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How My Pawrents Started Living Again
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Jerry and his pack at Whitefish Point on Lake Ontario

After I said goodbye to my pawrents, it wasn't easy for them to adapt to life without me. After traveling the country together for nearly two years, all those lessons I taught them about living in the moment became harder for them to follow. Their hearts were simply too heavy, mourning my loss.

Although our pack was still spiritually together, they were so sad that I wasn't physically with them to enjoy new adventures.

Over the following months, they shed many tears. And each time a dog crossed their path, they felt as if their hearts were sinking to the bottom of the ocean.

But slowly, and thankfully, all of you good Tripawd pawrents helped bring them back into the present. The Tripawds mission became something for them to focus on, other than grief. These last few months they've worked hard to build up the site to support more Tripawd pawrents, and it's kept them very, very busy. With each anniversary of my passing, the heavy burden of grief slowly becomes a little lighter.

In July, I led my Mom and Dad to a place in Colorado where I would have loved to roam, a spot where any dog would feel like king of the mountain.

See, ever since I got sick, they had been looking for a new place for us to call home. Although we roamed from California to Maine and down to Texas, we all knew that the Rocky Mountains were our destiny. In spring, they headed to Colorado, and began their search for my land. But months went by, and nothing seemed destined to become ours.

They had just about given up on finding what they wanted, when I led them to our perfect spot in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Funny because in our travels together, we had driven by the turn-off from Hwy 287, just west of Fort Collins, three times. This time, the road led them to a beautiful mountain retreat they now call Jerry's Acres.

As they began making plans to bring our storage stuff out from California, my friend Codie Rae, Girldog Extraordinaire, and her pawrents were hard at work, helping to rescue a fellow Shepherd in need of a loving home. While I wasn't able to spend my last days on the land we sought for so long, I can't help but think what a wonderful place Jerry's Acres would be for a neglected puppy from the inner city... (to be continued)

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Congratulations.

I can't help but think what a wonderful plan Jerry has for you both- and with so much help up there from all our little angels...  I think big plans are in store. I can't wait till part 2.

I am so happy for you both ( and the negleted puppy in your future Wink)

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…"to be continued"!! I feel like it is intermission and I want the second half of the movie!!  I am sending you both and spirit Jerry love & peace as you begin your new life.

You deserve it….Jerry would think so too!

Gineej & Paris

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Honoring her life by opening our hearts & home to Addy!

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Awe, guys, that makes me cry!  I'm so happy you are ready for another dog that needs you in their lives.  I can't think of a better set of pawrents.   I'm not sure how I feel about you having a 4 legged dog though.  Winker

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Hurry and post the end of the story...with a video!!!

I'm so excited!!!

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As the rememberance page on my web site says – “I will never really be without them, for the gifts that they have given me will live with me forever”. Thus, the spirit of Jerry will live with you forever and while a new inner city orphan will help to fill the canyon of a hole in your life, the new addition will also let you remember Jerry without that canyon of loneliness overtake you. I speak from experience having lost both Cassiopeia & Cassandra (my Poodle Sisters – litermates) in less than three months and then bringing Charites into our home some three years later.

What you have done with this site is a tribute to your love of Jerry but also Jerry's love has helped mold you into the wonderful people you are today. Looking forward to the next chapter.

Bob & Cherry (BlueSkies Expree Charites CDX)

PS: My first was an inner city orphan from Chicago brought home just before Christmas in 1968. Thus, Chrissy Cringle was the start of my journey.

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To be continued?!?!?!  Can't wait to hear part 2.  Such great news you finally listened to Jerry and found your corner of the world!  Looks absolutely beautiful.  He will be there with you - perched up on a hill with an amazing view of those Rocky Mountains.  Congrats!

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I am so happy you are going to have a new little one to fill your hearts with love.  It is a tribute to Jerry that you want to do it again even knowing the heartache that can come along.  We are so lucky to have our furry babies to show us what unconditional love is all about.  I am so grateful that you turned your adversity into tripawds.com that has encouraged so many of us.  Thank you and enjoy your new love.  FYI Emily is a rescue dog, too, and I would do it over again in a heart beat.

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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Awww shucks, thank you for the beautiful comments guys. We promise to publish Part 2 this week. Stay tuned...

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I can't even express how happy I am to hear of your incredibly happy news!!!  Laugh  I have happy tears for you guys!!!  Jerry's Acres looks just so beautiful... God's country.  Funny how you guys have been around it before and just discovered it now... Jerry is such a good leader... he wouldn't have let you guys down.  And certainly Wyatt Rae Dawg came into your lives at the right time as well...  it's just kismet.  What a blessing!  I just love reading about your story and can't wait to read the book or watch the movie some day! Cool  Until then, I can't wait to read the rest of this chapter!       

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"To Be Continued."   Quite possibly the worst three words in the English language that can be strung together!  At least in this case.  Can't wait to hear Part 2, although I think most of us have a pretty good idea what it will be...

We got Linda from a shelter to be Max's new best friend after our first dog, Shadow, died very unexpectedly from an illness.  We couldn't have made a better decision.  Linda fit in from the beginning and brought Max back to life again.  And, she fit in a household that also had 4 cats.  She never had a problem wtih anyone, and has just been a pleasure to own.  I'll go ahead and congratulate you now, and say how happy we are for the two of you!!

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jakethesnake said:

I just love reading about your story and can't wait to read the book or watch the movie some day! Cool 


Oh Yeah! The movie! It'll be the the all time top-grossing tripawd dog movie ever!!!!

Oh, wait! What was I thinking! It will be the all time top-grossing LOVE STORY ever!!!!!

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This post brought such a smile to my face!  I'm so excited and eagerly wait for Part 2 of this story...

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Way to go Jerry Dawg - Cool

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This brought tears to my eyes as I read it.  Jerry will always be in your hearts and now he will be in God's country with you.  Thank you for the site, the inspiration and the wonderful friends made here! 

Don't forget, we're waiting to hear Part 2.  Hopefully there will be a new furbaby involved?!?!Winker

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