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Angel Abby Tribute Day Shows How to Help Heal a Broken Heart
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13 January 2012 - 10:57 pm
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The Tripawds community spirit sparkled earlier this week, when five members gathered at the Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Beach in San Diego, California.

They were there to honor the spirit of Tripawd Warrior Princess Abby, a special girldog who left us far too soon on Tuesday afternoon, when she found the perfect set of wings to help her soar through the heavens.

Tribute to Abby Day

Abby's momma Jackie, who less than 24 hours earlier unexpectedly had to say goodbye to her princess, somehow found the strength to bravely meet up with everyone.

Perhaps it was because Tripawds members who were there had all been through the heartbreak of losing a pup to bone cancer and knew what Jackie was going through. When your grief seems unbearable, maybe being surrounded by people who can empathize is the only thing that can ease the pain, just a little?

Tribute to Abby Day

Spirit Maximutt's people, John and Diane, their infamous Bernie Bin Laden and sweet pup Linda, were there to support Jackie on her first day without Abby, along with the notorious Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray and my pawrents, Jim and Rene.

The afternoon was dubbed “Tribute to Abby Day” and instead of everyone individually mourning the loss of one of the all-time greatest Tripawd Warrior Princesses ever, the power of the pack came together to watch fun, crazy canine antics take place between Wyatt, Linda and Bernie. What a beautiful day it was, on one of Abby's favorite places on earth.

“If you'd told me I'd go back to Fiesta Island the day after losing our girl, I'd have said you were crazy,” said Jackie, in Angel Abby's blog. “But that's what I did today. And I'm so glad I went.”

Later, the gang went to In 'N Out Burgers after, to salute Abby at her favorite restaurant, with her signature Flying Dutchman hamburger.

One of the best parts of the day was when Jackie presented my people with her handmade version of ME! My Momma got all watery-eyed when she saw it, it looks so much like me.

That's me and Angel Abby. Aren't we a match made in heaven?

Tripawds Members are There for Each Other

That night, my pawrents reflected back on the days following my initiation into Spirit Dog status. They recalled how alone they felt as they sat in their RV and cried through many dark, rainy nights in the Pacific Northwest.

And then they remembered . . . the only thing that made them feel better during that time, was meeting up in Washington with a fellow Tripawds member, Rocco.

Rocco and his pack made my Mom and Dad's hearts sing once again! He was such a beautiful dog, and his people were so gracious to my grieving pawrents. The meet-up gave them the strength to smile and see that life does get better after the heart wrenching loss of a best friend. They hoped that Jackie felt the same way after their Tribute to Abby Day.

How to Help a Grieving Tripawd Pawrent

We lose far too many Tripawds to cancer, and each time, a human's heart shatters into millions of pieces. As a bystander, it's natural to feel like there's nothing you can do to ease their pain, but you know what? There IS one way you might be able to help:

Reach out and ask a grieving Tripawds member if they would like some company, either on the phone or in person.

While everyone grieves differently, some folks would love to have an empathetic person to lean on, to listen and share the memories of their very special family member.

We will miss Angel Abby so much, but it's great to know that her dazzling spirit will live on in so many ways, like how Tripawds members so often reach out and help one another.

Thanks for a great day on the beach Jackie and Angel Abby, we'll never forget it.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 January 2012 - 12:42 am
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What a wonderful, wonderful day!

And such a beautiful post about helping others.   I don't know that I couldn't have mended my heart without the help of so many here!! All the emails, calls, PM's, cards, flowers, gifts..........oh my - it was wonderful!!!!!   It still makes me beam!   

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.

Chicago, IL
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14 January 2012 - 10:19 am
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What a wonderful way to begin the healing process.  This just proves again that Tripawds peeps are the best!  Tripawds peeps in person are even better yet.
August 16, 2006 to November 28, 2011
TATE ~ Forever in our hearts.

San Diego, CA
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14 January 2012 - 10:25 am
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Gotta agree with that - Tripawds peeps ARE the best!

As much as our hearts are broken, it helps knowing she touched others' hearts as well.
Jackie & Mike

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

knoxville, tn
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14 January 2012 - 12:16 pm
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what a great day.  we too know the power of the love shared by the tripawds family.  thanks jerry for giving us words for what is in our hearts.


charon & spirit gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


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14 January 2012 - 12:47 pm
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Just being able to share your special memories with people who truly understand the pain of losing a beloved dog far too soon is priceless. Too bad they couldn't stick around for a week or two...

Micki and Rio

the Woo

~ ~ Rio ~ ~
Forever in my heart...

April 2000 – January 20, 2012
Diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer in June 2007. Left rear leg amputated Feb. 8, 2011.
Mets discovered Aug. 31, 2011. Read more of Rio's story here.

Albuquerque, NM
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20 June 2011
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14 January 2012 - 7:15 pm
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Yes, this community is so amazing!  I have only been a part of it for a very short time.  When we lost Jewels just a few weeks ago I was so incredibly heartbroken.  But so many of you have reached out and it has helped me tremendously deal with my loss.  I found some strength that is helping me get through such a tough time through all your wisdom, experience and encouragement.  Thank you all for sharing this heart warming experience with a day at the beach!  It sounds like such a wonderful time!  

Jewels was a gorgeous Lab-Shep mix that found us at the pet rescue when she was just 3 months old. Born June 2000; Diagnosed OSA on June 1, 2011; L-front Amputation September 12, 2011; Crossed Rainbow Bridge December 30, 2011. My "baby dog" will always be in my heart.  Now she is running fast and free on all four legs after the rabbits and squirrels!  Jewels was loved by her crazy-busy mom, even-keeled dad, pesky twin human brothers and monkeydog sister Aspen.  Read about Jewels' Tripawd Journey here.

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18 January 2012 - 12:20 pm
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What a great way to honor a wonderful Abby!  Looked like everyone had a pawsome time!!

-Nicole and Chloe

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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18 January 2012 - 7:20 pm
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I just saw Abby's banner...what a beautiful girl!! Tripawds are the best!!

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