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Rosco has cancer .... need advice ... we are devastated
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Virginia
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14 July 2015 - 2:36 pm
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We would like to say a heart felt thank you, to whoever made a donation to the Tripawds Foundation in Rosco's honor. The statement about having filled up on so much love that he didn't need to stay long has been on my mind all day, and when I think of him that thought will never be far off. Thank you for that.

He was truly an old soul, and I think everyone who ever met him could see that in his eyes. Thank you all for being there for us. I have a tribute video but I'm not posting it until I have brought him home where he belongs. 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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19 July 2015 - 9:04 am
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It's been a little over a week and I guess it's time to start feeling all of the regrets that I have. I was cleaning up this morning and found a bunch off stuff I had bought for him that he didn't get to use (his holiday sweater, his life jacket for kayaking and the beach/lake when we camp, his "rescued" t-shirt, his snuggle puppy); and, I have his 2 strollers, his crate (that he used only once or twice when I brought him home b/c I wasn't sure yet if I could leave him alone with Tanner), his harnesses (esp the tripawd ezdog one that he hated lol). I'm gathering some of it up to put in our storage unit b/c I have a very slight but distinct feeling I may need them again one day. 

I am thankful that I don't have a lot of regrets b/c Rosco was just so damn cute I couldn't help but spoil him. I do regret him not passing away in my arms. I regretted that with Jake and I swore I wouldn't do it again. But when they pass away I'm a horrible crying mess and having me beside them being hysterical is not a peaceful way to go. I just couldn't do it...again. When they brought him to me to say goodbye he was still asleep from the anesthesia, but he started to wake up for just a second and as they gave him more I was able to tell him I love him and he was a good dog. I just hope he heard me and felt at peace in that moment b/c I know not being able to hardly breathe and me not being with him in the back of the vets office with people he didn't know was stressful for him. 

I hate this part, when you start thinking what if, could've, should've, HATE IT. 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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19 July 2015 - 9:43 am
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Elizabeth,

We know about the post-regret thing and how it weighs us down till we can't breathe, but you know this will also pass......You have absolutely NOTHING to regret with any of your boys. We deal with each situation as it comes, and I think from a friend point of view, you have handled Jake's passing, and now Rosco's passing, with all the love, anger, uncertainty, and coping as well as any truly loving pet-mom possibly can. We are definitely human, so along comes all those wanted and unwanted feelings. We have earned the right.

And make NO mistake, Rosco knew you were there for him in his last moments, and he felt your immense love for him as he took off for the Bridge. He was the luckiest pup in the world to find you and Eric, so never, ever forget that. 

We are all bags of crying, grief-filled, angry, regretful, hurt-beyond-belief human souls when we lose a pet or person we love so dearly, and we also know it takes time to get past the worst of this heartache and heartbreak. So just let loose, and get all those really difficult moods and feelings out, you have all of us here to listen, and cry, and help you through...... You know you will never be alone.

Sending so much love and {{{hugs}}}

Bonnie, Angel Polly, and girls

Virginia




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19 July 2015 - 10:16 pm
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We sure get it. Wish we didn't, but we do!

Bonnie said everything so well and with such heartfelt truth.

Elizabeth, Rosco knew you were there...and he knows you are still with him. Dogs don't necessarily need to "hear" us or "see" us to know we are with them. They FEEL our presence from a dimension that we have lost contact with as humans. Our ability to speak has kept us somewhat disconnected from feeling the presence of energy. I PROMISE, he k ew you were there. And I PROMISE, Jake felt your presence with him!

Hmmm....how to say this...er...I hate to break it to you, but I think Rosco is probably glad he doesn't have to wear a Christmas sweater!! His little Tuxedo outfit was just the right amount of stylin' to satisfy his fashion side. The sweater may have been ripped to shreds the second you turned your back!

With compassionate and empathetic understanding, I send you love and peace.

AND,I have a slight and distinct feeling you'll be using these things too! And the Universe validates yet again! Run Eric, run!

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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