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14 April 2016 - 9:22 am
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Patty, my heart goes out to you. Right now you are in the same boat as Neka’s mom Stephanie, you should hop on over to her post. I know you can both relate at a time like this.

Please let me know if I can help with videos or photos. Here are instructions on adding images to the Forums.

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14 April 2016 - 3:20 pm
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Thank you Jerry, I did see her posts and responded as best I can right now.  We are in the exact same boat and share a lot of similarities.  I thank you and all of you here for continuing to support me right now.  Sometimes I feel as if my family is just over it (and over my constant sadness and crying)and I am in the exact same spot.  Everyone grieves differently, but for me this is a very open wound.  

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Patty

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14 April 2016 - 9:58 pm
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No timeframe for grieve Patty. Not here anyway. Grief is soooo personal, so individual. No one should try and “compare” the way you grieve with how they grieve.

As caring as family and friends are, no one can understand the intensity of this journey. No ine can understand the void after caring for Baron as you have. No one can understand the devastation when Baron got the piece of crap sgain. No one can understand how you frantically tried to find a treatment to get you more quality time with your boy. No ine can understand how we replay everything in oir head over and over.

We understand though Patty. We understand how your world has stopped. We understand the emptiness. We understand the waves of grief that come with such a vengence you don t think you can take your next breath.

We also understand that no one could jave done more for Baron than you. No one could jave provided with more loving and spoiling than you!. No one could have made everyday “Baron Day” chocked full.of fun and happiness better than you! Baron felt lpved and cared for every single day of his life and that is where your focus needs to be.

Would you do Baron a favor right now? Yeah, really! Clpse your eyes for a few moments, take a few deep breaths and let the first time you saw Naron come into your mind. Visualize how cute he was. Visualize how you knew he was the dog for you. Visualize how happy he was to be your new pal!! It makes Baron so happy to see a smile on your face.

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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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18 April 2016 - 10:37 am
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Well, going into the second week without my Baron.  Not feeling much better.  Thought the beautiful weather we have had here in chicago would help, but no such luck. I am not crying constantly anymore, but just feel so lost and empty. Still haven’t put away all his things. Have his ashes right next to my bed. Why is is that the simplest of every day tasks seem impossible during times of grieving? My attitude of it can wait continues. 

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18 April 2016 - 1:49 pm
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Anyone who has ever lost a pet totally understands how you feel, it’s not unusual, not one bit, so I hope you can take some comfort in that. Don’t be in a hurry to put away his things if you’re not ready, there’s no rush there either. Maybe making a little shrine out of his favorite toy, a photo, little keepsakes, will help? It definitely helped us.

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18 April 2016 - 2:03 pm
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You jave been on the most intense journey any of us could be on since 2013. The intensity became “nor.al” so you adjusted and didn’t notice how exhausting it was on a subconscious level (emotionally, physically). And then the intensity ratcheted up to the forefront again when sweet Baron was diagnosed again.

Your emotions are still soooo raw. Everything is still so fresh. Be easy on yourself…don’t judge yourself…treat yourself as you would a good friend. What woul you tell your giid friend? Grief cannot be ignored. It jas to be dealt with and moved through….with no timeframe attached. Be gentle with your broken heart. TRY and have patience knowing with absolute certainty you WILL get to better days! And that’s a promise from Baron!! He KNOWS eventually all the great memories you shared will come to the forefront.

Your grief matches your depth of love. Yoir entire Being jas been hammered and you jave lost all ..motivation and have zero energy for anything right now. This is all “normal” and it stinks! It does not last forever though, and that’s a promise from those of us who understand! Let your procrastination be your friend right now. Consider it as a way your body is usi g all reserves to work through this grief.

We are all right here for you…and we understand.

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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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18 April 2016 - 2:06 pm
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I just wanted to add something from the lighter side of things. Harmony came to visit me yesterday as I found her bag with all her belongings in it. We had moved and I put all her stuff in the bag for safe-keeping. As I reverently picked it up and held it in my arms, I progressed to opening it and was hit with the stinkiest, worstest (I know it’s not a word, but it fits), wet dog you could ever imagine. WHEW! Girl, I hope they got some “skunk-away” at the Bridge!

Good God I miss that girl.sad

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

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Aw……I get it!  Wouldn’t you give anything for some of that stink?  Sweet babies.  Today I went and did a spin class this morning, which I do regularly.  the last two weeks I basically just went thru the motions but did not come out feeling better as I usually do.  Today in spin I saw a small glimpse of me and how I use to feel.  It was only for a flash but it made me cry, right there in spin class.  Thankfully the music was loud and I just dropped my head and kept pedaling. But it was nice to see that optomistic happy girl, if only for a second.  Hoping to see more of her in the future.  You kind folks here certainly are helping.

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19 April 2016 - 12:32 pm
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YAY for really old stink as the best memory ever!! Harmony had to get a kick out of that!!

Deb, you know when you said you saw of tiny glimpse of your old self come back!? .. We all need to relate our grief to the amputation recovery process. .. Remeber how it seemed sometimes that our dogs/cats would NEVER get their sparkle back? …We didn’t think we would ever see them be who they were before. … And slowly but surely, the sparkle came back, bit by bit. .. Slowly but surely they returned to their “normalcy”. …A scar formed where their incision was. . The wound healed, but there was still a slight scar…just like our grief process. .. Hold onto that, okay?

Much love to you

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Thank you Sally, I am trying.  A member kindly offered to post some photos here for me so they should be up shortly. Much love to you as well.

Patty

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20 April 2016 - 10:41 am
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I was able to upload some pictures of the most Handsome Baron, I put them all in a Tribute post.

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS IN THIS TRIBUTE POST

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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20 April 2016 - 10:42 am
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Awwwww . . . .

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

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