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A soon to be Tripawd Ludo
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22 July 2021 - 3:09 pm
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Hey Everyone,

It's been a bit since my last post, but we were just concentrating on spending as much time with Ludo as possible. I wish I had better news to share with you, but Ludo passed away last Friday. The tumor in his snout was growing rapidly and his eye and jaw began bothering him. He was also a lot more lethargic and sore as time went on. At the beginning of all of this, both Tessa and I decided that we wanted to do what was best for Ludo and let him go before things got too bad. In his last days he got to still have some good moments snuggling with his mom, eating as much breakfast food as he wanted, and being a stroller captain:

We were lucky enough to have his last two days with us be really, really great. He got to do all the things he enjoyed and we even got to see him act a little silly for a brief moment. 

I just want to point out that even though we only got two additional post-surgery months with him, we do not regret the decision to amputate at all. We so wish we could have had the correct diagnosis right when Ludo started limping so we could have done it sooner. He adapted so well to life on three legs and every day I was so proud of him. We both miss him beyond belief, but at least he is now pain free and resting. I can't tell you how much I have appreciated all of your kind words and advice through all of this. So thank you all so much. Here is one last photo of Ludo showing off how handsome he was with three legs:


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22 July 2021 - 3:36 pm
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I've been MIA for awhile but just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about Ludo. I have a dog that is half Pitt and I know how special they are. I hope you find comfort knowing that Ludo will never be in pain again and he will always be with you.

When you wrote how proud you were of Ludo I know that is the best feeling in the world! I was also proud of my Beloved Brownie when he went through this journey.

I know there are a lot of tears now but I can promise you laughter will follow once the memories come pouring in.

Thoughts and prayers with you during this difficult time 

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Scott and Sarah, our hearts go out to you. We are so sorry for your loss. How we wish we had more time to get to know all of you. Ludo's strong, goofy, handsome adorable self will be greatly missed by all of us.

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What a huge blessing that you were able to have such good quality time together, right up through his final moments on earth. Making that decision to help our heroes transition on is tough, but when we ask ourselves, "How do I want to remember him?" the answer is clear. The smile on your and Ludo's faces in that photo says it all. Ludo left his earth clothes behind, and gave us a lifetime of memories that recall him loving life and making a difference in this world, showing all us silly humans what really matters most: enjoying every moment and not worrying about things we cannot control. That is his legacy, and he will always be remembered for it.

This has been a ruff week in the community for all us humans, but at least the newest Tripawds Nation angels are together at the Bridge, pain-free, whole, young, and surrounding us all with love and light. 

Many, many hugs & much love coming your way.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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