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22 August 2011
“Fragile, hazardous, liquid or perishable?”, the lady at the post office asked me as I prepared to send the big brown box on the counter off to an undisclosed location. I shook my head no, but thought to myself, yes this is fragile: The box contains a lot of heart felt journal entries from tripawd owners writing their dogs stories, sometimes memoirs about the lives and struggles of their three-legged pets or battles with cancer, and how they rally for them as they learn to successfully cope with life on three legs. It is hazardous also, because it contains Barney, and everywhere Barney goes, trouble ensues, as he is always getting in some kind of mischief and even at times creating chaos. I was filled with mixed emotions as I left the box there at the post office. I was sad to see it leave. Cadence and Einstein had enjoyed Barney and definitely I felt overcome with gratefulness and was honored to have been chosen to host him, read all the journal entries, look through all of the items placed in the box, as well as to be able to add Cadence’s. The love that tripawd owners have for their dogs is immeasurable and it was powerful to have that presence in my house. You see, Barney is not just a stuffed doll. He has the essence of all the tripawds and their strength and all over him. And now Cadence’s and Einstein’s essences are there as well. He has traveled all over the United States providing hope and comfort and entertainment to those homes that he visits.
…..Then he came to my home! You might remember where we last left Barney if you read the KillBarney Tour blog entry Barney and Cadence sitting in a tree… Barney was sitting in the hot tub with no water, pouting, because Cadence had found some treats in the package and was more interested in them than in him:
Well after his little temper tantrum was over, we broke the news to Barney, apologetically, that we were in the midst of a big deck building project and would not be going on any adventures away from home. We assured him though we would do our best to show him a good time while he was here. We felt it best to give him something constructive to do as we had caught wind that he often gets himself into mischief and can wreck havoc (after all, idle hands are the devil’s play things). Cadence had the bright idea to put him to work helping us finish the deck. Cadence explained that he must first remove his dress so it didn’t get dirty. Barney refused to do it, so Cadence helped him out, as this video shows. That’s where I stepped in. If I hadn’t Cadence would have ripped the dress right off of him. (We are not sure if she was trying to help, or just didn’t care for him in drag. )
After unrobing, his first task was to cut off the excess wood on the side of the deck. He did a good job, and Cadence was standing over him making sure he did everything the right way.
Next he swept up the sawdust from the cuts he had made.
Then he helped Cadence transport some scrap wood across the lawn to the garbage pile.
Everything was going along really well, but then temptation struck! Barney realized that he was surrounded by a large yard, with lots of interesting stuff. Stuff perfect for a mischievous purple dinosaur to investigate. He wondered why he was here working, when he could be….
Climbing the fence to get a closer look at the plastic owl sitting on a fence post:
Or, climbing into the garden. Annoyingly, he was not able to get back out, and Cadence had to come give him a hand.
Then, Barney thought it might be fun to launch an attack on the unsuspecting, sleeping cat.
Cadence foiled that plan as well.
After that little incident, Cadence decided that was the last straw and took Barney into the house where he surely could not get into trouble. She was wrong. After 20 minutes, and not a peep from Barney, she realized he might be up to no good. She was right! Barney was found scoping out the wine refrigerator.
Enough was enough for Cadence! She had Barney put his dress back on and get down on the floor and give her 50!
Sadly, it seems that even construction can’t keep Barney from being up to no good and he will never be a handyman. Oh well, we tried!
On the last day, before Barney was off to his new destination, Cadence and Einstein both gave him a wet, slobbery kiss.
I knew they would miss him. I wanted one last photo with Cadence and Barney together, so I took the item we had chosen from the box, a santa hat, and put it on Cadence. Cadence was not amused about wearing a Christmas hat in August. Barney on the other hand would not stop laughing. I never could get him to close his mouth so I finally just took the photo.
I smile as I think about Barney showing up at the next home hosting him, dressed, but covered with sawdust and dried slobber.
Cadence Faye: Born 10/30/04, stepped into our hearts 12/23/2004. Rear leg tumor found 7/24/11 by mom and dad, Xray on 7/25/11, Osteosarcoma suspected 7/26/11, amputation 7/29/11, Carboplatin started 8/23. Met free so far!
29 October 2010
Way to keep Barney in line, Cadence! I love the pics of you pushing him in the wheelbarrow and of you making him give you 50! He was probably sore and tired and ready to get back into his box!
And what a little weasle, laughing at you while you looked so cute in your Christmas hat!
Could you believe his stench??
Glad he was sent on his way without inciting any ill feelings between you and your little bro! We look forward to hearing where he is off to next.
Jackie, Angel Abby and MBBunny Rita
Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!
13 September 2011
That’s awesome. Poor Barney didn’t know he was going to be put to work. He thought he was on holidays. I can see you did your best to keep him safe. I love the dust mask and safety glasses.
Karen, Spirit Magnum and MB Ruby
Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/
25 April 2007
Bhahahahahahahahhahahaha!!!!!!! OMD this had us all rolling on the doghouse floor! You get the prize for the most creative Barney Staycation EVER! Love it!
These pics are priceless, we are smiling from ear to ear today!
Well thank you for the laugh, and for hosting the beast. Your story has added to the love inside and we are honored that you took the time to play along. Thank you so much!
14 May 2011
20 December 2008
Yo Cadence! Way to make the ‘lil purple dino pay for his sins. Thanks for sharing his visit–priceless!
Codie Rae and the OP +1
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Regulator of the Oaktown Pack, Sheriff of the Oaktown Pawsse, Founding member and President of the Tripawd Girldogs With 2 Names ROCK Club, and ... Tripawd Girldog Extraordinaire!
9 February 2011
Wow, you got a lot of work out of Barney! We tried to put him to work here but weren’t very successful. And we also had trouble with Barney and booze. I think he needs a “program.” I’ll bet with a little more time, Cadence and Einstein could have put him through a “program.”
When you set the box on the counter at the P.O., did you notice the greenish-yellow cloud rising from it, or did you completely tape all the seams to contain it? That is one big box ‘o nasty!
Thanks for the update on what Barney’s been up to. Glad to see Cadence and Einstein (and the cat?) enjoyed the visit!
From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.
Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/
13 October 2011