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One Year and Counting!

What a happy day this is but also a day of remembering the sobering diagnosis then the fear then the decision, life or limb, then the amputation. The days of worry about the surgery, the hours of anguish over scans, chemo side effects,the met to the spleen, that surgery, the weakness the diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy but there were so many days of pure joy! Watching her swim and not in a circle, watching her watch squirrel and mouseavision, seeing her do her tricks, beg [ that was never allowed before!] getting excited when she ate, having her go back to the human hospital and do her therapy pet pals duty, seeing her go to work everyday, watching her be silly and wild, those are what we want to also remember this day. Life is hard but it is a bit sweeter with a dog by your side and this year was a time for us to be by her side to comfort and care. We are truly grateful for these days and pray for many more. We don’t know what tomorrow brings except maybe more questions and worries but also another day with the sweet bordie girl. Thank you Zip for being such a fighter and making all of our life deeper and richer. We love you and Happy Ampuversary!


  10 Responses

  1. Zip-a-de-doo-dah, congratulations! You are an inspawration to Tripawds everywhere, keep it up!

    jerry - September 4th, 2011 at 11:01 am      Reply
  2. I am so happy to hear that Zip has reached the amazing “one year” celebration! This is pretty big , especially when they tell us only a few months! Wishing you many miracles!! Wishing you many, many moments to love her!
    I was blessed to have the miracle of Indiana for 17 months!! May you have even more!!
    Love from Indiana’s mom ~ Carol~

    Indiana's mom - September 2nd, 2011 at 9:47 pm      Reply
  3. Congrats Zip! One year is simply amazing. Wishing you many many more celebrations yet to come 🙂
    Happy 1yr Ampuverary
    Brett and Spirit Fortis

    fortisdad - August 31st, 2011 at 12:34 am      Reply
    • Fortis was always such an inspiration to us. We had wanted to meet him one day by the lake but time and health never let it happen. I think about Fortis sometimes and heard a true story about a lady who was caring for her daughter’s dog outside of Round Rock. The dog, Joe Dan had osterosarcoma and was now a tripawd and the lady had only one arm, lost at age 12 to the same cancer. The dog died in July of this year, after having the disease for 6 years at age 16, a black lab, and the lady had a dream about 3 weeks ago that the dog was outside her sliding glass door barking at her and wagging his tail, as if to get her to come and play. She said the most remarkable thing was that he had all four legs. The evening of the day she told her daughter about this dream the lady died at age 80+. A few nights later the daughter had a dream and on the other side of the glass door was her mother, with two arms and the dog with all 4 legs waving to her as they played and moved away from the glass. Something to think about.

      bordergirl4 - August 31st, 2011 at 3:40 am      Reply
      • Thank you so much for the kind words and for such a beautiful story. And believe me I’ve been giving it plenty of thought! I so wish you could have met Fortis. I know you would have just loved him. I sure miss him and wish more than anything that he was here by my side. Eight months has done little to ease the pain. Give Zip a big big hug and again thank you 🙂

        Brett & Spirit Fortis

        fortisdad - September 1st, 2011 at 9:51 pm      Reply
  4. Yahoo! One more makes it to one year! We are so thrilled for you over here! Keep it up, Zip–we love happy endings!


    Dakota Dawg - August 30th, 2011 at 8:23 pm      Reply
  5. Zip,

    We are thrilled to share this ampuversary with you! I didn’t realize I guess that we are on the same day, same month as you. It is an honor 🙂
    I hope there are years ahead with our babies, years ahead of many more ampuversaries for Zip and the therapy work!!

    Elizabeth and Sammy

    fightingforsammy - August 30th, 2011 at 7:45 pm      Reply
  6. Congrats Zip!!! It is a roller coaster ride… But it’s not all bad, like you said there are moments of joy plus amazement and inspiration and lots and lots and lots of love.

    Big hugs to Zip and a chicken jerky treat will be eaten in her honor today!

    Here’s to the next year!
    Jackie, Abby’s mom

    AbbysMom - August 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm      Reply
  7. zip, congrats on a major accomplishment!!! you’ve been through alot, but still manage to show the world how brave and true a tripawd gal is!!! keep up the good work, we’re celebrating for you here in ET!!

    charon & gayle

    etgayle - August 30th, 2011 at 5:42 pm      Reply
  8. Happy ampuversary, Zip! So happy for you 🙂

    Jenna and Chili Dawg

    chilidawg - August 30th, 2011 at 5:04 pm      Reply

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