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7.5 year old Great Dane with osteosaroma in front leg- SAD UPDATE
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12 December 2010
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26 January 2011 - 5:58 pm
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I am so saddened to hear this. Zane nearly passed during surgery as well. His blood pressure dropped and required hapastat to get him going again. This is the 3rd Dane to die during surgery in the past 2 weeks. I just lost one of my wobbler group members yesterday.

I am so sorry that Sterling has died far too soon. {{{ Hugz }}} from afar.

RIP sweet Angel Sterling

Jenny & the Z Pack in NC   

Amazing Zane the Dane

wobblers syndrome - 4 spinal & 3 acl surgeres         

amp 12/8/10

                            The wonderful thing about Tiggers ~ Is Tiggers are wonderful things

                        Their tops are made out of rubber ~ Their bottoms are made out of springs!                                                                                

26 January 2011 - 5:58 pm
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I am so sorry you lost Sterling so suddenly.  Please don't second guess yourself.  It sounds like you were doing your very best to give him the best chance at a pain free life.

Please come back if you need to talk.  Nothing anyone can say can dampen the shock and pain, but all of us here understand the connection we have with our pups and how devastating the loss can be.  



Edmonton, Alberta
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26 January 2011 - 6:55 pm
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Oh, how awful. I am SO sorry for your loss...

Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

 Catie Caitlin 

Mount Pleasant, Ia
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26 January 2011 - 7:44 pm
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we are so very sorry for your loss.. please accept our deepest condolences...

Coopsdad/ Kenneth Blackburn

the monkeydogs only THINK they have invaded the tripawd state

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26 January 2011 - 8:10 pm
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I am so very sorry for your loss.  It is always tragic to lose one of our heros.  It is even harder when it is during surgery.  My heart goes out to you.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 January 2011 - 9:10 pm
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Oh, oh, oh!  I'm incredibly sorry for you and your family.  I looked forward to hearing about Sterling.  I wanted to get to know him. 

My hope is that you'll come back and be apart of this community.  It's not fair.  And we'll will help you get through this.  I promise you it will be therapy to come over and tell us about Sterling.  Plus, we do care and want to know more. 

My deepest condolences,

Angel in Pink Comet's Mom

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

Linden, MI
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27 January 2011 - 4:57 am
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I am so sorry about Sterling. How heartbreaking! I was so looking forward to learning more about him. My heart goes out to you as you grieve your loss.

Licks and leans,

Queen Nova and mom Sue

Dane Mom Sue at and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

Greater Western Washington area
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27 January 2011 - 5:07 am
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This is so horribly sad.  I am so sorry.  I hope that it brings you comfort that you were trying to do everything you could to save Sterling.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of grief.

Elizabeth and Sammy and family

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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27 January 2011 - 4:37 pm
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I am so very sorry about your Sterling.  This is devastating incredibly sad.  I know how heartbroken you must be.  Your Sterling was such a gorgeous boy.


I know you were doing all you could to take good care of your precious boy and I am so sorry how it turned out.


Deepest and most sincere condolences.


Hugs from Angel Honeygurl's pack

Dx Osteosarcoma  3/31/10.  Amputation 7/21/10. Honey put up a valiant fight and lost her battle 9/22/10. Missing her and treasuring 9 years with our Honeygurl.

Calgary, AB
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27 January 2011 - 7:29 pm
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I am so very sorry for your sudden and tragic loss. I have no words that will ease your pain. Please, as Angel Comet's Mum said, come back and tell us all about your lovely Sterling. He seemed like such a great boy. My heart is breaking for you.

Laura and Angel Tai

Tai – 9 yr old lab. Diagnosed Osteosarcoma Dec 18/09. Front right leg amputated Dec 21/09. Started chemo Jan 7/10. Lung mets discovered Sept 16/10. Valiant to the end on Oct 26/10 when cancer reappeared in a leg and we made the decision to set her free. Forever in my heart where not even cancer can take her from me.

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27 January 2011 - 7:42 pm
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I am very sad to hear of the loss of your big boy.  It is hard to say what might have happened but a lot of times these big dogs can have an undiagnosed heart disease called cardiomyopathy.  Some dogs have no symptoms (cough or audible heart murmur) so unless your vet does a special test such as an echocardiogram or ECG it could be missed until the anesthetic stresses out the heart muscle.  Danes are also prone to a disease called Addison's disease which affects the adrenal gland so that in times of stress the body does not make enough cortisol so can't respond well and the animal will "crash".

I am very sorry.


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30 January 2011 - 10:47 am
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Thank you all for your kind words. I really appreciate them. The vets had Sterling's leg almost off and he started to hemorrhage. They stopped the bleeding but there must have been too much strain on his heart. His blood pressure and pulse had dropped and then his heart stopped. They tried everything they could to bring him back but nothing worked. We never expected to lose him during surgery. We are still in shock. A few weeks ago we didn't even know anything was wrong with him and now he is gone. He had been limping a bit and had one day of really bad pain but the medication they added for the pain and the basically bed rest for him made him seem perfectly normal. He was a beautiful dog on the outside but even more beautiful inside. We miss him badly. It still feels very surreal.

Thank you all again and thanks for having such a wonderful forum! I will definitely keep visiting!



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