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Merry Myrtle! Yep! Tuesday! Starbucks Puppy Latte! Petco! So happy we have more Tuesdays!
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24 November 2015 - 10:43 pm
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After Frankie took Merry Myrtle on an unauthorized three day excursion,I didn't know if I would ever be avle to have "Tuesdays with Merry Myrtle" ever again. Today I did and it was extra sweet!

Ironman Frankie seems to be completely recovered. (He's stilll on lockdown) Myrtle still seems sore and her gait is still weird looking. She has sores on her paws too. Poor puppy! They both still sleep more than usual. I just cannot imagine the wear a d tear on their joints, their paws, as they walked/ran through woods, tripping in branches, stumbling in holes. I feel like the luckiest human I. Tne world to jave them safe and home with me. Sooo lucky!

So, without further adieu...Tuesday with Merry Myrtle.

Best day ever! Butt rubs and cookies!! :-):

The joy of being Merry Myrtle!:

So beautw! Merry Myrtle, slobber & Puppy Latte!!:

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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25 November 2015 - 3:30 am
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love that!

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
Read about Murphy's Life on Three Legs


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Oh just look at Merry Myrtle soak up all that login' and tummy rubs!  She's like a sponge soaking it all up.  Have to feel a little bit sorry for Frankie being under house arrest and all but sometimes you just gotta use the tough love approach. 😳  So glad to see some things getting back to normal for ya Sally.  We're all so happy you have more Tuesday's with them.  Life is Good!  Give them both some loving from us too!  

Linda & Max

Livermore, CA

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big-grin  big-grin  big-grin

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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25 November 2015 - 9:24 am
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Yay, Myrtle! Nothing wrong with her latte drinking (slurping) abilities. One she gets over those poor sore feet, she will be walking pretty once again. All of Tripawds Nation is on your side.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel...and the Labradork

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!


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Thanks friends!!

Actually, Frankie...shh....isn't a fan of Starbucks so he doesn't enjoy the trip as much as Mhrtle does. Don't tell anyone though, I don't want thst to hurt her chsnce as the Starbucks Spokesdawg!

But here's a Frankie fix for ya'

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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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I love how they snuggle together. Right now,Daryl is crashed on my bed, Chan is on the loveseat and Lucy is at my feet. So happy to see Myrtle withe her Latte. Was her friendly barista there? LOL So happy they are home!! Lori, Ty and the whole Gang

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 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

Norene, TN
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Awww . . . .

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

- Pam, Ron and Melody, Meesha, Doublestuff and Mariah Carey

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Wheeeee! What a precious Tuesday that was eh? I can only imagine how overjoyed you were to get back to the routine!

That's OK if you don't like Starbucks, Frankie. Maybe a trip to Mickey D's is more your style?

I love how Myrtle cuddles with him, it's like she's protective of her little bro.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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<3 <3 <3.  I am so glad we get to enjoy another puppy latte Tuesday 🙂  Makes me smile & my heart smile too



Michelle & Angel Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

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I just love seeing those two together. They are so precious. Those fellows at Petco are so good to Myrtle! But then she probably brings out the best in everyone.

I wish you and your treasures a Happy American Thanksgiving. I'm sure Myrtle and Frankie are thankful for being home.


Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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Still huge sighs of relief on all of this!!!! I love how they snuggle together and STAYED together!!! They are just the cutest. I know that was a horrible fear for you and I am so thankful they are home!

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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