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Toddy almost at 2 months post amp and I feel a "lump"
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Happy 2 month ampuversary!!  Sessy and little sister black cocker Bindi send lots of hugs and kisses….keep enjoying the cuddles!!!

Gayle - mom of beautiful greyhound Sessy.  Sessy diagnosed with osteosarcoma on 12/26/16, left back leg amputated on 1/2/17.  Feline siblings Mooshe, Tinkerdude, Odie and Bean

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Toddy says thanks for the support and love.  He sends sloppy kisses and love right back. It worked out that the kiddos didn’t have school on his 2 month ampuversary.  So, we got to enjoy EXTRA SPECIAL cuddles with our cuddle boy.  He enjoyed hot dogs, steak, cookies, blueberry bread and everything else his little heart desired.  Here are a couple of moments…

How I love this sweet face!!

I will cherish this moment forever.  He hasn’t done this in so long.  This is how he protects the boys if they fall asleep on the couch.heart

Sally we have tried fresh pet but Toddy is not liking it these days.  He did just enjoy a few sugar cookies for me a few minutes ago but has refused everything else.  Today is a not a good day.  He has not been able to jump up on the couch at all .  His mobility is not very good.  I’m afraid the time is drawing near. I have given him an extra pain pill per his vet.  He has not eaten much at all.  He is still drinking but I don’t want him to suffer.  I’ve decided housework can wait and Toddy and I are cuddling .  I know our time left together is limited and it breaks my heart. Praying I make the right decisions.


Heather & Toddy

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Today has just progressively gotten worse.  Toddy is in quite a bit a pain.  Can’t get up on the couch and can’t get down.  We are going to let our boys say their goodbyes to him after they get home from school and then we are going to let him go to rainbow bridge .  In our hearts my husband and I agree it is time.  His quality of life is so poor and this isn’t him.  My heart is shattered.


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Oh Heather, dear sweet Heather.  First of all I want to say that these photos are TRULY, TRULY, TRULY a sacred treasure.  It’s a gift from Toddy to you. 

There comes a point when the “quality” can only lessen and lessen and lessen.   To be able to give the gift of release before any major suffering is a gift of love.  Not everyone gets that opportunity to do what you are doing and in the way you are doing it.  And Toddy is sooooo grateful that you love him that much.

As hard as it is, and it is the hardest thing ever, it IS important to celebrate Toddy home with him seeing smiles on your faces and hearing how much he is loved and what a good boy he is.  The breakdown can come after.

Let the boys know what a beautiful place Toddy is going to.  Everyhe at the Bridge  will be welcoming him with wheelbarrows of delicious junk food, they’ll greet him with toys and balls and couches and blankets just for him!!  And the couch looks just like yours and the blankets have hearts on them!!

Perhaps there are other loved ones…dogs and humans…who have go eto to the Bridge before Toddy that the boys will know.  You can tell them that they will be there ro greet him as he gets to the Bridge!!  He running fast to get there with a huge smile on his face and his butt wiggling with joy!

And needless, to say, Toddy will be watching over his family from the Bridge just like he has done here on earth.

Perhaps the boys will want to pick out a picture of them for Toddy to take on his journey and a special toy.   Maybe they can put some treats in a baggie for him to take with him.    I always kept a lock of my dogs fur. 

I’m so bing with every word I type because I KNOW how this is breaking your heart into a million pieces. 

PLEASE do not hesitate to call the Tripawds Helpline if you need support to be able to get from one moment to the next. 

It is a true honor and privilege ro be in this journey with Toddy and his humans who he loves so much…..And who clearly love him with all their heart.

With all my heart, sending you strength and peace and loveheart

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie

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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Thank you so much Sally!  I’ve been laying with him in front of his crate telling him what a special boy he is and how much joy he has brought.  We do have 2 dogs at the bridge and our oldest remembers them. I’ve told Toddy they will be there to greet him and to please remember we love them all . I’m trying to get it together before the boys get home. 


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Heather my heart is heavy knowing it’s Toddy’s time. I’m so deeply sorry. It’s the hardest decision ever but the love and compassion you are showing him is such a gift. Not just to Toddy but also to your kids, who will see how animals deserve our devotion and courage in the face of tough times. You are such an awesome mom to your human and furry kids. Stay strong and if you want to talk, the Tripawds Helpline is here too OK?

Please give Toddy extra smooches from us. Let him know he will have quite a welcoming committee at the Rainbow Bridge . All our Tripawd heroes will be there. 

Lots and lots of love coming your way.

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I’m truly sorry to read this. This disease is so unfair and dirty. 

The pictures of Toddy – especially with the kids – are amazing. Those are the memories that will stick with you. 

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’ll tell Rocky he’s got another Cocker Spaniel coming to run with him at the Bridge. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

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He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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Heather and Family

My heart is breaking for you right now! I realize that you and the boys may have already said goodbye to Toddy and I truly hope the boys are okay! Please give them a massive hug from me and tell them that I think Toddy was one of the luckiest dogs in the world, to have been loved sooo much!

 I have been thinking of you all day, but haven’t had the chance to send you loving hugs! None of us want this time to come, but Toddy chose your family for very good reason! You treated him like a king and he has loved you tenfold! Hold him close to your heart and he’ll never leave you. Like Sally said as well, The fields around the Rainbow 🌈 Bridge are beautiful! Trees and rivers and all the treats they could wish for! I know these words won’t take away your pain, but I hope the picture helps you smile! 

Please take good care and know that everyone in the community is thinking of you all and are sending love and peace. You are beautiful people to have gone this far with Toddy and his spirit will always treasure you!

kisses from Stewie🐾
& all the very best from his adoring pack,
Petra, Paul, & his feline siblings, Mr. Spike, Chester Molester & Miss Lily 🐾🐾🐾❤️.

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Today was the hardest day ever. I knew as hard as it was to let him go , it was the right thing to do. My heart is shattered into a million pieces . Not being able to hold him or talk in his ear just hurts. I hate this disease . The house seems empty without him, even with all the activity. The boys came home and said their goodbyes to Toddy before we headed to the vet. They were not ready to let go yet.  

Jerry, thank you for your sweet words!  I pray our pups and kiddos always see our love for them. 

Sally, Thank you so much for everything ! Xoxo

David, I’m pawsitive that sweet Rocky was waiting for him at the bridge!! He loves all friends and especially cocker friends! I told him to tell Rocky what a special boy he is and to keep sending you sweet moments ! 

Stewie and pack….Thank you so very much for thinking of us and your sweet words! The picture did help me smile. 

It’s bittersweet tonight and I’m sure for the days ahead…I woke up every morning not knowing if this was the day. After I left the vet a weight seemed to lift off of my shoulders.  I’m just glad he is whole again and running free.  Our oldest said tonight “I’m just thankful we had him for an extra 2 months.”  


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HI Heather, 

I just caught up reading about your Toddy. Very sorry and sad about the news! When I first started reading your story, I found similarities between Toddy and my Draco. Both had the same front leg amputation on 7/18/17 also and just had their 2 month ampuversary yesterday. I’ll be telling my Draco about your Toddy, and when the time comes hopefully they will meet!

Draco’s dad -RJ


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Thank  you for checking in with yiur family.  I know you sre typing through the sobs but we’re so glad you connected with us.  We all need to stick together during these times.

The losses this year and now in these past recent days, our beloved Sweet Rocky Balboa, and Rufus the other day, precious Chancey Pants, Gerry tomorrow…so hard on us all our family.  Although, we have to remember, the Bridge is just having one rockin’ Welcome Home Pawty after the other!!  And their joy at being free and whole sgain is what’s important!

The void will seem unbearable for awhile.  The break in routine of being a caregiver most recently….all this makes makes you walk around aimlessly and mindlessly.  You go from one task to another and don’t even know you’ve done them.

There is a “relief” when the transition goes as smoothly as it can.  That’s something that we all hope for.  It brings us comfort vut It does nothing to diminish our sdaness though.

We al know there are no words.  We can only let you know we understand like no others can.  We understand the depth of your love for Toddy more than anynothers could who haven’t been onnthis journey.

Your son’s comment…..WOW!  You have a very enlightened Soul with that boy!!   And you know what, that’s exactly how Toddy feels! He is so grateful for that extra vonus time to be spoiled and loved more than anyone could think possible!!

I wish I could tell you tomorrow will ve vetter….nope….not tomorrow.  But we can all promise you that Toddy WILL connect with you and you WILL know he is happy and free and ALWAYS with you!  The thousands of happy memories you shared will come to the forefront eventually. 

We would love to hear more about that precious tussle topped Toddy when you can.   I kmow he would like that.  He would like for you to share memories that make us smile.   It is such a privilege to be eith Toddy on this journey.  He has taught us all so much about perseverance and how to master the art of BEING MORE TODDY!!   A great role model for us all!

Holding you in our hearts tonight and the days to come….heart

Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie

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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I’m sorry Toddy’s journey was so short.  Cancer is a nasty bastard.

I woke up every morning not knowing if this was the day. After I left the vet a weight seemed to lift off of my shoulders

Hang on to this line, it will be of great comfort to you if you ever doubt your timing.  This was one last amazing gift you gave Toddy, freeing him to go on ahead.

Hug your boys for me- it’s so hard for kids to understand.  But the lessons Toddy has left you with will help the boys sometime in their lives. Just one of the purposes for Toddy’s life with your family.  That is for later, for now I hope the memories of the good times will help ease the grief just a bit.

Toddy will always be with you.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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