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The Rainbow Bridge

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21 October 2010 - 10:48 am
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We are so sad to report that Achilles, our Great Pyrenees friend who was fighting so hard to recover from amputation, passed away today.


Our hearts to go out to his family, we are so very sorry.

It's a devastating loss to this community when a family takes a leap of faith to go forward with amputation, and things go wrong. We all grieve for this great boy who never got the chance to live life to the fullest as a Tripawd.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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21 October 2010 - 11:09 am
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I feel so horrible for Janet and her family.  Never given a fair shot at life on 3  legs cry

Many hugs,

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


21 October 2010 - 11:38 am
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This is so so sad! I thought he was improving. I feel just awful for the family.


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21 October 2010 - 11:51 am
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It is particularly heartbreaking when they never really get their second chance.  I know how I would feel if something had happened to Trouble in the very early days.  As hard as it is, we must always remember things happen for a reason, even if we don't always know what that reason is.

My heart is with Achilles family. 

RIP Achilles.  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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21 October 2010 - 1:24 pm
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So sorry to hear that Achilles didn't have more time on earth with his family. RIP Achilles, and have fun at Rainbow Bridge with Skyler & all the other tripawd heroes!

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22 October 2010 - 1:17 am
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I am so sorry for both Achilles and his wonderful family.

My heart aches for you.

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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22 October 2010 - 9:30 am
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 I am so sorry that Achilles journey has come to an end.  Heartbreaking news.


 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….

23 October 2010 - 2:19 pm
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It doesn't seem heart aches for the Achilles family.  This is indeed sad news.

Run Free Achilles!

Pat, Angel Ruthie & Tess

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23 October 2010 - 7:37 pm
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So hard, so sad, so hurting for you all. The tears you cry are tears of love and we join you in those tears.

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My heart goes out to you.  I am so sorry for your loss.  You are in our thoughts and prayers and wishing you much peace and strength during this very difficult time.

Kami, Mackenzie & Kobe

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!

Snohomish, Washington
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24 October 2010 - 6:02 pm
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I'm so sorry about Achilles.  I'm heartbroken for you. He was such a beautiful boy.

We're thinking of you.


Lincoln's Mom

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall – Confucius

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