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A fall and its consequence - Pofi could use good thoughts and prayers
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26 October 2016 - 9:48 pm
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Our hearts are broken along with yours Lisa and Ken.  So many tears shed today by so many people.  Your sweet Pofi has touched so many so deeply.  Your Warrior will be remembered always.  

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26 October 2016 - 10:30 pm
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I’m so sorry. I’m crying for you, Ken and Pofi – its so hard to let go, but it is such a gift that we are able to give our noble warriors when the time comes. He’ll be in your heart forever. My thoughts are will all of you.

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27 October 2016 - 2:37 am
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Dear Pofi, such a brave fighter heartan inspiration and strength to those of us who started our journey in your wake. Rest peacefully, those bright eyes and goofy smile in your avatar picture will stay with me. I saw you and read a lot about you when I joined this group. You made a bigger impact than you’ll ever know.

Sweet dreams lovely boy.

My heart goes out to you Lisa, you did all you could for your gorgeous boy and the love you shared will live forever.

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Zuki Wuggafer 30/09/06 - 11/11/16. Right hind tripawd due to Osteosarcoma. He had a strong 5 and half months as a tripawd but unfortunately a secondary issue with his spine ended our battle. He loved life, loved our family and was the best dog I could ever ask for. Truly my first love, forever in my thoughts and heart.

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27 October 2016 - 3:57 am
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I’m so sorry to hear this.  We were all hoping for something else.  But so very glad you brought him home for a day, just to be together.  Will be thinking of you all throughout the day.

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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27 October 2016 - 5:04 am
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Oh Lisa I cannot tell you how very, very, very sorry I am 😞😞😞

I was so hoping for different news …

So terrible there is nothing more that can be done this disease is the crappiest piece of bloody damn awful crap 😡😡😡

Pofi is one the bravest warriors of all time, I will never, ever, ever forget him, that happy, goofy, playful, cute little face of his and his stamina which is second to none. 

I so wish I could bring you comfort but sadly words are failing me and my heart is heavy thinking about your boy 😞😞😔

Live today to the full with him, he is ready for his last big trip and he surely will have a huge reception from all our previous heroes, including my sweet Kinky. 

My heart and thoughts are with you both and Pofi 🐾💞 💞💞💞💞💞

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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27 October 2016 - 6:27 am
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I am so sorry Lisa, There are no words. I was hoping & praying for better news. My thoughts & prayers are with you all, hug Pofi tight for all of us. ❤️

Bentley is our eight year old Doberman, diagnosed 7/13/16 with osteosarcoma tumor on right front leg, became a tripawd on 8/1/2016. His recovery was amazing, he was rockin it on 3! Bentley lost his fight to this nasty cancer when it metastisized into his spine, we had to let him go 11/13/16 exactly 4 months after first diagnosis. He was the perfect best friend, i'll miss him forever. :(

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27 October 2016 - 9:24 am
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With all our heart we are so very, very sorry. I was so stunned when I heard the news, and speechless. You are all in our thoughts today. Please tell Pofi that Jerry will be waiting.

There are times when I want to swear like a sailor at this damn disease. It’s easy to get angry at it, because it deserves it. But I’m going to project my anger at the continued fight against it, so that nobody has to deal with such heartbreak.

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27 October 2016 - 9:26 am
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Adding my tears and my sorrow. I’m so, so sorry – we were all hoping for better. None of us will forget his goofy beautiful face. There will be a heck of a party at the bridge when he gets there. And if not, I’m betting he’ll start one.

Holding you all in my heart today and the days to come.

Peaceheart

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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27 October 2016 - 10:15 am
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I am very very sorry to hear this.  I know Pofi will be greeted by many many Warriors & Princess warriors who have crossed the Bridge before him.  They will show him the ropes until he can meet you again.  I just can’t stop crying for you.  I hate this effing disease.

Run free Pofi. 

xoxoxo

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Michelle & Angel Sassy

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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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27 October 2016 - 1:45 pm
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Tripawds family:  

Your messages touch us more than I can possibly express.  It was not the best night – just as with the pre-amp MRI, somehow the process left him feeling really painful, but we pushed through – with meds every few hours.  We brought a mattress downstairs and he spent the night sleeping in between us as he had since he was a puppy.  How greatly we are going to miss that long, lean body stretched out and pressed against us – he loved that sort of cuddling.  At 5 AM I started leaving messages for every in home service I could find and the amazing vet who did acupuncture for him responded by e-mail at 6:40 to say she could be there for all of us at 10:30. We called his “godmother,” the friend who found him, so she could come to say her farewell and opted to let her stay.  He was surrounded by the three of us lying on the bed close to him and Mia on her dog bed at his feet.  Everything was smooth and quiet and peaceful – we did not wail in grief till he could not hear us any longer.

He had an appetite for treats and very special treats to the last – he had a burger for dinner and hot dogs for breakfast.  And Milano cookies and string cheese and favorite dog treats.

Your love and support helps us feel less soul crushingly alone right now.  Thank you for getting me through the amputation with more positivity than I thought possible for his sake.  Thank you for helping me Be More Dog .  Thank you for loving my beautiful, sassy, silly boy in spirit and form.  He was not denied summer – he drank every moment in.

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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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27 October 2016 - 1:58 pm
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I am crying along with you.   We all hope that this outcome can be delayed for as long as possible, but you are right – he had the summer, which is a great time to be a dog.   He had sunshine and outdoors and playing and lots of love, and what more could he ask for.  And we are honored to have been able to share this journey with you and with Pofi.   He was truly an amazing, beautiful dog!

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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27 October 2016 - 2:11 pm
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I’m so sorry, Lisa. You and Pofi have been in my thoughts all day. You put the same love and thought and care and dedication into providing this calm and peaceful transition for Pofi as you did into every aspect of his care.  I’ve been revisiting the pictures on your blog. Such a gorgeous boy, so happy and so very deeply loved. 

Run Free, Pofi, mighty warrior. You touched our hearts and you will never be forgotten.

Sending love,

Meg, Clare, Elsie Pie and Spirit Billie, who will be eager to greet this new friend.

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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
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27 October 2016 - 2:39 pm
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I was reading at lunch and ran into this. No real comfort, not that such a thing exists. I couldn’t help but be reminded of this group.

The sun was warm there, and the murmurs of forest life blurred softly away into my sleep. When I awoke, dimly aware of some commotion and outcry in the clearing, the light was slanting down through the pines in such a way that the glade was lit like some vast cathedral. I could see the dust motes of wood pollen in the long shaft of light, and there on the extended branch sat an enormous raven with a red and squirming nestling in his beak.

The sound that awoke me was the outraged cries of the nestling’s parents, who flew helplessly in circles about the clearing. The sleek black monster was indifferent to them. He gulped, whetted his beak on the dead branch a moment and sat still. Up to that point the little tragedy had followed the usual pattern. But suddenly, out of all that area of woodland, a soft sound of complaint began to rise. Into the glade fluttered small birds of half a dozen varieties drawn by the anguished outcries of the tiny parents.

No one dared to attack the raven. But they cried there in some instinctive common misery, the bereaved and the unbereaved. The glade filled with their soft rustling and their cries. They fluttered as though to point their wings at the murderer. There was a dim intangible ethic he had violated, that they knew. He was a bird of death.

And he, the murderer, the black bird at the heart of life, sat on there, glistening in the common light, formidable, unmoving, unperturbed, untouchable.

The sighing died. It was then I saw the judgment. It was the judgment of life against death. I will never see it again so forcefully presented. I will never hear it again in notes so tragically prolonged. For in the midst of protest, they forgot the violence. There, in that clearing, the crystal note of a song sparrow lifted hesitantly in the hush. And finally, after painful fluttering, another took the song, and then another, the song passing from one bird to another, doubtfully at first, as though some evil thing were being slowly forgotten. Till suddenly they took heart and sang from many throats joyously together as birds are known to sing. They sang because life is sweet and sunlight beautiful. They sang under the brooding shadow of the raven. In simple truth they had forgotten the raven, for they were the singers of life, and not of death.

“The Judgment of the Birds” by Loren Eiseley

 

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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27 October 2016 - 3:03 pm
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Oh Lisa and Ken and sweet Mia and your kitty’s too.   Between here at this site, Facebook and your personal friends and family your sweet boy touched so many people on such a personal level.  Thank you for sharing that wonderful soul with all of us.  It has been our privilege to get to know ” the Po” through you guys.  He was a special boy and we will remember him forever. Remember tonight you and Ken go out onto your deck that Pofi loved to lounge on and find that brightest star shining down and know that is your Po spreading his healing and loving light down upon you.  May you find your peace in that light.  Thinking of you with love in the coming days.

Linda, Riley & Spirits Mighty Max & Ollie



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27 October 2016 - 3:38 pm
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I tried to post this earlier but photobucket wasn’t cooperating.  It is one of my favorites.  I had a couple more but once again its not acting right. 

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.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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