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Welcome to a special place for all Tripawds family members whose three-legged heroes have earned their wings.

As you know, a Tripawd Journey is a very special time in someone's life, when supportive and lasting friendships are created among members from across the globe. We know what when that journey ends, it leaves members wondering "What now? Are we still welcome here?"

The answer to that is: Of course you are welcome here -- and needed!

What's "Tripawd Alumni" All About?

At the suggestion of Tripawds member bcullom (aka, Angel Polly's Mom, Bonnie), we are starting this special corner of the community for "Tripawd Alumni." It's a place where members with angel dogs and cats can hang out and share their post-Tripawd adventures with one another. Feel free to discuss whatever you like, such as:

  • Your latest news about your fur kids and family
  • Life after having a three-legged cat or dog
  • Pet health and behavior questions
  • Anything related to animals and your love for them!

Remember, You Make Tripawds Special

We hope that "Tripawd Alumni" will continue offering valuable insight to new members who are just starting their own three-legged journey. Your experience is what brings comfort, support and hope to others throughout all these Discussion Forums, and it is very much a part of what makes this place so special.

Also, please feel free to continue posting anywhere you'd like, Tripawd Alumni are not restricted to only using this Forum.

As we like to say, once a Tripawds member, always a Tripawds member!

Enjoy, and thank you for the inspawration Bonnie and Polly!

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28 July 2014 - 10:30 pm
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Much Love,
Bonnie & Angel Polly

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Very nice concept Bonnie and Sweet Polly, very nice. You and Polly were meant to be together and meant to be here on this site. Polly brought you here as her gift to the Tripawd Universe and we shall be forever grateful.

Yes Jerry and Bonnie, the friendships are like no other bond. And it's not something you can begin to even try and explain to "others"! The understanding and support we offer each other is pure and timeless and without judgement. We cherish the individual and respect wherever we each are on the "journey to enlightenment".

Sign me...us... up!!!!!!!

Sally and Happy Hannah

And Bonnie, everytime I see that sacred photo of you and Polly, it just says everything that needs to be said about the depth of love you have for each other. perfect example of a picture saying a thousand wordssuperstar

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Sally, thanks for the very kind words, and thanks also for "signing up"...... As I explained to Rene, there are so many of us here that have traveled this journey, and have unfortunately completed that journey with our beloved Tripawd. Speaking for myself, and I am certain so many others feel the same way, we sometimes feel we do not really belong here any longer, after losing our precious pups. I have come to believe that this is SO not true, and just entertained this idea to have a place for us "veterans of the journey, and subsequent loss" to talk about our new pups, and anything else not necessarily Tripawd related. We stay connected, have our own place without wondering if we still belong here, and can still do what we always do in sharing our experiences and knowledge to all newcomers, and those still on this journey......we will ALWAYS remain a part of this wonderful website.....I was even hoping this new forum would maybe lure members back that may have left because they also feel like they no longer have a place here. A lot of us have even discussed this very thing in many of our posts lately, so this idea popped into my head.

I am really hoping this catches on, and others will join in. I guess it may take awhile, but I truly believe it is worth a try. Maybe I should ask Rene if we all can get the word "Alumni" in our avatar pictures.......possibly too much work, though, there ARE quite a few of us at this point.....

I am also so hoping to help this website grow even bigger, because obviously there is a huge need for a place like this for seemingly so many unfortunate pups and kitties, and their people. There is absolutely NO other place out there, for everyone going through this terrible journey, to place their emotional trust in. This is it.

Much Love to everyone,
Bonnie & Angel Polly

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What a great idea! Bonnie, thank you for suggesting it. This is perfect. And Rene, thank you for making it happen!

Hugs,
Carol

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What a wonderful idea! I am delighted to join and be a proud member .... My Shelby girl's spirit will live on forever in this website and I am sticking around! I said after Shelby passed that I wanted to remain here to preserve her memory, so that her passing was not in vain. Shelby's spirit and legacy will live on forever through this amazing community!

And I know Jasper Lily is guided by her spirit(ed) older angel sister... Shelby lives on in everything that I do, every breath that I take, every smile that I have!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Alison with the Spirit of Shelby fur-ever in her heart (and little Jasper too)

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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PS - I absolutely LOVE that photo of Bonnie and Polly... such love in those eyes.... both!

Here is me and my best girl (aka the love of my life)... our souls forever bonded until we meet again one day. I cannot wait!

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Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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I really l ike all your thought process behind this concept.

I've attributed the fact.that very few "stay" to because it's just too darn hard and sad. The heartbreak of seeing other losses, dealing with your own silent sadness, yeah, just too hard, too painful.

But you're right...it could also be that feeling of not belonging anymore......no one knowing "our story".....and the hardest part (for me.anyway), would be no one knowing who Happy Hannah, Polly, Willow, Sassy, Brendol, Jake,.Snoop, ShelbyStrong, Libby, Jersey Girl, Ty Guy, Franklin, Maximutt, Pug Maggie, Tazzie, Maggie, Super Dog Hunter, Dakota Dawg, Chef, TJ, Zeus, Chuck, Roxy Roo Roo, Roxie and why their journey here mattered.and counted for something! None of our heroic souls should ever be forgotten!!! And if we don't stay................forget my name, I don't care......I can't remember it half the time either! But you will be hearing my HAPPY HANNAH'S name til my last breath!!!!!!!! Ole' Sal's gettin' feisty!!!way-cool

And I only name a few to represent ALL! You are ALL in our heats and souls forever!

WHEEEEW! Good thing Rene and Jim decided to stay, huh?

My Dad, a very humble and kind soul, and champion to all animals, received a Purple Heart in WW II. I know he and Jerry are at the Bridge passing out Purple Hearts to each of our heroes.

ROCK ON VETERANS!!!!!

Sally and Happy Hannah and My Pal Merry Myrtle

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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ALISON!!!! BEAUTIFUL PHOTO! Yep! The love, the love, the love! Right there for the love to see!

Purple bath mat......a Purple Heart could be made out of a corner of the mat and put next to Shelby's picture......hmmmmm

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Ty and I are in! Great idea!!!!

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 4 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 14&1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, 2 cows and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she is at least 16. She is going strong with no sign of reoccurance.

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ALISON!!!! BEAUTIFUL PHOTO! Yep! The love, the love, the love! Right there for the love to see!

Purple bath mat......a Purple Heart could be made out of a corner of the mat and put next to Shelby's picture......hmmmmm

Thank you Sally!~ And thank you to your amazing father for his wonderful service to our country. God bless him! He clearly raised the most amazing, kind and loving daughter.

I think that is a brilliant idea for my purple bath mat. I don't think it will ever be the same as it was Shelby's main source of comfort and respite - down to her last days.... it was where she spent her last night in our home because of the bloody 'c'. I think making a purple heart of out of would be a wonderful memorial to my best girl. Thank you for the idea!

Much love! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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I was thinking about another thing, and wanted to post on here for over 2 hours, but I seem to be having extreme difficulty with my computer and iPad all of a sudden....NEVER had that happen before.... Anyway, it would be great if ALL members feel welcome to post on this forum as well, I surely wouldn't want anyone thinking they couldn't join in any conversation here, or even start a topic here. I know something like this goes without saying, but in this case, I'd rather say it.

Alison....that picture of you and Shelby is so beautiful, it melts my heart....it reminds me so much of the ones I have of Polly and myself. And I totally agree with your sentiment of praise for Sally's dad, and he did raise one of the most kind and loving daughters I have ever had the pleasure to know ....my dad also served in WWll for 3 1/2 years. Certainly, the greatest generation. 

Sally....Yes, I do think some are not staying here any longer due to it being too hard, or even that life has pulled them in a different direction. But I also think a great many of us do want to stay to help make this place the best it can possibly be, which is pretty fantastic to begin with. We all belong here, no matter what our journey has given us or taken away, and the thought of Rene and Jim deciding NOT to stay?..... completely can't even go there since they made all this possible for all of us. To think this place of wonderful support and friendship never existed, wow, nope, nope, nope....can't think it, ever. Love the purple heart-purple mat idea.....purple is my favorite color...

Carol and Lori....So glad you are both in, and really glad you like the idea. I am so hoping others will join in eventually, just to see where this goes.....

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This is such a wonderful idea. The veterans were the ones I secretly stalked on here before I ever posted, while I was caring for my Jake. I didn't post, but I listened and took advice (all secretly from behind my computer screen). I didn't post until I really freaked out towards the end and who know's how many people have done (and will do) the exact same thing. We are all proof that you WILL make it through this, you'll be ok...and bringing another pup into your life is like chicken soup for the soul. My Jake just happened to send another tripawd my way, but I really feel that was circumstantial. Tanner makes me laugh constantly and I think that was the reason Jake sent him my way. Jake LOVED it when I laughed, he would get so excited. So on behalf of my Jake, count me in too :)

I may have to start the first topic here...how to cope when your "new" dog is a lunatic (TANNER!!!) :)

Bonnie and Alison, those are absolutely beautiful pictures. I could actually feel the love pouring out of them. 

HUGS to all of you. 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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I'm here... whether you like it or not....  little-devil    mmuuuhhhawawawawawawawawawa!!!!

We all have those feelings after our tri has run for the bridge..  "why do I keep coming back here, I don't have a tri anymore.... "  And there are those that have not... they have never come back after they have let go of that leash for the final time.. 

And geesh.. I have stopped reading the "last" posts and blogs while I am at work... crying alone in your cubicle is not the vibe you want to give off when you are in human resources/payroll and the main person for all the social moral functions in the company!!! lmaooooooo

We all contribute in what way we can.. there are those of us who are very knowledgeable in the treatments, radiations, vitamins, etc. that can offer our experiences and suggestions to others who are going through the same situation.  Me.. I am not one of those.. and the reason I am not is because Franklin was the perfect patient!  He didn't have any complications or infections or setbacks.  If I had been more knowedgeable at the time, I may have been able to extend his life for another month or two with battling the mets, but, then again... that is possibly not the way my adventures were planned at that time.  He told me it was time.. and I listened.   So, I'm not the one to offer advice for helping with medications, etc... 

I think my calling here at this time is helping get through the most difficult time... and that is saying goodbye.   I've always had a "sixth" sense about things.. I am able to read things through words, actions.. and I get gut instincts..  and I think when you lose your best bud, hearing words from another who knows EXACTLY how you feel... helps.   Because, those of us who have lost.. know exactly how the "gut wretching, knife twisting, heart ripping out and stomped on the floor" type pain that our heart and soul feels...   and hearing from another, helps.

I try to come on every few days to read and get updates... and I post when I can...  but everyone is in my head and heart... and some of us are on each other's facebook which is cool because we get updates that way too!!

ok.. I gotta get back to work.. 

bark atcha later!

Christine... with Franklin in her heart♥

Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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Franklin, he was the Happiest Dog on Three Legs! Diagnosed 09/26/2012 with Osteosarcoma, amputated 12/4/2012.  Had a wonderful 5 1/2 months painfree until he ran for the Bridge on 5/15/2013.  Always in my heart, and always a guardian angel of my pack...   You can follow his Tripawd Adventures, before and after, in my blog, Frank'n'Farter!

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