds like Raven has had a wonderful last day on this earth. He seems like a wise old soul. You have shown him such love and devotion and we can tell by his beautiful face he gives it all back to you.  We are sending you all our love. Bless you both.

A special hug for Cowboy. Run free sweet Raven, run free!

Raven will be watching over you now. Love, Eve and Romeo 

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29 January 2010 - 7:57 pm
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We are sending lots of prayers your way - as difficult as this is, just know that you have done everything for Raven and he is surrounded by so much love. He's one very lucky tripawd to have pawrents like you. And you were given the most beautiful gift of all - having Raven in your life. Our hearts go out to you and Raven tonight.....Kami (Mackenzie's Mom)

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

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29 January 2010 - 8:14 pm
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Dawn,

You have given your all for him, especially over this last difficult month.  And Raven has given his all in this fight.  Raven is blessed to have you, and that you are thinking of only what it best for him. You are blessed that you can clearly see that it it time, and that you can send him on this journey before he is in pain.

I am thinking of you both tonight.

Karen

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29 January 2010 - 8:35 pm
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Dawn, I'm so sorry it has to be like this.  You know you're acting with the ultimate compassion for Raven, but that won't prevent the huge black hole in your life afterward.  I'm praying for you through the night.

Hugs with prayers

Mary

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29 January 2010 - 8:56 pm
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This is exactly what happened to my Tazzie.  It is so hard to let them go but you are doing the right thing.  I am sure that you have seen from other posts how painful spinal mets can be, and many dogs get upset or embarrassed when they become incontinent. I am glad that your vet is able to come to your house for you.

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29 January 2010 - 9:26 pm
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Dawn, I'm so sorry.  I know this is probably the hardest day of your life right now, but be strong for Raven.  And try to think of what a great day he had, and that he was so happy during all of it.

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29 January 2010 - 9:27 pm
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We'll be praying for you and Raven tonight, and will keep you both in our hearts. How wonderful that he had a fun day with you today. I know this will be such a difficult time - please know we're thinking of you. Raven will be pain free and with so many other tripawd friends. And you've got all of us tripawd friends to help you here.
Holly and Holly's mom

Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!

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29 January 2010 - 9:31 pm
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I am very sorry.  Take comfort that Raven sent you a very clear signal that it was time, and that you acted on it promptly to prevent him from further suffering.  Run free, Raven.

Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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29 January 2010 - 10:16 pm
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Peace. Love. And sweet memories. Thank you for sharing Raven with us all. Bless you for everything you have done to make all his days the best.

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