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Kinzi & What She Taught Me About My Life on 2 Legs
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12 August 2020 - 5:36 pm
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Hi folks, 

It's been awhile but wanting to update you on our new normal 3 months later & share the article on Medium inspired by our journey. I feel like y'all could uniquely relate. 

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In case you've forgotten, this is her! She's been going on lots of adventures and sunbathing in the yard whenever she can. She has adjusted so well to life on 3. 

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She has the world's best dog dad. This her dog backpack & one of their walking adventures. She's so content and happy in this picture. Had to share the cuteness. 

This is my article on Medium: What My 3 Legged Dog Taught Me About Life on 2 Legs smiley4


And one more for the road: 

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She is completely indifferent to the Snufflemat we got her but continues to enjoy brain games. 

Thank you all for your light, your support, and your honesty. Things are so so much better than they were a few months ago. 

Take care, 

Ashley (Kinzi's mom) 

New York, NY
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12 August 2020 - 6:40 pm
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Hi Ashley!  Kinzi looks amazing and I'm so happy (but not surprised!) to hear how well she has adjusted to life as a tripawd.  Your article is so very inspiring.  You put into words things that I have been feeling and articulated new ideas (such as being lucky to love a being for their entire life and witness their growth through changes) that made me appreciate my life with Griffin even more.  Thank you for that gift!  ~ Stacy

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.


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12 August 2020 - 7:42 pm
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When the student is ready,  the teacher shall appear👍

You did a stellar job of capturing  all the lessons this sweet Kjnzi came here to teach you.  I have a feeling she has a lot more life lessons to share as you both continue  to evolve together. 😎

These pictures are priceless, abs priceless!  She is such an adorable, happy little Soul.  I remember  when you first shared how joyful Kinzi  was when she first got her own backpack to be "chauffeured" around in..  Her hooman seems to enjoy it almost  as much as she does!

Thank you for sharing  your insight into all the wisdom gained by being a companion  to Kinzi, and she to you.  You two are touching  lives in pawsitive  ways you may never know.


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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Thank you Ashley for the photos and your excellent article. The photos of Kinzi are adorable. She is so expressive! sp_hearticon2

I love learning what Kinzi taught you. Very similar to what I learned from my cat Mona but you brought out more things that I haven't considered. For example "Lesson 2: You don't need 1/4 of the things you think you do." I thought how does Ashley know I can get rid of 25% of my clothes, extra sheets, towels and cat toys? My cat can lose a leg and I can lose some stuff and still enjoy life. 

It is a privilege to love a being their whole life and go with the flow of their changes. I've seen Mona become more of who she is, to her making friends at the vet clinic, to be curious about car rides, to live out on the deck 16 hours a day because that's her choice, to become a protector of her older, bigger brother cat.

Seeing Kinzi's photos and reading your words allowed me to take time to appreciate Mona for sharing her life with me.


Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona 

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12 August 2020 - 8:38 pm
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I loved your article.  The first few sentences sounded so familiar. After my divorce I also wanted to get Brownie another house, and promised him I would. And the day came when we moved into our new home. Soon after buying the house Brownie was diagnosed with OST Bone Cancer and had amputation.

You are absolutely correct when you say we can certainly learn so much from are tripawds. 

Thanks for sharing.

Nancy and Angel Brownie

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!

Brownie Bubba Bell

04/01/2007 - 03/05/2020

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12 August 2020 - 8:57 pm
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Awww. Nancy❤❤❤

Kerren...very nice...thanks for sharing your inner tnoughts❤❤❤

Ashley, it must warm your heart to know Kinzi's lessons are full of enlightenment  for all of 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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BRAVO! smiley_clap It's SUPER COOL to see how well she's doing! Thank you for the pupdate!

Ashley you so perfectly summed up what it's like to go through this journey. I'm adding it to our Resources page, it's so timeless and beautiful, just like Kinzi!

My favorite lesson was #3:

Lesson 3: It is a privilege to love someone for their whole lives and witness how they change.

Getting to love so many versions of the same being — human or otherwise — is a beautiful thing.

This is SO TRUE, especially when it comes to physical changes. It's part of nature, nobody escapes a body's changes while they are wearing earth clothes. Ask me, I just turned 51 smiley3! Haha! Sometimes these changes happen in the least expected ways, like an amputation. The process is emotional and tough for us as humans, but if we can learn to appreciate, be compassionate and embrace whatever changes happen to us or our non-human family members during our short lifetimes on this earth, well, we can grow as humans and spread that awareness and love to all the beings we encounter along the way.

I love this, thank you so much for sharing. Kinzi just melts my heart. What a great photo! Mind if we add it to the Tripawds Photo gallery? 

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