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R.I.P Girl Noel
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16 August 2010 - 2:22 pm
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Thursday Aug. 5th our beautiful Girl dug a hole under the fence and accidently got out. She was hit by a car (her whole story is on her blog) and Wednesday Aug.11th they amputated her leg. They said other than that she would be fine. Well they lied. They didn't x-ray her other leg. They just assumed since she was standing on it she was okay. All of the tendons in her other leg were ripped in half. I pushed her, I made her walk, I caused her more pain. Im so mad at the Vets office. They told Andrea they would "Eat the cost". She didn't deserve to go through that. We had to put her down. We miss her. Today has been hard. What do we do next? I just felt like this needed to be shared. If your dog is hit by a car MAKE them x-ray her whole body. She was to young to go. She will be missed. crying

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16 August 2010 - 3:13 pm
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I'm so very sorry.  What a terrible tragedy you have been through.  Just remember you tried to do the best thing and you loved her dearly.  I know that doesn't ease the pain. 

My sincerest condolences,

Comet's mom

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

Golden Girls
16 August 2010 - 3:20 pm
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I'm am also very sorry to read this about your lil girl. As Comet's mom said, you did your best you could for her, based on the info given to you. Thanks for sharing such a painful experience, but maybe we'll all learn from this (getting the vet to xray etc.)




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16 August 2010 - 3:27 pm
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We are so deeply sorry about this awful tragedy. Your anger is understandable but try to hold love in your heart and know that this wasn't your fault, you did all that you could for your Girl. When humans are angry it makes dogs so sad. Try to remember the beautiful, forgiving love that Noel shared with you, it will help you cope during this terrible time.

Thank you for finding the strength to share Noel's story with us. We hope that nobody ever has to go through this, but your advice to get everything x-rayed is smart, and will someday help others who find themselves in similar situations.

Blogging about her life can help you cope, we hope to learn more about her.

Many, many hugs and deepest condolences to you and your family.

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16 August 2010 - 4:28 pm
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I understand your anger and your pain.  It is important for you to realize this was an accident. When she got out it was an accident, when the car struck her it was an accident, when the clinic didn't find the damage to the other leg it was an accident, and when you pushed her to get better you were acting out of love with the knowledge you had at the time.

I'm not taking up for the clinic - I would be upset with them also, but nothing they do at this point will change the outcome.

Dogs know the love we have for them, and Noel knows you loved her.  Only time will heal the pain you feel, but know the tripawds family holds you and Noel in their hearts and wish you a speedy recovery.

Please forgive yourself, it was not your fault.

RIP sweet Noel.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge .

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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16 August 2010 - 5:08 pm
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I'm so sorry to hear about Noel... crying I can just imagine the shock and pain that you are  in... What a trajedy... It was a horrible accident... and there's nothing you could have done to prevent it. You did everything you could to help her... I know this doesn't help your pain right now... But seriously, it was not your fault...

You're in my thoughts and prayers... Sending you a hug...

Rest in peace sweet Noel...

Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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16 August 2010 - 5:19 pm
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Noel.

The whole thing is terrible.

I am just speechless and shocked.

My condolences to you and your family.




Kona turned 9yrs on April 16, 2010.
Kona was diagnosed Memorial Weekend 2010 with osteosarcoma.
Right rear leg amputated on June 4th. First chemo June 18th 2010
Second chemo July 9th, 2010      Third and final (yea !!!) chemo July 30th, 2010
ONE TOUGH GIRL this Australian Cattledog !

***Kona's journey/fight ended late in the evening of December 22, 2010***

                               We Love you so much Kona….always   

  Bella 9yrs, albino lab/aussie shep/pit?(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind (from birth) in one eye limited vision in other.(laid back, ok lazy 73 lbs)

Cotton, 5yrs, albino hound/terrier of somesort/???(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind in one eye(from birth), excellent vision in seeing eye. (ball addict…destroyer of Kong balls…yes,etc), high energy 55lbs knots of muscle)

Kona Kai's pup brother and sister as well as her buddy and playmate cat, Shaymous 12yrs (like Seamus), miss her terribly.

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16 August 2010 - 6:28 pm
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Oh, I am very, very sorry for your loss of Noel. This is such a tragedy; I can appreciate your shock and your anger and your pain.

My sincerest condolences.

Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

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16 August 2010 - 6:41 pm
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I'm so sorry to hear about Noel. I know how sad you must be but don't be to hard on yourself. Your were doing what you were instructed to do and what you thought best for your girl. It's a terrible tragedy and my hearts aches for you and your family.

My thoughts and prayers,


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16 August 2010 - 6:56 pm
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we are so sorry to hear of your little angel's passing.  this is a learning experience for the rest of us, but it is a terrible loss for you.  know that she loved you unconditionally, as you loved her by doing all that you could, the best that you knew how.  love never ends.

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


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I'm so so sorry to hear about Noel.  This is so devastating and painful beyond comprehension.  My heart is breaking for you and I hope you are able to find peace and comfort at some point with your loss.  Like everyone has said, you did everything you could to save your girl.  I have to think that when tragedy strikes like this, so sudden and unexpected, that this was Noel's time to leave this earth. Not very comforting I know but something that was out of your control. You are in my thoughts and prayers with my deepest condolences.

So so sorry.

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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Thank you very much everyone. Its getting a little bit easier to accept that shes gone. Everyone here is taking it so hard. I know that the vets actions were a mistake. Im just glad that this passed week, even tho she was in so much, she KNEW that we loved her. She spent her last few days here being spoiled and loved. She had always been spoiled and loved but I think she knew that was it. I loved her with all my heart. All I wanted was to see her play with my twins, whom she loved so dearly. Andrea took her to the vet and I was at class. They refused to call me because they didn't want me driving home crying. It was just a big shock. I didn't expect it, and I didn't get to hug her and kiss her before she went. She was a blessing to this family. I have a feeling that Andrea is going to get another puppy today. Not to replace girl, but our other dog Jackson is feeling VERY alone right now. He is moping. I have never seen a dog act this way after another has passed. Thanks again everyone. Im really glad that I created her blog, I wanted everyone to know how strong she was. She was a powerhouse. She was proud and very stubborn. We respected her for that. Im just glad her last few days were filled with her family and lots of love. Thank you



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17 August 2010 - 8:40 am
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Again, I am so sorry for your loss. I know your heart is breaking more - watching Jackson moping around. Chloe did the same thing after Skyler was gone. She would search from room to room looking for her, crying. It lasted 2 weeks. She is finally "happy" again, and playing with her toys. She is also really, really spoiled at this point, but I don't care! She has trained us well.

Keep your lil girl in your heart, and know that she loved you too!



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 I am so sorry for your loss, what a tragedy that this has been for all of you. My thoughts are with you.

 Rest in Peace Noel


 Jo Ann &  Tasha 

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

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17 August 2010 - 3:31 pm
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I am so very sorry for your loss. Words escape me, so I will send you peace and comfort instead. Oh--changed my mind as something just came to me. Noel's not at the bridge remembering that very short time when she was in pain. She's feeling the immense amount of love she felt and still feels from all of you. Love is all there is.


Daisy, 12 years young, had left forelimb amp on 5/19/2010 due to osteosarcoma. She left her body behind and joined the other spirit tripawds on 7/16/2010.
So grateful for each day with her!
Lexi (Daisy's momma)

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