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Today we said goodbye to Tazzie
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22 October 2009 - 10:28 pm
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sf-cry Tears fill our eyes when reading your post. I too kept saying no way, not tazzie. Tazzie has been such a huge inspiration for us. You were brave in making the hardest decision that had to be made. You will be in our hearts and thoughts.

Hugs –

Shilo and Mom

Shilo diagnosed with osteosarcoma 9/4/2009, amputation 9/9/2009. ShiloAnne lost her battle 11/23/2009 where she regained her fourth leg and is patiently waiting for her parents to join her. We will always love you baby girl.

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Thanks to all for your support.  This week has been hard but we are starting to feel a little better.  Tazzie was just so huge and she was our constant shadow so even with 2 other dogs the house seems empty and quiet.  Like Yoda's mom I have had difficulty sleeping but going to work helps.  Now that we have Tazzie's ashes and pawprint there is also some closure.  I still feel lucky that we had 14 months but I was just so unprepared for spinal mets.  At least with lung mets you have some time to say goodbye.

Pam and Tazzie

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23 October 2009 - 7:38 pm
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I remember how awful and sad I felt when I lost my other doggies… but once I got their ashes and brought them home… I felt more at piece. At least they were home again…

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time… Tazzie will never be forgotten!!!

Jake'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!

24 October 2009 - 9:59 pm
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Dear Pam,

Tazzie is an inspiration to anyone facing amputation for their furry baby.  I am so sorry to hear that it was Tazzie's time to cross the Rainbow Bridge .  Koda is a bigger dog and had the same leg amputated and we continue to look up to Tazzie. The time and advice you give to the members of this site is heartwarming and I want to say thank you.

You are in our thoughts,

Storm and Koda

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25 October 2009 - 4:07 pm
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I am so sorry to hear about Tazzie. I have been away for awhile and was shocked to see your post. I just cannot believe it. You have been such an incredible suport to all of us and I hope at this time we can offer you some support back. I know how hard it is. I know how shocking it is to have the cancer spread to the spine when all along you wait for the lungs. It is just not fair. But your final moments with Tazzie were filled with love and the unselfish gift of letting them go on to that much better place where they can run free.

Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love.

Seanne and Angel Wrigley

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Ohhhhh noooo.  I haven't logged on in quite awhile and I am always afraid to click on Coping With Loss.  When I saw Tazzie's name I started crying immediately.  She was just a few months ahead of Nova, so I've always considered her a role model, Nova's giant breed hero. I am so, so sorry you had to go through this. I know, we all will at some point, it just seemed that Tazzie had conquered this awful cancer.

I wish I could find the right words to say right now to comfort you. Pam, back when I was having all my stresses with Nova you were so wonderful and giving with your advice.  It was such a blessing to have you in our community.

I am so, so sorry.


(Lots of sloppy Dane kisses and a Dane “lean” from Nova)

Dane Mom Sue at and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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I am so sorry about Tazzie. Know that I am thinking of you and send you peace. Tazzie is painfree, at peace and is smiling down on you along with the rest of the pack. Tazzie was a lucky girl to have you for a Mom.

Sending you hugs,

Paula, Spirit Max and Luke

Paula and Spirit Max

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I’m so so sorry about Tazzie! Now, Your “little” girl doesn’t feel pain anymore, She’s happy and will remember You forever.
Take care now,

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You have been so helpful and informative to all of us.  As I am mourning Emily I have been reflecting on those who went before her.  How are you doing?  Like you I have two other dogs and my house seems so empty.  Anyway, I just wanted to say that Tazzie has not been forgotten.


Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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Debra, I am doing better.  It has been 4 weeks today since we lost Tazzie and every Sunday has been hard for me. Our other 2 dogs have been keeping us busy, but of course we still miss Tazzie.  I felt a lot better after we got her ashes and pawprint back.  We found a nice big wooden box from Target and we put her ashes, pawprint, and sympathy cards in it as well as photos and her necklace and collar and we put the tiara on top. I see that box every day and it makes me smile.  My husband also made a nice photo collage that he framed so we see that daily as well.

You will feel a little better every day!


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