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No Regrets

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Thanks for all the wonderful comments. We really appreciate everyone’s kind words, thoughts, prayers and cards. One week has passed since Peyton left us for Rainbow Bridge. This week has been very sad and it is hard to believe he is really gone. We miss him very much and he has left a huge hole in our hearts. We were very fortunate to be blessed with him in our lives. Peyton was the type of dog that you couldn’t help but fall in love with him. He had a wonderful personality and the minute you met him you would love everything about him. Peyton was one of a kind.

On November 5 we had been to CSU for a chemo treatment. Based on Peyton’s recent exam the doctors thought he would have another one to two months of quality time. If you remember, Peyton had a new tumor appear at his amputation site soon after his first chemo treatment. At that point we were no longer following normal OS protocol. We had a biopsy of the tumor and chest x-rays done to confirm the dreaded news that his cancer was spreading into the new tumor and his lungs. The oncology team decided to treat him with an oral chemotherapy to help fight the tumor growth. Peyton had been through three of these treatments and seemed to tolerate them very well. Dr. Barrera admitted she was surprised every time Peyton came to see her for another treatment. When Dr. Barrera had given us the prognosis on November 5, we told her that our goal was to make it to Peyton’s Birthday/Christmas. She was hoping he would make it to our goal, but wasn’t sure it was obtainable. He became known as the Rock Star because he just kept surprising every one. This is when we decided we were living one day at a time and we would make every day memorable. We wanted to enjoy every moment with Peyton and not focus on him leaving us. It wasn’t easy, but it changed our way of life for the last few months. We didn’t tell everyone on the blog our dreaded news because we wanted you to enjoy Peyton’s adventures as much as we were. He didn’t want anyone treating him differently because he only had a couple months left.

For every one who is faced with Canine Cancer particularly with an amputation it is not always an easy journey, but it is well worth it. When we were first told the best solution was to amputate Peyton’s leg we were very concerned about the original prognosis of 12 months. We didn’t know if it was a good idea, but Peyton’s original vet reassured us that even one month of quality time would be worth the process. If you consider the average life span of a dog, one year is pretty significant. Although we didn’t get the outcome we had hoped, we wouldn’t do it any differently. Peyton recovered from his surgery within two weeks and after that he was treated just like Dillon competing for treats, chasing balls, and going on walks. Several times we were approached by strangers who were surprised he only had three legs. They didn’t notice until they saw his right side and missing limb that he was a Tripawd. Peyton was like any other dog only much more special.

We feel this whole process has made us stronger. We were faced with several tough decisions and with proper education and support we were able to maintain a positive attitude. We learned to live for the moment and we had many adventures we would not normally have done. To that we are indebted to Peyton! While different than most, we hope our story can help those of you going through this. Remember to enjoy every day and not focus on the unknown. Enjoy your pets they are priceless!!

Great place for a nap

Great place for a nap

Love my big brother Bullet

Love my big brother Bullet

Always carrying something

Always carrying something

Got Water?

Got Water?

Going to hump my moose

Going to hump my moose

Green Feet, Helping Dad mow

Green Feet, Helping Dad mow

Young Alpha Dog

Young Alpha Dog

Love my stick

Love my stick

Should I be up here?

Should I be up here?

Is that really a dog?

Is that really a dog?

Found a fun stick

Found a fun stick

Chillin' with Dad in the garage

Chillin' with Dad in the garage

Friend Bogey

Friend Bogey

Wanna play?

Wanna play?

Playing with friend Bailey

Playing with friend Bailey

Mom and me hiking

Mom and me hiking

Playing is tough

Playing is tough

Me and Dad

Me and Dad

New baby brother Dillon

New baby brother Dillon

Glad I'm not wearing that scarf

Glad I'm not wearing that scarf

Even the puppy can tire out

Even the puppy can tire out

Break during Chuck-It

Break during Chuck-It

This puppy loves me

This puppy loves me

Dillon keeps growing

Dillon keeps growing

Why do we have to wear these stupid Halti collars?

Why do we have to wear these stupid Halti collars?

Rolling in the yard

Rolling in the yard

Teaching Dillon to swim

Teaching Dillon to swim

Tug of war

Tug of war

Dad's winning (not for long)

Dad's winning (not for long)

Another nap

Another nap

Do I really want to go outside?

Do I really want to go outside?

Done swimming

Done swimming

Smiling for the camera

Smiling for the camera

Family adventure

Family adventure

 

Rainbow Bridge

 

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush, green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail pets are made young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again and they play all day.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly looks up. The noise twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet, you take them in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusted friend.

And you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

Peyton's Memory Stone

Peyton's Memory Stone

In Memory of Peyton 12/25/04-12/27/09

In Memory of Peyton 12/25/04-12/27/09


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47 Responses to “No Regrets”

  1.   jakesmom Says:

    Oh… I’m crying again reading your post and seeing all those beautiful picture memories of Peyton… 🙁

    How is Dillon doing? I didn’t know that Dillon was the puppy of the bunch… When I saw the pictures of them growing up together… oh how it reminded me of Jake and his younger brother Wolfie… cuddling up to him when sleeping… I’m sure he misses him alot! Even though Wolife has a new kitten sister to look after… it is soooo not the same as having Jake here!! How hard it must be for them… as they don’t understand what has happened… but we do… 🙁

    Sending you and Dillon a big hug!!!

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  2.   admin Says:

    Such beautiful pictures, precious memories. Thanks for sharing. We too easily fell in love with Peyton.

    Thank you for posting this tribute and sharing your thoughts too! It is certain to help others face the same difficult decisions with their own pups down the road.

    Peace.

  3.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    Such wonderful pictures of Peyton! So beautiful……..thank you for sharing your story with us and sharing your Peyton too. Words can’t express this loss that we all feel for you and your family. He will forever be in our hearts. We are thinking of you during this most difficult time.
    Kami (Mackenzie’s Mom), Mackenzie & Kobe

  4.   Tazzie Says:

    Beautiful tribute and a wonderful perspective. All new (and old) tripawds should read this. My best wishes at this difficult time.

  5.   krun15 Says:

    Beautiful post. And thanks for the reminder to take each day as it comes. When Maggie’s diagnosis was 6 to 9 months I made the mistake of thinking about what I would do when she was gone instead of enjoying what we had. I am very fortunate that I have been able to fix that mistake- many times over as Mag has outlived all predictions.
    This is a great page for all who are just starting on the journey, and an awesome reminder for those of us still traveling the path.
    Thank you.
    Karen and the pug girls

  6.   Codie Rae Says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Peyton and what wonderful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing his life with us.

    xoxox,
    Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack

  7.   maggie Says:

    You are beautiful pawrents. What a wonderful tribute to Peyton. I am crying as well. Thank you for your blog.
    Hugs to you all….

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

  8.   maximutt Says:

    Cami & Kris, I am so sorry about Peyton. I followed his blog, but I somehow missed the post before this one. Your picture tribute to Peyton was very moving and beautiful. We all know that both he and Dillon are much loved by you. You are all in our thoughts tonight, and every night forward.

    Diane & John

  9.   jerry Says:

    Peyton, my Mom is all teary-eyed after looking at these photos and watching you grow up. What a beautiful tribute.

    We understand why your pawrents didn’t want to share anything about your prognosis here. Sometimes it’s just easier that way. And yes, we really did enjoy all of your adventures. You lived them with moxie, baby.

    Many thanks to your pawrents for sharing your life in photos and words, it means so much to Tripawds who are fighting cancer and living one day at a time.

    Peyton, your life will inspire others for many years to come.

  10.   ldillon81 Says:

    I can’t believe I missed the original post that Peyton turned invisible!! You guys were pretty lucky to get to be the parents of such a brave, beautiful boy 🙂 Smile at the times you shared, because the memories cannot be destroyed by the cancer. I’ll miss you, Peyton! Whisper to Dillon to keep updates coming 🙂

    Love,
    Laura

  11.   Cherry Says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, and would like you to accept my deepest sympathy. These photos document the extremely wonderful life you provided Peyton, but I know that you would argue that it was Peyton who really blessed your lives. Clearly, you will never really be without Peyton for the gifts that he has given you will live with you forever. I truly can feel your pain at this moment and pray for the day when you will be able to remember Peyton with a smile and not just the loneliness.
    Spirit Cherry’s Dad

  12.   Opie Says:

    Ouch. Tears again. bittersweet. Peyton was truly special.

    What a terrific tribute and awesome photos of Peyton’s life. You are a beautiful family…

    Cami, you are a terrific photographer and I’ll bet some of Peyton’s great writing has worn off on you. You should write a book.

    I second Laura, Peyton keep whispering to Dillon. I don’t want the stories to end.–Nancy, Opie’s Mom

  13.   Opie Says:

    Peyton! You are every bit as cute as I was when I was little. You had terrific adventures here on earth and I’ll bet you are having new ones at the bridge. Remember you promised to save me a spot in the swimming hole! We didn’t know each other for long, but I felt like we were old friends. Do good. Run fast. –Opie

  14.   Emilysmom Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Peyton. I know you will miss him terribly. You have made a beautiful tribute to him. My prayers are with you.
    Debra & Angel Emily

  15.   Dane Mom Sue Says:

    What an awesome photo tribute to Peyton. We loved to see all the pictures from over the years. He was such a smiley guy! And it looks like you all had some great adventures together.

    Sue and Nova

  16.   cometdog Says:

    Oh my goodness – that was beautiful.

  17.   Ben Says:

    How very fitting a tribute to a noble dog.

    Our hearts break for you and smile for you all at the same time. To have the love of a dog and to have loved a dog makes life all that much more complete.

    Ben, the fellas and the peeps

  18.   shiloanne Says:

    Oh Peyton… I am sooo sorry I missed your posts til now. What a wonderful tribute of photos… I am glad that Peyton made it to see his birthday. It never is easy, your posts on Shilo’s blog were always so great. The last brought tears to my eyes… Peyton definately had a wonderful life with a wonderful family… I always make a joke that Shilo is definately on a bed that girl didn’t know one day on the floor let alone the ground.

    Thank you for sharing Peyton with us, we laughed, cried and loved right along with you.

    Best Always –

    Alisa

  19.   wuerkerb Says:

    So sorry to hear about Peyton. I feel lucky that we got to meet him briefly. He is a wonderful spirit. I haven’t been following the site due to the holidays and just found out. Sorry for the “how’s Peyton” comment I left in response to your thoughts to Yampa.
    Jeff

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