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21 May 2011 - 12:22 pm
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Calpurnia. Tripawd Queen of the Sled Dogs. Wise pack leader. Gentle old soul. The love of my life.

Calpurnia

You came into my world back in the day, when I was still running and playing and loving life on the road. The stars aligned to bring us together.

The day we met on the Colorado Trail (three years ago this month!), it was heaven on earth.

Ever since that day, I was in love.

You never let life on three legs keep you from doing what you wanted to, from showing your pack who was really in charge!

Jerry and Calpurnia

My pawrents, and all the other peeps at Tripawds, are so sad, knowing that got your wings yesterday.

These silly humans of ours wish we could live forever!

But you and I know that we have more impawtant work to do, more people to help, more places to make better.

We can't stick around as long as they want us to, but we always leave a part of us with them, in that mysterious place they call their soul. Why don't you drop everyone a hint to let them know you'll always be around?

Calpurnia

Now that you're a Spirit Tripawd, you can come join me in this beautiful place, where you can run the trails like you used to as a kid, leading the pack with all four legs.

Maybe you can show me n' Moose and all of the other old school Tripawds from back in the day how to pull a sled!

Hurry Cali, we're waiting!

Run Free Forever, Calpurnia! Tripawd Queen of the Sled Dogs!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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Calpurnia, I'm very sorry to hear you've gone, but glad you'll be meeting up with my boy and all the other Tripawd Heroes.  What a story you've left for all of us!  

PS:  Be sure to challenge Max to a race, he loves to run!!

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21 May 2011 - 12:36 pm
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It always hurts when we lose a true Tripawd Hero, especially hard, however, when it's one we met during our travels with Jerry. Words alone cannot describe how inspirational Cali has been, or how privileged we were to meet her. Here's a few more videos that prove it.

All we can say is we love you Calpurn!

Three Legged Sled Dog Training

Canine cancer hero Jerry watches three legged Calpurnia run with the Odaroloc Sled Dogs for late summer training in the Colorado hills.

Meet Three Legged Sled Dog Calpurnia Again

A visit with Calpurnia of the Odaroloc Sled Dogs at home on three legs with her pack and the mushers in Tiny Town Colorado.

Three Legged Sled Dog Calpurnia Celebrates 14th Birthday

Here's a quick update from our favorite three legged sled dog Calpurnia, who celebrated her 14th birthday and three year as a canine amputee. She met Spright, the three-legged dog mayor of Divide, CO at our Colorado Springs Tripawds gathering.

Three Legged Wyatt Runs With The Sled Dogs

Tripawds spokespup Wyatt Ray Dawg runs with the Odaroloc Sled Dogs in Colorado while three-legged husky Calpurnia watches over the pack.

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21 May 2011 - 3:57 pm
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Oh no!

What a terrible loss but what an amazing inspiration Calpurnia was to all of us.   I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. I know she lived a wonderful long life but that doesn't make it any easier. 

“When it is dark in the east, it is light in the west; when things are dark in the south there is still light in the north.”  -author unknown.

 

Your light will always shine on us Calpurnia!

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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One more for the scrapbook. Here's our girl, leading the way back when she was just a kid.

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That is a wonderful picture! She and all the pups look like they are loving life 😉

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10

http://sammyand.....pawds.com/

 

I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

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25 May 2011 - 9:24 pm
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This just in . . . Calpurnia was once a puppy! Here is our sweet girl with her pack (she's the only one with a mask).

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I love how she's sitting upright!

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The word 'hero' is defined as:

a man (or dog) of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his (or her) brave deeds and noble qualities.
Cali – you will always be admired for all of your brave and noble deeds.  Thank you for showing so many your “can-do” spirit and that you can live life on your own terms.  You are a real inspiration for all of us. 
Now, go challenge Jerry to a race!!  And let us know who wins winker
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