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New Jersey
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29 April 2014 - 5:59 pm
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So happy!!!!!!!!! So relieved!!!!!!!! The portrait by Taylor is incredible!!!What a wonderful gift, Michellelaughing

Dancing a happy dance,


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.

Los Angeles, CA
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30 April 2014 - 11:00 am
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This is AMAZING news!!! Erica, so happy for you and Miss Jilly (and her BF Bobby too).... Jill's the wonder kitty and she's got many more lives ahead of her ... celebrate!!!!


Alison & her Shelby fur-ever in her heart 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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11 May 2014 - 9:11 pm
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Late to this news, but so glad to hear Jill's OK! Phew!

Rosco is a mini-schanauzer diagnosed w/ melanoma on his right hind paw on 4/4/14 after two months of monitoring & testing.  Rosco joined team tri-pawd on 4/9/14.  He will be 10 years old in May and lives in Brooklyn. See cartoon Rosco here & Rosco videos here.

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11 May 2014 - 9:30 pm
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Don't know how I missed this post in the first place, but am I glad for the happy ending!!! My heart was in my throat.

Jill - you must not age your Mother this way!

Take care-
Luanne and Spirit Shooter

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.

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11 May 2014 - 9:42 pm
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So happy for you and Jill, Erica...what a relief!!

Deb and Angel Lexie* Diagnosed at age 13. Tried radiation first; wish we had amputated upon diagnosis (even with lung mets). Joined Club Tripawd April 2014 & Lexie loved life on 3 legs! Advice: Start physical therapy as soon as your vet clears it, especially hydrotherapy if available :-) See Lexie pics here.  

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