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27 October 2016 - 4:03 pm
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Lisa, this is such a sad day for all of us, we are deeply sorry. Pofi and you are such a part of the family, it’s going to be hard without him around here. You did such a compassionate thing for him, as much as I know it ripped your heart out. We understand, and share in your grief.

May his spirit shine brightly and light up the heavens. We will miss your spunky boy, but smile as we celebrate the beautiful life he had with you.

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27 October 2016 - 4:28 pm
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Exactly … Pofi was not denied summer and had the best summer a dog could ask for. My heart breaks for you … some losses are harder than others (not sure why as I love all our heroes) but know that Pofi and your pack made a profound impact on me and this will be a wound that is tougher to heal. 

I am glad it was peaceful and the transition was fitting of the warrior that Pofi was … run free little boo… run free to the bridge and know that the other heroes welcomed you there.

Sending love !!!

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

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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27 October 2016 - 6:08 pm
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Lisa I am so very sorry, for you and Ken and Mia too! I need to addd my condolences while I can still somewhat see through my tears. Everyone’s posts and your last update of Pofi’s peaceful passing were so hard to read. You truly did all you could. I’m so glad you had one more snuggle night together and spoiled him with whatever foods and treats he would eat. God bless the doctor that would come to your home to help you with Pofi.  Please takek comfort in each other and of course this site with such WONDERFUL people. I know I haven’t been on here long but I was following your story with Pofi & I feel like I knew him! & you! I was rooting so hard & praying for better news. I am so saddened to read the update today, but its certainly a decision you guys made with compassion and respect for your boy. No one wants our furbabies to go through anymore than they need to. Rest in peace sweet Pofi & have lots of fun with your friends!!! We will miss you

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Chris & Kylie

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27 October 2016 - 8:17 pm
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:(… I am so very sorry.  Tears and heartbreak for you…  

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27 October 2016 - 8:59 pm
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No words for now, just non-stop tears like everyone else.

I do believe the Welcome Home Pawty at the Bridge is still going on. I’m sure the greeting committee had wheelbarrows full of Milano Cookies.

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Tomorrow I shall go out and buy some Milano cookies. The dogs and I will have a “cookie toast” to Pofi…a life well lved and well loved.

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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28 October 2016 - 10:28 am
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Oh Lisa, where to begin…..there really are no words to express how sad I am that this is how it played out. It is so unfair, and tragic, that you had to say goodbye to your warrior so soon. You are incredible pawrents to give him one last nite to feel your love, and to make memories of his smell, and feel, and essence. Whenever I think of you and Ken and Mia, the tears start to fall again. He fought the good fight, you left no stone unturned, but I suspect, this is of small comfort right now. I have no words to ease your pain, but I pray you find peace in the coming days. We will always be family, and know that we are grieving with you. Take care of yourselves.

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"

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

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28 October 2016 - 11:15 am
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So sorry, many tears for you:( sending you and yours loads of hugs of comfort during this time.Summer, patchy and pack xxxxxxx

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28 October 2016 - 8:43 pm
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I’ve not been on much lately so am just reading all of this. I’m devastated for you, Lisa, and your family. Pofi’s silly grin always made me smile and I know you’ll miss him so. 

From “Dogs Never Die” 

“When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: ‘Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.’

When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more … they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life … It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

But don’t get fooled. They are not ‘dead.’ There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.”

I know Pofi is wagging like a mad fool right now … I can feel his tail wagging, too … but remember that he’s just staying close, his favorite place to be.

I’m so sorry. We all love Pofi and mourn with you. heart

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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29 October 2016 - 5:50 pm
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I know I have not been here much.  I am just still in a sort of heartsick shock.  But I am reading all of your kind and loving and caring comments and they mean everything to me.

I just am not very composed right now.  I will resurface to express my thanks with a little more grace soon.

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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29 October 2016 - 8:35 pm
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Lisa,

Now is the time to take care of you and your family.  Come back when you are ready and feel like this is where you want or need to be.

Karen

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

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31 October 2016 - 1:21 am
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Absolutely! Ditto Karen! Now is the time for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts.  

Meg and Clare (and Elsie Pie) xxxxx

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. 
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My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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2 November 2016 - 9:57 pm
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Losa, there hasnt been a day that I haven’t thought about you and Pofi and, even through the tears, I still smile every single time I see his avatar. Every single time.

And goodness gracious, don’t even try and reply. I remember I was going to reply when posts were made when my Happy Hannah transitioned. Didn’t happen! All I did was log on and cry and cry. It exacerbated the loss, the void, the no longer belonging without my Happy Hannah here with me.

Just know that you and Pofi will ALWAYS belong! His life mattered and he had, and continues to have, a powerful impact here. And that’s without you ever making another post. Yeah, that’s how powerful his presence is here!heart

I know your grief is still suffocating. It’s hard at this point to believe it will ever lessen, but it will. We all
promise you that!

Pofi had such determination and spunk…And a whole lot of guts! With all his “goofiness” and ability to make us laugh, he had a lot of wisdom to share, a lot of lessons to teach.

And goodness knows, Pofi was loved every seccond, of every moment. Your love and ddevotion came shining through with every word, every acrion.

I’m nheartot sure exactly how or when, but Pofi still has a lot of lessons to teach to a lot of people. He will continue to reach out through you and bring about positive change in ways we may never know. He will know though. Pofi came here to live a life of meaning and purpose with you as his human, as his voice.

For some reason Pofi came to mind whenI came across this quote today. Not sure why. Maybe it will resonate with you.::

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” Willa Cather

With love

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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4 November 2016 - 3:17 pm
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Lisa,

I just found this. I was out of the country for 10 days and missed lots of things.

Now I am sitting here with tears and boogies running down my face.  Pofi was such an inspiration for us.  The night before Milo’s amputation, my husband and I were sitting in bed and my husband was so stressed.  He wondered if Milo would be able to climb the stairs again, or if that was to be our last night with him in our bed.  I showed him the video of Pofi climbing the stairs and your posts about how quickly he figured it out.  Pofi helped us so much as we faced our fears.  Thank you for that.

Our hearts are with you.  Hopefully, Milo was there to greet Pofi at the bridge.  Their goofy grins would be great side-by-side.  

Peace,

Jenifer & Milo 

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4 November 2016 - 6:22 pm
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Our hearts are with you.  Hopefully, Milo was there to greet Pofi at the bridge.  Their goofy grins would be great side-by-side.  

Peace,

Jenifer & Milo   

Jenifer, that image has made my heart just a little less achy.  Thank you for that and thank you for saying Pofi’s strength and that video helped you and your husband with the fear.  Both Milo and Pofi showed such spirit – your story of his college trip was just one of my favorite posts.

All of you – I am still just unable to pull it together to acknowledge how grateful I am for each individual post, but believe me, I am.  I have to travel tomorrow for a conference and I am dreading coming home – the prospect of the first time coming back from a trip without a Pofi greeting is just devastating to me….  And poor Mia is going to have a very hard time with me leaving.

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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4 November 2016 - 6:44 pm
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 Lisa you don’t need to make any excuses to us.  Believe me we GET it.  You cannot go through a soul searing experience like you did and emerge from it unscathed.  None of us ever do.  Just know we think of you daily and pray that you can find peace and begin to heal.  Take your time and be kind to yourself.  Sending you much love!

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