Dear Tripawds Family,
I can’t begin to thank you all for your loving thoughts and prayers after our golden, Hope, died quite suddenly of liver/kidney failure on Thursday. We made the decision to let her go peacefully after she didn’t respond to strong, homeopathic meds; her body began to shut down quickly. The outpouring of emails from you all have touched our hearts, as you all understood our pain and our need for guidance. You are all strong, brave warriors for your dogs and a solid support system to those of us who need to feel others are there to help us through whatever path we have to take. You will never know the strength and hope that you have given us as we traveled down that unknown path.
Today, a most beautiful day in Cincinnati, my husband, Hope and another family with a tripawd dog had planned to participate in a dog walk in Greater Cincinnati by setting up an information booth about tripawds.com and golden retriever rescue. When Hope had her leg amputated on June 17 of this year, the doctor and surgeon didn’t know about tripawds.com and could offer little information on how to help Hope live a “normal life” as a tripawd. Only by googling “dog amputation” did I find tripawds, and a loving, compassionate community of new friends.
Hope is no longer with us in body, but her spirit will remain with us forever. She was a rescue dog with a rocky start, but she grew into a beautiful, sassy, prissy little girl. In honor of her life and a tribute of the adversities she faced, we have decided to continue our mission via an outreach program to offer information and support to tripawd dogs. We might have missed the dog walk today, but there will be other opportunities to reach families who need the support that tripawds.com and YOU can give them. We plan to start our “Mission of Hope” by visiting veterinarians and surgeons and leaving information that they can share with families whose dogs are facing amputation. That’s a frightening time, and I think that’s when people need to connect with YOU, the people who have actually gone through the fears that they are now facing.
Please remember us in your prayers. This is such a sad, sad time for us; our grief is great. I know you will be there for us as the road takes yet another turn…
With much love and appreciation,
Barb, John, and Spirit Hope
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