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Sending prayers and hugs. Keeping you in my thoughts. Will come back for an update.

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We k ow ot's hard to take time to update on so many levels.  We appreciate it so much because  we all love Griffin.

You've gone through all possible causes and ways to address them.  If it boils down to lesions on the spine then at least you know what you're  dealing with.

And even with that, perhaps with some pain meds, a bit more rest and the harness, you can still have time to evaluate if things can improve.

 I do hope they gave him a pain med of so e sort now that we know Gaba wasn't  the culprit.  And even if you jist gave it to him at night, it may help him.  

One day at a time.  Stacy, we love you and Griffin and we are still holding on tightly in our hearts to both of you.  Continue to stay fully present and savor every precious moment. 

And who knows, maybe some junk food that is normally "forbidden" may help!   And we would love a picture of him eating something  like ice cream or even one tiny chocolate  chip cookie.

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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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10 February 2021 - 9:53 am
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Stacy, I just want to throw out one more thing....and please, I'm NOT Ztrying to give false hope.  The likelihood  of spinal metastasized is clearly there.

But I just read a post where Jerry mentioned  lumbosacral disease, a form of IVDD in Wyatt.  Just thought I'd throw that out there.  

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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Stacy you are going thru what I went through one year ago. Brownie and Griffen are both proud dogs and fighters. Brownie no longer controlling his bowls caused him to lose his dignity. 

What ever decision you make will be the right one for Griffen. The two of you are in my prayers. Feel free to reach out. sp_hearticon2

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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Griffin is home and resting comfortably. His oncologist is adamant that neither the Piroxicam nor acupuncture have anything to do with his current paralysis, and while she cannot say with absolute certainty, she believes his cancer has metastasized to his spine.

I'm going to spend time with my boy today, reach out to my family, and do some thinking, so I won't post another update until tomorrow. Your prayers and support have been amazing - thank you! 💗

Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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10 February 2021 - 12:41 pm
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Glad he is home and comfy.

And yes, just stay off here, process things,  talk with Griffin and get in some good tummy rubs

In the meantime, you will be in our hearts and always hoping for the best...what that may be.  💖

Now cut this computer stuff off and go smooch that adorable boy for us!!!  

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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10 February 2021 - 12:56 pm
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Glad you're home.  Cuddle with your boy,  talk to your family, and take your time.  We're not going anywhere ❤

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We are sending tons of love to you Stacy, and of course Griffin too. Do you think you will do any diagnostics to confirm spinal mets? No right or wrong choices, just wondering.

Lots of pawsitivity coming your way.

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10 February 2021 - 7:33 pm
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Hopefully Stacy is off the computer for the night, so I'll post what she said the radiology report thr other day.   I'm curious if your suggestion of further diagnostics would go beyond the test already done.  I mean, it t didn't mention spinal mets "specifically".

"........identified lesions on 4 ribs and a pathological fracture in one vertebra...."

Soooo maybe....maybe.......it hasn't been officially  confirmed ....maybe??.this is sort of an "aside" question as we are always committed  to learning.  And goodness knows Stacy and Griffin have taught  us so much and have shared so much knowledge and insight.

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10 February 2021 - 7:42 pm
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Thanks for the clarification Sally.

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Griffin passed away peacefully in my arms at home this morning.  His health declined significantly in the last few days and he had been unable to walk on his hind legs since Tuesday afternoon.  His doctors believe that the cancer metastasized along his spine causing the paralysis.  While I’d happily carry Griffin anywhere he wanted to go, the mobility issue prevented him from toileting comfortably and he was unable to move himself around while lying down.  Those serious quality of life issues threatened to rob Griffin of his dignity and the peaceful transition that he deserved, and so in the end, the decision was painful but not difficult.  My love for Griffin gave me the strength to let him go.

My heart is shattered.  Griffin has been my constant companion for 11 years and I don’t quite know what life looks like without him by my side.  I do know that he lived an amazing life.  From the time he was a puppy, he grew up in schools and made so many kids (and adults!) happy.  His therapy dog work at the children’s hospital gave him purpose, one that he fulfilled with delight and sensitivity.  Griffin was dubbed the mayor of my apartment building and he had many fans throughout our neighborhood.  His ability to radiate joy brightened so many days!

I was anticipating many more happy years with Griffin, but I take solace in the fact that he made the most of the time he had.  His diagnosis of osteosarcoma in March and amputation surgery in April did not keep him down long.  To say he bounced back is an understatement – he was running and playing fetch 10 days later!  Griffin battled cancer for 11 months, much longer than the prognosis he was given in July when he was diagnosed with lung tumors.  His will to live did not surprise me (or anyone who knew him well) and I am ever so grateful that we had additional months together.  The pandemic presented a unique challenge, but Griffin lived long enough to spend quality time with everyone he loved best, and I am immensely comforted in knowing he basked in the love he received.

If you would be so kind, when replying to this post please share something about Griffin that makes you happy.  That’s how I want you to remember him, and reading your stories will make me happy, too – exactly the legacy that Griffin would want to leave behind.

We took a walk to Griffin’s favorite park this morning and I’m so glad that this will be one of my final memories of him.

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Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com

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For now, all I can say is everything about Griffin makes me smile and happy.  

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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Stacy, I am so sorry to hear about Griffen.  What I will always remember about Griffen is every single photo that was posted, that boy was always smiling.  No matter if it was a walk in the snow, the rain, or a beautiful day he was smiling! He was one of the most happiest boys that I have ever seen.  And the way he loved children was amazing!

When you say Griffen was your only companion, I do understand.  For so many years it was just Brownie and I.  It is alwlays devistating when we loose our beloved pet, but I do think it is different when we live alone with our pet.

I'm not going to say I know how you feel, because those feeling are between you and Griffen. But I do understand your pain, for I still have the same pain almost a year later.  I'm not going to say it will get better, but soon you will have laughter with the tears as all the memoires of you and Griffen come pouring in.

Griffen is now in a place where he is whole again, free of pain, and feeling a love like no other.  It is the ones that are left behind that hurt.  But it is the most selfless act when we put our pet before ourselves and let them go.

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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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Griffin touched so many lives in a positive way and he had an important job and purpose in his life. He was an amazing companion to you for a long time and you are a better person for it.

Please do take care of yourself - he would want to see you smiling when remembering his adventures and completely letting go of these last 11 months.

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One issue that is not mentioned enough is dignity, sometimes we can infantilize our pets (I know that sometimes I do) but they are proud animals which is what makes their friendship so precious. I am so happy that you returned Griffin's love by respecting his dignity and when he could no longer be a dog doing dog things you gave him a dignified passing.

The months you gave him will have given you both so much joy, and I am sure that you blessed and will remember every extra day that you had with him.

When I finally get a dog (i.e. when I can retire) I would count myself so lucky to have a dog like Griffin, and I only hope that I could earn his love like you managed to.    

  • "what shall be done for these innocents? I have been warned not even to raise the question of animal immortality, lest I find myself “in company with all the old maids”. I have no objection to the company" - C S Lewis (The Problem of Pain)
  • "Mr Toplady was touched by the cruelty of the scene, and exclaimed, ' Who could bear to see that sight, if there were not to be some compensation for these poor suffering animals in a future state' 'I certainly hope,' said my grandfather, ' that all the bulls will go to heaven; but do you think this will be the case with all the animal creation' 'Yes, certainly,' replied Mr Toplady, with great emphasis, ' all, all!" - Josiah Bull (recording a meeting with the great A. M. Toplady, author of "Rock of Ages" in "Memorials of the Rev. William Bull of Newport, Pagnel")
  • "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God" Luke 12:6
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