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22 February 2013
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10 February 2016 - 2:52 pm
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The lovely Miss DC JACK knows how much Merry Myrtle likes her Starbucks Puppy Latte. Jack knows she doesn't have a paying job and has trouble getting one because she doesn't have a driver's license! Oh Myrtle has taken the driver's test several times but she keeps failing the driving part. Everytime she's at a stop light, she sees a Starbucks, she runs the red light to get to the drive thru!

THANK YOU JACK!!!! That was soooo thoughtful...soooo kind! As you'll see, Myrtle is having a ball using it! LOOK!

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Merry Myrtle has Starbucks credit card!:

Merry Myrtle vuying a Starbucks Puppy Latte with h:

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!

Norene, TN
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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

Schofield, WI
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13 August 2015
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10 February 2016 - 3:47 pm
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If anybody should have their own Starbucks card it's Merry Myrtle!  What a sweet thing to do Miss DC Jack!  You knew the BEST gift ever to give Myrtle!  I love this place!  Such wonderful people hang out here!

Linda, Ollie, Riley & Spirit Mighty Max

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27 August 2014
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10 February 2016 - 4:03 pm
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blush She is adorable. I'm so glad she's enjoying it!

On The Road

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24 September 2009
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10 February 2016 - 5:13 pm
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This community is the BEST ON THE PLANET.

You are ALL so amazing. Love love love this. xoxoxo

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Livermore, CA

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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

Los Angeles, CA
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The community continues to restore my faith in humans....That was SO sweet!!!! Enjoy!!!!

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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10 February 2016 - 9:35 pm
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Oh boy, that just made my night!  lol

I love her face as you show her the card & she's licking it, like, "ok, but it doesn't taste like a puppy latte!"  lol


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


Westminster, MD
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I agree with the others, this community is like no other !! Sally, you have the amazing ability to make me laugh even when I am in a not-so-good mood, I can just picture Merry Myrtle taking a driving test, tell her to hang in there, she will eventually pass if some of these human drivers out there are any indication, lol 😂

I know she will be enjoying those puppy latte's, and I just love her face !! 

Love to all,

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu  

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I love love love it.    She definitely was licking that card like that doesn't taste like my latte.  "What do you mean mom?? that is not my latte?? where is it?"

This community is the greatest.  I am glad we are here for each other


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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12 March 2013
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I agree with all of you! Love these videos (which I was able to watch on the iPad, BTW) and this whole community!

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!

Orrtanna Pa.
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25 January 2014
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Love the anticipatory lick!! She is hilarious! Enjoy your gift card!!, Lori, Ty and 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. 

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