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My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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26 November 2011 - 6:38 pm
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Trouble was diagnosed, had a consult, and had her amputation. That was Monday - Wednesday that week, but today is her actually ampuversary date. We began our 27 1/2 month tripawd journey three years ago today. Within a few weeks Cherry, Tika, Max, Trouble, and Nova became known as the November 5. There was an alliance, a friendship, a bond as the five heroes made their journeys. Today the five are in my mind and in my heart right along with Trouble. What a true inspiration the group was. And Nova remains today, three years later, cancer free. What an awe inspiring story for those who are just beginning their journey.

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.

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26 November 2011 - 6:52 pm
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Even though she's been gone for many months, Trouble is such a huge part of both Tripawds and of you, Shanna, that she'll always be here. Every time I see her smiling face, I can't help but feel that she's out there somewhere, keeping an eye on us, and especially, watching over and loving you.

Micki and Rio

the Woo

~ ~ Rio ~ ~
Forever in my heart...

April 2000 – January 20, 2012
Diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer in June 2007. Left rear leg amputated Feb. 8, 2011.
Mets discovered Aug. 31, 2011. Read more of Rio's story here.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 November 2011 - 11:36 pm
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Thought about you all day today.  November 26th will always hold a special place. 

HUGS to you and Bob.

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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19 June 2011
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27 November 2011 - 9:32 am
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Thank you for continuing to share your experience and knowledge with others who are just starting their journey.  You are truly a very special person, Shanna. 

Barb and Spirit Hope

knoxville, tn
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27 November 2011 - 9:55 am
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love never ends.


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


On The Road

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27 November 2011 - 3:52 pm
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We are blessed to have met Trouble. Thank you for sharing her with the Tripawds community. Her spirit shall live on here forever.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

In your heart, where I belong.
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27 November 2011 - 4:26 pm
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I'm late as usual these days, but I love Trouble's story. She was beautiful, loved and special. I wish I'd been able to meet her. Instead, I get to know you, Shanna, and I know Trouble was special because of your contribution to her life.


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

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28 November 2011 - 9:28 pm
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I'm late too! Sorry!

This time of year always makes me miss loved ones that are no longer here but whom I hold close in my heart! I understand that Trouble is very much a part of your heart! She is missed but we are... oh so glad that you are still here to share her story and Tripawds with us.

So...we will remember her and her friends today with a "shout out" to heaven and some left over turkey!

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