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12 June 2010
We let Tshuvah free of her broken body yesterday. We had planned on this weekend, but on Wednesday night she seemed to have more pain than before and there's no reason for enduring that. Yesterday was Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, so I took her to services and then drove her down to the Veterinary Cancer Care clinic in Santa Fe. I knew I could trust the staff there to do a wonderful job for us, and they did. Blessings to Amy, the clinic manager and Angel, who loved Tshuvah and helped us both through her passing. We helped Tshuvah to pass on the front lawn of the clinic and also in my car, in her co-pilot spot. After she was gone I was able to wash away the blood spots near her skin lesions that I couldn't while she was living because it hurt her. So I lovingly cleaned her up and talked to her, and then carried her in her blanket into the clinic. It was a blessing to cradle my girl one last time.
Its an hour and a half drive to Santa Fe from Taos, and I had Tshuvah in her co-pilot chair next to me as we drove. I had the chance to say everything I could think to say to her. Her last breakfast was vanilla ice cream, her favorite.
It feels silent as a tomb here at home today. Tshuvah, as I mentioned before, was a particularly vocal dog, although not a barker. She just had a lot to say in chirps and grunts and whines. This is also the first day in 12 years that there hasn't been at least one dog in the house. I have been praying to Yesha and Tzav, Tshuvah's big labrador brothers who were lost to cancer in the past 3 years, that they meet Tshuvah and escort her over the bridge.
I know it will be a better "shana tova" or good year, for Tshuvah because she is free of her very mortal body. For us, it will no doubt be a challenging year without our so so so beloved girl.
Although her body was so sick, her spirit was truly never broken. Two days ago as my daughter and I were cutting sunflowers in our front yard to decorate the holiday table, our neighbor came to say hello since we hadn't seen her all summer; she's a doctor who was volunteering in Haiti and we were in Chicago helping my sister. Even though Tshuvah had very little mobility, she still made it to her feet, got the propeller tail spinning, and grunted/chirped/whined her marvelous greeting to our neighbor. There was just no getting Tshuvah down. A more joyous, delightful soul I have never met. We have been so blessed by her presence. Now it is ours to endure these first weeks and months of her absence.
Grateful thanks to this community for helping me through Tshuvah's amputation, diagnosis, last wonderful summer, and passing. I hate to think what it would have been like these past three months without y'all.
Beth with my beloved Tshuvah, 10 year old "TaosDog". Provisional diagnosis osteosarcoma on 6/10/10, amputation of left foreleg same day, firm diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma 6/24/10. Set free on 9/9/10. Treasured forever.
25 April 2007
Oh Beth, our hearts ache for the loss of a wonderful, special girl. You have both left such an impression here, and we thank you deeply for sharing your journey with us.
Your courage and ability to look beyond the loss of her physical being and understand that indeed, she and her propeller tail will always be with you, is greatly admirable and appreciated. She will always be looking out for Tripawds past, present and future, and be at the side of you and your family, especially your sister and her new baby girl.
May your heavy hearts be lifted with the knowledge that her spirit is set free. We send our love to you and your family. If you want to talk, we are here.
We are also very saddened by your loss. Tshuvah sounds alike like Chloe, as she is also very vocal. Take the time to grieve, as it is a way to honor your love for her. You showed her how much you loved her, just from making the decision and by being there in the end. She'll always be with you, and in your heart! Spirit Skyler will show her the ropes at the bridge.
Take care, and we send you lots of hugs!
25 April 2007
Rest is peace sweet Tshuvah, or shall we say... Tanuach Beshalom Al Mishkava
- תנוח בשלום על משכבה
28 November 2008
What mixed emotions I have. The little tears are flowing, yet I have relief that this beautiful soul had such a peaceful passing and you were so prepared for what had to be done. I guess that is part of th journey, preparing the humans for the loss.
My thoughts are with you and your family as you adjust to your new life. May the beautiful memories soon replace the pain.
RIP sweet Tshuvah. Run free at Rainbow Bridge .
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.
14 April 2010
Beth, not much to say except I'm sorry and you are dead on about this community, I feel the same way as Gus and myself started down that crappy road, everyone here made that journey so much easier. Our thoughts are with you, Gus and Dan
My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010
28 September 2009
Sweet Tshuvah, I am so saddened to read that her battle has come to an end. I hope you will find some peace knowing that she is now in a place where she is whole and pain free again.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Rest in Peace Sweet Tshuvah, a gentle loving soul.
Jo Ann & Tasha
Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.
Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….
25 August 2010
I am so very sorry. I knew this was coming for you but cringed when I saw this post. May that wonderful girl be free again to run and play while she waits for you. Rest in peace pretty girl, know that you are loved.
Elizabeth and Sammy
Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,
leg fractured 8/27/10,
leg amputated 8/30/10
I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us. Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.
1 January 2010
I am so sorry to read this, also. It sounds like you helped her peacefully go to rest, and I'm sure she's watching over you as you grieve. Her sweet spirit will always be with you, as will all the wonderful memories you two shared. We're holding you dearly in our hearts, Beth.
Holly, Zuzu and Susan
Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!
14 August 2009
My heart hurts for you and your family. I was hoping Sunday would come for you. Oh, I'm just so saddened. It just seems like yesterday when you guys came here. There is just never enough time.
I hope you realize how happy you sharing her with us has made us. She won't be forgotten.
Hugs to your whole family,
Comet - 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.
23 July 2010
I hope the sweet memories of your life can find a way to comfort your family.
Spirit Angel JD's mom
One Tough Girl
-Diagnosed with osteosarcoma of her left front leg –
-Amputation July 23 2010 –
-The cancer didn't get her, but she is gone-
-She fought the cancer and loved life till bloat brought her down August 29th, 2010-
Now she watches over her mom and two new sisters, the Quad-Paws Serena and Maya
13 September 2009
I'm so sorry to hear about Tshuvah... I know that your hearts are heavy now... But take comfort in knowing that Tshuvah is free now... free of her physical pain... and she is not alone... she is with Yesha and Tzav.
You are in my thoughts and prayers... Rest in peace sweet Tshuvah... Shana Tovah to you and your family!
Angel Jake and Wolfie'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… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!
30 July 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I added a + next to Tshuvah's name on my shirt for the K9 Cancer Walk. Chloe and I will proudly walk for her, Yesha and Tzav at the event next month and in the meantime, we send our positive 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
11 January 2010
Beth, I am so so utterly sorry.
I can't even come up with any words right now, just know that you are in my thoughts.
Run free, Tshuvah.
Birthday – November 4 2003
Amputation – January 13 2010
Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011