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Snoops done with his surgery
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New Jersey
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28 May 2013 - 12:39 pm
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Well we've made it thru surgery and our surgeon sails we went through with flying colors. Went under well , procedure went text book he said and he came out and is snoring. Thank all of you who sent your support, what a remarkable group of people.
Thant you all again
Esther and Don,Mike,and Chris


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28 May 2013 - 1:08 pm
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STANDING OVATION FOR SNOOP:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) CLAP.....CLAP.....-CLAP..........CLAP,......CLAPPING GOES ON FOR DAYS.....:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Sally and Happy Hannah

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!

Orange County, CA
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28 May 2013 - 1:09 pm
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Hey Snoop, glad to hear you're out of surgery and on the road to recovery!!!  You're a tough guy, but be sure to get a lot of rest when you get home; don't overdo things.  Just take things easy and let your people take care of you.  And here's one more tip:  losing a leg can get you pretty much ANYTHING you want in the food department.  Be sure to give your people "The Look" every once in awhile.  You never know, you may score some steak!!  Hang in there and stay strong!!

Rock Hill, SC
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28 May 2013 - 2:00 pm
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Wonderful news!  Try to get as much rest as possible before Snoop comes home.  Although he probably won't need constant hovering, paranoia tends to make you jump at every noise and makes for some sleepless nights.  Be sure that you have a good resting spot if you want to be near him while he recovers.  We pulled our mattress off the frame and into the floor so that Zeus could still sleep in bed with us but without fear of him jumping off.  Good luck!!


Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...

New York, NY
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28 May 2013 - 2:10 pm
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Wonderful news!!! Way to go Snoop!  You must be so relieved!  Keep us posted!


Erica & Jill

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo

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28 May 2013 - 2:41 pm
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Go Snoop!

We will hopefully bring Dotty home from hoppsital today, I will let you know how we get on. 

We will keep an eye out for Snoop news, it will be great to have a fellow tripawd to compare notes with as we start on this new, 3 legged phase of our lives.

Hugs and kisses.

New Jersey
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28 May 2013 - 3:20 pm
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Yeaaaaa, Snoopclap Great news-keep us posted with updates!

Joan and Lily

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.

On The Road

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28 May 2013 - 3:57 pm
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Fabulous news!!!!!! Congratulations!. We are cheering you on all the way!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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28 May 2013 - 4:26 pm
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Yay Snoop.  Way to go.  I am so glad to hear you came out of the surgery with flying colors. 


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
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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28 May 2013 - 8:04 pm
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Go Snoop! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Before you know it he'll be hopping circles around you :-)

Alicia and Angel Daisy

New Jersey
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28 May 2013 - 8:26 pm
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Thanks so much for the good at this difficult time for you. My heart goes out to you and your family

Perth, Western Australia
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28 May 2013 - 8:50 pm
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Yay Snoop & family - great news that the surgery went well. clap

Wishing you a speedy recovery Snoop ... and I echo Lisa's comments above about making sure you guys rest up before dear Snoop comes home.

Kirsty and Peda ... a fellow sharpei mix tripawd warrior big-grin

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28 May 2013 - 9:10 pm
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Awesome Snoop!! Can't wait to hear about you getting home and hopping around showing your pack how talented you are!!

Spirit Shooter was a Miniature Australian Shepherd who was diagnosed with a MCT and had a LF amp 1/28/13 at 13-1/2 years old. 

Shooter crossed the Bridge on 8/28/13, his 7 month ampuversary and two weeks from his 14th birthday.

28 May 2013 - 9:53 pm
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Surgery day can be so loooong! Glad to hear Snoop is over this hurdle and on his way to recovery.


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