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Bad to the (TriPawd) Boone

Life goes on…without Boone

April 22nd, 2017 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

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Most everyone knows that Boone lost his fight with cancer and crossed the Bridge on Tuesday, March 14th. We weren’t at all ready to say goodbye to this special soul, but he let us know he was ready and it would have been selfish and unfair to him to “try one more thing…”

The first week was almost unbearable for us. Boone had such a big personality and his loss left a hole much bigger than we anticipated. I’ve had dogs my whole life, and I’ve said goodbye to a lot of dogs over the years, but saying goodbye to Boone was absolutely the hardest. Who would have thought that of all of our dogs, this tall, silly happy boy would be the one to completely steal our hearts. But he did.

This video popped up as a memory on my Facebook timeline from April 15th, 2016 and the tears started flowing again. Boone LOVED springtime when the snow was gone so he could return to “rock retrieving.”

Ah spring. And the return of rock retrieving.

Posted by Jeanette Gardiner on Friday, April 15, 2016

But I know Boone is watching over us.

Two weeks after he crossed the Bridge, he sent us a little foster dog that we named Tuck. We had no intentions of bringing another dog into our lives so soon, but this little guy appeared at our local rescue needing an urgent foster. We couldn’t say no.

And the following week, Tuck had completely won us over. We were officially “foster failures.”

Tuck does seem to have some “Bad Dog Bundle” characteristics, but he’s totally different than Boone. And that’s a good thing. Boone was special. Unique. And no dog will ever take his place.

I was watching a show the other night, and one of the characters was talking about how life goes on after someone you love dies.

She said “Life goes on. It’s not wrong, just different.”

So our different life, without Boone, goes on.


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Random pics of Boone’s day

March 9th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

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Sharing some random pics from Boone’s day today.

Started off his day as my ever-present office assistant. He’s got the lounging/sleeping thing down pretty well 😉

Then he moved to the sunshine while I had lunch.

After our hop, he surveyed the neighborhood out our front window. The same window where he went nose-to-nose with a young moose last week. Thankfully his bark told the moose to bug out, which it did. Phew. The dead of winter in Alaska would not be the time to replace a window.

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A new bark

March 7th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Boone’s bark changed in the last few days. He’s still happy, demanding and stealing shoes & clothes out of the hamper.

💕 our bad dog bundle 💕

 

Boone being Boone. His bark changed in the last few days. Maybe from the mass? We tried tapering off the pred per the…

Posted by Jeanette Gardiner on Monday, March 6, 2017

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Livin’ in the moment

March 2nd, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Boone is having a great day 😊 A complete turnaround from Sunday. I know it’s the prednisone.

But I love seeing our happy, demanding bad dog bundle.

What a difference from Sunday. The prednisone is working 🐾💕Tripawds

Posted by Jeanette Gardiner on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Trying to smile through the tears

March 1st, 2017 · 23 Comments · Uncategorized

Boone’s condition went from over the top awesome to rock bottom last week. Monday and Tuesday he was his usual demanding, energetic self, but by the weekend we thought it was time to say good-bye. A trip to the 24-hour clinic Sunday morning told us the story we didn’t want to hear this soon.

The cancer spread quickly – there’s a mass pressing down on an airway causing him to cough and there are spots on his lungs.

We brought him home with prednisone which has helped restore his appetite and attitude, but we know without Divine intervention, we’re likely spending our last days and weeks with him.

So we’re getting in as many happy hops as the weather allows, giving Boone whatever treats and toys he wants, and appreciating the time we have left.

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