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Tripawd Molly celebrates 1-year ampuversary with 10-day canoe trip (videos)
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Golden, CO
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16 August 2008
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22 October 2009 - 7:19 am
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Molly, the nearly 13-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, celebrated her 1-year ampuversary with humans Doug and Heidi by taking a 10-day canoe trip in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota this summer. She spent the time between difficult portages resting in the front of the canoe. At camp, Molly took every available opportunity to swim using her Ruffwear Floatcoat. Selected videos are shared here. Many more can be found on by searching for user "chessiehound." Comments are welcome and encouraged.

We hope Molly's success story provides hope and inspiration for so many others going through what the three of us endured last summer. She still shows no signs of slowing down as she approaches her 13th birthday this January.

Molly was diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma (grade 3 with hystiocytic markers) and had her front leg amputated on August 15th 2008.  We had a wonderful two years with her until she passed at age 13.5 on August 29th 2010.  As far as we could tell, her cancer never returned.

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22 October 2009 - 8:49 am
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Completely awesome guys!  Way to go Molly.

You are definitely sharing the message that not only Tripawds can have a good life, but the older ones also!



Kim and Spirit Tika

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22 October 2009 - 9:00 am
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It is hard to know where to start, so first is congratulations upon reaching such a wonderful milestone.  Every day is worthy of celebration but reaching the one year mark is worthy of a very special celebration.  While we may be late (not know exactly when Molly's apuversary occured), we will be raising our glasses and celebrating vicariously with you.

One of my pet inputs is to remember to treat the spirit as well as the body.  Find something that our TriPawds love and exploit that love to provide purpose in their lives.  There is no better example of the point that I try to make than Molly, Doug, and Heidi.  Molly is clearly loving every moment and it not only provides an excellent quality to Molly's life, but it provides her with the desire to fight.  There may be another trip just around the corner of the calendar.

We tip our hats in admiration and reverence to you.  Thanks for sharing and providing encouragement and inspiration to all of us newbees.  (We will not make our one year for another four weeks.)

Bob & Cherry

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22 October 2009 - 10:03 am
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Awesome indeed! Thanks for sharing. here's to many more very Hoppy Ampuversaries! 🙂

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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22 October 2009 - 11:29 am
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Wonderful!  What a fun trip and a great way to celebrate a year!

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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22 October 2009 - 12:25 pm
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WOW! Those videos of Molly were beautiful and inspirational!  Looks like Molly had such a great time... Thank you so much for posting them! I'll definitely look up the rest of the videos on your You Tube site! Happy Ampuversary Molly!!!

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!

Northern Indiana
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22 October 2009 - 2:54 pm
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Thank you for sharing Molly's beautiful smile and celebration with us. It is true that we all appreciate every milestone. It is clear that you have focused on living with cancer, not dying of cancer!! Take care and enjoy every moment with her....she is an inspawration!!

Take care, Gineej & Paris

Grateful for every moment we had with Paris… regrets!

Honoring her life by opening our hearts & home to Addy!

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22 October 2009 - 6:14 pm
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A wonderful trip, dog and videos! Thanks for sharing this with us! Molly seems to be enjoying her golden years very much.

Susan and Tazzie 2

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