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9 1/2 year old Saint Bernard newly diagnosed
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The Rainbow Bridge



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3 January 2024 - 9:03 pm
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Oh you beautiful girl! We needed to see you today now more than ever. Thank you for bringing hope to all of us, putting a smile on our faces, and showing us what pure joy looks like. I'm so happy you are living every day to the fullest! 

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4 January 2024 - 4:20 am
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So good to see Ophelia is doing well ! Delighted to see the spryng  & stopping the Palladia helped👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 whoo hoo
Hoppy New Year
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4 January 2024 - 5:15 am
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I actually saw a Saint Bernard the other day and found myself wondering whatever happened to Ophelia.... I'm so glad that this is a case of no news is good news!

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24 January 2024 - 9:31 am
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This made my day to see Orphelia looking so happy!  I’m so glad that one of the things you did (or the combination) seems to have helped.  I’m still considering the Spryng injection for Bianca.  I decided against Librela which her vet advised for the time being.  While I have seen so many positive reports, I also came across a Facebook group with some very negative experiences that made me think twice about it. I’d rather try Spryng first if she is a candidate.  

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12 February 2024 - 9:08 pm
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@Eustacia - I was about 12 hours from beginning Librela for Ophelia but cancelled after seeing that FB page!  Horrifying!  It should only be considered as a an absolute last resort.  We did a steroid and hylouronic acid injection instead and it helped A LOT!  

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12 February 2024 - 9:16 pm
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Hi Tripawds community.  It’s been a while since I’ve updated and will try to do so soon.  But today is Ophelia’s 10th Birthday!  This is a major milestone for any Saint Bernard but especially one who has gone through what she has over the past eight months. I want to share what i wrote for her on Facebook earlier today as well as some videos of her life up to now because I’m so dang proud of her!  Thanks for being there for her and us.  This website is an invaluable resource!  
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Happy Birthday Ophelia! Ten years ago today the sweetest, most loving, happy, and sensitive “little” pup was born. She has brought so much joy to me, others who have known her for her entire life, and to so many people who have known her only for a moment or who have only known her from my posts here on Facebook. People, old and young, meet her and instantly smile because her perpetual happiness is always contagious.

When she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma eight months ago, one major milestone that I set was for her to be able to live to her 10th Birthday happily and as healthy as possible. The odds were against her. While I want her to live forever, I am so happy that we made it to this milestone.

I just wish that i could let HER know how bravely that she has fought for her life. I don’t post many pictures of her struggling. People didn’t see her crying in the middle of the night after her amputation because the pain meds had worn off and she couldn’t find a way to be comfortable and sleep. People don’t see the days when she struggles to get stretched out and moving. People don’t see the sad look on her face when she falls down because being on three legs is such hard work. And people don’t see how her whole body shakes in terror anytime she has to go back to the doctor for a procedure or for a check up, or how she fights not to be taken away from me for whatever it is that has to be done. She fights to live though. And no matter how badly she may feel some days, she still wags her tail, watches with curiosity the world around her, and rolls over to her get tummy rubbed. I can say without a doubt that she has taught me a lot about perseverance and appreciating each day being alive.

So Happy Birthday sweet girl! I’ll make it as special as i can for you because you deserve it.

and her 10th birthday party on Saturday!  

Michigan


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13 February 2024 - 10:03 am
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Awe, she is the sweetest Pup! Congrats on the milestone. smiley_clapsmiley_clapsmiley_clap
She had a fantastic birthday. I love how many people came and celebrated with all kinds of love, attention, and, yes, exceptional birthday food.

Hoppy Happy Birthday, Ophelia
hugs, and give her a treat from us, please

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13 February 2024 - 10:09 am
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WHEEE!!!! Hoppy Ophelia Day! smiley_clap

Michael I loved the Ophelia Film Fest! All those great scenes of her fun life with you just made my morning. She was a PUPPY once?! LOL! Hard to imagine! And that squirrel vs. Ophelia video is hilarious! It was great seeing you with her too.

A giant breed reaching double-digits is remarkable in itself, but being able to say you have a 10 year old Saint who beat one of the worst cancers is just incredible. Thank you for being here to share her story, the ups and downs, the highs and lows, and all the celebrations. We all learn so much from you both, and are grateful to be part of this very special day. 

Lots and lots of smooches and love to your very special birthday girl! sf-kisssp_hearticon2

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13 February 2024 - 3:01 pm
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Doing a quick pop in and coming back when I can sit down a immerse myself  in the glorious videos of Ophelia!  My heart is already full and I'm already  smiling knowing what's in store......an Ophelia  Video Fest indeed!

I can say without a doubt that she has taught me a lot about perseverance and appreciating each day being alive. 

Ophelia  has been an inspiration  and teacher for all of us.  And ya' know what?  All those times she struggled, although rough for you to watch sometimes, Ophelia knew you were ALWAYS by her side.  She knew she would power through  it and she knew   were cheering her on.   She loves you soooo much and she knows how much uou love her💖💖💖

  People, old and young, meet her and instantly smile because her perpetual happiness is always contagious 

Perpetual smile that lights up the world.....inside and out  ♥️

Hugs

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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16 February 2024 - 10:11 pm
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Oh! I was just thinking I needed an Ophelia fix and signed in and there she was! I love her film festival, she always seems so happy and sure she is loved (and she is)

My very best to her on her birthday, she looks so slim and beautiful, Suzanne and Nicholas

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