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5 December 2009 - 10:07 pm
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It is the eve of Tazzie's 9th birthday and a big road trip! Come to think of it, it is the biggest road trip Tazzie has ever taken (crap, I had not thought of that). Even though I have often said how anxious this little boy is in the car, we made arrangements so that one human (yuck, humans) will always be in the back seat with him. That is usually enough to keep him sane, or at least to keep him safe. I do have tramadol on hand and plan to use it "as needed".

Well, except for the first four hours. There will only be one human (me) until we get to Fargo, where we meet human #2 at the airport. Ironically, human #2 is flying from Boise through Denver to Fargo, so that we can drive back to Fort Collins (near Denver). As I said, this is "the world that revolves around Tazzie".

We will keep you posted on the great adventure and might be lucky enough to meet a couple of tripawds along the way. Despite the massive purple boulder on his flank, which we plan to leave behind in Colorado, Tazzie is in great spirits. Cool

Livermore CA
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5 December 2009 - 10:12 pm
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Happy Birthday, Tazzie!  We'll be thinking of you as you take  your trip, and praying for the best.  Keep us posted!


Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

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5 December 2009 - 10:47 pm
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Best of luck on you road trip.  It does sound that you are fortunate enough to have some one who understands the importance of this trip.  I was appalled when I read about the lack of support from co-workers that Jake's mom posted.  I have always been fortunate enough to have people around who respected how deeply I felt.  I even met my wife at a dog obedience trial and her liscence plate read "Love Me - Love My Dogs."  I knew that the most important characteristic would be there with an attitude like that.

Keep us Posted.

Bob & Cherry

Oakland, CA
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5 December 2009 - 10:57 pm
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Dearest Tazzie,

Keep cool on your road trip! And don't miss your birthday wishes over in the Shout Outs forum! Best of luck on the road and at CSU. We will be thinking of you and sending you all of our strength and love.


Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack

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Wesley Chapel, FL
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5 December 2009 - 11:13 pm
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Happy Birthday Tazzie!!!!Superstar Wishing you and your mom a safe and good trip tomorrow!!! I hope and pray that the wonderful folks at CSU will be able to help you sweetie... We are all rooting for you!!!!Winker

Angel Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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5 December 2009 - 11:15 pm
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Tazzie, oooooh how we wish we could be there in Fort Collins to greet you! WOW! What an awesome birthday present! Getting the best care in the entire world and leaving that big tumor behind is something to celebrate! You are such a lucky pup!!

We are so bummed we aren't in Colorado right now, but like I told you, call us if you need ANYTHING, we have lots of contacts there who can be there for you if you need anything at all OK?

And have a hoppy, hoppy birthday!!!!!!! We love you!!!!

-Rene, Jim, Wyatt Ray & Spirit Jerry

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Kirkland, WA
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6 December 2009 - 8:29 am
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RAWWWWWR!!!!  Happy Birthday TazzMan!!!!  (that's my new name for him).  I hope your momma gets you a delicious treat for such a SPECTACULAR day! 

<3 Laura and Nibbler Jack

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6 December 2009 - 9:12 am
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Best of luck on your road trip. I will be thinking of you and Tazzie and wishing you well.

I just want to tell you what an amazing mom I think you are for doing this for him. Smile


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6 December 2009 - 10:28 am
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Happy Birthday and a road trip ( with all the extra love and goodies maybe you will even enjoy it) Safe travels and all the best at CSU. smiley9

Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

Montréal , Canada
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6 December 2009 - 9:16 pm
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Tazzie, did your mom let you drive her car today?? Winker

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Hope everything is going well.  Best thoughts are sent to you

Suzanne and Oslo

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6 December 2009 - 9:21 pm
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Posting from Motel 6 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

Today's travel was okay. In his usual form, Tazzie stood up to do his job as traffic copy for the entire 8-9 hr drive, getting a break when we picked up my friend in Fargo, ND. I gave Tazzie an extra tramadol around 6:30 and he actually did take a 3 min nap between 7:25 and 7:28, just before we got here. So the driving was okay, although I was a bit stressed that he would not lie down.

First town south of the Canadian x US border was "Oslo", so that was prophetic.

We are taking this trip with absolutely no expectations. The CSU oncologists had rather optimistic comments (she thought she was being realistic by saying asking if I would be disappointed that I came if he only got 2-3 months, but to me that seems wildy optimistic - how one's perspective changes once your dog has been diagnosed).

Yet the darn lump is literally growing hour by hour. The friend I picked up in Fargo also said it was larger by the time we got to Sioux Falls 4 hrs later! I left Tazzie in the car for about 45 min when we were at the airport. He started to worry the area, badly, by pulling off fur and there was a bit of blood (he has not shown any tendency to do this - I will NOT leave him alone any more or even sleep tonight). Right now he is trying to sleep on the 'bad' side, so can't quite get comfortable. (Why don't you roll over and sleep on your good side?!?)

Once we got back on the road, he was back to doing his job as traffic cop. But it HURTS. I clean the wound and it really hurts.

Shortly after we left Fargo, I was tempted to turn back to go home, so I asked my friend for his thoughts, expecting him to say that surely Tazzie was past the point of hope. Instead, he said how full of life Tazzie is, still happy and engaged in the world. He thinks we should try to get to CSU to see if they can do something. If they can great, and if they can't, well we will deal with it. Right now, despite the distance, I have no expectations. We will try to make it a good couple of days for Tazzie regardless of the outcome.

Best to all,

Susan and Tazzie II

Yay - he rolled over onto his good side and is now sleeping peacefully.

Montréal , Canada
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7 December 2009 - 9:38 am
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Tazzie boy,

We all know how fun acting as a traffic cop is

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but please try to get some rest while you are on the road

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P.S.  I can not believe there is an Oslo town in the USA.  I knew I was a very important being but not THAT important!! WOW!!

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