Happy birthday in heaven, Koa!

Today would have been Koa’s 12th birthday. Koa was diagnosed in Feb 2018 with osteosarcoma. We had planned to just treat his pain, and when the time came, we had planned to put him down. After having a hospice vet come out to evaluate him for home euthanasia, she convinced us to reconsider amputation because she felt that “he still has a lot of life in him. If you get rid of the leg, you get rid of the pain.” So after getting a chest X-ray done to see if it had spread to his lungs, we amputated on May 9, 2018. Koa lived another 14 months post amputation. He loved swimming at the neighbors’ pool and at the beach, going on car rides, visiting with his dog friends and even doing dog walks in his stroller. He developed metastasis to his lungs in May of 2019 which resulted in hypertrophic osteopathy in June which made it difficult for him to get up and walk. On July 1, 2019 we made the hard decision to send Koa to the Rainbow Bridge. He was at home on his bed outside on the lanai looking at the ocean, surrounded by family and close friends. These are pictures taken on his birthday over the years. Happy birthday in heaven to our strong and brave warrior, Koa. You will always be in our hearts. 🎂😭💔🐶

4 thoughts on “Happy birthday in heaven, Koa!”

  1. I could look at pictures all day long…and into the next and the next and the next. I just realized I missed Koa’s previous 11th birthday last year. Glad I went back and saw it.

    You have Koa such a great life. A life sooo full of love and happiness. I know he bragged nonstop at the Rainbow Bridge when he first got there about how much fun he had and how spoiled he was!😎

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN KODA!! We are honored to be invited to celebrate your spectacular self!!

    And make no doubt about it Koda, you have a very inspirational story of hope to share to newbies. We are all soooo glad you had an Earth Angel as your Holistic Vet “that” day who saw you had no intention of giving up back then!

    So glad to see your blog today Koda, and those precious pictures.
    Thank you so much for sharing these with us.😊 Enjoymuou8r ice cream and cake and steak too!!

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

  2. A very big HOPPY BIRTHDAY Koa! I’ll bet our Tripawd heroes at the Bridge had a wild celebration for you with all the hula dancing and luau grub that a dawg could want 😉 We sure miss you here on earth but know that some day, you will be waiting for us and your people, ready to show us all the amazing secrets of the Universe and beyond. Wheeee!

    You will never, ever be forgotten my friend. How could we? Look at those pictures! GORGEOUS! Speaking of, please let your folks know that if they haven’t already, to submit your photo for the 2020 Tripawds Calendars. I see some good ones here that would be awesome in a calendar so make sure you get your mom moving OK?

    Love you!

    1. Thank you so much. You were a great support while Koa was a tripawd for 14 months. I will work sending in a photo for the 2020 calendar.

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