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Saying Goodbye

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Its been a very long time since I’ve updated Xander’s information, and I would like to share my gratitude for the support each of you showed for my beautiful boy.

During the winter of 2010 Xander slipped on some stairs and sprained the inside toe on his back left foot (opposite of the side that was ampawtated in the front) and also had a greenstick fracture of the first long bone. It was trying for a couple weeks of getting up and down stairs and helping him out of snowbanks and such, but he never once complained and soon was tearing around as usual although the sprained joint would always be a little “off”.

Around Christmas of 2011 he began limping and favouring the same back foot. Through rounds of x-rays and combinations of pain medications and anti-inflamatories it was determined that his foot was now full of arthritis and using it caused constant pain. My baby was SO awesome at adapting to just touching it down for support and bouncing off the good toes when running, and even learned to poo on 2 legs while using a toe or 2 for balance from the 3rd.

By February he was showing no improvement in his pain, and when he wasn’t sleepy from his medication, he was cranky from the dicomfort and prefered laying with me where ever he could to anything else although he tried so hard to play like he used to. I knew I was going to have to let him go…

On February16th, 2012 my baby Xander ran across the Rainbow Bridge on all four legs to jump and play in the sun until we meet again. Through his incredible spirit he taught me so much about my own life and person, and made me into the person he saw me as. I have been blessed to have such an angle in my life, and one that will live on forever in my heart.

Xander “Vom Eishenblick” Graves ,  June 1, 2008 ~ February 16, 2012


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7 Responses to “Saying Goodbye”

  1. jerry says:

    Oh my heart goes out to you, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. He was so young!

    But, I’m glad to hear that he got many, many months with you to have such a great life. His spirit will leave pawprints on the hearts of many.

    With condolences,
    Rene, Jim, Wyatt Ray & Spirit Jerry

  2. etgayle says:

    we’re so sorry to read that xander has passed on. what a great life he had with you, such a brave and handsome boy. hopefully all of the wonderful memories you guys made, will help heal your broken hearts. love never ends.

    charon & spirit gayle

  3. maximutt says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Xander’s passing. Sending healing thoughts to you.

  4. I’m so sorry about Xander. We lost our girl way too young too, just this past January. But like you said, she also taught us so much! There could never be “enough” time with our pups, they bring us so much!
    I hope you are hanging in there. He will always be with you in your heart.
    Jackie, Angel Abby’s mom

  5. Judy says:

    So sorry for your loss. How loving you are to have the courage to let him go. He was such a beautiful boy.

    Tears and Whines
    Judy and Baby

  6. Heather says:

    So sorry to hear about Xander. We weren’t even aware of the Tripawd community when this beautiful boy crossed the bridge, but we feel ever so connected. Thank you for sharing his story. Charon & Spirit Gayle put it best for me, love never ends.

    Heather & Spirit Shadow

  7. Xander Tank says:

    Thank you SO much, everyone, for sharing your thoughts on my beautiful boy and for reaching out. He taught so many lessons in his lifetime and helped me find my own balance.
    I was astonished at the outpouring from friends and family when he passed and the accounts of the lessons his spirit had taught, even to the point of a friend who was TERRIFIED of big dogs adopting TWO rottie mixes <3

    My heart lifts knowing when the time is right Xander will send a new light to fill my heart.

    "Let me be the person my dog thinks I am"

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