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A fall and its consequence - Pofi could use good thoughts and prayers
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25 October 2016 - 7:54 pm
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So glad to hear this…there is still hope. And like the sign in my kitchen says ‘Faith makes things possible, not easy”. It’s not over till the fat lady sings….I could go on and on. Here’s hoping that by this time tomorrow Pofi is well on his way to a full recovery! Love you guys, hang on for just a little longer.

Paula and Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

http://nitro.tripawds.com

"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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25 October 2016 - 8:51 pm
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I was thinking of you and Pofi over the weekend (and for weeks) and about what a few others had said about whether this could be a disc injury.  From a “human” standpoint – I ruptured a disc in my neck a few years ago.  It was incredibly painful – part of the disc was pushing against the nerve on my spinal cord…and caused me to lose strength and feeling in my arm and hand – it was so, so bad.  I had surgery to remove the disc at the C6/7 in my neck and the relief was immediate.  The same type of thing could be EXACTLY what is going on in Pofi’s case.  It’s amazing how something so small can cause such a big problem.  I’m so sorry that you and your family and Pofi are going through this – I am thinking good thoughts for you and really feel confident that it is NOT cancer.  Thanks so much for updating us. We are all thinking and hoping good things for you!

Wanda

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25 October 2016 - 8:59 pm
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and just one more thing….  You could not have prevented this.  It would have happened either that day or the next or the next – regardless of what it turns out to be.  If it is a disc injury it was waiting to happen….just like mine.  I rolled over in bed and it happened to me (and I wish I had some sexy badass story to blame it on!!).  I don’t disagree with your reasoning at all – just be kind to yourself.

Much love and hope to all of you.

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25 October 2016 - 9:00 pm
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Friends of Pofi, yet another club we are proud to be a part of but wish wasn’t needed.  

I will be anxiously waiting for an update tomorrow. 

Karen

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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25 October 2016 - 11:52 pm
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We are Team Pofi! Will be waiting for an update. We have everything, but everything, crossed. 

Sending love,

Meg and Clare (and Elsie Pie) xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 10, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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26 October 2016 - 9:16 am
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Definitely Team Pofi or Friends of Pofi here … waiting for an update and sending all kinds of positive energy to the universe to Pofi and family!!!

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alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little jasper too)

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife



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26 October 2016 - 9:18 am
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Prayers prayers and more Prayers.   Hoping for good news

xoxoxox

Michelle & Angel Sassy

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Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

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26 October 2016 - 10:16 am
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Paws, fingers, toes & tails are crossed here too. GO POFI!!!!!

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26 October 2016 - 10:45 am
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Team Pofi for the win! all parts crossed here and waiting for an update. thinking happy outcome thoughts!

Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.



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26 October 2016 - 5:46 pm
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Thinking about you and Pofi and crossing fingers, toes and tails 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Cannot wait for your news and hoping hard it is just a disc problem 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Sending you a ☁️ of pawsitive energy, big 🐻hug and cuddles to your sweet boy 💕💕💕🐾🐾🐶

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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26 October 2016 - 8:58 pm
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Friends:

While we got our answer today, it wasn’t the one we hoped for.  The cancer is back in force in his spine.  It is time for our brave and noble warrior to rest.

We have brought him home to enjoy a burger and for the simple and pure pleasure of having him sleep in the bed snuggled against us, at least once more (a mattress has come downstairs to the floor of the room that was actually our bedroom when he was a pup).  Think gentle passing thoughts for him.  I think it will be some time tomorrow.

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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26 October 2016 - 9:03 pm
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Oh Lisa and family … this was not the news any of us wanted to hear. Pofi is a warrior – always .. he will always be a fighter but the gift you are giving him, the final release from his tired body, is the greatest gift and most selfless thing you can do. Your journey as of late has reminded me of Shelby (I never did the MRI as we knew the cancer had gone to her brain from seizures) but the lack of ability to walk… I am so sad for you. I am in tears actually right now. 

I wish I could do something to ease your pain… but know that I (and all of us here) will hold you in our hearts in the days and weeks to come. You are our family!!! And we stand together as one. 

I am sorry Pofi’s journey on earth is ending but rest assured, there are many, many angels waiting to greet him over the bridge.

Sending you love and peace! 

Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too) 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

Livermore, CA




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26 October 2016 - 9:04 pm
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I’ve been refreshing since I saw you online.  I can’t stand this stupid disease.

Strong and peaceful thoughts for a night full of gentle memories. Team Pofi now has a new mission- support for mom and dad since I know the troops will rally at the Bridge to greet Pofi.

Karen and Spirit Maggie

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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26 October 2016 - 9:08 pm
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My heart is breaking, Hester. I am so very sorry. You have done everything for him, everything, and he knows how deeply loved he is. I will be thinking of you as you spend this precious time together. 

Sending love and strength,

Clare xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 10, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


Virginia




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26 October 2016 - 9:25 pm
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Team Pofi always….always…

Yes, Pofi is with you now and he is home surrounded by everything and everyone he loves.

All we can do right now is, as Karen said, send you strength and peace aof d a knowing that Pofinis ready for the gifts of release. He kicked the hellout of their stupid statistics and, crammed in more living and loving and joy in these past several months than many dogs ever do in a lifetime. You gave him that gift of extended time and be welcomed it. Now, you will give him the ultimate gift that he also welcomes.

Although our tears fall hard and our hearts are breakkng, we are all gathered together and surrounding you with our love and our strength and our gratitude for the true privilege of getting to know and love Pofiheart

Surrounding you with Pofi’s eternal love and his eternal light

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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