The Tripawds Nation is full of talented people and pets and today’s Tripawd Tuesday spotlight is dedicated to one of the best yet. Meet Stewie (aka Super Stu) and his humans, Petra and Paul, also known in Canadian musical circles as Allensong.
These gifted musicians perform around their home base of British Columbia, Canada. Wherever they play Allensong shares beautiful music infused with the folk, pop, rock, jazz, blues and reggae tunes that make people smile.
Although Petra has been Paul’s number one fan for over 25 years, it was just two years ago that the two began performing together. “We found that our voices blended beautifully and It was in 2016 that ‘Allensong’ was formed,” she explains. Petra also writes poetry and music for the band.
Musical Tripawd Pack Makes Beautiful Tunes
Both Petra and Paul have well-established backgrounds in the musical life. Paul has been a musician since he was eight years old and Petra comes from a family with a deep love of country and folk music. “Mum used to sing naughty Irish ballads to us and she had a lovely voice,” says Petra. As a child she learned to play the violin and piano.
Of course animals greatly influence the music Allensong creates. “Our animals play a huge part in every aspect of our lives and therefore indirectly, they play a huge role on our emotional well being and therefore how we portray the music and Paul’s songs,” Petra explains.
“They even act as our audience members during practice and I swear I can see them smile. If they could clap, I’m sure they would! We constantly joke that Stewie and Chester would make perfect road managers! Miss Lily would be a great backup yowler! And Spike would be an excellent bouncer! They would all pull in great crowds for sure!”
One of Allensong’s videos even features Stewie. “He was so happy just walking up and down his path to the lake with his Mum and Dad!” says Petra. “The song and video really encompasses everything that is important to us… our music, our family, our fur babies and our love for each other!”
A Tripawd’s Lessons to the Hoomans
Stewie has always been a muse for the couple but even more after losing his leg to cancer. Like all pet parents, Petra and Paul were nervous about their big dog’s amputation recovery. Stewie says he knew all along that they were super strong and courageous enough to handle it. “I’m a pretty big fella to look after when I’m poorly and they did a brilliant job of looking after me during my recovery.”
a poem by Petra Allen
Super Stu! Super Stu!
Does what any old dog can do!
Spins around, jumps up high
There’s just no stopping him…
He’s a very Hoppy guy!
“Stewie watches us quite intently sometimes when we’re singing and will come and sit between us. There are times that we will be singing songs of life and love and we will sing to Stewie and become very emotional,” says Petra.
Not to be outdone, Stewie’s other animal mates help out too. At the end of the couple’s song “My Worst Fear” you can even hear Chester meyowl. “We recorded a CD at home and we told all of our fur Babies that they needed to be REALLY QUIET, but Chester is a typical teenage kitty and wanted his part on the CD & DVD,” Petra says. “We absolutely decided to keep it on the track! He sings at the very end of the video.”
Today Stewie is thriving on three legs sharing what he knows with the pack. “I’ve taught them that dawgs are a lot tougher than we let on,” he says. “They didn’t know that I had this Tripawd hopping thing down pat, even before my surgery!”
With his recovery behind him and a long hoppy life ahead, Stewie’s Tripawds blog shares his wisdom with the world. He says that the three greatest life lessons everyone needs to remember include:
- Dawgs think like Einstein: Time is irrelevant. Time is only short when Hoomans think on it too much!
- “Cancer’ is just a word, it has no meaning to us.
- Even if you think you love someone as much as you possibly ever could, there is always more to give!
On this Tripawd Tuesday we’re hoppy to give lots of extra love to this talented and wonderful pack that always brightens our day with things like this fun tribute Petra composed just for all of us. Enjoy!
By Petra Allen
There’s times we are given the gift of four paws
But some choose to hop on just three!
No matter our breed, big, tall or small
We all leave an imprint too large to see!
All those who know us are always in awe
Our single minded hoppiness, so much to adore!
We even have Bipawds… that you’ll HAVE TO AGREE
IS EVEN MORE AMAZING THAN HOPPING ON THREE!!!
There are also some felines that hop on three paws
They surely are feisty, these kittens we adore!
They jump, they hide, they climb mountains high
And at the end of the day they all make us smile!
So let’s put our hands together & thank Tripawds.com Eh!
For giving us the chance to learn to hop, love and play
For the chance to show the world what a joy life can be
When your happy and hoppy and living on Two or Three!
Your Pet Can Star in Tripawd Tuesday
Each Tuesday, Tripawd dogs, cats and other critters from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero. Just follow these easy steps:
- In a short paragraph or two (or longer if you’d like!), describe your three-legged hero’s story.
- Include photos or links to videos already uploaded to YouTube.
- Include a link to your Tripawds Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog, social media handles, etc.
- Email your story and photos to us.
All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.