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Today she earned her wings...
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Boston, MA
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14 June 2012 - 7:02 pm
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This morning I had to let my sweet Lupe go.  Her soul and spirit were strong, her body was not and as much as it hurt me to do so, I knew it was time.

While we had only found you all 2 weeks ago, knowing that you all were out there gave me so much and I thank you.  I honestly begin to express my sincere gratitude for your encourgement, compassion, knowledge and virtual ears.  It truly made a difference for both me and Lupe.

I know it time I will write about the details, but for now the grief and pain is just too intense and raw.

After almost 15 years, I have a dog-free home and it will take some time to get used to.  So for those of you that have your best friend with you tonight, give them a big ear scratch, a big belly rub and extra yummies for those were Lupe's favorite things.

-Kori & Angel Lupe

Diagnosed with possible synovial cell sarcoma of right front elbow 5/31/12. Amputation surgery performed 6/7/12. Final diagnosis of histiocytic cell sarcoma 6/11/12. Her soul and spirit were strong, her body was little girl earned her wings 6/14/12. "If there are labradoodles and goldendoodles, why can't I be a cockadoodle?"-Angel Lupe (June 28, 1997-June14, 2012)

Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 June 2012 - 7:07 pm
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Oh no!  This breaks my heart!  I'm just so very, very sorry Kori.  I so hoped that Lupe was on the mend.  I can't help but feel so very sad even though we only got to know her.  But she will always be a beautiful Tripawd Warrior Princess and will always be a wonderful spirit here.

We will give extra treats to our little boy tonight for Angel Lupe.  Please know we are here if you need to talk.

My deepest condolences to you.

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.

Oakland, CA
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30 April 2012
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14 June 2012 - 7:10 pm
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Oh Kori, I am so so so sorry to hear this.  I wish there were words that could help you. You are such a dedicated mom to her, and that has really been obvious over the past few weeks as you have shared her journey...I know she fought hard and did her best to stay here with you as long as she could.  You took wonderful care of her and did everything you could for her, right down to making the sacrifice of letting her go.


Take care of yourself,

Alex & Hollycrying

Bittys mom
14 June 2012 - 7:19 pm
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All my love and prayers going ur way Kori. And Angel kisses and hugs for Lupe. Bittys mom Arrow

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14 June 2012 - 7:27 pm
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So sorry to hear about Lupe.  Its so hard letting go when they've been in our life for so long.  I will scratch Chloe's left ear (since she cant scratch it very well herself anymore having lost her left rear leg) in honor of Lupe. Sending you warm wishes and positive thoughts at this time.

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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14 June 2012 - 7:48 pm
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Oh no 🙁  I am so sorry.  Ive thought about sweet Lupe all day 🙁  I wish you comfort and healing tonight.

Milwaukee, WI
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14 June 2012 - 8:19 pm
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I am so sorry to hear this.  15 years is a long time and I know how hard it is.  Right now you just need to take care of yourself and know that you have a special angel watching over you.

Kathy and Harley

Harley is an 8 year old Golden Retriever. Amp surgery for an infiltrative lipoma canceled due to two masses in chest. A rescue, he found his forever home on 3/18/07 and left for his eternal home on 1/09/13. His story and medical history are at

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14 June 2012 - 10:12 pm
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Kori, this is such a complete shock. When we chatted last night, I really thought she was going to bounce back. I'm so, so sorry. 

Every Tripawd who comes here is always a part of this family. We are so sad that Lupe wasn't here long, but your bravery and courage in taking this leap of faith will always be remembered, and add to the collective strength of the Tripawds community. 

Our hearts go out to you. Please remember we are here for you as you cope with this great loss, you are always welcome to come here and share how you're doing. We get it, completely.

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San Diego, CA
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14 June 2012 - 10:54 pm
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Oh Kori,
I'm so sorry to see this news. We were pulling for sweet little Lupe to make it! You were obviously such a great mom to her. As we often say around here, if love could have saved her...

I hope you'll come and tell us more about her when you feel up to it. Sending condolences out to you.
Lupe is running pain free with the other Tripawd heroes now. She'll be beautiful with her wings!
Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

Sydney, Australia
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15 June 2012 - 5:14 am
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Oh Kori,  I am so very sorry that you had to say goodbye to Lupe.  It is the hardest decision to make for our furbabies and my heart goes out to you.  You clearly loved her very much and I'm sure she knows that. 


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 ......

knoxville, tn
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15 June 2012 - 7:32 am
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kori, we are so sorry to hear lupe has passed on.  she was such a fighter, but sometimes even the best of warrior princesses needs to find peace.  you gave her a final, selfless gift by releasing her.  lupe's spirit was strong and is now running free.  hopefully your memories of fifteen wonderful years will help to eventually dry some of the tears.  love never ends.


charon & spirit 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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15 June 2012 - 7:53 am
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This sucks! I am so sorry to hear this about Lupe. I know you both tried so hard. Wishing you comfort in your memories and knowledge that she is pain free and happy at the bridge. 

Cadence's Mom

Cadence Faye: Born 10/30/04, stepped into our hearts 12/23/2004. Rear leg tumor found 7/24/11 by mom and dad, Xray on 7/25/11, Osteosarcoma suspected 7/26/11, amputation 7/29/11, Carboplatin started 8/23. Met free so far! 

15 June 2012 - 8:58 am
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I'm so sorry.  You did everything you could for her, gave her every chance, and in the end you made a compassionate and loving decision for her.

I hope the 15 years of memories you built together will bring you some peace in the coming days and weeks.  Lupe will always live in your heart, and so will always be by your side.


Karen and Spirit Maggie

Orange County, CA
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15 June 2012 - 9:21 am
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I'm so sorry to hear about Lupe.  She fought a very difficult battle.  May thoughts are with you.

Boston, MA
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20 June 2012 - 11:06 am
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Thank you all for your kind say it hasn't been easy would be an understatement but I truly know she was ready to go and no matter what, I would never have been ready for her to leave.  I've been lurking around the boards and working on my post about our last day together, but still not ready to put it in writing.  Tomorrow will mark one week without her and I still say goodnight to her every night...I probably always will.

Thank you all again for your support, information and friendship...

-Kori & Angel Lupe

Diagnosed with possible synovial cell sarcoma of right front elbow 5/31/12. Amputation surgery performed 6/7/12. Final diagnosis of histiocytic cell sarcoma 6/11/12. Her soul and spirit were strong, her body was little girl earned her wings 6/14/12. "If there are labradoodles and goldendoodles, why can't I be a cockadoodle?"-Angel Lupe (June 28, 1997-June14, 2012)

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