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11 year old Lab mix with nerve sheath tumor
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19 June 2019 - 12:31 pm
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My hubby picked up everything same day; we’ve donated her food to a shelter and asked my mother-in-law to leave the box with her toys in a dog-park with a note to share them. We kept a box with her harness, tag, leash. We did not keep her remains, she is not there…

I just keep re-living in my head her last day and that I am sure she felt something was ‘abnormal’, and I do feel regrets, i wish we could have spoiled her more, kept her more… and I cry.  My hubby is convinced we did it in the right time, he said she was suffering already too much during the nights. I just cannot get over this…I miss everything about her, I look for her, we all look for her…

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You are in the midst of a serious, heart wrenching loss.  The grief you bear is in direct relation to the love you shared.  Please allow yourself this time.  Your responses are exactly right and there is no timetable.  You are in my heart and mind and I ache for you.


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Continue  to stay connected.  As you already  know, you are surrounded  by your tripawd family who TRULY understand  every aspect of this journey.

You are navigating  through the hardest part of this journey.  Trying to “get over it” s not possible.  Working through it however, feeling it, grieving,  second guessing, uncontrollable tears, reliving  the day she shed her failing earth clothes…..all legitimate  feelings that actually help us eventually  move onto happier memories. 

I know it doesn’t  feel like it right now because your world has stopped and you are stuck in sadness, but continue  to allow yourself to work through  these emotions  and  not try to “get over” or deny them or speed them along.

You were with Belle those  last hours before transition surrounding her with love and gratitude and that’s  all Belle would ever want.    And, as Jerry always say, those moments were jist a blink of an eye…a blink of an eye….compared  to all the thousands  of happy times she shared with you!!

Mayve adhe wasn’t  in crisis mode yet(and tha kfully),but Belle was tired of trying to breathe  through a straw….and that’s  what was starting to happen.  She was becoming  more and more physically  exhausted from lack of GOOD sleep and from the struggle of try to get proper oxygen into her system.

Yes, to be able to send our furbavies to the Bridge before a struggle and pain ful crises hits  (and without question,  it would be hitting soon), is the ultimate gift of love we OWE them.  Beller KNEW you loved her enough  to release her before her suffering  intensified.

We know the void, the hurt.  And you’ve  trusted us this far in the journey, so trust us when we say you did the right thing for Belle and the right time.  Trust us when we  say you will work through this…on your own timeframe and in your own way.  

And trust us when we say Belle is at the Bridge bragging  jer vutt off avout having  the best hooman family a dog could ever want….and all while she’s  free from pain and doing jumping  Jack’s in her sandbox…..without  trying to breathe through a straw.

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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Ditto Max’s mom and Ditto Sally!!

I have watched this post since it came up and my heart fought my brain for the words. 

Belle’s mom… as you can see our hearts are with you. I promise you, you will process this in your own way at your own pace. I found a poem but it just didn’t seem right to post it yet. You did your girl justice by releasing her before all she saw was pain and suffering. Instead she saw her pawrents and their love… I cannot think of a more selfless way to show your girl that you love her. 

Please take care. Sending huge hugs,

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