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15 year old Pomeranian with enlarged heart and grade 4-5 heart murmur.
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13 June 2016 - 11:36 am
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Thank you for posting these for me 🙂

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13 June 2016 - 11:39 am
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What a cutie!   Is that a cat up on the bed with our new tripawd?

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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13 June 2016 - 12:42 pm
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I’m so glad she made it and is doing well! :*)

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13 June 2016 - 1:34 pm
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OOOOOOOMMMMMMDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness for the CUTENESS ALERT ! I just turned into one big huge grin 🙂

CANNOT believe Sarah is fifteen!!!! I keep thinking maybe we’re being “punked” because she looks like the most ADORABLE stuffed toy we’ve ever seen!

Thanks for posting these Karen!!

Still grinning….one big huge grin!

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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17 June 2016 - 11:02 am
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What a cutie!   Is that a cat up on the bed with our new tripod?  Yes, that is my baby Gideon.  He loves her so much, although she pays him no attention.  He is always looking for a way to snuggle up to her before she runs away.  

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17 June 2016 - 11:03 am
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Yes, that is my baby Gideon. He loves her so much, although she pays him no attention. He is always looking for a way to snuggle up to her before she runs away. laughing

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17 June 2016 - 11:06 am
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Thank you Benny55.  Sometimes I think I’ve counted the years wrong lol, but then I remember she was just a year younger than my youngest child which is 16 nowlaughing.  She shocks everyone, even the vets.



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17 June 2016 - 10:22 pm
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What a fabulous story. I love your determination. That little Sarah is mighty determined to hang in there also.

Is Sarah wearing jeans in that one photo? I reckon she’d be darn cute in a cowboy hat!!! 

Your baby Gideon is a real love. Maybe he’ll be able to sneak in a snuggle when Sarah is napping. My sweet cat Eli stood watch over my tripawd Mona when she came home after surgery. He was very sweet to her but she, like your Sarah, won’t allow him to touch her. Yet at the vets Mona climbs on top of Eli to comfort him. They sure can have funny relationships.

You have a fabulous pet family. I wish Sarah many more years defying all the odds.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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27 July 2016 - 1:52 pm
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Thank you!  She was wearing leggings.  



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28 July 2016 - 11:12 am
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What a gorgeous teddy bear you’ve got there heart

I was really moved by Sarah’s story, you are MARVELLOUS pawrents  clap 

I raise a glass also to Planned Pethood, really fantastic how they treated your baby girl and even “lent” you a Pomeranian whilst Sarah was going through surgery!

Wishing you and Sarah all the best and sending you a big hug and lots of ear scratches to your gorgeous “teddy bear”heart

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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12 August 2016 - 11:51 am
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It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to inform you all that we lost our little Sarah girl on 7/22/2016.  It seemed like it was over night. We had to let her go one day before her 2 month ampuversary (not sure if this is spelled correctly).  She developed kennel cough and the coughing was way too much for her already enlarged heart. Her heart murmur progressed from a grade 3-4 to a 6 in a matter of weeks.  She was coughing so hard she was busting blood vessels in her throat.  X-ray revealed that her heart was so enlarged it was crushing her lungs.  Vet couldn’t understand how she still looked so good.  Not once did Sarah ever pass out.  Her tongue remained pink.  Her internal X-ray views did not look anything like she appeared from the outside. Up until the day we said goodbye, Sarah was still very alert and barking at all the other dogs at the vets office.  She even begged to go out an do her business 15 minutes before she was put down. She was exhausted when they took us back to a room, she could hardly sit up. Although she was resting in her stroller, she would look up at me every 15-20 seconds to make sure I was still there.  My heart broke in a million pieces that day.  I will always, remember and miss what a strong little girl she was all the way up to the end.  Everyone says it will get easier as the months pass.  Today makes 3 weeks to the day we said goodbye and I am missing her so much.  I feel like I’ve lost a piece of my heart. I know I will get through this, but right now I am struggling.  Thank you everyone for all of your kind words.  

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I have yet to figure out how to upload pictures.  I do have a few more pictures of Sarah I would like to share.  If anyone is willing to share them for me, I would greatly appreciate it.  Please message me your email and I will send you the pictures.  Thanks!

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I’m so sorry for your loss of Sarah.  You and she made such a great team and you left no stone unturned for your beautiful girl to be healthy and happy.  She had such a great life with you full of love.  Know she is now running free, healthy and whole at the bridge.  Know she is happy.  Know she lives in your heart and soul until you are together again.  When you love fully you grieve fully.  Allow yourself the time to grieve.  The void they leave is deep.  It doesn’t heal easily but someday in the future may your joyful memories of this sweet girl take over the hole left in your heart and begin to heal it.  Sending you love and healing hugs at this hardest of times.  I’m sorry I would absolutely love to help you with pictures but I still haven’t mastered posting them either.  I’m sure one of the others who know how to do that will be honored to post your pictures for you and I’m looking forward to seeing them.  Know this entire Tripawd nation grieves with you.

XXXOOO

Linda, Riley & Spirits Mighty Max & Ollie

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Ohhh no! I’m so sorry to learn this news. Sarah was such a strong puppy, it’s hard to believe things happened in the blink of an eye. I know this hurts so much, but please know that you did everything an animal could ever hope for. You are an awesome doggie parent and there were no stones you left unturned to help her live a great life.

I honestly believe that our animal’s spirits stay with us for all time. No doubt that Sarah will be by your side, always lighting up the way and showing you that life is good as a beautiful angel princess.

If you would like me to post some photos just email them to me. I know trying to figure out adding images when you’re already stressed is difficult, and I’d be honored to post them for you OK?

Much love & condolences coming your way…

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Oh noooooo …. I am so, so, so sorry for your loss crying

There are no words at moments like these …

Sarah lives for ever in your heart, you loved her and she loved you in the same measure and I am sure she really appreciated all you’ve done for her.

Unfortunately we can only do so much and there is a moment where we can no longer help …

Please try and take comfort in the fact you did everything that was possible and stood by your baby girl until the moment where she crossed the bridge.

She is the brightest star in the sky and is watching over you.

Memories never die, you are united in your heart and you will meet again one day. 

Sending you all my love, my heart is with yours and Sarah’sheart

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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