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Athla the Wolfhound/Komondor :)
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3 November 2016 - 11:08 am
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I’m so very sorry, Laura. She was just such a fabulous, gorgeous girl (I think we all fell in love, from that very first photograph) and your relationship was clearly so full of love and joy in each other.

Run free beautiful Athla!

Sending love and hugs,

Meg and Clare (and Elsie Pie) xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, 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 

Santa Fe, NM

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3 November 2016 - 1:37 pm
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oh Laura I’m so sorry. I’ve been following Athla all along, albeit lurking. She’s so beautiful and such a love. Clare’s right, we all fell in love at first sight. my heart is breaking for you.

Sending love and light

Teri and Isa


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.

Livermore, CA

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3 November 2016 - 9:16 pm
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I’m running out of words to say…

Your girl was dealt a crappy hand, you did your best for her.  I’m sure she is a huge hit at the Bridge, her happy smile and goofy personality will make every pup love her. 

When we free our pups from their struggle ours begin. I hope the memories of better times bring some comfort as you face the coming days and weeks.

She will live forever in your heart and so will be forever by you side.

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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4 November 2016 - 1:54 pm
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thank you so much.

We’re headed up to the cabin we rented for her – I hope I can manage it – our first without her in … my whole life, really.

But I wanted to share her life with all of you, her great supporters – there are just too many pictures to put in here, so I made an album.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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4 November 2016 - 10:09 pm
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What a wonderful tribute to a very amazing being. We will be thinking of you.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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6 December 2016 - 11:33 am
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A month since she left.

I feel like she had a really special purpose in my life, and only now that she’s gone can I really embrace how amazing she was. I lost a part of me when she left, and I have no idea if I will ever get that limb back, you know?

Working through all this grief with art, really.

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6 December 2016 - 11:43 am
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Wow, you are so dang talented. These are beautiful and an unforgettable tribute to your once-in-a-lifetime Athla.

Creating art is such great therapy when your heart hurts. Athla is proud that you embraced your talent to help cope with your grief while honoring her spirit. So are we. We’d love to see more of your work.


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These are beautiful and I hope, cathartic for you. It is true that you feel like a part of your soul / body / spirit dies along with them. The loss is great and painful. Over 2 1/2 years and I sometimes feel like it was yesterday. 

I wish I could have found something to help me through the darkest times .. I usually write and went to Shelby’s blog .. I still write on it here and now .. more of a letter to keep her spirit alive. I know Athla is with you always and her paws are guiding you through your pain.

Sending love!

Alison with Spirit Shelby in her 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

Norene, TN
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Absolutely beautiful!!! heart

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey


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Geez…tears flowing yet again…but ki d of in a warm fuzzy way as I gaze upon each of these BEAUTIFUL tributes ictures from the .most unique looking dog on the planet!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing the beautiful gift!

I know that Athia was right by your side guiding every stroke. I’m going to look at her album shortly, but just wanted to comment on this very, very special and unique way of celebrating this amazing Soul!!

Athia would be the first to remind you…”You can never lose what you have never lost in the first place”.


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!

Livermore, CA

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Those are amazing, you can see the heart and soul in each of them.

There was a purpose for your journey together, I know that it is true. Both the good times and the hard times bring lessons and inspiration.  I found the purpose behind my journey with Maggie, it will be apparent to you too. 


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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