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Schlomo passed away Friday evening. He died at our house surrounded by love. 

He’s battled cancer for 5 years and he put up a hell of a fight. In the end his heart failed and he had fluid in his lungs, which makes me think that he told cancer to f*** off and that it wasn’t going to take him down. 

His loss feels unbearable, but his passing was beautiful. I was the last thing he saw and heard, it was just him and I. The team we’ve been for over 13 years. I told him he didn’t have to take care of me anymore, that I can look out for myself now and that he can let go. 

It doesn’t feel that I can take care of myself right now, but I will try to make that promise even though it feels like my heart is ripped out of my body. Schlomo was pure light and everything is dull now.

I will never forget that gentle soul and all that he has taught me over the years. Kindred soul love of my life. 

So long my friend. Run free. 

Mascha 

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1 July 2019 - 4:03 pm
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Ohhhhh Mascha I am so sorry. Your beautiful boy had such an amazing run with this awful disease and in the end he did not let it win! No way! He was an amazing senior dog role model on three legs, and an inspawration furever. And now, your handsome hero is with everyone at the Bridge, healthy, young and free from their earth clothes. 

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I know you must miss him tremendously. Thirteen years is such a long time. Our hearts go out to you, and if you want to talk we are here for you. If and when you are able, we would love to introduce Schlomo to new members and celebrate the many blessings and good times he shared with you. 

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So very, very, very sorry Mascha.   This just breaks my heart to read.  And we understand your heart break, your debilitating  grief, your non-stop crying.   We know the sadness feels like you’re  suffocating right now.  We understand and we cry with uoj tonight. 

‘I’ve  been so fortunate, so very fortunate, as well as others here,   to get to know you and your beloved Schlomo during this journey.  What stands out to me the most is the Soul deep, unbreakable bond you have with Schlomo.  Yes, kindred Souls indeed.     You clearly would move Heaven and Earth for the well-being of that boy, and he knew it!  We all knew it!    You made sure every moment was a glorious moment of love and happiness for Schlomo 💖

We know the void will seemingly  be unbearable for now.  Your world has stopped.  Your routine has changed.  

We also know your love for Schlomo will carry you through  this dark time.  Schlomo was able to  head to the Bridge running free and surrounded by your love.  You loved him enough to tell him he could go.   And he loved you enough to give you thousands  of happy memories  to help sustain  you furever and a day.  He instilled strength  and peace and his  eternal love into your Soul as he gladly jumped out of his his failing  earth clothes.  His energy is so light now.  So free. So happy.  He’s so happy to have shared his earth journey with you.  And he’s  still sharing a journey with you, just in energy forn.  Yoj WILL feel jis presence  still with you when you least expect it!

Schlomo kicked that piece of s++t disease  to the curb!!  HE BEAT IT!!   Schlomo eill I aspire sll newbies, especially  “mature” newbies.  His legacy of hope and victory will re win part of this community furever!

We salute uou sweet voy! And we applaud  you for a job well done, so very well done!💖💖💖   And when uou can, p,ease share more of all the specialness  you and Schlomo experi together.  And please know, you are family and we are here  for you.   We know how hard tios part pf rhe journey is.  We also know the happy memories will help push the sadness away.  Schlomo will make sure of that.

Surrounding  you with Schlomo’s eternal love, wagging tail and sweet sloppy kisses. 

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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And here’s  another photo of this sweet boy.  Talk about a contented look, wow!!  This speaks volumes about how happy thos frosty faced boy his.  Love his little white eyelashes.  Love everything about Schlomo❤

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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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2 July 2019 - 6:04 am
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Oh Mascha, es tut mir so leid. So unendlich leid.

I will never forget your kindness when you were helping me in my more desperate hours with tips on natural remedies and I will forever be thankful. 

I told him he didn’t have to take care of me anymore, that I can look out for myself now and that he can let go. 

It doesn’t feel that I can take care of myself right now, but I will try to make that promise even though it feels like my heart is ripped out of my body. Schlomo was pure light and everything is dull now.

I told Manni pretty much those exact words even though they almost killed me – as much as the silence killed me that followed. 

Since I got to know your heart a little bit I know how loved Schlomo was and I am absolutely sure that he knew that. Boy, I am fighting tears right now. You know you did what was right every step of the way so try and take some comfort in that. 

Things will not get better but they will become bearable again – most of the time anyway. and even agnostic little me feels Manni’s presence at times so I am sure Schlomo, too, will look in to see if you keep your promise. That’s the one thing you can still do for him.

Ich weiß nicht, was ich noch sagen kann, aber fühl dich gedrückt, melde dich jederzeit, wenn du mich brauchst.  

Schlomo wird hier nicht vergessen werden, von mir schon gar nicht.

Alles Liebe und ganz viel Kraft

Tina

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Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you Jerry, Sally and Tina. I saw your posts back in July, but didn’t have it in me then to reply.

It’s almost 8 months since Schlomo passed and I’m living in the new reality. I am ok. I miss him, just like you all miss your lost ones. There have been a couple of days where I noticed at night that I didn’t think about him during the day, which made me feel guilty. But I have also indeed had those experiences with feeling his energy/presence, and they are wonderful. His ashes are back home with me and he has a sunny spot right in the bedroom. 

I attended pet loss support groups for bit after he passed. In one of them I met a woman that also had a tripawd. She knew this website and said she received one of the amputation grants. I don’t remember her name, but what a small world!

Today I donated his wheelchair , exercise donut and some more general dog things to his hydrotherapy place. It’s just been standing around in my hallway, but somehow I wasn’t able to do it before today. It was nice to see them all, his therapist was there as well. They even planted a tree in Schlomo’s name when he passed. He loved trees… naturally! smiley4

I still have one of his beds, upright behind a door. that one I can’t part with yet.

He was a gentle soul. Thank you all for being kind.

I’d be happy to share his story Jerry. 

Danke Tina… 

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Mascha it is so good to hear from you, thank you for dropping by. You made my day with Schlomo’s video. That joyful expression and body language of his is priceless, a gift to treasure forever.

You are making progress with mending your heart, your boy is so proud of you. It’s not easy to give away the material things that remind us of our loved ones, but the everlasting reminders of the joy the brought to us can never disappear, they stay in our hearts and minds forever and make us better people.

Yes yes please, when you feel up to it,send us a Tripawd Tuesday story. He had such a long, beautiful life that more people should know about him. 

P.S. That is amazing you met a Tripawds member / recipient in the support group! I think Schlomo and the other person’s Tripawd put you two together for a reason. Just beautiful!

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Liebe Mascha,

schön, von dir zu lesen. I was happy to see you on Insta the other day. Which also means you say Thilo, the newer addition to my house. Thilo has had the occasional stomach issue and I still always fall back onto American Slippery Elm which you recommended to me originally. 🙂 

I am glad you are doing ok. The guilt comes in so many shapes and sizes, doesn’t it? Not thinking about them for a couple of hours is a part of that, too, I know. 

I love that he got his own tree! And you are really paying it forward by donating his stuff. The one thing I couldn’t part with -and I really can’t explain it because Manni didn’t even like it- is his Ruffwear harness . -His stroller I only gave away on loan to friends and their old dog, so if one bed is all you kept I think you have made fantastic progress and come quite a ways.

Falls du mal in Deutschland sein solltest, melde dich gerne, ich würde mich freuen.

LG

tina

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mit Thilo.

Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.

Manni's blog -dogblog-

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Can only ditto Jerry and Tina.  Of course, not sure what Tina said in German, but if there was any profanity… ditto!😉

Seeing that video of Schlomo speaks volumes about why we do what we do!!!   Look at that boy go!!  Just as happy as can be!!

His bright light can. NEVER be dimmed!!!  His legacy lives on here as he con6 yo inspire  and give hope on so many levels.  To offer support to others with rhe gifts you donated  is such a beautiful and life affirming  way to celebrate Schlomo ❤

I’m  glad he has connected  with you and you have felt his presence through his energy. I k ow thst made him happy too😊

Lots of higs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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