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Is 17 too old for amputation
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My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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I’m sorry the vet didn’t give you more encouraging news.  But you are so right, being blessed with her in your life for 17 years is amazing.

You have to make the dicision that is right for you and for Cracker, and I know you have put a lot of thought into your decision.  I’m going to throw this out there in case you don’t know, there are wheel chairs devices to aid in mobility if you think Cracker would be a candidate for that, you may want to do some research in that area.  I am wishing you guys the very best.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
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Jill, I’m so sorry, I wish there was better news.  Please know that you have covered all of your bases and done everything you possibly could to know you’re making the best decision for Cracker’s quality of life. That is one of the greatest gifts a pet pawrent can give.

May the coming weeks be filled with unforgettable memories that will make your heart sing when you think of her. Always remember we are here for you. Cracker is an honorary Tripawd just by virtue of your introducing us to her, so feel free to stop by anytime OK? 

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Sorry I missed your earlier posts and so sorry you had to find us here under these circumstances. It sounds like she’s had a wonderful life with you. Enjoy every moment of your time left together. That’s all any of us can really do, isn’t it?

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You need to do what feels right for you and Cracker and it sounds like you have given it a lot of thought and come up with the best decision for you.  Hugapitbull is right, if you haven’t thought of wheelchairs they are another option to consider.  They won’t be suitbale for everyone and their unique situation but they can be perfect for others. 


Cracker doesn’t know that her earthly time is nearly over.  She will just know your love and warmth. It doesn’t get better than that.  Enjoy your remaining time together. 


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 ......

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I’m sorry the news wasn’t better.

Cancer sucks no matter how many legs you have.  We have been where you are now, please stay here if it is right for you.  Sometimes being able to share this part of the journey with those who understand is very helpful.


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Thanks again for all of your support – I appreciate it more than I can say.  I do intend to enjoy the remaining time Cracker has and you’re right Karen, she doesn’t know that she has little time left, but I’m sure she’s wondering why she’s getting so many treats!!

I think that the wheel option would be way too traumatic for her – the wheel would probably weigh more than she does, but I do appreciate the suggestion and your thoughts.  

Having made the decision I feel like a weight has been lifted and I can now put more than 100% into making her remaining weeks (who knows, it may be months) the very best they can be.  I know it’s not the decision that many of you would have taken, especially having read so many uplifting and successful blogs about your amazing dogs.  If she’d have been 5 years younger, I wouldn’t have hesitated, but as you all know, I’ve searched my soul, my head and my heart and as sad as it is, I feel this is the way Cracker would want it.

I’ll keep you all posted.

Love to you all and your Wonder-Dogs x

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