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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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5 October 2008 - 3:49 pm
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Dear Jim and Rene,

I'm so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing but now he can run and play and breath free of pain he is free. You gave him such a wonderful life full of love, try to focus on all of the good times you had with Jerry.

My prayers are with you,


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Dear Rene & Jim:

 I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing.  My thoughts are with you at this time.  Both of you and Jerry were a huge source of support for me when I went through cancer with my beloved Bingo last year, and with my loss of him earlier this year.  Know that Jerry is in a better pain-free place running and playing with all the other angels who went before him.  I know words can't ease the pain, but hold on to all the great memories you had with him.  Know that Jerry has been such an inspiration for all!!!  This website and all you do are a wonderful tribute to your boy and his life!  Thank you for this and letting me a be a part--albeit a small part--of Jerry's life!

 Thoughts and prayers!

Mary & Angel Bingo

Mary & Angel Bingo

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6 October 2008 - 9:09 am
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Jerry Gorha Ndini!!

Africa calls its ancestors to beat the drums and wake up the spirits of the Animal Kingdom....

A Canine warrior has passed and the Lion roars his mighty name to the Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard... and they all bow as his name echoes through the African bush and grasslands.... "Jerry the Brave & Mighty Warrior"...

Let us remember the warrior's courage and fighting spirit.  Let the ancestors lead hom to the Rainbow, where all those that have passed are waiting for Africa's children to meet them.  Where their bodies are free of pain, hurt and suffering and they roam free, like the Wildebeest roams the grasslands of Africa...

Rejoice his life on this motherland, where the earth has fed him,the river has quenched his thirst and a human hand has raised and loved him.

The Brave & Mighty warrior's spirit is carried by the wind to the corners of the earth where it lives eternally in those that were touched by his bravery, strength and courage...

UMOYA WAKHO UYAKUHLALA UNAPHAKADE, GORHA NDINI!!  (Your spirit will live forever, mighty warrior!!)

Dear Jerry - you will be missed by us all.  Until we meet, my friend.

Dee, Dee's Mommy and other Friends from Africa. xxx

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6 October 2008 - 11:15 pm
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Dee said:

Let us remember the warrior’s courage and fighting spirit. 


We only wish we knew how to properly thank you for sharing this honorable story. It raises the broken heart.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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Mary said:

Know that Jerry has been such an inspiration for all!!!  This website and all you do are a wonderful tribute to your boy and his life!  Thank you for this and letting me a be a part–albeit a small part–of Jerry’s life!

Thank you so much. This means a lot, especially coming from old friends. Bingo says hi and that he is always with you in spirit.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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8 October 2008 - 1:27 pm
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Here I've been surfing this site and wasn't brave enough yet to venture into this topic, but now that I have, all I can say is that I'm so very sorry for your loss of Jerry.  It must be extremely difficult.  I wish for you to have strength during this time of sorrow.  It really raised my spirits (and hope) when I was watching all the videos of Jerry in action as a tripawd. He really brought a smile to my face. What a sweet and wonderful dog who really did live life to the fullest.

My deepest sympathy.

Sherri & Dexter

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Jerry my friend and inspiration, so so sorry to hear that your time has come to leave your loved ones.

I have only been a member of this community for a short time. In these last few weeks you have helped my family more than you can imagine. You have had the most wonderful ability to always say something helpful, never judgemental, always supporting each and every dog and their families, whilst they pursue their individual journey on this emotional roller coaster that is canine cancer. I am lost in admiration for you and all that you have given. I will never forget you.

Thinking of Jim & Rene.

Alfie  (&Linda)

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8 October 2008 - 6:53 pm
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Dear Pawrents,

Just found this :

Author Unknown.

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear.
"Its me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here"

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
I want to take your parcels, I wished I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you that I'm not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for the key,
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me".

You looked so very tired and then you sank into a chair,
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.

Its possible for me to be so near you everyday,
to say to you with certainty "I never went away".

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew
That in the stillness of that evening I was very close to you.

The day is over.... I smile and watch you yawning
and say, " Good Night, Sweet Dreams, God Bless,
I'll see you in the morning".

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide
I'll rush to greet you and well stand together side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there's much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out; then come home and be with me.

Kim & Angel Buster

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
–Anatole France

West Chester PA
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Bonnie and I have been so caught up in our fight that we did not see this until now.  The tears are rampaging down my face and I cannot tell you how much I wish that we could have met you.   You are our leader.  You are our champion.  Without you, we would have fallen to pieces months ago.   Oh Jerry, we will miss you!

Rene and Jim,

My heart hurts for you and I know what you are going through, but please believe this - Jerry lived the BEST life a dog could live and you spared him nothing, least of all your love.  He will be with you and us forever and I am eternally grateful to all of you for this site.  Without Jerry, we would all be just three-legged dogs, not the great TRIPAWDS that he gave us the inspiration to be.  Our love and prayers are with you.  Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can do anything.


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8 October 2008 - 10:08 pm
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I just love that poem.  It is so heartwarming and reassuring that it helps make the loss of an animal a little more tolerable, although nothing can really take away the pain completely.  I'm really glad you shared that with us.

Your friends,  Vicki, Blazer & Kitty Kimber

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9 October 2008 - 4:38 pm
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We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing.

You have and will continue to be an inspiration to us and to many, many others who are faced with this terrible disease. Thank you Jerry for being so brave and such a fighter. We know that you are at peace now. I don't know you personally, but you have touched my life in a way that I will never forget. 

Many hugs and kisses to Jerry's wonderful pawrents.

Sheri and Leo

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Dear Rene and Jim, my mom and I had been away from the site for a bit and it is only today that we found out about Jerry.  My beautiful, handsome and everlasting friend Jerry.  We are so heartbroken that after reading the blog my mom and I had to go for a walk to take a deep breath and face the fact that Jerry is gone...but not forgotten.  As many of the members on this site we feel like all of you have given to all of us friendship, love, understanding and most of all encouragement to keep going on.  My mom worries that my day may be coming sooner than anticipated as my back legs are really not doing very well.  The acupuncture is helping but I am still very weak and walk very slow depending on how I am feeling that day, but your philosophy of NEVER GIVE UP!!! still stays with me.  My mom is besides herself thinking that Jer is gone but at the same time we have this calming feeling as we know that he is free of pain, discomfort, breathing better and keeping an eye on all of us. He is our guardian angel and how much more precious life is by having all of you enter our lives.  He definitely lived his life to the fullest and I look forward to meeting up with him some day at the Rainbow Bridge .  Until then, his  spirit and his bravery will always live in all our hearts.  Love you always, Kellie, My Mom Isabel and my Dad Wayne.


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Kellie said:

... your philosophy of NEVER GIVE UP!!! still stays with me.  

Thank you so much for the kind words Kellie! We're so sorry to hear about your weakening legs.

Tell your mum that I am not gone. And remind her about the rest of my NGU philosphy ... it's not just about never about giving up, but also about knowing when to let go.

It's a fine line for humans to walk, but it's pretty easy to hop along. Keep spreading the love girlfriend.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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We feel your spirit Jerry...

Kim & Angel Buster

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
–Anatole France

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