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Introducing - Emmi
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My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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17 August 2011 - 5:53 am
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I hesitated a long while before sharing the news. We are looking at this beautiful girl as a new buddy for Duke.  She is in a foster home in Illinois.  Was rescued from horrible living conditions.  She was covered in fleas and is currently being vetted.  She is on Baytril for the flea bite infection and has to be given all her puppy shots before she can get a health certificate for transport.  The only deal breaker at this point would be discovering the bites are actually allergies.  With me planning to retire in the next 4 years, we cannot afford another allergy dog as chronic as Miss T.  She is 7 months old and 37 pounds, so I'm thinking she will be a relatively small pittie.  When I first saw her face I cried, and each time I looked at the photo the first couple of days, I cried.  Charon and others have told me Trouble sent her to me.  I hope they are right.

She will never take Trouble's place, but we have the opportunity to help one more have a great life.  It was a hard decision, but we are going for it.


Meet Emmi

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

Golden Girls
17 August 2011 - 6:52 am
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Oh, how adorable! I think Miss T did send her to you. She will never ever replace Trouble, but Emmi will show you that you can love again. Congrats, and please keep us posted on when you bring her home!

Sending you many, many golden hugs...


Greater Western Washington area
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17 August 2011 - 7:46 am
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I love her!  She is adorable and her name is sweet!  Are you going to keep the name?  When do you get to bring her home? 

We all know that our dogs in our lives are irreplaceable.  There will never be another Trouble, Sammy, Fortis, Comet, Cooper, etc.  But the dogs that come into our lives after will be just as unique in their own way, and our love with them will be different, something we only share with them.

I have personally witnessed a huge amount of homeless dogs and cats lately.  The factors are the economy, circumstances, whatever.  The fact that you are giving a sweet looking Pittie a home when so many are being put down is wonderful.  It is a miracle for her, and a life saver.  That is a fact, you are saving her life!  I send hugs and happy tears, thank you for giving this one a shot 🙂  Give us all many looks into her world when she gets home.


Elizabeth and Sammy

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

knoxville, tn
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17 August 2011 - 8:20 am
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we are so happy for you and bob (we're sure duke will learn to love a little sister too...).  this little girl will change your life, just like miss trouble did.  enjoy the journey and know that you are giving her the chance of a lifetime.  lets celebrate!!!

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


Orange County, CA
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17 August 2011 - 9:19 am
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She's beautiful.  Congratulations Shanna!

17 August 2011 - 9:37 am
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Look at those eyes! She's lovely. Congratulations!


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17 August 2011 - 11:44 am
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Super cute!!!!


Edmonton, Alberta
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17 August 2011 - 12:00 pm
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Oh Shauna. She is beautiful. Emmi may have had a neglectful life so far, but those eyes are just waiting for all the love you can give her.


Congratulations to you and the rest of your pack. smiley

Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

 Catie Caitlin 

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17 August 2011 - 1:30 pm
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It"s good to hear happy news shared! She looks perfect! Congrats!

On The Road

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17 August 2011 - 4:33 pm
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Awwwwww how can anyone resist? She is beautiful!

Kudos to you for giving a furkid a chance at a wonderful life. You and Bob are wonderful, generous humans. Congratulations!!!!! We hope we get to meet her this winter when we're in TX!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

17 August 2011 - 4:54 pm
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She is adorable!! Congratulations on your new addition.  She will have a wonderful life with youwink

Teresa, Brandy and Family

Linden, MI
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17 August 2011 - 9:19 pm
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Awwwww.... Shanna, she is so precious. And what a wonderful name! Nova's sister (our blue Dane) is named Emmy. This sweet girl is so lucky to have such awesome pawrents. Congrats on the new addition!

Sue and Queen Nova

Dane Mom Sue at and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

Sebastopol, CA
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17 August 2011 - 10:06 pm
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Emmi - what an adorable girl! So happy for you! smiley  Rescue kids are the best!


Lylee's Mum

Los Angeles
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17 August 2011 - 10:18 pm
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Oh Shanna - she is just precious! Those eyes - that beautiful face! I hope that it works out for you and Emmi.  And you know that Trouble definitely had a hand in this one.  She would be so lucky to have you as you would be so lucky to have her.   A wonderful gift.  I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that she is the one for you.  laughlaughlaugh

Sending lots of golden hugs,

Kami, Angel Mackenzie, Kobe & Scarlett

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

Las Vegas, Nevada
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17 August 2011 - 11:58 pm
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Oh Shanna,


I'm so, so happy for you and Bob!  How could you ever resist!!!????  She looks so beautiful!  I think Duke is going to love her!  I know you and Bob already do! 

We are going to have some fun now!!!smile

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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