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We'll miss our Harley pup
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Franklin, WI
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26 December 2010 - 10:24 am
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Our beloved Harley lost his battle with cancer this morning.  What we thought had been a limp due to ACL trouble turned out to be another tumor.  Harley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in April of 2010.  He had his left front leg amputated on May 10th.  He finished up chemo in September.  We had a wonderful last eight months with him.  He had an appointment tomorrow to get his right rear leg xrayed at our vet, to make sure it wasn't the cancer causing the trouble before he would start rehab later this week.  But he took a turn for the worse starting Friday night.  Did not want to move around at all.  Wouldn't eat or drink yesterday.  I woke up at six this morning and he looked awful, so I brought him into the 24-hour vet, where he was also treated for his cancer.  They found the tumor 🙁


I want to thank Tripawds - just for being here.  I haven't been very active on this site, but it has provided me a great deal of comfort and lots of good information.  I found you the day I brought Harley in for his amputation.  I was sitting home worrying about him, thinking I was crazy for chopping off Harley's leg.  I found videos of Jerry on Youtube running around and chasing frisbees and I felt so reassured!  I also ran out and got throw rugs to put down on our hard wood floors, bought a raised feeder, and a Ruff-wear harness - all of which made Harley's homecoming and last eight months so much easier for him.


Give your pups a hug for me today!

Leicester, NY
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26 December 2010 - 10:33 am
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Our deepest condolences to you.  Bob, Julie, Daisy and Samson

Daisy earned her wings on Oct 22, 2011 at 14 years old

She is now the official greeter at the rainbow bridge

Everyone is guaranteed a welcome sniff and Dalmatian smile

My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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26 December 2010 - 11:14 am
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I am sorry for your loss.  Harley will join all the other spirit warriors and will be welcomed by some awesome tripawd friends.  Thank you for coming back to update us.

RIP sweet Harley.  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.

Mount Pleasant, Ia
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26 December 2010 - 11:26 am
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sending you our deepest condolences to you in this time of great loss. We are so glad that you had the extra 8 months with your Harley. Sending thoughts and prayers your way


Cooper and pack

Coopsdad/ Kenneth Blackburn

the monkeydogs only THINK they have invaded the tripawd state

Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 December 2010 - 11:28 am
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss with Harley.  How incredibly hard and to have it all happen during holidays must be devastating.  We are so glad that you had a wonderful 8 months together after receiving the terrible diagnosis. 


Please feel free to come by anytime and tell us stories of Harley.  We would love to hear them.  

We are more than happy to help support your through the dark days so please know we are here for you.

My deepest condolences,

Comet's mom

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.

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26 December 2010 - 11:36 am
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can continue to get strength and help here with the Tripawds Family.

I found great comfort after my girl passed- the dog lovers here truly share your pain and are here to help you through this incredibly tough time. Sending warm hugs to you and the rest of Harley's pack.

Farewell Harley, run free.

Spirit JD + the quads Serena and Maya'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

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26 December 2010 - 12:59 pm
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So sorry to hear about Harley, this crap shows no mercy, but the fact you had eight more months with him is super. Alot of people wonder if amputation is worth it, and I think no matter how much extra time we get, it makes that time extra special. My condolences,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

Here and Now

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26 December 2010 - 1:46 pm
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We know there are no words that can ease youe pain right now, but please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. And thank you very much for the kind comments, it is heartwarming to know Jerry has touched so many, in so many ways. Peace.

The Rainbow Bridge

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26 December 2010 - 2:47 pm
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Oh hockeymom, we are deeply sorry that Harley has earned his wings. Our love and condolences go out to you and your family.

I know that to have eight hoppy months after surgery is such a gift, but losing him still hurts terribly. I hope that you can find some comfort in knowing that he is never far from you, and will always stay strong in your heart.

Thank you for the kind words about Tripawds, we are deeply touched.

Here's to Harley! May he run free and pawty with our Spirit Tripawd friends forever.

Many, many hugs coming your way.

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26 December 2010 - 3:07 pm
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I'm very sorry about Harley. I hope you are comforted by loving memories.


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26 December 2010 - 5:09 pm
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 I am so sadden to read that Harley's journey has come to an end.

 Please accept my deepest condolences.

 Rest in Peace Harley.


 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….

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Lori and Spirit Harley,

Once more I find that words cannot express just how sorry we are to hear that Harley's journey has come to a conclusion, but hope that you can accept our deepest sympathy at this time. While grateful that you did have these eight months, I also know that there is never enough time with them, and the gut wrenching battle with cancer only makes the loss even harder. In time, I hope that you will take comfort in the knowledge that you did every thing possible and that the great life and love that you shared is so very obvious from our postings. Know that you will never be totally without Harley, for the gifts that he gave you will live with you forever.

Spirit Cherry's Dad

western Washington
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26 December 2010 - 5:40 pm
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I am so sorry at Harley's passing.

It's just not fair.

We just lost our Kona late in the evening of the 22nd.

You are so right; this site has/is/will always be a comfort for all of us who find ourselves in this situation.

My heart aches for you.

You know that your boy will always hold the love you have for him, just like you will.



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.

Northeastern PA
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26 December 2010 - 9:12 pm
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I am very sorry to hear about Harley. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Zack, King of Dogs, 1996 to 2010

Zack lived a full 14 years, even to the end.

The joy and memories he provided us will last a lifetime.

Surviving him is his sister, Izzy, a 12-year-old boxer mix quadpawd.
And the latest addition, Zula, an 11-month-old pit bull mix tripawd.

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27 December 2010 - 1:00 am
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Sending very heartfelt sympathies to you at this sad time. 

Tana and Spirit Sophie

Sophie (1998 – 2010)

"Going Dog" def: living every day in the moment

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."


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