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Smokey - May 1997-November 24, 2010
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Portland (Lake Oswego), OR
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24 November 2010 - 2:44 am
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Hi everyone-

I have some sad news – we lost Smokey tonight :(.  I'm still feeling rather numb but also restless and trying to keep busy.  Yesterday he had the most amazing day – super hyper, happy, tail wagging non stop.   But then today he seemed off and as I watched him throughout the day, I noticed a lot of drooling.  Tonight we went to let him outside and he toppled over in the grass and didn't want to get up.  I'm actually down at my parents for the holiday in Southern Oregon and we had to rush him to the vet hospital in Medford, which is about 20-30 minutes away from us here in Grants Pass.

My mom and I were with him until the very end.  Everyone at the Southern Oregon Vet Hospital was so great – such a much better experience than I ever had at the vet hospital up in Clackamas, outside of Portland.  Given I always had bad experiences with them I was afraid it would be another, but they definitely proved me wrong.  We were very well taken care of. 

I just can't believe my boy is gone.  But I have to thank Jerry because if it weren't for this website, we wouldn't have been here 27 months later post amputation.

Thank you everyone who has supported us and been there with us. 

Greater Western Washington area
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24 November 2010 - 5:06 am
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I didn't get a chance to know you or Smokey but my tears are coming never the less.  I am so sorry for your loss.  I am glad to read that right up until the last day he was tail wagging.  Smokey and your family will be in our prayers today.

Elizabeth and family 

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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24 November 2010 - 5:33 am
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I am so sorry Smokey's journey has ended.  Wow, 27 months is a long time.  You were blessed with many days of making great memories before you had to say goodbye.  My heart is with you today as you begin your life without your wonderful friend.  May those happy memories soon replace the pain you feel today.

RIP sweet Smokey.  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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24 November 2010 - 6:01 am
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I am so sorry about Smokey.  What a brave boy, and how wonderful his tail was wagging and he was happy up until the end.  We are holding you in our hearts at this difficult time, and wish you peace.

Sending many hugs,
Holly, Zuzu and Susan 

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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24 November 2010 - 8:31 am
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I am so sorry for your loss of Smokey.  27 months is fantastic!  You gave him the best life.  Hugs to you and your family.


Tracy & Maggie

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

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


24 November 2010 - 8:42 am
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Smokey, What a brave and inspiring boy you were. Smokey's family, please except my most sincerest condolences. My thoughts are with you. RIP sweet Smokey.


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24 November 2010 - 8:43 am
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We are so sorry for your loss. How amazing that you had him for 27 months post amp. May the happy memories that you have of him soon replace the sadness in your heart. Run free, Smokey! Go play with Spirit Skyler - she can never have enough friends.

Sending you golden hugs!


Cathy/Jane/Spirit Skyler/Chloe

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24 November 2010 - 8:46 am
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we're sorry to hear of smokey's passing.  27 months is amazing, but we humans always dream of just one more gave smokey a selfless gift by ending the suffering - 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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Fortis said:

Smokey, What a brave and inspiring boy you were. Smokey's family, please except my most sincerest condolences. My thoughts are with you. RIP sweet Smokey.



 Brett said it so very well. Words cannot express just how sorry we are to hear that Smokey's journey has come to a conclusion, but hope that you can accept our deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. Twenty seven months is testiment to the great fight that you waged, but also to the wonderful life that you shared. However, I also understand that twenty seven months was far too short for all of you. I hope that the ability to have such a great day the day before is of some comfort to you now. Please know that you will never be totally without Smokey for the gifts that he gave you will live with you forever.

Praying for the day when you will be able to remember Smokey with a smile for he is still with you.

Spirit Cherry's Dad

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I'm so sorry that Smokey's time here had to end.  With the others, I hope the good memories will begin to fill in the hole that's in your life right now.

Hugs with tears

Mary and Cemil

Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

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Our hearts are broken with yours at the loss of your brave, beautiful boy, Smokey.  Twenty seven months is quite a milestone achievement and gift in this journey, but as Cherry's Dad said, 'it was still far too short for you' and we understand and feel your pain.

The special care these brave warriors require as they fight this battle somehow makes the loss even more painful and the huge hole where you poured your love out to him, gargantuan.

Smokey was indeed a brave boy and you were fortunate to have enrich and bless eachother's lives. 

I pray that in time, the pain from losing your precious Smokey is replaced with warm, and comforting memories.


Angel Honeygurl's pack  

Dx Osteosarcoma  3/31/10.  Amputation 7/21/10. Honey put up a valiant fight and lost her battle 9/22/10. Missing her and treasuring 9 years with our Honeygurl.

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24 November 2010 - 1:24 pm
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Rest in peace and run free of pain sweet Smokey. You are a true Tripawd hero and your amazing survival story will continue to ispire others going down the same difficult path you traveled. Thank you for sharing.

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24 November 2010 - 1:34 pm
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Run free sweet handsome Smokey!  You will live in your family's hearts forever, never to be forgotten.

Angel Ruthie's mom & puppy Tess

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24 November 2010 - 1:48 pm
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Wow. We can't believe it either, and we are heartbroken to hear this.

Smokey's journey has been long, beautiful and heroic. As one of our earliest Forum members, you both taught us a lot about how we could help answer questions for pawrents who are just starting their own amputation and cancer experience. Thank you for being a part of this community.

He will be deeply missed by all of us, but the example he set will continue to lighten our hearts and inspire others for years to come. Smokey's spirit will live on here at Tripawds.

Our deepest condolences are coming your way.

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24 November 2010 - 2:54 pm
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Oh! How terrible!  I'm so very sorry to hear about Smokey!  What a long and courageous battle he fought.

My sincerest condolences.    

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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.

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