Love, compassion and strength. . .

I received the most wonderful items in the mail today.   I cannot tell you how special it is to have both Otis and Tess on the necklace, together as they always were.    (It was originally for Otis only, after he passed)    And the protection charm has Mr. Gator’s name on the reverse, so my whole furry family is included.  Which gets to the title of this page – about how the love and compassion in this community really does give each of us strength.   We are all in this together, no matter where we are in the journey.   Although no one wants to have to face cancer and this is a hard, emotionally exhausting journey, I truly feel blessed to be part of this community.



Author: otisandtess

Otis, an 8 year old 106 lb. lab/Dane mix, became a Tripawd on February 9, 2016 after his right front leg broke due to osteosarcoma. We did 4 rounds of carboplatin, but lung mets were discovered on Agust 25, and he passed on September 4. Otis was half of a bonded pair, and his adopted sister Tess, passed suddenly of hemangiosarcoma on October 9. The day before Tess passed, a local lab rescue group had identfied Gator, a 120 pound 6 year old yellow in need of a home, as a potential companion for her. His picture was on my phone, and my house needed a dog. . .

6 thoughts on “Love, compassion and strength. . .”

  1. Those are beautiful. You are right love compassion & strength is what gets us through. and I have all the Protection tags for all 3 of mine.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. Beautiful and I agree with your statement … this community loves and supports like noneother. Enjoy your new bling!
    Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper Lily)

  3. SOOOO BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINE!! Yes, Otis &Tess together always.

    And knowing Gator is protected, as are you, with Otis and Tess watching over you both.

    When I wear my Happy Hannah necklaces(s), I always feel her presence…I feel her closeness…it’s quite a touchstone for me. I hope you find a similar comfort.

    Yes, it is a community of love, compassion and strength. Our dogs knew we would all need each other to get through this journey.

    Such a lovely, lovely necklace created with love for you.

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  4. Aww don’t know how I missed this Christine, but thank you. I”m sad I had to add Tess’ name to it, but am honored that you like it.

    Hugs to you and Gator, we send our love.

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