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24 December 2011 - 5:27 pm
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Hi, Everyone-Good News! Happy's home today and doing well..He is very sleepy, but he hopped straight to me, hopped all the way to and into the car(with a little help) and hopped into the house..He looks good, where big ol' scars go, and is doing well..I'm so happy he's home and I can be with him now..He's having a little doggie dream right now, but has not made a peep otherwise. 

He was mostly groggy and asleep in the car, but I caught him sitting up and smiling 🙂

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24 December 2011 - 5:46 pm
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Yeah Happy!!  This is great news!  We hope his recovery is uneventful.  Keep us posted.

Mary, Lucy's mom

Lucy's front right leg was amputated 12/19/11. Thankfully there was no tumor, but her nerves were found to be degenerative.  Life as a tripawd is Lucy's new adventure!!

Orange County, CA
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24 December 2011 - 6:06 pm
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So glad to hear Happy is back home and on the road to recovery!  Having your boy home with you is a pretty great Christmas gift!!  

Rock Hill, SC
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24 December 2011 - 6:22 pm
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Oh, what a beautiful boy!!  Could you ask for any better Christmas gift than having him HOME?  Good luck with the recovery.

Lisa, Zeus' mom

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...

knoxville, tn
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24 December 2011 - 6:43 pm
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home is for healing!!  glad happy is home with you, ready for christmas.  hope he has many, many happy puppy dreams.


charon & spirit gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


Golden Girls
24 December 2011 - 8:26 pm
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How paw some to have Happy back home! He is so adorable! Please keep us posted on his recovery. Get lots of rest & Merry Christmas!!!

Sending you many golden hugs,

Sebastopol, CA
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24 December 2011 - 9:08 pm
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Fabulous news!!! So hoppy Happy is back home in time for the Holidays! Yay Happy - brave boy. Keep sleeping, the best way to heal.

Sending lots of healing hugs & Wags

Joanne & Lylee

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25 December 2011 - 12:20 am
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Wishing Happy a speedy recovery!

Glad you can be together for the holiday!

Leicester, NY
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25 December 2011 - 5:10 am
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Home for Christmas! Woo Hoo!

Spirit Samson was Spirit Tripawd Daisys four legged "brother" and ruled as the self proclaimed head of the Monkeybutt Federations East Coast Division. Lady Chunky Monkey stayed from Oct 2011 and left for the bridge in Apr 2012. Miss Perdy is left and has some big pawprints to fill.
Do you have what it takes to be a Monkeybutt? Find out more at the Monkeybutt Federation

Columbia, MO
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25 December 2011 - 5:46 am
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Yea!  Glad Happy is home for Christmas.  Best of luck with recovery.  Happy is awesome!

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

San Diego, CA
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25 December 2011 - 8:16 am
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Hooray! Have a great Christmas with your beautiful boy!

Jackie, Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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25 December 2011 - 9:02 am
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Now that is the best present ever! We're hoppy to know he's home!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

25 December 2011 - 4:27 pm
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Happy Christmas and happy homecoming!

I hope his recovery is smooth and uneventful.  Don't be surprised if he has some down time in the next couple of days- it happens.  Maybe he will be one of the lucky ones and sails right through!


Karen and the pugapalooza

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25 December 2011 - 7:43 pm
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Thanks, everyone! Yes, he has spent the entire day on the couch..I FINALLY got him to go outside, but his back legs were quivery and he laid down as soon as he went "tee tee". He is resting well now and doing well I think..We literally did nothing all day..Yay, us!

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