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I am so very sorry for your loss. There really aren’t words to describe it properly. You did everything that a person could possibly do to help Po. None of this was you, it was that awful disease. Our thoughts are with you, sending you big hugs in this awful time of loss.

Jackie and Huck heartheart


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As humans, it seems we so often spend the first part of grief  guilt ridden with wudda, shudder, cudda. Second guessing everything. 

We MUST remeber though, when we waste our energy on those useless thoughts, it allows that piece of crap disease to try and continue to “separate”ourselves from our loved ones.   If we are caught up in that trap, then we aren’t  honoring  our furbabies by immersing ourselves in all the wonderful memories they shared with us.  And you KMOW that aPo wwnts uou to remeber  the good times!!  You KNOW he does!  P.o. KNOWS you did every single decision  you made for him was out of deep love and devotion. 

It will be bittersweet bringing Po home.  But if you’re  like most of us, it will be very comforting  having him back with you where he belongs.

I don’t  think you shared this before.  How did P.o. get his name?  It is so special…just like Po💕

Surrounding  you with Po’ s eternal happy smile 

Sally and My  Chunky  Spiritual Being  Happy  Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!I 

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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My kids named Po after Po the kung fu panda. We were watching Kung fu Panda I and in the cartoon he is sort of unwanted and outcast,  until they get to know his true self, a lot like Po was before he came into our lives. My kids were small then, so we named him Po.

First night alone without him. I can only pray he is good and happy running around. I got the proof for his urn engraving today. Hopefully he will come home soon. it is starting to seem too real 🙁 

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Close your eyes and listen to your heart. He is there, he just shed his earthly clothes. He’s right in your heart, just listen. You’ll cry, it’s ok. I still cry. Close your eyes, feel his fur, give him a hug. 

When his ashes come back you will feel some relief. It’s an odd thing, but it happens. When he’s home you’ll unwind a little bit. 

How old are your children? How are they doing?

I love, just love how you named him. I always route for the underdog! I was always the underdog as a child so I have big cheerleader pom poms for underdogs ❤️

Sending the biggest of hugs,

Jackie and Huck ❤️


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I wish I could give him a hug. 🙁 came back from yoga, went and looked for him. MY kids are 16 and 13 so they were 3 and 6 when we got Po. My oldest one is dealing with it as good as he can. He was there when we had to let him go. He actually drove us there. It has been hard on him. My little one is dealing with it differently. He didn’t want to be there. He was so scared. I know they miss him too. we all have been crying. 

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Wiser words have never been spoken in this community. 

Losing the physical aspects of our beautiful animals is so hard. Eventually we come to accept that they were so much more than their outward appearance, their soft fur, their barks and meows. In time as we settle into life as it is without them, we realize that their spirit was the greatest gift we could ever have, and it’s the one part of them that will live on forever. 

If you want some books to help your kids cope, we have some reviews for books about coping with loss in our Amazon blog. I hope you find something that works for your little one. I’m so sorry.

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Thanks Jerry, you are right, their spirit is the greatest gift they give us. Thanks for the recommendations, I will look into these books. 

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Hi sweetie heart

Jackie is so right and wrote such beautiful words heart

Our loved ones never really leave us, they stay close by … 

All we have to do is open our hearts and we’ll be able to hear their happy laughs and feel their wing’s soft feathers gently brushing against our face …

Po is happy now, darling friend, he is flying from cloud to cloud with his new Angel friends. 

It is always hard on us as we are the ones left behind but one day we will all be together again, I do believe it. 

Sending you and your children a big, big hug, you are in my thoughts and heart heart

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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