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The Rainbow Bridge

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16 September 2022 - 10:36 am
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I’m so, so sorry. Can’t even believe it. Things happened so fast, and it feels really unfair that she didn’t get more quality time with you. The tears are flowing down my face, I wish I had better words in me to ease your heartache and grief.icon_cry It breaks all of our hearts when a new Tripawd leaves so soon. At least she has all of her friends at the Bridge waiting for her, including our Wyatt Ray who will no doubt fall head over heels in love with her. She was just his type!

Thank you for sharing the videos of her, those were so nice to see. She was a feisty GSD spitfire right up until the end. And now, rather than waiting until she lost that light and fire in her heart, you can remember Marley for who she was, and all the pawsitivity and joy she gave to you over the years. She was so so loved! You worked through this tough time to find that line, so that you could respect her being and her purpose in this world. It wasn’t easy. But she couldn’t have asked for a stronger mama than you. She taught you well.

We are here for you always, here and on the Tripawds Helpline too if you want a shoulder to lean on. And if you’d like to share a tribute in Coping with Loss, we would enjoy sharing all the happier times you had together, and celebrating Marley’s life. She will always be a part of us.


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16 September 2022 - 3:29 pm
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Thank you so much. I really, really appreciate your words – you guys just get it. It feels impossible to move forward without my sidekick, but I know it’s one foot in front of the other right now. It simultaneously feels like it all happened so quickly, and also felt like years in the making with how long this year has been. Goddamn tumors. I wish I could have done more. Last night was my first night under this roof (9 years) without her under it, except for the day of her surgery when she stayed overnight. My hubby and I keep momentarily forgetting she’s gone and think things like “oh, we have to give her her meds” or “I’ll go let her outside”…totally crushing. We should get her ashes back tonight so at least my girl will be home. But man do I miss her so much.

I will definitely post a tribute to her soon. If you haven’t guessed, I LOVE talking about my dog and sharing her with the world!

The Rainbow Bridge

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16 September 2022 - 10:24 pm
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And we love hearing about Marley, so I’m glad you want to share more later.

Yes, we get it, especially when it comes to losing all those routines all of a sudden. There will be many moments when it just catches you off guard, that there’s no need to do those things, and it’s really a gut-punch. But whatever you do please don’t blame yourself. You did everything you could for her, while respecting her personality and what she represented. You were the best dog mom ever to her!


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19 September 2022 - 4:37 pm
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Tried to come back sooner hoping I could typo without tears falling.  Of course a futile objective.

Yes, we get it.  We understand  the depth of the void, the break in routine, the feeling like your world has stopped.  You don’t  want to go to bed because your heart hurts not having   Marley next to you.  You don’t  want to get up in the mor because  you don’t  have Marley next to you.  Everything  reminds you of the void and your heart does, indeed, feel like it’s shattered  j to a million pieces.  It all hurts so darn bad and it feels like the hurt will never go away.

I k ow we could shout it at the tip of our lunges furever,  but it would never be enough.  YOU DID EVERYTHING  POSSIBLE FOR MARLEY!!  You left no stone unturned.  You gave her every  possible chance but that brutal, barbaric  despicable disease  plotted it’s course and the best of medical intervention  couldn’t  change course.

“They” often say, and many of us can attest to it, that our dogs often rally the day before (or day of) their transition  because they ‘”sense” they are going to be released  from their failing  earth clothes.  They also k ow we need to have a Happy memory  to send them off to their next adventure at the Bridge.   Marley certainly gave you the “sign” the night before she needed to be released,  and then gave you a lovely next day of happy memories. 

While we can’t  take away your pain, we can thank  you from the bottom of our hearts for the privilege  of getting to know this beautiful  Soul Marley and to witness  the depth of love you have for her…..and she for you.

I k ow gping Marley’s arrival at the Rainvow Bridge she had a welcome wagon full of bolws of peanut butter, as well as Reese’s Peanut Butter  cups!  She can have all the chocolate she wants at The  Bridge 

And absolutely  we want to hear more about Marley and, of course, with more pictures. 

Surrounding you with Marley’s eternal light and wagging tail.nd pea it butter laced drool upon her paws

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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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