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4 January 2018 - 6:21 pm
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When I first got my little ginger spit fire in '05 I knew he would be my greatest love. I got him right after high school, so we grew up together. He became older, and wiser, and so did I. He was always by my side, my little sidekick. Our personalities were so alike. So when we got the news last year that his limp was definitely something to be concerned about, it was devastating. The xrays revealed his bone had been eaten away and was most likely cancerous. Having to act fast, we had his amputation the following week. That was the hardest time in my life. I felt so lost and confused, wondering if I did the right thing. Did I make the right choice for him? Will he be the same goofy goober cat I knew and loved? I could not have made it through that time without the Tripawds community. 

He proved me so wrong. Just hours after bringing him home he hoped out of his crate, and used the litter box that was across the room! I was shocked. I was told his appetite may be less during recovery, but he ate voraciously. I knew nothing would slow him down. 

He got better, his glorious ginger hair grew back. He ran around all crazy kitty like, jumped onto the kitchen counters, did everything the way he used to do before his surgery. 

A year passes, we celebrate his 1 year ampuversary, thinking he's beaten it. But then his eyes became cloudy, his steps began to falter. He was beginning to slow down. We took him to the vet multiple times, did more bloodwork and tried to make him feel better. Gave him supplements and eye drops. But nothing worked. He only got worse. 

Within a week he stopped eating. He stopped walking, and was barely opening his eyes. We took him to the vet one final time. We did a set of xrays and the cancer had spread to his lungs. There was nothing we could do. 

I feel like I lost him twice. I wasn't sure he would live past his amputation, let alone thrive. And to see him go downhill so quickly was devastating. We lost him on January 2nd 2018. Just a little over a year from his amputation. He was only 12. 

He was my goofy goob because he would purr so loud and make this silly face. The night before we lost him, he slept in his usual spot next to me, and I woke up to his purrs. I would give anything to have that again. I miss him terribly. 

I'm putting this post up because I want to share his story. I want people to know how hard he fought. He inspired me daily and brought me so much joy. I hope time will allow me to feel joy again thinking about him. 

Thank you Tripawds community, for always being here when I need you. 

Sleep well my dear baby boy. We miss you terribly. Run free now. Wait for me, Shmagegy. We love you very much. 

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5 January 2018 - 10:33 am
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Oh my gosh my heart goes out to you, I'm so sorry about Shmagegy. Thank you for letting us know, and for showing others that there IS life after a cancer diagnosis. I know it wasn't nearly long enough afterward though, and my heart aches for you.

It's so hard to lose such a close family member, especially one who has been there through thick and thin. There's no doubt that your heart is shattered and it will take time to heal. Give yourself lots of space, it's so early, be good to yourself and know that you did the best you could with him. There's never enough time with our animals, but you were able to pack a lot of great memories into his life, and for that, his spirit will always shine brightly in your heart.

We would love to see some photos of him, do you have any you'd like to share? Your original post included Photobucket images and unfortunately they're not available anymore because of their new pay-only policy (don't get me started!). So if you have any images hosted elsewhere, post them here, or message me and I'd be happy to help post them for you OK?

All our condolences and love are coming your way. May the memories of Shmagegy's goofy personality and funny antics help you through the grief. {{{hugs}}}}

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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5 January 2018 - 5:17 pm
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I'm so sorry for your loss of sweet Shmagegy!  When we loose a furry friend that has been with us through all of life's ups and downs it is indeed soul shattering.  I hope your memories of your sweet boy and mighty warrior will someday be able to bring a smile as you think of him.  He was lucky to have been so loved by you and you were lucky to have been loved by him.  Fly free new Angel!  Sending you healing light and many hugs!  If you care to we'd love to hear more about your how he got his unusual there's a story there.  

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I'm so terribly sorry for the loss of your sweet boy. What you write is so moving, and it is clear what a remarkable cat he was, how courageous and determined and how much he meant to you. I love the way you describe him purring and pulling his goofy face.

Sending love, deepest condolences and a big warm hug.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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6 January 2018 - 10:49 am
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I know your heart is broken right now.  We all cry with you over the loss of this little SPITFIRE!   And goodness knows, you gave him extra pain free bonus time to continue ro be his little spitfire self! 

And that's what Shmagegy wants you to remember.....all those thousands of happy memories he shared with you.  Those are the memories that will eventually clue your broken heart back together.

Shmagegy is part of our family and we will continue to share his story of inspiration and determination with anyone starting this journey. His life mattered and he will never be forgotten here!  Your loving bond...your unbreakable bond will always be remembered here.

And yes, when you can, please shsre more abput this very sweet Soul and everything that made him so extraordinary!

Lve and light

Sally 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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11 January 2018 - 10:50 am
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So sorry to read our SUPER HERO Shmagegy had to leave. We are so sorry for you loss! I also went back to your original post


and the photobucket images WERE replaced with the error/ransom notice ! WERE past tense they have been replaced with Shmagegy pictures again and they wont leave now. Will post your super hero picture here as well because our Tripawd warriors are always remembered and honored here!

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Shmagegy is whole and running on all 4 happy and healthy again, you gave him a extended painfree life and a year of precious memories for you all! He will wait patiently for you!
Watch & listen for signs he will show you he is ok!

Fly Free Shmagegy you no longer need a cape you now have wings!

Holly & Purrkins❤️


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11 January 2018 - 1:00 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost good to see the adorable Shmagegy photo again!   HOLLY, you are so kind to restore those for the UNFORGETTABLE Shmagegy.  You are a gift to all of us...and FUbucket's worse nightmare.

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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