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I'm so hoppy you have Nori in your life right now, it must feel so nice to have a pup around and know that you are helping her with a ruff time. She couldn't ask for a better nurse! I'll check out your post on her in a bit, but for now, I just want you to know that we think of Griffin all the time and cherish the months he took us on his romps around NYC and into the country. He was one very special pup, and will never be forgotten.  Can't believe it's been a year since that time he walked his route. Wow.

Thanks for all you do to make the world brighter, Stacy! It's nice to know you feel lighter and easier in this new normal. And many thanks for your continued support of the community. We are wiser and stronger because of what you and Griffin (and now Nori I'm sure) have brought to all of us. 

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Hi Stacy.  I think of you and Griffin a lot.  I'm glad your thoughts of Griffin are most always positive.  I just wanted to say hi and thank you for all you have done for me and Jake.  Jake is great.  I am now on to bringing his blog up to date and then try to continue it on.  Take care!sp_hearticon2

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Last week I checked off a bucket list item by getting a tattoo.  I will always carry Griffin in my heart and now he walks with me wherever I go.  The artist did an amazing job of replicating Griffin's paw and adding the hair that usually grew like crazy between his pads. sp_hearticon2

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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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Oh Stacy, I love this!!!!  Chills!!!  With every step you take, Griffin is definitely  walking right with you!

And the artist really did do a spectacular  job.  The atten to detail, especially  the hair and how it was so delicately  and perfectly  duplicated.  The way he blended the shades of lighter and darker Griffin's pad....quite a talent!  The Artist put a lot of care into this treasure .  Well done.

Thanks for sharing Stacy.  This really is beautiful 💖

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS.  Always smile when I see Griffin's banner,  and I saw it several times today.  Guess he was just checking in to see if you'd posted his great tattoo yet!😉

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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Omgoodness!!! I'm so glad I signed in❤  That is just amazing Stacy! 

I have wanted to do that but just haven't gotten "around to it" . Im glad you did.  The person that created that has a lot of talent. 

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Another memorial paw print that the artist, Charlotte Epright, did caught my attention online and I was glad to learn she worked in Connecticut, about 1.5 hours away from me.  When first reached out to her, her earliest available appointment was at the end of July, but then a cancellation opened up a spot last Friday.  I've been thinking about this tattoo since Griffin's diagnosis and I'm so very glad that I took the leap.  There was definitely a cathartic element to sharing stories about Griffin with Charlotte, watching the tattoo form, and even the pain (which wasn't so bad).  I love having a visible reminder of Griffin with me always...and loved shocking family that I got a tattoo! icon_lol

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Bravo! That is so well done Stacy, I love it! A beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul. Looks like Griffin made the magic happen so you got in sooner rather than later.

I would think that getting a tat on the top of your foot would reallllly hurt but apparently not? It seems like a great spot for a tattoo, one of the few areas of the body that I imagine won't get all saggy in old age?

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This is my only tattoo, so I can't compare the experience, but from what I've read, the top of the foot is one of the areas considered most painful because there isn't a lot of padding there.  Honestly, it wasn't bad.  I read a description that getting a tattoo feels like a cat scratching you with hot nails, and that was pretty accurate for most of the tattoo with a few spots that crossed the line to being painful, but the tattoo artist was good about not staying in one spot too long.  I hadn't thought about sagging (LOL!), but I wanted a spot that I would see often but could be easily  covered.  And the symbolism of his paw on my foot was perfect, just like Griffin! smiley4

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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Yes I heard that about the top of the foot. Ouch. And if you thought that wasn't too bad, well heck, I'd say you have more in your future 😉 They are addicting!

And unfortunately yeah, a lot of spots on the body with tattoos won't look as pretty later on down the road. Where you got yours should do just fine I think. I have a fairly large one on each ankle, one as a bracelet and one on the side, both at least 25 years old, and they still look the same. Thank goodness at least some parts of our bodies don't droop!

I love the symbolism too, it's spot-on. Nice idea!!!

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Oh Stacy, I love your tattoo!  Yes, she did an amazing job.  I love that you’ll always have a physical reminder of Griffin.  You’ll always have Griffin in your heart 💕

 Have a wonderful summer 😎✨

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That is gorgeous. I’ve been thinking about doing something like this as my first tattoo since we lost Barley last year but haven’t yet figured out what I want.

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