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20 July 2010 - 12:02 am
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From Sophie’s Blog:

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Friday, July 16.

Sophie snubbed her food. Chicken – nope. Salmon – nope. Dog biscuits – nope. Rice – nope. Nothing. The cats really enjoyed the salmon – and the chicken. Sophie drank a little – but was having NOTHING to do with that food. I took her out to do her business – nope – she was having none of that either. We were up most of the night (again) going in and out – lots of flatulence – but once outside – nope. After I finally passed out – she went into my son’s room and left a small pile of diarrhea on his carpet. I had to leave her alone in the house on Saturday for a short period of time. We came home to a huge pile of diarrhea in the living room. Oh no, I thought, here we go again.

But then – nothing – I mean – she hasn’t had a BM for two days.

So – today – back to the vet for some more tests. I thought I had ended this cycle when I said “no more chemo.”

The results – multiple masses in her abdomen. Large, visible from the outside (once her hair was shaved) masses all around her abdomen. Liver? Kidney? Fluid around her heart? We don’t know. She doesn’t know – and I’m not going to tell her. The vet gave us some Prednisone to give her. They gave us a 30 day supply. I don’t really think that we’ll be needing that many.

So – “going dog” – I said we were going to do it. Now the rubber has hit the road. I don’t know how much time I will have with my best friend. None of us knows that, really. What would SHE really love to do if she knew it might be the last time she got to do it ? I guess I better make a “bucket list” for Sophie and start checking things off.

 

 

A note to Tana:

Thank you for letting me  know about Sophie.  I can’t help myself for posting it because I know others want to know, too.  We ALL care!  Please don’t do this alone.

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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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20 July 2010 - 8:07 am
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Thanks Ge’Lena for posting this.  Tana, I already posted on your blog but just wanted to let you know again that you and Sophie are in my thoughts and prayers….my heart goes out to you. We are here for you.

Sending you lots and lots of golden hugs….

Kami

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

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20 July 2010 - 8:34 am
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 I am sorry to read the news on Sophie, love her, make every moment special.  My prayers and thoughts are with you.

 

 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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20 July 2010 - 9:23 am
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Thank you Ge’Lena for posting this for Tana.  I sent you an email Tana…just now after getting your message.

I am heartsick for you….we all know this day is going to come but damnit it doesn’t make it any easier.  Know that hugs are being sent and do all you can in the bucket list…

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20 July 2010 - 9:48 am
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Well, if it makes you feel any better, Jack is going through the same thing!  Last monday I found a huge mass in his abdomen and bilirubin levels in his urine confirm that this is a liver tumor.  He is on prednisone but other than the tumor and slowing down, he is still perfectly normal.  It will be OK, it just sucks when it happens 😛  I’ll be thinking of you guys…

 

<3 Laura and Jackaroo

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20 July 2010 - 10:42 am
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I’m sorry to read about Sophie…  I’ve been out of the loop a few days…tough to read these coming back sad

Hugs to you and Sophie…work on that bucket list…

Tracy & Maggie

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

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20 July 2010 - 12:32 pm
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Oh Comet, we can’t thank you enough for letting everypawdy know. With all of our love, we can send Sophie all the vibes she needs to have a never ending bucket list.

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20 July 2010 - 9:49 pm
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Thank you all very much for the hugs and prayers, and good wishes. You really are the best. 

Tana and 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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20 July 2010 - 10:12 pm
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Tana,

Please know you aren’t alone in this next journey.  You can tell us anything, okay?  Promise you won’t hold back?  If I know one thing (I know, I know – I seem to be a know-it-all! smiley) it’s going through heartache pain alone is just…painful. 

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She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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21 July 2010 - 7:24 pm
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Tana,

I was so sad to read this post.  Please know that you and Sophie are in my heart and in my prayers! Hold these moments close and dear to your heart!  Sophie is a brave girl and she loves you so much!

I am sorry to hear about the recent findings with the masses.  : (

Just make her comfortable and give her lots of love and kisses!

 

We are here for you!

 

Sending hugs and pawsitive thoughts and prayers!

Wendy and Spirit Henri!

 

 

 

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