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Happy Hannah celebrating ninth birthday!!
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Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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22 November 2012
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20 August 2013 - 1:43 pm
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you looooooook marrrrrrrrrrvolous darhlink!!!!  LOVE the tiara!!  LOVE the videos… LOVE the birthday celebrations…   (and.. psst.. love that you are so patient with that pawrent of yours!!!)


one more to go till the BIG ONE OH!!!!!

Christine….. with Franklin in her heart ♥

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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20 August 2013 - 2:52 pm
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I can’t believe Murphy missed the pawty!!!  We were away from the computer for most of the day yesterday.  Hoppy, hoppy birthday, Hannah, even if it is a day late.



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!

Orange County, CA
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28 November 2008
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20 August 2013 - 4:30 pm
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Happy Birthday Miss Hannah!!  It looks like you got lots and really yummy treats for your birthday, but I think you need to tell Mom that you need a nice juicy steak to make up for all that accessorizing!  laughing

Tolland, CT
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7 March 2013
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20 August 2013 - 7:20 pm
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Hoppy hoppy barkday, you beautiful girl!!!  Happy doesn’t even begin to describe her.  Please give her an extra big smooch from CT and MORE ICE CREAM!!!!!



-Liz and Roxie


and one for the best of luck clap

Sydney, Australia
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13 September 2011
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21 August 2013 - 6:00 am
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Happy birthday Hannah!  You most definitely do not look your age.  Gorgeous!


Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ......

Columbia, MO
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10 December 2011
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21 August 2013 - 1:07 pm
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Hoppy birthday beautiful Happy Hannah.  Sorry we are late to the party but we’ll have extra treaties tonight just to celebrate you.

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

Lancaster, PA
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17 May 2013
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21 August 2013 - 1:33 pm
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Can’t believe I missed a birthday! I need something positive to celebrate today.

Tell mom to get you an extra cookie from me tonight :) I think I will go buy myself some cookies as well! 


Sally, I know you asked on my blog for a photo… I am not ignoring your request, but I must be a bad momma because I have zero new photos of Barret on my phone or camera since the last one I posted. I guess its time for a photo shoot tonight! 


Heather & Barret

Barret was diagnosed with Hemangiopericytoma May 16, 2013. Front left leg/scapula/pectoral muscle was amputated on June 11, 2013 and we've never looked back. Follow our story on and read my column on That Pet Blog

Fort Wayne, IN
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25 January 2013
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21 August 2013 - 3:31 pm
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Hoppy belated birthday, Hannah!  I’ve always loved your sweet face.

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

New Jersey
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27 December 2011
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21 August 2013 - 4:58 pm
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Hi Sally and Happy Hannah,

I have a HUGE grin on my facelaughinglaughinglaughing  I love your absolute delight, the wardrobe changes just crack me up, the watermelon, Hannah’s tail wagging no matter what indignities (the hats) she’s going through, your voice just letting her know how very deep your love for her is, and the whole celebration!!!! Thanks so, so much for sharing and bringing huge smiles to all of us!

Happy Birthday, Hannahclapclapclapclapclapclap

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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