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28 September 2020 - 10:00 am
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We get it Patricia.  The only way through this is to take it one minite at a time.  Cry until you can't  cry some  more, then cry some more.  And you will for a ,long time.  The human mind seems to focus on anything negative itcan find when your emotions are so raw and your heart feels like it's stopped beating.   Uou feel like you can't  take uour next breath.  Yiur world has stopped while the rest of the world for others continues  on.

Yes, we get it.  We also get that EVENTUALLY, ever so slowly, the happy mem6 will start to creep in.  Slowly  you will smile at that hapoy memory.   Doesn't  mean your grief won't  continue to come in waves sometimes, but does mean your heart will soon feel with hapoy memories.   It means  that you will always feel Artik nestling  in your heart.  With each happy memory , he becomes more and more embedded in your heart and Soul.

Don't  push it, because  it's not possible.  Just do whatever it takes to get through  the day.  

Artik's legacy here is furever.  The bond you shared, the joy we all had in watch him live .life fully as a happy, happy boy!  That's  his tribute.   He already wrote it♥️

With love

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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29 September 2020 - 6:46 pm
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Patricia, we have been through this, and we get it. To tell you the truth I thought I understood before Brownie passed, but once he passed I knew I was no way even close to under standing the pain at the end of this journey. But as I said I would do it all over again, and would not trade the time Brownie and I had for anything, and I know you feel the same. It took me three months to do Brownies tribute. You need to take this time to grieve. The tribute will come when you are ready, and I know it will be beautiful! You wrote you wanted to stay a member of th is community and help others. Do you realize how proud Arktik is of his mom? I know he has a twinkle in his eye, and a big smile on that beautiful face!

Reach out here anytime, and you have my contact information. Keeping you in my prayers...

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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11 February 2021 - 5:35 pm
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Hello Everyone,

I'm heartbroken to hear about the passing of Griffin today. Griffin and Arktik shared a very similar story, same age, amputation few days apart, spectacular recovery for both and I like to believe that if they would have met in real life they would have been best friend, just the best dog souls one can dream of. Stacy and I always referred to them as our Tripawd twins. They were both enjoying life to the fullest and I like to think they are both enjoying their time together now. 

It now has been almost 5 months since Arktik's passing. I meant to connect back here so many times, but I still find it so difficult to think about what we have been through that I decided that I would wait to feel a bit stronger. I don't feel there yet, but a bit better than in the fall (I'm not gonna lie, Christmas time was hard). 

I still miss my baby wolf so much and still somewhat traumatized by everything that happened. I will never regret having tried everything we could to give him few more months. We enjoyed it to the fullest. Spending everyday together and enjoying a great beach vacation. I hate this disease with passion (even if that's pointless) I want to make a tribute for Arktik, but again I know going through all the photos and videos will be very hard. So when I have the courage to do it, I will definitely share it here as everyone have been such an important part of this whole process. I could not have done it without the support of this community. 

My tears are flowing right now thinking about Griffin and Arktik.. and all of your wonderful dogs here (I think about Jerry, Brownie. and all the others, who I did not have the chance to know but my heart is with all of them who had to fight this awful disease.

This community is the best, I am so happy to be part of it. sp_hearticon2

Take Care everyone. 

Patricia

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11 February 2021 - 5:54 pm
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Hi Patricia it is so good to hear from you. When I am on this site I always wonder how you are doing. I was going to message you a couple of times but I thought you may need some time.

Five months is not long at all. Some wise women on this site told me I would always miss Brownie as you will always miss your boy. Next month will be a year since Brownie passed and I still get emotional but sometimes I will remember something and I will laugh out loud from the GUT! A real belly laugh.

Always remember when we have their memories they will never diesp_hearticon2

It is really good to know you are doing ok. Stay in tough. Hey we are having a Zoom group hug on March 5th to honor the pets we lost and to cheer on the ones currently going through this journey. Would love to see you there!

Nancy and Angel Brownie

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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11 February 2021 - 6:06 pm
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Hi Nancy,

I have been thinking of you during these tough months. Your support from the beginning means the world. I would be very happy to be part of the zoom group. That's a great idea.

A year already...we can think of all of them happily running together now. 

Talk to you soon

Patricia

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11 February 2021 - 7:23 pm
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That is great Patricia! Would love to see you and hear more about the Amazing Arktik.

Here is the link, I think lol

https://tripawd.....y-on-zoom/

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

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11 February 2021 - 9:15 pm
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Patricia, thank you for being here. We think of Arktik often and understand how it can be so difficult to return. Don't ever feel badly about that, everyone is different in how they cope. When and if you are ready, we will be here. And we would love to see you on the Zoom call! Thanks for remembering that Nancy. During the last week of February I'll post a Tripawds News blog post with all the current details.

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I hope you do find  comgort in knowing  you are surrou ded by fellow human beings  who understand the death of your love, the depth of devotion and care this journey brings out, the depth of joy as we celebrate each  glorious day of Artik being Artik..and we understand the depth of grief when our heroes head free to The  Rainbow Bridge

We are so glad you did check in, and we alao understand how hard it is to come back.  Some do.  Some don't.  Some do sometimes.  Whatever feels right to that person is all that matters.  Whether a family member is here on the site or not, the memory of  each dog and cat that traveled  this journey with us will ALWAYS be with us here and never forgotten.

Focus on  how happy Artik  was frolicking  at the beach and smile......I did.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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