Arwen: In Loving Memory

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I have been avoiding updating Arwen’s blog. Yesterday would have been her 2 year ampuversary. But she passed away on September 3, just 2 weeks shy of making it to 24 months post-op.

She had done so well for so long, and her lungs continued to be clear of any sign of cancer returning. But in August, she started having back leg weakness, and she got worse so fast. Her vets were convinced it was something neurological, like degenerative myopathy, but a CT scan revealed an inoperable cancerous tumor on her spine.

There’s not much to say, except that our hearts are broken. Completely broken. But we gained 23 and a half months of time with Arwen after her amputation, and we would never give that time up. Except for the first few weeks after her amputation, and her very last days with us, the 23 and a half months after her osteosarcoma diagnosis were the days of a happy, healthy, perfectly normal dog. The chemo never made her sick. The missing leg never slowed her down. My husband and I would make the same decisions again if we had the choice. There is some comfort in having no regrets, but at the same time, there was never going to be enough time with her for us.

Arwen, like most dogs, made the world a better place while she was here. We will never stop loving her.

 

 

 


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3 thoughts on “Arwen: In Loving Memory”

  1. Oh goodness, I am so very sorry. My heart breaks for you. You guys are amazing pawrents, and Arwen lived the best life a dog could ask for! I have always been amazed at how you were always such a tightly melded pack, and photos and videos of your adventures always left me in awe.
    Sending you both love, hugs, and my deepest condolences. Arwen will always be in your hearts and your soul. That bond will never, ever be broken.
    The life you shared with Arwen is one in a million. Her life as a tripawd was just as good as her life on four. It never slowed her down, she truly lived her life to the fullest.
    Jackie and Huck

    1. You are correct, “a tightly melded pack” is a good way to describe us. The three of us did nearly everything together, and our home seems incomplete with her gone. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.

  2. OH. My. Dog. I am standing here with tears in my eyes, having just watched the beautiful tribute you made. Wow. We are still heartbroken that one of the most amazing Tripawd dogs EVER is sporting a set of wings.

    That little rolly polly puppy had no idea of the incredible adventurous life she was about to embark on. And I’m sure it was the same for you and Nick. She was such a gorgeous, strong, and brave girl. And so so happy!!!!

    Your journey with Arwen, both before and after losing a leg, reminded me so much of the life we shared with Jerry. You three “grew up” together, as did we with our soul mate. And along the way oh my dog the places you went! And Jerry as well. I’m smiling now, thinking how much he would have loved to play with Arwen. I hope they are together at the bridge. He would have a major crush on her, I just know it.

    We are so sorry for your loss. I know you two are feeling a huge hole in your hearts right now. It’s impossible not to. She was and always will be part of you, and never leave your side.

    Thank you for allowing us to come along on the journey. We will never forget her.

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