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27 April 2010 - 9:23 pm
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Hi all,

One of my 'hobies' involves working at Theaters, building sets for plays, and doing some Production Managing.  I work at the local college building sets, I've been doing it for years. The most recent show was the musical 'RENT'.  One of the story lines focuses on people living with AIDS, and how they deal with the diagnosis of a fatal disease.

The play is set in the Lower East Side in NYC, so we got to paint and 'tag' the set appropriately.  I added a bunch of stuff that was visible to the audience, including my initials, and a big SF (I am a San Francisco native).  It was during this time in March that Mag was really sick, and I thought I was going to lose her.  The designer let me put up a Mag 'tag'.  I put it under the SF, where it was not visible to the audience.  It didn't really fit with the set, but in light of part of the play's theme I though it was cool. 

There is also a song that looks at one way to face what we are all facing with our dogs.  So here is an abbreviated version of the song called Finale B, and  a picture of the Mag Tag.


There is no future, there is no past

Thank God this moment's not the last



There's only us, there's only this

Forget regret, or Life is yours to miss

No other road, no other way

No day but today



I can't control my destiny

I trust my soul, my only goal

Is just to be



There's only now, there's only here

Give in to love, or live in fear

No other path, no other way

No day but today




Maggie surprised us all again and rallied, we have had a good April.  She has gained a little weight, and is doing well- all things considered.


Karen and the pug girls

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27 April 2010 - 9:36 pm
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Wonderful sentiment and framework for approaching life. May Maggie have many more good months.

Spirit Cherry's Dad


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27 April 2010 - 9:48 pm
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Wow.  That says so much, so well.

Need to soak in it for awhile.


Cemil and mom Mary, Mujde and Radzi….appreciating and enjoying Today

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27 April 2010 - 9:55 pm
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Karen, this is beautiful, thank you for sharing the lyrics with us, they are so appropriate for Tripawds. We love the gangsta Maggie tag too! What a cool hobby to have. You're one of them creative types eh? Cool!

We were thrilled that you both made it to the walk this weekend, seeing her pretty self sporting the bandana just made our day. Thank you for being there and all that you do for us here at Tripawds. May there be many, many more good times ahead.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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28 April 2010 - 2:20 am
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Karen, it is the small things we share that are so powerful.  Thank you!

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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28 April 2010 - 6:00 am
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That is a tear jerker, Karen.  Lovely.  LOVE the "Mag Tag"....I hope you get to keep that?

Rally on Maggie!  So glad you're having a better April!

Tracy, the other Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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28 April 2010 - 10:20 am
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krun15 said:

There is no future, there is no past

There's only now, there's only here 


Amen to that. Thanks for sharing this! cool

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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28 April 2010 - 10:31 am
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That is so profound.  And the Mag Tag is a wonderful touch.  I am relieved she is feeling so much better!  I hope you can finally breathe a little easier.  I know we can.



OOFAH, enough of this mush...


The MAGSTER TRI-PUG is Baaaaack!  Let the party begin! laughing


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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28 April 2010 - 10:33 am
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Beautiful, Thanks for sharing it with us.   Great news about Maggie, hope May will be every bit as good as April , keep on rallying Maggie.


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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28 April 2010 - 6:36 pm
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Karen and the Pug Girls, you never cease to amaze me!

Your a great mom, set builder, tagger, pug wrangler, stroller pusher and Manager!

Maggie and Tani looked great last weekend, it's so nice that Maggie is putting on weight and getting ready for the spring and summer Tripawd Party Season! Must have been the beef livers and then the chicken picnic.

Wonderful lyrics, thanks for sharing. See you guys soon.

The chauffeur.


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28 April 2010 - 8:35 pm
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What beautiful lyrics. So much meaning.  Thanks for sharing this.  Makes me stop and think and put things in perspective. 

So happy to hear that Maggie is doing well these days.  She's such an incredible inspiration!

Kami (Mackenzie's Mom)


My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

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29 April 2010 - 5:26 am
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Those lyrics are so beautiful... I just love the Mag Tag!! superstar 

But most of all, I am so happy to hear that Maggie had a good month and actually even gained some weight. See, you just never ever know how things will turn out.

Hoping and praying that Maggie continues to improve... Sending you both a big fat hug!!!

Angel Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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