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Ten Years of Gratitude for Tripawd Dogs, Cats and Their Humans

What a shock to realize that ten years have passed since our fearless leader Spirit Jerry came home from amputation surgery. Since he lost his leg to osteosarcoma on November 22, 2006, recuperated over Thanksgiving, then showed the world that It’s Better to Hop on Three Than to Limp on Four, we’ve learned so much from Jerry and the thousands of brave Tripawd dogs, cats and humans who’ve joined this community. For example:

Life Lessons from Tripawd Dogs and Cats

Thanksgiving Tripawd cats dogs
Hoppy Thanksgiving Tripawds Nation!

Every day is a great day. Live each day as if it were your last, because it very well may be.
Don’t let adversity slow you down. Enjoy those things you can do, right now.
Take time to smell the roses. Observe the world around you, you never know what you might miss.
Go and Do. Get up, get out and seek adventures every day.
Simply be. No matter what’s going on, where you are, be happy within.
Never give up. Do everything within your power to reach your highest aspirations.
Remember to Be More Dog (and Cat!). Animals are the best teachers.
Different is divine. What a boring place the world would be if we were all alike!
“Handicapped” is a state of mind. Dogs and cats get the job done no matter how many legs they have.
Animals are smarter than people. We can learn so much from non-human animals. All we have to do is listen.

Ten years ago as Jerry amazed us with each new three-legged step he took, we never guessed what the future held. All we knew was that life can throw huge curveballs, and the only thing that’s really within our control is how we react to these surprises. There’s not a day that goes by when we don’t forget that, thanks to Spirit Jerry, Wyatt Ray and the many amazing Tripawd dogs, cats and people who make this community magical.

Today we give thanks to YOU, Tripawds Nation.
The world is a better place because of
your courage and friendship.
May you have a beautiful Thanksgiving
and a very hoppy howliday season!

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8 thoughts on “Ten Years of Gratitude for Tripawd Dogs, Cats and Their Humans”

  1. WOW… I am so glad I saw this in the newsletter as I missed it the first time around. We are all surely thankful you all were able to continue even after Jerry passed. These life lessons, learned in the journey and continued after the journey and the amazing people here are what keep this place the most special and sacred and safe place to be when facing amputation, cancer, death. Thank you for all that you do to keep our spirits high, always be a ray of positivity and sharing your story over and over … the world is a much better place because of Tripawds! XX

    Alison with Spirit Shelby furever in her heart (and little Jasper too)

  2. Lovely sentiments and, of course lovely pictures of Jerry and Whatt!

    I continue to marvel at your stradfast 24/7 commitment to continue to reach out to everyone starting this jkurney. Yiu could have “thrown in the towel” so many times and no one would have blame pd you. After Jerry transitioned, as gut wrenching as it was, you continued staying here reaching out to others.

    Of course, the “authentic truth”‘ is that you really had no choice! Jerry’s life was already mapped out when he picked you as his humans. Jerry knew his earthy mission, and he knew yours. Talk about a TEAM!! WOW!!

    It is such a privilege to be part of the Tripawd Universe of Love! As Jerry knew, his journey was never “just about being a tripawd”.

    We are all sooooo grateful that you continue to stay the course! YOU TRULY, TRULY, TRULY ARE A SOURCE OF ENLIGHTENMENT for all of us in this safe harbour of compassion.

    With a grateful heart,

    Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    • Well Sally, you are definitely one reason why we continue to be here, and always will. Your loving nature and helpful personality helps the community in zillions of ways. We couldn’t be here without you. xoxo

  3. Happy Thanksgiving. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for ALL that you do for our wonderful community. Without all of you we wouldn’t know where to be and I would have given up a long time ago. These lessons are great to practice even now for me 🙂 Thank you for the reminder

    Michelle, Angel Sassy, Bosch, Snickers & Jasmine


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