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Zeus is still with us!
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Rock Hill, SC
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26 August 2012 - 1:03 pm
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Just wanted to let everyone know he’s still fighting.  I can see a bit of a decline in the last couple of days, but still hangin’ in there.  Of course, I’m taking pics like crazy and really wanted to share my two favorite:

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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...

Vancouver Island B.C.
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26 August 2012 - 1:11 pm
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Awww, he is just precious !!! I love husky mix’s !!! Way to hang in there Zeus !!!

New Jersey
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26 August 2012 - 1:17 pm
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Sending scratchies, yummy treats, hugs, and love to you, Zeus!!! Such a handsome boy–enjoy every second!  Thinking of all of you.

Joan and Lily

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.

26 August 2012 - 2:12 pm
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Great pics! Love ya’ Zeus!

Karen and the Pugapalooza

Milwaukee, WI
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26 August 2012 - 2:38 pm
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Oh, he looks good!  And I vote for #1.  What a close-up!!

Harley is an 8 year old Golden Retriever. Amp surgery for an infiltrative lipoma canceled due to two masses in chest. A rescue, he found his forever home on 3/18/07 and left for his eternal home on 1/09/13. His story and medical history are at

Sydney, Australia
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26 August 2012 - 4:56 pm
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Zeus is a natural in front of the camera!  And continues to be such a fighter!



Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ......

El Dorado Hills, CA
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26 August 2012 - 5:26 pm
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Awww, Zeus is a stud muffin!!  I like number two….what a face.   He is so handsome.  Thanks for sharing your pictures of your wonderful boy.  Thinking of you…

Suzie and Rizzo

Jack Russell born in 2001. Mast cell cancer found Dec 2009 and right rear amputation. Five rounds of chemo done before all treatment stopped. Living life to the fullest!! Read my story at

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26 August 2012 - 5:27 pm
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Way to go!

Very handsome boy, great pictures!

Cheeseburgers and fries for everypawty!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shelby, the P.P.way-cool

New Zealand
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26 August 2012 - 5:32 pm
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Awww  love the second photo what a hansome boy you are Zeus!!!!

Hugs – thinking of you all!

Sarah, Kayla and Sarge

Caledonia MI
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26 August 2012 - 5:51 pm
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So cute!

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.

Orange County, CA
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26 August 2012 - 6:07 pm
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Way to fight, Zeus!!  You are one strong guy, and an inspiration to all Tripawds fighting this disease!  We’re thinking of you daily here in So Cal.  

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26 August 2012 - 6:28 pm
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You’re a trooper Zeus and enjoying every day!!!!

San Diego, CA
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26 August 2012 - 6:53 pm
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Love love love them! Just want to kiss his smoochy nose.

Big hugs from me and nosepokes from Rita and angelic kisses from Abby.

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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26 August 2012 - 7:20 pm
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You make our hearts go pitter patter, pretty boy! We love seeing your gorgeous face, thanks Lisa!

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Austin, TX
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26 August 2012 - 9:33 pm
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Those pics are absolutely wonderful.  I love Zeus’s eyes; they say so much.  I’m so glad you guys are still together and I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, as always.

Jack - adopted with a crooked leg at 4 months old, managed for six years, and now much-happier Tripawd as of 5/24/2012!

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