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In June of 2013, I was asked to foster a boy whose human was moving and couldn't take him with her. Moxie had been with his mom for five years, and when I picked him up, he looked so sad. The minute he walked in the house, he curled up on the love seat in my family room and looked over at me to make sure it was ok.


My JJ and Dustin (and EZ who was still with us at the time) took to him immediately. He was unassuming and non intrusive. Within a week, he had totally bonded. He slept in the bed with his nose shoved deep in my neck with one front paw across my chest.


About three weeks later, the group called and said they had found a home....but I couldn't do it to him. I know how sad he was losing his first mom, and he had clearly become part of my home and couldn't have him feel like he was again deserted....so we made it official.


Last winter, I decided that he needed something special....just for him since my other two had each other, so I started working towards getting him credentialed as a pet therapy dog. In June he passed all his training tests and was ready to start his internship.


Tuesday, September 2, was supposed to be his first day. But that morning, a vet visit confirmed what I feared....the limp that started just a few days before was that horrible osteo.....advanced and in his lungs....I feared that a break was imminent and made his final appointment for Thursday.


When I got him into my car Thursday, he was so excited because he thought he was going for his therapy training which he loved. He sat in the back of the explorer smiling at me despite the awful pain he was clearly in as he had begun yelping when he moved wrong. So, though he was not yet credentialed, I called the nursing home where he trained and asked if he could come and be a real therapy dog before he left me. I called my vet and postponed the appointment for an hour....and Moxie went to that nursing home and did a round of therapy like a champ. He smiled the whole time despite limping.


And then we left for the vet. Sadly, his spirit was strong, and he fought the sedation. I wish I could say his passing was peaceful....but it was not. He stood up and resisted going down to the point he leaned into me to support him. He knew something was happening that he didn't want. While I know I had no choice, I am crushed for him that his heart and spirit weren't ready to leave at his young age of eight.


This is picture of him the day he passed his temperament testing to continue in the program. One of the women is who we saw last week. He loved her, and she him....




Robin, EZ (Tribal Track), JJ (What a Story), Dustin (E's Full House) and our beautiful Jack (Mana Black Jack) and Lily (Chip's Little Miss Lily) both at the Bridge
The WFUBCC honors our beautiful friends at the bridge. Godspeed sweet angels.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful boy, and so lucky to have you.


Godspeed, Moxie.

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Moxie :grouphug Robin :grouphug


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My heart goes out to you that his passing was not easier. Moxie was a beautiful boy - you loved him well, and he gave you his love in return. I'm so very sorry :grouphug

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I am sobbing. How devastated you must be to have to say goodbye to this wonderful boy way too soon. He was indeed a therapy dog in the truest sense of the word. And you were his angel for knowing that he was exactly where he was meant to be---doing what he loved with someone he clearly adored.

I'm so very sorry you lost your precious Moxie. What a monster osteo is.

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Moxie we are sorry you didnt get more time spreading love as a therapy dog but that damn osteo has no respect for anything


RIP Moxie ,8 is way to young to leave, MIss Robin, JJ & Dustbin we are sad that your Moxie had to leave


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I'm so sorry for your loss & for Moxie, who wanted to stay here with you so much. What a wonderful boy he was & how much it must have hurt to let him go. I'm sure his spirit will remain here with you forever. Godspeed Moxie! f_yellow


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Just heartbreaking. :weep Life can be SO unfair. Godspeed, sweet Moxie. .. :gh_run

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I am so fortunate that I got to meet Moxie. He was clearly where he belonged with you.


Meri-Carol wasn't ready either, despite having a stroke at 13... the one thing I cling to is that she only knew a fleeting fear of indignity, but never had to suffer pain or loss of faculties, or withering anxiety. You did the best you could, and at the right time. The waiting is only for our poor human hearts, no matter how broken they may be.



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I am very sad to read this - he was much too young. :grouphug


When a relationship of love is disrupted, the relationship does not cease. The love continues; therefore, the relationship continues. The work of grief is to reconcile and redeem life to a different love relationship. ~ W Scott Lineberry

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Crying here too. He was way too young, and clearly had so much to give. I am so sorry for your loss and so moved by your giving him the opportunity to be a therapy dog on his last day. Rest well, Moxie.


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So very sad... I'm so sorry...


Cody also fought the meds - it's really horrible...

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I'm so sorry. Moxie was much too young but that's what makes osteo such a beast.


Run with the angels, Moxie

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Thanks for the pic, Meri. He always managed to find a couch.


Robin, EZ (Tribal Track), JJ (What a Story), Dustin (E's Full House) and our beautiful Jack (Mana Black Jack) and Lily (Chip's Little Miss Lily) both at the Bridge
The WFUBCC honors our beautiful friends at the bridge. Godspeed sweet angels.

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I am so sad and sorry for your loss. I do hate cancer. It is the thief who robs us, everyday, of those we love.


Our Paul did not have an easy passing either. He was so frail, tripping and falling, we were afraid he would fall when we weren't home and would not be able to get up. At his euthenasia procedure, his veins keep closing and the needle wouldn't stay in. I was so upset. I wanted to make it easy for him and I am not certain that it was.


Your boy was very special and must have had another mission to take care of.

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I'm so very sorry. He was an extraordinary boy, and he left much too soon. I remember that photo, and recall thinking that he had truly found his calling. I wish he'd been able to fulfill your joint plans.


Godspeed Moxie.

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