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Just diagnosed with osteosarcoma
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San Diego, CA
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18 May 2012 - 9:47 pm
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I'm so sorry that the end came so quickly. We know what it is like having been in your shoes so recently. I hope coming back and telling us more about him will help.

I also hope you have peace in knowing you did everything you could for him. When their pain ends, ours begins.

Hang in there. Thinking of you.
Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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18 May 2012 - 9:53 pm
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Oh gosh, having just released my baby from her pain 2 weeks ago I really feel for you.  Just know that you are so incredibly brave and selfless.  Bruno will love you all the more for putting his needs ahead of your own.  But it's still a sucky decision to have to make and hurts like hell even though you know you have done the best thing by him.    I'm sure Bruno has already been greeted by my Magnum (she always had an eye for the good lookers!).  Sending you heaps and heaps of rottie hugs and kisses. XOXOXOXOXO.   I wish there was something I could say to make it better. You will be in my thoughts.

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/

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18 May 2012 - 10:08 pm
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I'm so sorry to hear of Bruno's passing.  He was a brave boy who fought a brave battle.  My thoughts are with you.

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19 May 2012 - 12:14 pm
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My heart goes out to you.  The tears seem to never end when it comes to someone we loved so much.  I know Bruno is looking down and wanting you to not be sad but it's so hard to not be.

 

Please know that you did everything you could.  Please also know the alternatives you didn't get to do would have brought pain also so, don't think you could have done more.  You fought and fought hard for him.

 

We are here for you. 

Sending you lots and lots of vitual hugs.

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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19 May 2012 - 9:38 pm
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So sorry Bruno wasn't a candidate for amputation. Our dog Jack wasn't either and the pain was greater than the drugs. Someone on the forum told me when we put Jack to sleep that we were trading his pain for our own. Truer words were never spoken. This cancer causes such awful pain for our dogs. In the end, all we can do is end the pain. The right decision can be the hardest.

The days and weeks ahead without Bruno will be the hardest, with time it eases and you will remember better times. Jerry told us to play a game where we think of as many happy, goofy moments with our dog. It really helped a lot in the early days.

I hope both Jack and Bruno are playing pain free on the green waiting for us at the rainbow bridge .

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20 May 2012 - 12:23 am
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Oh, I'm so, so sorry to hear about your boy. This is so heart-breaking. You did everything for him and he was so lucky to have you as his pawrent.

Sending biggest hugs

Joanne & Lylee

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22 May 2012 - 2:09 pm
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Thanks for all your prayers and kind thoughts and words. I am so excited that we are on this forum helping each other out.

 

AngelAbbysMom and Kate you are right, when we ended Bruno's pain- ours started. I kept telling him to wait until Thursday. He waited for me and then came Friday morning. He looked at me like, "you told me to wait, now what". I agreed with him and told him his fight was over.

 

The unconditional love he gave me can never be replaced.

 

I decided I had posted enough pictures of Bruno so I didn't add anymore. Robert and I do reminisce, but find ourselves crying as the feeling of loss overwhelms us. I asked Robert to help me not forget Bruno. We share memories to keep his spirit alive. Crying or laughing we will always have Bruno in our hearts. 

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22 May 2012 - 3:13 pm
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Bruno will never leave your heart. 

As painful and sad as we are when we lose someone, we are blessed to have this ability to look back at our loved ones lost with happiness and smiles (with time).  The time will come when thinking about Bruno you will have big smiles. In ther interim, just keep remembering all the good times.

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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22 May 2012 - 5:04 pm
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Bruno will always be in your heart, don't you worry about his memory fading. Our dogs always teach us so much. If we are good students, those lessons stay with us forever.

Give yourself enough time to grieve, don't rush things. And feel free to post pictures, this is why the forums and blogs are here. 

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22 May 2012 - 6:00 pm
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Please don't stop posting pictures.  I see each and every one of these dogs as a hero and their stories and their memories help to inspire those of us still in this battle and, especially, those who are newly diagnosed.  Bruno's time on this earth may be done for now but he still has so much to teach us...

Lisa

Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...
http://zeuspod......pawds.com/

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22 May 2012 - 6:35 pm
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Please post more pictures of Bruno and come here to remember.  We are all in this together.  It has barely been 9 weeks since we dealt with Shadow's amputation and just 7 weeks since we  lost him.  I come here with the hopes of offering comfort to others and to find solace for myself.  When you and others share your stories of these heroic dogs I am deeply touched.  I thank you for allowing me the privilege of "being there" for you.

 

Heather & Spirit Shadow

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22 May 2012 - 6:46 pm
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I'd just like to reiterate Heather's comments.  It has been 2.5 weeks since we lost Magnum and a day doesn't go past where I don't find myself in tears (several times throughout the day). The pain is still palpable. But I come to the Tripawds website hoping that I may be able to offer some comfort or advice to others and to also feel the love and warmth being given out by all the amazing people coming to this site.  We would love to know more about your wonderful boy.

 

Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/

In your heart, where I belong.
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22 May 2012 - 6:51 pm
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Not everyone can write a lot when their grief is so new, but we do love hearing about these dogs. When they're here, we can update people whenever we feel like it and post pictures at our leisure. Once they're gone, though, we know that there will be no new stories and no new pictures. That's why the stories and pictures that we have become so precious. 

Those who are gone are in a sense kept alive when you tell the rest of us things about their lives. We like to laugh with you, smile with you, get embarrassed with you and even cry with you. We all know our day will come, if it hasn't already. This is a safe, welcoming, accepting place to say how special your dog was and know that everyone else will understand completely. Don't go away, don't be a stranger, don't ever think you're boring anyone. 

Shari

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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22 May 2012 - 9:20 pm
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Always in your heart, always by your side.

I am never tired of hearing stories or seeing pictures.  For me sharing stories and maybe the occasional picture of Maggie helps keep her memory alive.

I have a little Maggie memorial on the wall in my bedroom- I see it first thing every morning.  Now it makes me smile- you and Robert will get to that point too... more smiles than tears.  But grief is part of the process, the price we pay for loving so much.

 

Karen and Spirit Maggie

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22 May 2012 - 9:46 pm
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When we lost Abby, no body understood what we were going through the same as the folks on Tripawds. Others were nice and said nice things, etc. but within a week, they were back to "normal" and moving on. Only the Tripawds folks continued to know what it was like and offer ongoing support. It's a great community for that!

So, if you are remembering something about Bruno one day and you feel like sharing it, we're here!

Hang in there,
Jackie

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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