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Introducing Penny the pitbull
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Hi Everyone,

Penny, like many others received her diagnosis for osteosarcoma as a shock to our little family.  

We rushed into action and learned as much as we could in a short time and ended up driving 10 hours from MA to VA to have her front leg amputated at Helping Hands who specializes in this type of surgery.

We had the best experience as could be there and it was an emotional and difficult drive home and first couple days but we couldn't be happier with the outcome. 

Penny has adapted so well in her first 3 months and her latest x-rays were clear, although we know that is wishful thinking, we are thankful for the extra time we are getting with her.


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Dylan and Erin, welcome! We are sorry you had to join our club but glad you found us. And glad you found Helping Hands too! Aren't they wonderful? I wish there were more of them around the country!

Sounds like you are all doing great! And yay for clear x-rays! You never know how this journey will play out, many dogs will beat the odds and hopefully Penny will be one of them too. Paws crossed sp_hearticon2

I'm going to go check out your blog, so excited you started one! 

Thanks again. Let us know how we can help, we are here for you and amazing Penny smiley2

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Welcome to your new extended  family!

I live in Virginia and Helping Hands is well know here for a lot of good work.  So glad things have worked out so well for you and Penny.  And to get clear xrays too, YAY!!

Getting through the first part of recovery  is no picnic.  As you know, it's so worth it!!  To see Penny doing so well and loving lifelong three is exactly  why we do what we do.

Yes, make every moment  the best moment ever and live fully in he present in the now just  like Penny does!

Here's  a linkmformpictures.  We would love to see uour sweet girl.    adding images


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

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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