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Ben's story of osteosarcoma
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4 June 2008 - 9:00 pm
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I am so sorry about Ben. I am finding these tough endings very hard. Perhaps Ben and Luigi are bounding around somewhere even as we speak.

Best wishes,

Kelly in Seattle (born in Albuquerque) 

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5 June 2008 - 11:41 am
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Thanks for all your kind words and support everyone.  I have moved from anguish to depression.  I immediately threw away his dog bed, toys and other things, because they were making me so sad.  I have taken out a bunch of his photos of him running through the mountains and streams of New Mexico.  This has made me happier, because I know Ben had a really good life until perhaps those last couple of months.

I'm not sure if I would go the amputation route again with a dog so old.  I hope I don't have to decide the issue ever again in my life.  I'm not getting another dog for a couple of years.  I just want to remember Ben for now.

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5 June 2008 - 2:45 pm
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Knut,

My Mamna says that this website by her friend Doug K really helps her when she's feeling down. I think it will help you too.

"Overcoming Fear and Guilt When Canine Kids Get Sick" 

Keep looking at those photos and holding the memories and happy times in your heart, it's what Ben wants.

We love you.

 

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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5 June 2008 - 5:33 pm
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Thanks, that was good reading.  Actuallly if Ben was to get his wish, I would think he would like to be reincarnated as my next puppy.

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8 June 2008 - 11:44 pm
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Hi Ben's mom...just a note to let you know that we're thinking of you. That's all...lots of love and prayers your way during this painful time.

Heather, Zeus and Buddy.

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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9 October 2008 - 1:42 am
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Knut,

I know awhile has passed, and you may not actually see this post, but I wanted to say that I am so sorry for the loss of Ben.  It is obvious that he was so very loved, and had a wonderful life.  I hope you are doing well.

Sincerely,

Christine 

 

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9 October 2008 - 10:45 am
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Hello everyone,

Jerry sent me this last post.  I have not been visiting the site, because frankly it is too painful to hear and remember all of this.  Ben's battle with cancer was very stressful on me and him.  I still think of him every day, and I don't think I have fully healed, and may not for a few months.  My heart goes out to all of you that are experiencing a pet that is losing a limb, or is about to.  This is a great support site, and it helped me through a very tough time.

Knut

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9 October 2008 - 10:56 am
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Dear Knut,

You're not supposed to "fully heal"; I remember you told me once you were a stoic Scandinavian...let it go, don't even determine the process. Being pawrent/caretaker to a disabled animal is difficult and as you say, stressful. You have to let yourself be. Peace and healing will come, I promise you.

All love 

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9 October 2008 - 2:06 pm
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Well, maybe we never "fully heal", but I think by next spring I will be "mostly healed".  I have had many animals, but Ben was the most special.  He really was a wonderful dog, and everyone that met him loved him.  I am thinking I will get a puppy in the spring, and then the cycle of dog love will start all over again. 

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9 October 2008 - 2:11 pm
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That cycle definitely does start all over again, as Troy teaches me every day.

All love 

 

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9 October 2008 - 2:14 pm
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I can't figure out how to turn the "member" photo into a picture of Ben.  Can anyone help me?

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9 October 2008 - 4:21 pm
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Hey Knut,

Jerry has some great tips here: Adding an Avatar to Your Profile

Hope this helps.

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