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21 November 2014 - 10:24 am
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Did I get it right? 

His face is just so sweet to me...that's the Barty I will love for the rest of my life. 


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21 November 2014 - 10:40 am
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Oh Bart, you are such a beautiful dog, inside and out.

You have been such an inspiration for so many tripawds.  I know you were a huge inspiration when we were on our journey with our Hunter.  May your spirit never be forgotten.  I hope you find all of your tripawd friends at the Rainbow Bridge and shine down on all of us forever.

Love, Super Dog Angel Hunter's pack

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7/27/2003 ~ 7/24/2013

Our Super Dog Hunter crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on a beautiful summer day in July, just 3 days shy of his 10th Birthday. He gave us everything since he was 8 weeks old.  Hunter was a 14 month warrior of OS.  We LOVE and MISS him every day.



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21 November 2014 - 10:51 am
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Ohhhhh got it couldn't have it anymore right!!

Perfect picture of a beautiful gentle a d loving soul!

Hope everyone saw your blog today! It was just breathtaking.
Your boy will NEVER be forgotten! Impossible!

Love and lots and lots of hugs...

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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21 November 2014 - 11:43 am
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Yep Darci, you definitely got it right.  Such a great picture.  :)   I think about Bart a lot and I know he is guiding Ms Towanda. 



Michelle & Angel Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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My sweet Lily taking a break  during our December 13, 2014 play session at the field behind the library next door. I can't believe this was taken just 4 weeks ago and now she has been gone for a whole week. Rest in peace, my love, and know that I will ALWAYS miss your abundant love and the deep joy you brought to my life!

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Lily the Great Dane (she was actually a lot more than just "Great") joined our family as an ornery puppy on December 20, 2005 and changed our lives forever. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in early May of 2014 and her right rear leg was amputated on May 8, 2014. She sailed through 5 rounds of Carboplatin and 15 weeks of Pallladia. She hopped on 3 legs like she was born to it and continued to fight cancer with grace, valor and an abundant sense of humor...and always a *giant* smile on her face. Lily had two small nodules on her lungs but was brought short by a brain tumor in late December, 2014. Lily earned her wings on December 28, 2014 and we miss her terribly every day.

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Awwww Lily! We are smiling through the tears! You are sooooo stinkin adorable!! I do believe you are grinning while holding your toy! And I think I see your tail wagging too! Lovely tribut!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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Awwweee, just beautiful. That would make a great memorial portrait.

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey

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Stunning.  Lily has the most perfect eyes for that bright white coat. Just lovely. Indeed a wonderful memorial photo.

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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Lily is seriously gorgeous ... what a model! Beautiful! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Absolutely precious!!!

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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Lily is precious indeed!!  Those crystal clear blue eyes are just mesmerizing. 

Run free Lily with your Tripawd brothers and sisters up there at the Bridge.

Sahana and her Angel Leland


November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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It'S CaLvErT!!!!!!!! 


One month, one day an angel. Still getting through it, still sad sometimes, still miss him, but the show must go on as some say. :(  


I took this pic soon after I adopted him last March. He always jumped in the tub after someone showered and liked the water droplets all up. :) Eventually he quit doing that, if I could trade all the bad habbits, accidents and destroyed shoes that Calvert had when I first got him to have him back, I would do it in a heartbeat. 

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Awww. Could Calvert have been part cat? I've never seen a doggie do that. Way cute. Can't believe it's been a month already. I'll bet he's having a ball chewing up shoes in doggie heaven. And yeah, I hear ya, all of the messed up furniture and crazy stunts are nothing compared to the goodness animals bring int our lives.

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