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Kirkland, WA
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First off, Jack got his stitches off today (yaaay!).  The doctor said we were to start doing 10 minute walks with him and work up from there to get his little muscles used to the exercise.  Well, it's raining here today so I decided to take him to romp around PetSmart.  This was also his first outing since the surgery.  While we did get a few weird stares and points (mostly from kids), I cannot tell you how incredibly nice it was when people would come up and talk to me about what had happened.  It was like a mini therapy session!!!  It really helped to explain Jack's situation and hear people give encouragement and give Jack lots of loves.  If anyone needs a quick pick-me-up, take your puppy shopping!!  Cool

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Good for you and Jack!  There's nothing like an outing to pick your spirits up!  It's great that Jack did well at Petsmart, those tile floors can be a little slick at times.  Keep us updated on his progress.

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Yeah Jack.

Yes, there is nothing like a tripawd to attract some really nice people. One of my fondest memories is when we took Wrigley to the snow just after we found out she had mets and there was a little girl that fell in love with Wrigley and was so proud of her. This little stranger was so cute as she told everyone else that approached us all about Wrigley and her story of how she lost her leg.

I am so glad to hear you had a great outing. Here's wishing you many many more.

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We take our obedience classes at PetSmart. It's a great place to meet people and Shelby always seems to know what aisle the tennis balls are kept in!

 We have met a ton of nice folks and because there are so many distractions, other dogs, dog food, cat food, toys, their own in store Vet, that it has really helped Shelby to learn her "leave it's and watch me's" and heck, they were so nice they let us graduate from the beginners class!

 Folks are always so interested in how well she "hops" along, does she miss her leg, how did you find her, and you always hear, "oh, how sweet, that poor thing..." We make a point to stop and talk to the, "oh, how sweet, that poor thing" people and let them know just how great these dogs are. We also let them know that there aren't to many of these "special dogs" out there and if they want one of these very "special dogs," they need to keep a keen eye pealed and an open heart. 

We love PetSmart!

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jackcrowder said:

Shelby always seems to know what aisle the tennis balls are kept in!

But which harness color does she wear to class? Winker

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If we are only going to class, she will sport her red harness and leash.

But 2 weeks ago, we needed to be at Michael's Harley Davidson in Cotati, Ca. right after class to help sell raffle tickets for our yearly fund raiser. Our HOG chapter has "adopted" our local Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels Charity.

For that outing, she choose her new black harness, with the winged H/D patch and her orange leash, with a very cool compartment to carry those often needed pooper bags, and dazzled the crowd!

For her appearence, she was rewarded by one of her admirers with a hot and juicy cheeseburger. 

A girl has to have more than one outfit don't ya know.Wink

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Oooh, can't wait to see her in her outfit! Pictures please Laugh

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Kids are pretty cute with the reactions to the three leggers.  Soon after Rita's surgery I took her to petsmart to get a harness (so she could try them on).  I had her lay down while I picked out a few and put them on her.....then little boy about 4 years old looked at her, then just casually walked up and looked at me then he squatted down put his hand on her amp spot...then he just got up and went back to his mom, he didn't say anything at all, I guess he just wanted to touch where her leg should have been.... I smiled about that little kid all day, and now again.

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