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Maddie's tripawd story... so far!
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Tears are flowing at Tripawds HQ, I’m so truly sorry Jessica. I had hoped that by some miracle things would have turned around, and I’m so sad it didn’t. Cancer can be so mean.

You made a heartbreaking decision with all the love in your heart, putting aside your own grief until later, in order to give Maddie the eternal life and peace that she deserved. You didn’t wait until she was suffering, or until the sparkle in her eyes disappeared. Her body failed but her heart and soul was pure Maddie until her last breath. Be proud of yourself. This was not easy, but you walked the talk of “Better a day too early than a day too late,” that we all strive for but sometimes do not achieve. The tough call to set her free was the most compassionate, selfless gift to a dog who will never, ever be forgotten. Bless you two for being such amazing dog parents. No doubt, Maddie is proud of you too.

I love the beautiful ways you describe her personality and happy spirit. You knew her so well! And I am certain that somewhere in the universe her wide waggy circles and beautiful singing is sending ripples of Maddie Love across time and space, bringing joy to every living thing that her spirit touches, even the rabbits!

Maggie is an angel now, but you are always part of our family. As you cope in the coming weeks and months, lean on us when you need to. Share stories of your beautiful girl, and we will celebrate her beautiful life together. Take care of yourself and keep in touch. 

Much love and sympathy coming your way.

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It’s taken a bit to come here and post.  Jist sooooo sad and soooo many tears for you and with you.  As usual, I try and search for words, but none can be found.

Jerry said ever so beautifully and expressed how we all feel, but just couldn’t  find the words.

So I’m going to focus on what made me smile through the tears…..and certainly  the visual of Maddie going after the bunny with Jeremy trying to hold her up.  Yes, sass, sass and lots of sass.

I am so glad you jave that memory at that time to remind you she still had enough spark so you didn’t  regret “waiting too late”.  To have that memory is a gift she gave to you….and to us.

Regrettably, some more beloved family members  headed to the Rainbow  Bridge these past several days too.  Seven hears ago my Hapoy Hannah, along with three other tripawd members heeded  to the Bridge within days of each other too.  We called them APRIL’S ANGELS😇

So just know that they, along with Jerry and Wyatt, were there to greet Maddie as she ran free, ran rast and ran in all fours to greet them and to greet Barley💖  And I have ho soivt there were a few bunnies there for her to chase🐇

Surrounding  you w1ith our love and with appreciation  for getting to know this wonderful dog named Maddie and her hoomans who adore her..

Sall and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie .

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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I’ve come here a few times but haven’t been sure what to say or what I want to say. So for now I’ll just say thank you for the words and support. We are doing okay. sp_hearticon2


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Our dear Jessica  and Jeremy….you don need to say anything because we all understand❤

I k ow I would try and come back when mu Happy Hannah  transitioned and I would just look at the screen amd cry and not type anything.  Or, of I did it was theu tears.

But what did being me comfort and what we hope helps you, is knowing  you are surrounded  by those who understand  the heights of joy of this journey and the depths of despair when the earth journey is over.  We all share a bond, a connection, where no words are necessary…we get it.

As you can tell, Maddie touched us all and we are all so privileged to ge avle to get to know her and her devoted  hoomans.    You dont have ro be ‘here” posting,  because you and  Maddie are always “here”

With love

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

I do smile everytime I see her avatsr and think about her feisty self and how happy she is😊

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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Jessica and Jeremy – I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Maddie.  I loved reading your posts about her antics and her zest for life that continued when she became a tripawd.  It seemed like nothing could slow her down!  Griffin, too, experienced hind end paralysis at the end and oddly enough, I was grateful for that undeniable signal that allowed me to plan for his peaceful, loving transition, just as you were able to do with Maddie.  I know no amount of time would have been long enough for you to have her at your sides, but Maddie lived an amazing life because of your love and support, and I hope that brings you some measure of peace and comfort.  May her memory be a blessing. sp_hearticon2Stacy

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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