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Trouble has Crossed the Bridge
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My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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16 March 2011 - 6:32 pm
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I will post a proper memorial to our angel later, but it would be unkind to not inform the folks who have stuck beside us through the journey that started November 26, 2008.

The evaluation was that we had done all we could do for her. We let her go at 5:45.  She left us cancer free and tail wagging, 10 days shy of her 28th ampuversary. I cannot imagine life without her.

Thank you all for your kind words and good wishes.

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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16 March 2011 - 6:37 pm
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  Chloe and I send our condolences.  I just read your other post "Trouble is not well" and how she was pretty much immobile.  Growing up we had a daschund and she slipped a disc in her back causing paralysis.  She would just drag her back legs around the house... poor thing.  The day we saw her doing this we took her in and the vet said sometimes these things happen (more so in our case since daschunds have really long bodies and short legs).  She was only 5 and we pretty much had to let her go on the spot.

  Glad you were able to have one last good day with your Troubs, she will surely be missed here. Hugs and pawsitive thoughts to you at this time.


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

Linden, MI
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16 March 2011 - 6:50 pm
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Ohhhh Shanna....  I am so very sorry that it was time to say goodbye (for now) to Trouble.  She fought the battle with cancer and she left this world having beaten it. I know life is going to be rough without her.  My heart just aches for you now. I wish I could find the right words to comfort you. But now she is out of pain and running free.  Bless you for knowing when it was "time". I hope and pray that I have your strength when Nova's time comes one day.

You were so blessed to have had her with you for 12 wonderful years.  That is wonderful and so very rare. I have never had a dog with me for that long.

Trouble, you were a grand ol' dame, and we are SO going to miss you around here.

Licks and leans,

Queen Nova and Mom Sue

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!

western Washington
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16 March 2011 - 6:52 pm
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Shanna, I am so sorry to hear of Trouble's passing.

Even though I know it's hard to think of right now, your girl beat the odds (Big Time) against that nasty osteosarcoma. She did GREAT !

And of that, you can ask for no more. That and a wagging tail. You travelled the journey and you guys won. Your girl got to be 12 yrs !

That said, it sucks and it's never enough time.  You know she's running around on all 4's now, no pain, not only young at heart, but now young of body. Still always, loving you.

Big hugs and love your way.




my devil dog/angel girl, Kona Kai

Kona turned 9yrs on April 16, 2010.
Kona was diagnosed Memorial Weekend 2010 with osteosarcoma.
Right rear leg amputated on June 4th. First chemo June 18th 2010
Second chemo July 9th, 2010      Third and final (yea !!!) chemo July 30th, 2010
ONE TOUGH GIRL this Australian Cattledog !

***Kona's journey/fight ended late in the evening of December 22, 2010***

                               We Love you so much Kona….always   

  Bella 9yrs, albino lab/aussie shep/pit?(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind (from birth) in one eye limited vision in other.(laid back, ok lazy 73 lbs)

Cotton, 5yrs, albino hound/terrier of somesort/???(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind in one eye(from birth), excellent vision in seeing eye. (ball addict…destroyer of Kong balls…yes,etc), high energy 55lbs knots of muscle)

Kona Kai's pup brother and sister as well as her buddy and playmate cat, Shaymous 12yrs (like Seamus), miss her terribly.

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Stray Rescue – Ampuversary 2/15/2011


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16 March 2011 - 6:53 pm
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Oh no. This is a very, very sad day. cry

We just can't believe it. Trouble just seemed like she would live forever.

What words can express how much she will be missed? Why do sentiments just seem so trite right now?

The Tripawds community mourns the loss of a great, great warrior. We are incredibly sorry and will miss her deeply.

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16 March 2011 - 6:57 pm
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Shanna, I'm so sorry to hear it was her time, It seemed like she was the golden one to prove this crap can be beat, and it sounds like she still beat it, you have our sympathy, Big paws up tonight to Trouble, Spirit Gus and Dan

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

Mount Pleasant, Ia
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16 March 2011 - 7:16 pm
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jerry said:


What words can express how much she will be missed? Why do sentiments just seem so trite right now?



thats just it … no words can express how much she will be missed – and all sentiments do seem so trite because the hole that is left by the loss of a special one is too huge to ever fill with words.

Shanna – Trouble was and is Coopers hero – she has set a standard which gives us the hope to continue! Our prayers are with you and you are in our thoughts…..



Coopsdad/ Kenneth Blackburn

the monkeydogs only THINK they have invaded the tripawd state

Edmonton, Alberta
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16 March 2011 - 7:18 pm
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Oh, this is too too sad. I am so sorry, Shanna, for your loss. 

Words are inadequate. 

You are in my thoughts. Sending strength and hugs and whatever you need to get you through what must be depthless grief right now.

Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

 Catie Caitlin 

Scottsburg, IN
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16 March 2011 - 7:24 pm
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Shanna, I don't know what to say.  I feel your hurt, and I pray you're able to smile more and more as you think of Trouble.  I also pray for strength and healing for you and your family. 

Trouble, we will miss you! 



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16 March 2011 - 7:31 pm
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The tears can only fall right now as I can't begin to tell you how sad I am.  

My dear, dear friend – you have been there so much for Comet and I.   We've cried, we laughed and now we comfort.  Just like you did for me. 

You let my little girl share your little girl's birthday even though we never knew what Comet's was; it is something that will connect us forever on that special date. 


Oh.  I'm sad.  Things will never be quite the same without Miss Trouble.  She was so special.  You and Bob are special.


I'm here.  We are all here.  It doesn't make the pain go away but just know you are loved.

Thank you for letting me be a small part of her life.    


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.

16 March 2011 - 7:32 pm
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Shanna, I'm am so very sorry.  She was a great girl and such an inspiration!  The Bridge is a brighter place now.  But our world is a little sadder. cry

Pat, Angel Ruthie & puppy Tess

Montgomery, NY
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16 March 2011 - 7:34 pm
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I am so sorry. Keep her memory alive and she will never be far from you. Trouble is an inspiration to us as we hope to beat cancer the same way. For all those who say "you can't beat it, you just slow it down", Trouble proved them all wrong.

Mourn first, but after I hope you find peace.

Joy & Champ

In your heart, where I belong.
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16 March 2011 - 7:38 pm
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Dear Shanna,

Please accept my condolences and wishes for the happiest of memories. You and Trouble got to make some very special memories, I know, but I also know they weren't enough. It seems to never be enough. A friend as special as Trouble is so hard to say goodbye to. I hope in spite of the pain you launched her high on her new wings, and I hope she is having the time of her life.


From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at

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16 March 2011 - 7:42 pm
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We bring them into our homes and our lives become so extremely intertwined. Their life span may be much shorter than ours, but they immediately imprint upon the very fabric of our souls characteristics, traits, and beliefs that forever change us for the positive. We are whole because of the gifts that they give us, and these gifts never end. Now, we may be unconsciously looking for them in the familiar places, but they do still live within our hearts and memories. The loneliness may be crushing, but the warmth of their love will forever fill us with a never ending fire. Seek them in the quiet corners of your heart, where they will live forever and they will continue to shape the person you have become because you did bring them into your home and open your heart.

It is with an extremely breaking heart for Shanna, Bob, and Duke. You have always been there for this community. All our love.

Dad & Spirit Cherry

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