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29 December 2008 - 11:11 am
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 Last Monday I had the rare pleasure of leaving the office early. When I arrived at home, Andy! was not at the door to greet me as he usually did. I walked into my home to find him desperately trying to drag himself to the door. His hind legs simply stopped working at some point during the day.

 I scooped him up, put him in the car and went back to work ( I work at his vet clinic). I knew there was nothing left for me to do for him.

 His vet came in on her day off. The entire clinic staff was in tears. I am sad to say that we were all so devastated to lose him. He was the most up beat, incredible dog and the void created by his loss will heal, but never completely.  I am thankful for the four years I had with him, they were the best. I am thankful for his unwavering loyalty and love. I am thankful that when the time came, it was without doubt.  I just wish there was something more that could have been done.

 The next day, I had more than client come in and complain about the expense of their pet. It was all I could do from taking them aside and explaining to them that money spent on your pets health is some of the best money spent. That if all it took was dollars to have my dog be here and be happy and be healthy, that  I would gladly pay any amount.

There is no price for love.

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29 December 2008 - 4:51 pm
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Andy’s greatest fan:

I’m am so sad to hear about your loss and how long that ride must have been back to work…I’m sooooo sorry. Thank you for sharing your story during this really painful and difficult time…I wholeheartedly agree with you – there is no price for unconditional, innocent, faithful love.

I wish you peace



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29 December 2008 - 5:17 pm
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Andy’s Greatest Fan:

My heart goes out to you.  Jack, my 4 year old chocolate lab, was set free on Saturday 12/27, a little over 3 months post amputation.  He was doing amazing and had a sudden onset of lethargy – lung mets diagnosed on the 20th – he slowly declined for a week and we decided that Saturday morning was the day he was to go run free…. I’m absolutely heartbroken – I know how you feel.  He was with me through a lot and was so loyal and loving.  I will miss him terribly. 

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29 December 2008 - 6:38 pm
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Andy’s Greatest Fan,

I am so very sorry to hear about Andy’s passing.  It seems like there has been a lot of sadness on tripawds in the last few days, from bad news, to euthanization.  It must have broken your heart to see Andy trying to drag himself across the floor.  It’s always so devastating to lose a beloved pet and, thankfully, you were able to release him from his broken body which is one of the most beautiful gifts we can give to end suffering.

I’m sorry you had to put up with customers complaining about their bills.  There absolutely is no price that you can place when it comes to love.  They should be thankful that we have vets who devote their lives to helping our animals.

Our deepest condolences.

Love, Blazer, Kitty Kimber & Mom (Vicki)

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29 December 2008 - 8:51 pm
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People who think pets cost too much shouldn’t have pets. What these people don’t understand is that theseare not our "pets" … but our best friends, our closest companions, our soulmates.

Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss of Andy. Bless youfor jumping into action and taking such good care of him.

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30 December 2008 - 12:16 am
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Fly with the angels Andy, you are now pain free.

One of my favorite sayings is "If you can’t afford the Vet, you can’t have the pet". I live by that!

I have 5 greyhounds & they all get the gold standard of care. I have found ways to reduce some of the costs, but they still get the best care, yearly dentals, Sentinal, Frontline Plus, yearly vaccines, yearly bloodwork, ect. My dogs are all blood donors for our local speciality clinic, so when they need to go there (we always pray then never have to bee treated there!), we get a fairly good discount, and for their "service" they get their Sentinil & yearly vaccines. They also get bloodwork & exams each time they donate. My best friend is a vet, so she sells me the meds I need a her wholesale rate. I feed Purina Pro Plan & save weight seals for Vet checks.

I have spent close to 10K on Calamity this past year & would have spent much more if I had to! I agree, you can not put a price on love!

Janie & Calamity


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30 December 2008 - 6:35 am
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I’m so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing Cry

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Our hearts go out to you.  Run and play free of pain Andy.

Connie & Radar

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30 December 2008 - 8:22 pm
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We send Love to you as you greet your new life without the pain from your earthly body.

Andy’s Family,

Our deepest sympathies for your loss of your dear, dear friend.  


Barney B and Mom, Linda



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