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Be More DogWhat does it mean to Be More Dog?

Find out in Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now by Tripawds founders Rene and Jim. Learn life lessons learned from their Chief Fun Officer Jerry G. Dawg! Get the book and find fun gifts in the Be More Dog Bookstore.

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How My Pawrents Started Living Again
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On The Road

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11 August 2009 - 5:14 pm
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Well everyone, you asked for it! Thanks for your kind words. Here's Part 2 of the blog post/announcement, that my pawrents just finished writing:

Jerry with his pack workamping at Vickers ranch

Ten months have passed since I left this earth. Every human has different ideas about what they consider “enough” time to grieve before bringing a new companion into their lives. For my own pawrents, they didn't have any ideas about how long that would be for them.

As time went on, I tried to tell my pawrents that it was OK for them to want to share their life with another dog. And that dog didn't even have to be a Tripawd, I just wanted them to be happy, to once again feel the joy at sharing life's great wonders as a pack.

Throughout our travels together, we sought far and wide for land where I could live out my final days. Though I didn't make it there with them, they did finally find my perfect resting place. Having made a vow to wait until they found our new mountain home, they now wondered if they were perhaps ready to open their hearts and welcome a new member to the pack.

Martha Ralph Codie Rae Smokey and Wyatt Ray

In July, my friend Codie Rae's pawrents, Martha and Ralph, posted this announcement about a young pup named Wyatt, who had just been rescued by some very kind people. Being just a little partial towards Shepherds, Wyatt's big ears, deep eyes and handsome mugshot caught the attention of my pawrents.

“Did you see that Rescue Forums post that Codie Rae put up on the site?” my Dad said to Mom.

“He's gorgeous!” Mom said.

Mom and Martha were soon on the phone talking about Wyatt. Mom wanted to learn more. Why was he a Tripawd? What was he like? Did he have any issues?

Seems that Wyatt is a well-bred Shepherd puppy who spent the first few months of his life tethered to a rope, in a backyard in Oakland, California. He was underfed and neglected by stupid humans that likely paid a lot of money for him, probably because they just wanted a guard dog. One day his cruel owners went outside and saw that Wyatt's leg was tangled up in the rope for who knows how long. They took him to the vet to fix his leg, but it was beyond help. When the vet recommended amputation, the owners said forget it; euthanize him. They didn't want a three legged Shepherd.

A kind vet tech at the clinic named Lucie said “No way!” She knew that Wyatt was destined for greater things, so she took him home, and called the good people at German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California for help. The group paid for Wyatt's leg amputation, his post-op care, and all of the things necessary to help him get ready to find a loving home.

This group is the same one which helped save my friend Codie Rae from the exact same situation last year. In fact, Codie Rae was 8 months old at the time they found her, and she's even from the same neighborhood! Her pawrents Martha and Ralph are active volunteers for the group, and that's how they found out about Wyatt.

Jim meets Wyatt Ray Dawg

Finding out about Wyatt was such perfect timing; it seemed like the universe was conspiring to put him and my pawrents together.

See, last November when Mom and Dad met Codie Rae for the first time, it was only about a month after my passing. Mom and Dad were so heavy in mourning, that they just couldn't imagine being able to bring another dog into their lives. Today, ten months later, it seemed only fitting that Codie Rae and her pawrents introduce them to the next great love of their lives; my legacy, Wyatt Ray Dawg.

Leg-a-cy. Get it?! :-)

Last week, Mom and Dad went out to Northern California to get their stuff out of storage. Along the way, they made a stop in Oakland, to meet this very special Tripawd! Yes, it was puppy love at first sight. Wyatt made the three day journey back to Jerry's Acres, and appears to be loving his new life.

Wyatt Ray Dawg at home in the Rocky Mountains

And as my pawrents begin their new chapter in Colorado, Wyatt will be there alongside them to share all the joys that life has to offer. And, he'll continue showing the world that “It's better to hop on three legs than limp on four!” I'll be watching over the pack as their travels continue.

Stay tuned for more details about our new Tripawds spokesdog, and read more about Wyatt on his Tripawds blog, Way to Go, Wyatt!

Did you know you can now sign up for your own free Tripawds blog? More big announcements about that coming up soon!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Northern CA
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OMG- this is the most wonderful story..... Congratulations once again.  I am crying tears of joy for you all. Isn't it amazing how this universe works... it just has a way of putting everything together just as it should be.

Now I can't wait for parts 3, 4, 5....

Wyatt.... you are such a handsome boy.

I am so happy for you!!!!!!

Seanne and Angel Wrigley

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11 August 2009 - 6:13 pm
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Yes, amazing indeed. We were waiting until we found Jerry's land to even consider welcoming a new pup into our pack. We just never expected it to all happen at once. Oh, that Codie Rae!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Oakland, CA
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11 August 2009 - 9:51 pm
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KissKissKissKissKissKissKissSmileLaughAw ShucksLaughingSmileSmileyWay CoolBig GrinSmileAw ShucksLaughingWinkSmileKissKissKissKissKissKissKiss

Woohoo! Tripawds Rule!

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!

Visit Codie Rae's Blog!

Northern Indiana
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Ya know I hoped and prayed  that this boy could be yours after the story that was posted last month. It is 315 am and I feel like running through the house and shouting for joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I feel like Jerry is hugging you from heaven by sending the gift of Wyatt!

I am sending you all a huge hug and a big sloppy lick from Paris.

Enjoy your new boy, he is a lucky Tripawd!!

Gineej & Paris

Grateful for every moment we had with Paris… regrets!

Honoring her life by opening our hearts & home to Addy!

My heart lives at Rainbow Bridge
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You guys rock!  How fitting for you to choose another tripawd.   There have been a couple of tripawds I've come across since Trouble's illness that I've felt tug at my heartstrings needing loving homes.  It wasn't to be for us, expecially after 'recuing' Duke.  I'm thinking two dogs is a full house for us. LOL

I may always have a tripawd from now on.  They have such a special place in my heart and soul.

Welcome Wyatt Ray Dog, what a gold mine you've fallen into!

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.

On The Road

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12 August 2009 - 9:48 am
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Thank you all for the kind comments. This really was meant to be. You'll be hearing a lot more about Mr. Dawg for sure ...

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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I haven't gotten a chance to say, congratulations to you guys.

I pulled up the whole story for my co-workers today and there wasn't a dry eye in the office.  I sure hope we get to meet this fine fella next week at the Dog Park.  Our great adventure starts tomorrow.  

I think you are right, it was meant to be.  I am so happy for you guys!

--Tika and Kim

Kim and Spirit Tika

On The Road

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12 August 2009 - 9:20 pm
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Another great adventure indeed! See ya Sunday.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Kirkland, WA
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Congratulations on your little furry bundle!!  He looks so much like our dog Colby 🙂  How great that they broke the "must live in California" rule for ya guys!  I can't wait to see pictures from the tripawd party on Sunday Superstar

Livermore CA
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Gosh, that was hard to read, through the tears.  I'm so happy for your "new" family! Congratulations!!!!

Thinking about the spirit dogs sending us another dog for our lives here, I wonder if they're choosing their spirit pack for later...? Wouldn't that be fun!

Have a great time Sunday!

Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

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You KNOW how incredibly hoppy we are for all of you and how grateful we are to Jerry for taking such special care of W.R.D. so he can share in the wonderful life that he (Jer) had with you guys. 

Welcome Home Wyatt - you are safe, you are blessed and you are loved.

Mom and Zeus

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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18 August 2009 - 9:33 am
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What a wonderful story!! Wyatt, you are one lucky boy!! Jerry found the perfect boy to add to the pack and he is soooo handsome! Jim and Rene I am so happy for the two of you. I know its been a long hard emotional journey....but now, thngs couldnt be much better! Jerry has been watching over and working that tripawd magic!

Congratulations and Im sending hugs to the both of you and to Wyatt!! Big Grin

Paula and Spirit Max

On The Road

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Thanks so much! Yeah, a journey indeed. We are having a ball getting to know one another, and loving every minute.

As we coped with life sans dog these last few months, we don't know what we would've done without the support of good people like you in our lives. Thank you very much.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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What a wonderful touching joyful story.  God bless your new family,  Jerry sounds like he was a wonderful dog and I am sure that Wyatt will be wonderful for you too. We all know that dogs do great as Tripawds so you don't have to worry about how he will do and with no cancer you don't have to worry about a shortened life.  Yeah!

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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