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San Diego, CA
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6 January 2012 - 1:31 pm
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Please see my latest blog update for the news on Abby. 

Will write more later. Right now we have a date with the beach.

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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Jackie, I posted a reply on your blog. I just want to make sure you know how many people admire you and Abby and how special she is to everyone here. She's yours, but she's ours, too. smile  If our wishes could heal her, she would be well. That's how much love there is for her.


From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at

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we are sending our best 'ET juju' to our cousin abby, hoping the prednisone gives some relief and adds quality time.  cancer is just so f*cked up, i hate nothing more than i hate cancer.  we are here for you, whatever..whenever.


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.

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My heart aches for you, we remember what it's like to hear that there are no more options. We are so, so sorry.

Please try to reframe things, as hard as it is. When cancer get to this point, it's really time to experience the moment by moment living. This is when it become critical, in order to enjoy what time we have left together.

As long as she is eating and enjoying life, it is still her time to be here on this earth with you.

We are going to give you both the biggest hugs ever next week, can't wait.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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Tell Abby I’m coming, and when I see her, I’m going to give her a big giant kiss and then I’m gonna punch the living cr@p out of Boris and Natasha so that they GO AWAY and never, ever bother her or another dawg ever again.

I’m coming Abby. See you next week.

Wyatt Ray Dawg . . . The Tripawds Leg-A-Cy Continues!

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6 January 2012 - 2:04 pm
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My heart is breaking. I'm sure she enjoyed her trip to the beach. You're in my prayers, and I'm sending you many, many golden hugs.

You're a great pawrent, and Abby knows it too. Kiss her snout for me.

Cancer does suck…



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Da** it…Rough week on the tripawds site.  Levi, Spencer, and Abby 🙁  So sorry for your news…really sorry.  I know how you feel and it sucks.  Have fun at the beach.  We did a 5 mile trail run today.  It was fun.

Levi was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 7-7-11
Ampuversary 10-14-11
Lung Mets Discovered 1-4-12. Chemo seemed to not be working so we switched to Artemisinin and other supplements. In May, Levi developed a sinus infection and started having seizures. The cancer had moved to his brain. We let him go 6-26-12.

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I just read your blog for the first time and just wanted to say that we are thinking of you…happy at the beach!!!  You have helped me SO many times and your words have always comforted me!  It's so great to hear that she is so happy right now!  She seems to be living a pretty amazing life!  Big hugs from Charlie and Charlie's family!!!

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6 January 2012 - 2:53 pm
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Dear Abby,

I'm sorry you are very sick. I'm sorry I was mean to you.  I really did want to kiss you, really I did!  But I couldn't because I would look weak in front of the other monkeydogs.  And I'm a little guy and well…you know.

I gave you my piggy toy, not just because I didn't like it but because it made a oink oink oink noise and you like noises.  I could have given you the yellow bear that does nothing since I don't like it either but it doesn't make noises.  And I didn't spit on any of the stuff mommy sent.  I didn't even lick it!  I just said I was going to. 

Please don't be sick.  Please!   






I'm not crying. I'm having a flare up of The Red Eye.

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I tried to post on your blog; but couldn't get it to take my comment, so I'll post it here.


I'm so sorry!  This is just all so hard on our pups and us.  Spencer was diagnosed today with lung mets and it is almost dejavu for me, our last doberman had lung cancer.  You'll know when it is time and it sounds like she isn't ready yet.  With Baron (our last doberman) he went down hill; but still had some spunk until… he didn't.  And we knew it was time to let him go.  But you know what?  He amazed all of the doctors with how long he lasted and how much it had to take over his lungs before he was ready.  ((hugs)) to you guys!

Jac and Angel Spencer.  Spencer was 5.25 years old. He fought a grade 3 fibrosarcoma, started on his shoulder.  Left front leg amputated in August 2011.  15 weeks of chemo finished 12/22/11 (mytox and adria).  Lung mets found on x-rays 12/28/11.  Started carboplatin 1/6/12. Went to Heaven on 2/27/12. I miss him like crazy every day.  See his blog here:

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6 January 2012 - 3:16 pm
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Abby, I hope you have the bestest day at the beach.

Tell your Mom that you guys mean so much to so many of us and we want you to stay with us as long as you can. 

Abby you have a wonderful family that love you and want only the best for you.

Sending Golden hugs to all of you, do me a favor and give your pawrents a hug and a smooch for me OK?

Your friend Shelby, the P.P.

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We hope you had a fun day at the beach and enjoyed a Flying Dutchman (I think MBBVP gave me red eye too!)

Sending you dalmatian hugs


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.
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6 January 2012 - 4:16 pm
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Adequate words escape me.
We hope for the best, we stay positive, we value every victory, but we all come to this point.
The strength you have gained on this journey will carry you these last steps. Do all your favorite things, eat all your favorite foods, go to all your favorite places. Or hang at home, just spend every moment together.
Keep us posted if you want, but don’t worry if you don’t. This is Abby’s time.


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6 January 2012 - 4:33 pm
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Oh Abby I hope you had the best day ever at the beach! To echo what many others have already said, you mean a lot to so many of us and we are all pulling for you! Jackie, you were there for me, and I want you to know that I have your back in whatever you need.

We love you guys!

Jenna Noah Ryan Juliana finchy & spirit chili dawg

Diagnosed with OSA: 5/2/2011 Ampuversary: 5/11/2011 OSA returned in hip: 8/26/2011
Chili Dawg crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 8/30/2011 & is now pain free. He was my heart dog, and I miss him every day.

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Jackie, I just have no words to express my sorrow at this news.  Abby has been an inspiration to me through this ordeal and you have been more kind and helpful than I can describe.  You are both precious to me and my soul aches for you.  Apparently that “red eye” is quite contagious.  My prayers for strength, peace and happiness to you.  Give Abby a hug from me and Zeus and tell her thank you for giving us hope.


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...

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