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A 4 legged dog in a 3 legged dog house
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30 September 2021 - 3:30 pm
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Rosy, a TRIPAWD, goes to play time once a week and plays several daily games of "Please. Please throw the ball just one more time?"

Dusty, a TRIPAWD, usually goes most everywhere we go. 

But what about Sweet, Sweet Emmy Lou with 4 legs? 

Emmy is very much a home body. She has her routines. After years of practice they cover everything and everywhere she needs to do and go. First thing in the morning she runs to the front door just bustin' to get outside. Her front legs are dancing and when the door opens, she bounds down the ramp. Time for her first walkabout! Puts her nose in the wind and decides which way we go. We mostly walk down the front sidewalk to the next door neighbor's driveway. Every new bird dropping on the sidewalk must be checked, sometimes twice, then, onto the next target. Sometimes we find small chips of wood, the next door neighbors splits a lot of wood during the summer, so that needs to be checked out. Sometimes there is birdseed next to the street, it must be checked for sunflower seeds and such. Each new weed in the cracks in the sidewalk must be inspected, then we move on. Gutters on her side of the street need checking, if there's something that needs tending to, she's on it. Our walkabouts can take 15 minutes, sometimes only 2 or 3. If there is a delivery truck, trash truck or a vehicle she doesn't know, it gets checked out.  Nothing gets by her. After the inspection is done, time to relieve herself. One last nose in the wind, satisfied, trots back to the house to have her breakfast. 

Emmy LOVES and inhales her breakfast and dinner. While we're fixing her food, drooling while doing tons of TRIPAWD TWIRLS! (She learned those from her big sister Shelby!) Then she goes to the back yard and relieves herself again. Back inside to see if any crumbs or bits of food left in Rosy's or Dusty's bowl. Fat chance of that happening! 

We go on her walkabouts several times a day. The key is, each is new and different than the last one. Each walk has new and different things to see and smell. Sometimes the toddler next door has a need to hug her, so, she stands stoically and allows him to hug but not necessarily kiss her. 

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Her job in the house is to look out the screen door and monitor all traffic on our half of the Cul-de-Sac.  Any movement, she alerts us. Once all is quiet and back to normal, she's back at her post. Usually in the afternoon, she takes a well-earned siesta. When needed she'll do a "walk by". Getting within petting distance and presenting herself ready to be loved on. After she gets enough love from one of us, it's on the to the other peep for more love. If that goes well, onto the kitchen in search of a treat or two. She is a master of the "over the shoulder" look and she's not afraid to use it. 

Every so often we take Emmy to get an ice cream cone. We sit on the tailgate and devour our ice cream and smile at the folks driving by. Normally she hates going for car rides, throws up 5 minutes after we leave the house. However, it never happens on the way to and from the ice cream store, or the groomers if truth be told! 

We were told by a local dog trainer she acts as if she had no contact with either other dogs or people in the first 18 months of her life. Before she adopted us, Emmy was returned from a previous adopter because she couldn't get her to "do anything." 

She's perfect to us, though.  She has such a calm, peaceful, satisfied and settled way about her. She's so happy doing what she does. She found her purpose in life to always bring smiles to our faces and keep our home safe, secure and happy.

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30 September 2021 - 8:52 pm
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Jack! This is sooo beautiful! What a great story about Emmy Lou, I feel like I know her now. Yes we have had the pleasure of meeting her, but this glimpse into her daily routines and interactions explains so much about that calm, cool Quadpawd who patiently waits on the sidelines while her siblings get all the attention.

She is a wise lady, teaching everyone she meets how to embrace the world sniff by sniff, day by day. She does lots in her own unique way. What a treasure!

Thank you for sharing!!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |


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1 October 2021 - 8:59 am
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Grinning ear to ear over here!  Thoroughly  enjoyed getting to know Emmy Lou. 

Soooo much personality.   Love that Shelby taught her how to do the tripawd twirl on four.  Just another part of Shelby's legacy to be carried on.

And Emmy Lou certainly has her priorities!  She's not about to waste her time relieving  herself first, when she has to sniff out and inspect  other things first😎

Alternating  between you and Cindy for loving and treats....yes indeedy, a very wise gal in so many ways.  Yes, she is definitely living in sync with her purpose.  Reading about her certainly  has brought  us smiles and a whole lot of love♥️

Just like Dusty and Rosy, Emmy Lou definitely  was meant to be with you.  No dog could  have  better furever home♥️.  So glad she ended up with you.

You know we have to have more pictures, right?  Would love to see pics of all your pack eating ice cream cones.  BTW, hat pic of getting hugged by the neighbor  is precious. 

Love to all

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!


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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