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4 August 2018
We are having some crazy cold weather and a snow storm like every other day. When I go to gather fire wood I have to go around the house where Sissy is buried. Its silly, but I hate that she is way out in the yard in the cold ground. We did drape a big towel over her before we buried her, so I take comfort in that. My big chocolate Lab “Jake” had emergency surgery few days ago and the flood of anxiety came back. I knew he would be fine, but he had his belly opened up to clean out his stomach (ate a rubber duck, socks, and bones). I have him back and he is doing great. Staples in his belly that will need to come out. My 10 year old “Abby” and Sissy’s sister seems to be doing great (so much energy). Her hair is falling out though, so I don’t know what that is all about. I increased her food intake as well because she is now too skinny (followed vet’s advice on reducing food). I no longer have a three legged pupper, but I do still come on this website because there is so much great information and resources to help my two pups. The internet is chock full of info that I don’t necessarily trust. I do trust Tripawds. Thank you all for your support 🙂
25 April 2007
Awwww. ((((hugs)))). You are so sweet, thank you for the kind words about this community. I’m glad we could be there for you and the pups. And even happier that Jake made it through surgery. We have a chronic eater of inappropriate objects as well, I understand what that’s like.
Your thoughts about Sissy’s body being in the cold aren’t silly at all. I think every human has shared that same thought about a loved one they had to bury.
I’ve been listening to a podcast with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle, who wrote a book called “A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” In chapter 4 they discuss death, and how when the spirit leaves the body of a loved one, we see that those “earth clothes” as Sally (benny55) calls them (I love that phrase!), are just a shell for the amazing lovely being that was present in our lives. The spirit never dies, just the body. So the next time you find yourself having that thought about Sissy being out in the cold, remember that it is only the shell that is there, her spirit is always warm, happy and surrounding you with loving energy.
16 October 2016
when the spirit leaves the body of a loved one, we see that those “earth clothes” as Sally (benny55) calls them (I love that phrase!), are just a shell for the amazing lovely being that was present in our lives. The spirit never dies, just the body. So the next time you find yourself having that thought about Sissy being out in the cold, remember that it is only the shell that is there, her spirit is always warm, happy and surrounding you with loving energy.
What a comforting thought, thank you for putting this out there.
snoopy1612, I am sorry for what you’re going through. I hope that things get easier for you soon.
I still come here too, mostly short visits, which means you get behind quickly with what’s going on and it’s hard to catch up. It’s a little rough, I’m still way too emotional to hang out much, but it was a community I felt so much a part of–it’s hard to lose that family. I also thought my experience could help someone else, so when I have the energy I try to weigh in here–as I say, it’s rough. Many times I’ll start a response, only to trash it, because I realize what I have to add is probably not pertinent any more.rnI really like the “earth clothes” metaphor also–our babies are off somewhere else, doing something important, fulfilling a need…the sad part is that universe’s great plan had no regard for *my* needs. Or at least I haven’t figured it out yet. I always used to sing Fallon a song called “See You on the Moon”, I like to think of her waiting there on the moon for me. Maybe there is a special place you know Sissy would be, and it would be easier to think about here there.rnI am sure I am not being much comfort to you, I’m sorry you’re still struggling. I definitely understand.rn
1 October 2017
You are always family. Your opinion counts. Always. We all process this differently but once you’re here, we’re all family. That’s what makes us special. I hate the pain we go through, but i love the strong love and support we share here. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
31 December 2017