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The Rainbow Bridge

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Each year, there comes a time when most public service organizations must do something they would rather not, especially during hard times. Today, it’s our turn. We hate to ask. But we need help keeping the lights on in the doghouse!

Love Alone Can’t Pay the Bills

Tripawds is my pawrent’s full-time volunteer labor of love, but as you know, love alone can’t pay the bills. All year long, we do our best to bring you Tripawd resources and support that can help your best friend.

Our primary funding for this unique and wonderful community is through the few cents we receive from purchases made through our Tripawds store and affiliate links.

But it is your ongoing generuos support that has allowed us to do things like:

  • Upgrade Tripawds’ web hosting account. We now have more consistent, robust website infrastructure and enough storage space to do things like allow everyone to create basic Tripawds Three Legged Dog Blogs.
  • Pay for website technical support. Much of what makes Tripawds run is way over my Dad’s head and without it, this site would be quite different and not nearly as interactive.
  • Purchase Tripawds outreach materials to help spread the word. From posters we send to veterinary offices, to business cards mailed to members who request them, Tripawds’ message is getting around.
  • Donate to the Morris Animal Foundation’s K9 Cancer Walks in Estes Park and Sacramento.
  • Waive the return shipping cost of harnesses for Tripawds who didn’t use them, because they didn’t make it through amputation surgery.
  • Conduct the first ever Tripawds Amputation and Cancer Care Survey, which helps provide more insights on the Tripawd lifestyle.

We would like to expand these efforts, but we need your help…

Click the ChipIn widget above to help us reach our goal with a quick and secure PayPal contribution.

For those pawrents who have sent us gifts recently, please don’t feel obligated to help with this campaign. We’d love for others who haven’t yet had the chance to get involved to extend a helping paw, if they can.

We’re Barking Up Your Tree

We believe in being accountable, so for a full report on where the money goes, here’s a link to a document showing a summary of our current expenses and future costs to increase our outreach efforts.

But, the bottom line is this:

Tripawds needs to raise $8,245 within the next three months!

This amount will help us cover our ongoing site maintenance costs and allow us to increase our public awareness efforts through:

  • Website hosting, security and infrastructure improvements to keep things running smoothly
  • Additional outreach materials for members and vet offices
  • Exhibiting at a few dog events throughout the year to help raise awareness of the support Tripawds has to offer
  • Supporting the Morris Animal Foundation and other canine cancer organizations, and more!

And while $8,245 still won’t pay my pawrents any sort of salary, it will enable them to cover the basic costs of running Tripawds, while giving them time to chase down an income elsewhere, using their writing and graphic design talents.

Give $50 or more and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of “Guardians of Being by MUTTs creator and Tripawds friend, Patrick McDonnell!

This powerful book with words by Eckhart Tolle is a passionate, humorous, enlightening meditation on the power and grace that animals can bring into our daily lives, and we’re sure you’ll love it. Patrick signed the book for one lucky Tripawds contributor when we met him at the Tattered Cover in Denver.

Anything You Can Spare Will Help!

If you’ve read this far, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hesitate to ask for help from our members, because we understand the financial burdens of paying for canine medical care. But the upside is, we only do it once a year.

Whatever you can give, even if it’s just $5, will help keep the Tripawds Community up and running smoothly. We understand these are hard times for many, and we are so thankful for any amount you can give.

With much love,

Rene, Jim, Wyatt Ray & Spirit Jerry

PS: If – And that’s a big IF – we were seeking a salary (of just $8.50 per hour) to maintain the Tripawds community, we would need to raise $24,752 with this campaign. Any support you can provide for our labor of love is sincerely appreciated.

Please help us reach our goal by clicking the ChipIn widget below to safely contribute with a secure PayPal contribution:

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I, for one want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do and do for free!  I feel we ALL make up this incredible community and helping in a small way is not much to ask from us members.  Times are tough but I’m sure a little from everyone can make a huge difference for eliminating the worry and stress from Jim and Rene!  I can’t imagine not having my tripawd friends to talk to each day!  I remember what life was like before tripawds – and I didn’t have anyone to talk to about having a 3 legged dog!  Plus, I’ve met some wonderful people here! 

That darn Cometdog uses a lot of bandwidth so I don’t feel like I’m donating – I feel like I’m just paying my fair share – I’m mean, Cometdog’s fair share. 

I, for one wouldn’t be opposed to even setting up a monthly recurring payment from Paypal.  Maybe other’s will join me in this effort – even a $5, $10, $15 or $20 a month payment to would help.   

So, let’s rally guys and gals!  Asking for donations is probably one of the hardest things Jim and Rene has done!   There is enough of us, that we don’t have to chip in much – just whatever you can afford!


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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So (bookkeeper Mary speaking) if we set up a recurring monthly payment through our individual billpays to save the Paypal service charge, where would the check be sent?  That’s another option.

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

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We would love to donate to keep this site running, but would prefer to send a check.  Where to?


Jane, Cathy, and Angel Skyler

Skyler – 10 year old Golden Retriever.  Diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor on 2-26-10.  Right rear leg amputated on 3-4-10.  Crossed Rainbow Bridge on 6-11-10.  Chloe – Joined her sister on 4-4-11, due to hemangiosarcoma.  The beloved Golden Girls are now back together.

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I’ll also add my thanks – this site has been pawsome for us!  We wish we could do more to help – but every little bit helps, right?  Comet’s and Mary’s ideas sound good, too.

A big thanks to Jim and Rene for all they do and for what they have created – a safe haven for us to share either happy or sad news with friends who care.  THANK YOU!

Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!

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cometdog said:

I, for one wouldn’t be opposed to even setting up a monthly recurring payment from Paypal.


This is how Tripawds Supporter Blog subscriptions work! laugh It does require creating a blog, but for non-bloggers no actual blogging is required. Simply create a blog then upgrade with a recurring subscription via the Supporter tab in your dashboard. Automatically renewing Supporter subscriptions are available for $5 per month, $10 every 3 months, or just $25 each year.

cemil & skyler: Thank you in advance for your generosity! Please make checks payable to Agreda Communications (That’s us!) and send to the following address*:

Jim Nelson & Rene Agredano
Agreda Communications
21 Hopwell Ct.
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

* Please note this is our seasonal summer address. Once we hit the road again come Fall, any physical correspndence should be mailed to 240 Rainbow Dr., #14065, Livingston, TX 77399-2040

Thank you all for your kind comments. We would much rather not have to ask for your support, and truly appreciate any contributions – both monetary, and through your continued participation here in the forums.

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Wow, the support of the Tripawds community never ceases to amaze us. Less than 24 hours into our campaign and we have reached 6% of our goal, thanks to our first contributors …

Thank you all for your generosity. If others follow your lead, we’ll be able to call this campaign done within a couple weeks!

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Many thanks to our latest contributors!

And a big shout out to cometdog for her offer of Big Savings on Fine Menswear when Supporting Tripawds and etgayle for her promise of Premium Handwoven Wool Socks to Five Lucky Conrtributors!

Join fellow members in supporting your Tripawds community by clicking
the ChipIn widget above.

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Contributions continue to come in, and we can’t thank you all enough!


We have some pretty creative members here too! Check out these special offers to help supporters contribute to this campaign…

Support Tripawds and Save on Fine Menswear.

Handwoven Wool Socks with Free Gayle JuJu to next Five $100 Contributors


Looking for a simple way to give a bit more over the next four months? Take the Tasha Challenge!

Tasha’s Tripawds Subscription Challenge

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 A big round of applause for today’s Tripawds Campaign Supporters!

  • Beth Fishman – Tshuva
  • Kathi Wilson* – In fond memory of tripawd Jake (Jacko von Tem, BH, BST, TT, CGC) 4/14/92-9/24/02
  • Thomas O’Connell*
  • Anthony Conforti*

*Fans of Jerry’s Tripawds Facebook Group

Here and Now

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More appreciation as contributions continue…

Why not join fellow members and make a small contribution? Then you can check it off your list!

Remember contributors of $100 or more qualify for a custom handwoven pair of wool socks, with plenty of good Gayle JuJu – or, some warm hand knit mittens from Holly’s mom!

Contributing is quick, secure and simple via PayPal using the ChipIn widget above. Or, take the Tasha Challenge and sign up for a cost effective four month recurring subscription to give a bit more.

Thank you all for your continued support! big-grin

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Please help us give a big Tripawds thank you to our latest 2010 Campaign contributors:

Contributions have tapered off over the past couple days, but after such a heartwarming start to this campaign we can’t complain. Not in the least. We can’t thank you all enough for your continued support. The sooner we reach our goal the sooner we can stop pleading for help.

Don’t forget – Gayle is still offering one more pair of premium handwoven wool mittens to one lucky contributor of $100 or more.

Holly also has three more pairs of handmade mittens to knit for $100 contributors.

And if you haven’t followed the funny discussion inspired by Comet’s offer of gift certificates for Tripawds supporters, you’re missing out!

Finally, if you find the Tripawds website helpful and are looking for an easy way to give a little more, take the Tasha Challenge!

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Well, we haven’t received any contributions to the 2010 Tripawds Community Campaign in a few days, but we we did want to send an extra special thank you to our last contributor.

Sarah Crook’s very generous contribution qualified her for a $200 Gift certificate to! (Thanks Comet.) We wrote about Sarah’s dog Jake back in January when he was diagnosed with primary chondrosarcoma of the spine.

If you have ever wondered what you might do without the support this community has to offer, please consider a small contribution. It’s quick and secure using the ChipIn widget above. The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we can stop asking for help. Thank you all for your continued support!

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Many thanks to our recent contributors!

We have now reached nearly a quarter of our goal for this campaign. If you find the support this community has to offer helpful, please consider a quick, secure contribution using the ChipIn widget above. Or Take the Tasha Challenge for an easy way to give a bit more.

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Many thanks to Jennifer for her generous gift in honor of Hopalong Harley, who just recently left us to join Jerry and fellow Tripawd hereoes at the Bridge. The thougtful comments she sent with her contribution are so beautiful, we wanted to share them here …

In Memory of Harley Curran-Herrboldt, we miss you.

“To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman.” — Hermione Gingold

“If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” — Pam Brown

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