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22 February 2013
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12 March 2013 - 8:27 pm
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Snooks, an eight year old Rottie was having an exceptionally good recovery 2 1/2 weeks after amputation.  Her well-intentioned, very loving family gave her IBUPROHFEN as they thought she was experiencing some unexpected muscle sorness.  She rapidly went downhill and was "put down" in the emeegency room tonight due to toxins destroying her organs.    


I don't know if this is a post that belongs here or where, if anywhere it should be.  I just don't want anyone to ever have to experience this seemingly unbearable, massively unfair, burden.  Snooks was being operated on the same day of my dog's amputation and it's been wonderful hearing how well her recovery was going......and then they called tonight barely able to get the words out  I cannot even begin to imagine the despair and grief they will endure.


Just wanted to pass this on so no one else will experience the same.

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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12 March 2013 - 8:39 pm
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I'm so sad to read this.  Oh, it's awful.  HUGS to the pawrents.

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

Sydney, Australia
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12 March 2013 - 8:58 pm
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Oh gosh, that is just heartbreaking.  My heart goes out to Snooks' family.   By posting here you will get this message out to lots of people.  Please send lots of hugs to her loving family. 


Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ......

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12 March 2013 - 9:48 pm
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Oh that's so tragic! Please tell Snooks' family we are very sorry and they can come here to talk if they want to. I can't even imagine how they must be feeling. We are thinking of them.

Thank you for taking the time to share this information and help others avoid such heartache.

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13 March 2013 - 9:34 am
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How horrible.  Please pass Sassy & my condolonces on to Snooks family


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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13 March 2013 - 1:16 pm
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So sad.  I'm sorry they had to go through that.  Thanks for sharing the information.

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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