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Pofi’s Spectacular Life on Three Legs

All our pets are individuals and have a unique story to tell of their journey to becoming a Tripawd (or even not becoming one) and their path as a Tripawd. Pofi’s has the distinction of being for a less common reason – a Nerve Sheath Tumor (a malignant soft tissue sarcoma) which was hidden in the brachial plexus (deep in the “armpit” of his left front leg). Because it was hidden, invisible, not viewable on x-rays, it took, to my lasting grief, far too long to discover, so that when we did finally know what the problem was and raced into surgery to remove the limb and a rib it had become wrapped around, the advanced tumor was already dangerously close to his spine.

Pofi
Pofi

Despite this or perhaps because he had stoically endured that situation for so long, he truly bounced back from surgery and bounded into his “bonus round” of being without that pain. As someone here said, he would not be denied summer and soaked up every last second of it. Those nearly six months were so precious and I thank this community again for keeping me sane and focused on him and his well being instead of my terror of saying good bye to my perfect for me boy.

Life without Pofi is “less,” but only because life with him was so very much “more.” His zeal, his gusto, his engagement with life was simply spectacular. Thank you for being ours, sweet boy.

~ Lisa (aka: hester)

Pofi: Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Amputation

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13 thoughts on “Pofi’s Spectacular Life on Three Legs”

  1. What a lovely tribute, Lisa. I’m so pleased you were able to share those precious months together. Pofi will always be your sweet boy ❤️

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  2. Beautifully said! You were dealt a crappy hand but made the most of your time with him. I love this picture, so bright-eyed and commanding! The stars are brighter for having Pofi up there among them.

    Paula

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    • Thank you so much, dear friend, Paula – I love that photo, too. It was so soon after amp and yet he was SO bright and engaged and happy.

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  3. “Life without Pofi is “less,” but only because life with him was so very much “more.” ”

    I love this and will try to hold onto it on this tripawd journey. Beautiful tribute to your boy. xoxo

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    • I love thinking this will help you in any way – this group was of immeasurable help to me. Sending love for you and your pup on every step of the journey.

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  4. He was a beautiful boy Lisa. I sure wish I would have had a chance to meet him. But he brought you into my life as a dear friend. Sending love and hugs. Thanks for honoring your boy in this way

    xxoxoxo
    Michelle & Angels Sassy & Bosch

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    • M, I wish nothing more than that had been possible. He was such a character. In our hearts, though and through each other, we do know them, right? The way I know Sassy and Bosch despite being denied a face to face meeting. And they did all bring us together……

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  5. What a beautiful boy! My dog Odin was just diagnosed with the same problem. My doctor said the margin was only 1mm. Yes mm not cm. I am hoping each day we get a long time with him but cherishing them all. Very hard problem to diagnose, took us a few months of wrong treatment just cause it isn’t easy to spot as you know. I’m sorry for what happened to you and Pofi. I appreciate you sharing your story. I can see the love you both shared in all your posts. That’s what it’s all about the love between you both.

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    • Hi, Annie – I am so sorry to hear echoes of the difficult parts of our own journey in yours. I always hope others will get that diagnosis sooner, but it is so difficult when hidden. Please let me know if I can share anything else. Any detail at all about what oncology we pursued and what we didn’t. Reach out via private message if your like. I’m also here to listen. And I am thinking very best thoughts for Odin.

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