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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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3 October 2010 - 10:04 am
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If it weren't for our Chief Fun Officer – and his bittersweet misfortune – the Tripawds community would never have grown to be the supportive resource it is for so many pawrents facing amputation for their best friend.

For this, we salute you, Jerry G. Dawg.

Jerry G. Dawg
Tripawds Founder and CFO
10/01/1998 - 10/03/2008
2-Year Osteosarcoma Survivor

Two years ago today, our hearts were shattered as we held our hero for the last time.

But today we celebrate, because in the midst of our terrible heartbreak, a new chapter unfolded for three legged dogs everywhere: Tripawd Power!

Thank you Jerry, for teaching us

. . . How to make the best of whatever situation we are faced with.

. . . For showing us what really matters in life.

. . . And for showing us how to love, forgive and be joyful, under any circumstances.

Thank you for helping us to be better humans.

We will love you forever, dawg.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

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3 October 2010 - 10:57 am
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Thank you Jerry.

Because of you I have learned to Be More Dog !

And those two leggers you left behind here to carry on are doing pretty good too.

 

Karen and the pugapalooza

Madison, WI
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3 October 2010 - 11:57 am
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Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much Jerry!!!

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at: http://gerry.tripawds.com

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3 October 2010 - 12:06 pm
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Bitterseet indeed. The blackness that descended my life after loosing Charites is now documented, but I will always celebrate her life. Thanks to the legacy of Jerry Dawg, the tripawd community has provided a refuge for those of us entering, continuing along, and completing this journey. Your two legged companions have created a framework that makes so much of a difference to so very many each and every day.

The paths of Jerry and Cherry crossed so very many times and shared so many locations, it is truely a shame that the did not meet. In 2005, Cherry visited the exact vet in the Yellowstone area that helped Jerry over the bridge. We were also in Yellowstone in September 2008, on our way to the Tetons, Arches, and Canyonlands. This was just a month and a half before Cherry's diagnosis. Too bad that we could not have been there to wrap our arms around all of you at that moment.

Instead, we have only met via cyber space, but the impact that Jerry's legacy has left upon our lives cannot truely be measured. We only hope that our activites, our sharing of experiences, and our sharing of the story do justice the this incredible legacy. I figure we still have so very far to go to reach this goal.

TO JERRY!

Spirit Cherry, Dad, and Avvy

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3 October 2010 - 12:21 pm
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That brought a tear to Cometdog's eye.  It was beautiful. How incredibly wonderful life was for Jerry, Jim and Rene.  The video tribute was amazing and the song was so perfect!  (and I know very emotional to do)

Jerry, thank you for healing those that you didn't even meet like Comet and myself.  Without you, we would have continued to be sad and angst ridden.  Without you, we would have never learned to laugh and love being 3-legged.

Thank you for all the memories and thank you for helping us through some dark days.

 

I raise an ice cream cone today in your honor!

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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3 October 2010 - 5:35 pm
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What a beautiful video. Boy, what a great life Jerry had. There are certain posts that I can't read right away, and this was one of them.

And to think, we would all be strangers if it weren't for Jerry.

Good boy, and thank you.

 

Michelle and Rocky

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3 October 2010 - 7:44 pm
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Beautiful. He reminds me of this poem by Robinson Jeffers...this is only a part of it, but it seem particulary true of Jerry.

I've changed my ways a little,
I can no longer run with you in the evenings along the shore,
except in a kind of dream, and you,
if you dream a little you see me there. 
 

Thank you for everything.

 

Lincoln's Mom

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall – Confucius

http://credocan.....pawds.com/

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3 October 2010 - 7:52 pm
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TO JERRY! Indeed. Thank you all.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
tripawds.com | tripawds.org | bemoredog.net | triday.pet

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3 October 2010 - 9:37 pm
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Yea Jerry! It was hilarious to watch him try to bite the bent over tree! It was the ultimate "stick"!

Long may you run Spirit Jerry!

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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3 October 2010 - 10:34 pm
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Jerry G. Dawg,Image Enlarger

Patron Saint

of Tripawds everywhere,

Bless us one and all.

Lend us your strength,

joy, and love.

Guide us through

pain and sorrow,

to the here and now,

where all is as it should be.

We shall hold you in

our hearts forever.

Woof!


 

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!

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4 October 2010 - 8:15 am
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Beautiful crysmile! Thank you so much Jerry.You have touched so many lives.

The video tribute was wonderful. One of my favorite songs. A big thank you to Jim and Rene for all they have done.

 

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4 October 2010 - 9:07 am
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 Jerry Dawg, Thank You, the lives you have touched and will continue to touch in the future is truly amazing. Who ever would have have believed when many years ago you were that cute little puppy in the shelter just waiting for a home what a hero to us all you would become.

 We "Thank You",  Spirit Jerry,  Jim and Rene everyday.

 

 Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

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4 October 2010 - 5:12 pm
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Thank you Jerry for giving us hope.

 

  Daniela, Angel Don's Mum

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2 April 2011 - 3:09 pm
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Hi Jerry,

 

Because of you and your pawrents, I had a great extension of my happy life with my family.  Your support and personal journey exposed us to a tripawd life we never thought was possible.  All our fears, misunderstandings, and sadness were brought to an end after we found you and your support group.

 

Yesterday was my 2 year anniversary of crossing the Rainbow bridge, and I just wanted to say thanks... (well, I can tell you in pawrson when I see you at the all you can eat steak BBQ tonite, before the open air movie premier of "Chasing Cats, the documentary" in Doggie Heaven)

 

See you there!

 

Mate

 

On behalf of Matey Girl's parents, Thank you Jerry!!

Matey Girl

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2 April 2011 - 3:51 pm
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Jerry continues to inspire us!

What a blessing he continues to be, to SO MANY, through all that his pawsome pawrents do!

Thanks for sharing him with us and for sharing all you learn through this journey!

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