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The Tripawds Tribute Leash
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2 June 2014 - 1:48 pm
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Origins of the Tripawd Tribute Leash

In 2010 and again in 2011 Chloe’s Mom Nicole went to the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk wearing a tee-shirt she made that honored Tripawds and Angel Tripawds who dealt with cancer. She wrote the names of Tripawds on the back of her shirt so they could travel with her in spirit as she did the walk.

It was such a touching idea; it got me thinking about a more permanent way to honor our cancer fighting Tripawds. I brought up the general idea with Rene about some sort of traveling tribute that members could take to these kinds of events, a perpetual thing that we could share.

At first we thought the Tribute would honor the Angel and Spirit Tripawds who were lost to cancer. As we talked more it made sense to include Tripawds battling cancer that were still on the journey. But to make something that truly represented the site and the intertwined stories that make the community so strong we decided that all furry family members would be included, tri or quad-pawds, cancer or not. The Tribute came to be before we had any kitty members so it is still a bit dog centric, we are still waiting for our first kitty ribbon (hint hint).

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After lots of discussions and input from several members the Tripawd Tribute Leash was born in March of 2012. The Leash is yellow because the original Tripawds bandannas were yellow, and it represents the strength of our community. Ribbons of all colors are tied on the leash and not only represent our pups or kitties, but also how we are all tied to this community. Some ribbons are simple, some are more elaborate but each represents a cherished companion who is forever part of our family.

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Please read the original Blog Post or this Forum Topic for instructions if you would like to participate.

The Leash has traveled to several events around the country in the last couple of years, if you have an event coming up and would like to display the Leash please send me a PM.

 

Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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KAREN!! So glad you shared the history of this EXQUISTIE “leash of love” with all of us! An absolutely lovely and life affirming idea! I LOVE that it’s all inclusive and the variety of ways we can embellish our ribbons with specific nuances to honor our pets.

I keep scrolling back up tolook at thepictures and get all goosey bumpy! Thank you for turning this very guided and heartfelt “vision” into such a tangible forever treasure!

With love,

Sally and Happy Hannah

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Awwww. Thank you Karen, it’s great to see more photos of the leash. We sincerely appreciate all you do to keep this very special project alive.

And yes, I too hope to see some kitty ribbons on there too! Remember folks, it’s for all Tripawds, no matter what kind of story they have. Join in!

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The Leash made a journey from its home in California to the Virginia Tripawds Meet up on June 22. The Leash has made a few cross country journeys since its inception.  If you are planning an event or to attend an event like the K9 Cancer Walk and would like to have the leash please send me a PM.  I am keeping a calendar so that I don’t over commit.

 

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I would love to hear from the people who attended the Virgina meet up- what did you think of the Leash? 

 

Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Karen, thank you for posting this history on the beautiful Tribute Leash, and thanks also for being the “loving leash keeper”. I may want to send in a special ribbon for my precious girl, Polly.

Love,
Bonnie & Angel Polly

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The leash was a HUGE surprise. It was so awesome to have it there and to get the chance to add our ribbons. It was really really special, and thank you all so much for sending it. It really meant a lot. We got to place our ribbons on the leash, and it meant a lot to be able have my Jake next to Happy Hannah. It brings tears to my eyes now just knowing my Jake will always be part of it. 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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I was surprised as well and am so thankful you sent it Karen, what an awesome display of the power of this community, thank you for all you do to keep it going.

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The leash really is “sacred ground” and something we all treated with the reverence it deserved. Each ribbon was made with such love. As I went down the leash and looked at every single tribute, it brought tears to my eyes knowing how well loved these souls were…and are.

I felt as though I knew and loved each one wnether they travelled this journey before Happy Hannah and I joined this community, during, or after. It’s a leash of love, courage and inspiration.

I’m sure Happy Hannah’s ribbon as a little tear stain on it….and I’m equally sure it’s infused with my eternal love and gratitude for being able to share my life with her.

Jake and Happy Hannah are side by side…even matching color ribbons without realizing it!

AND, as has been stated over and over, this is for anyone who is currently on this journey as well as those who have transitioned. It is definitely a leash that celebrates LIFE and LOVE!

Love to all!

Sally and Happy Hannah

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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‘Had a great big DUH moment! As we were all searching through out photos for more pictures of The Tribune Leash from the VA pawty…..it dawned on me, I still had the leash and could take a few more pics! YEP! That’s a pretty big DUH 20140626_103623-1_zpsvir9kx8z.jpg

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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26 June 2014 - 9:39 am
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Hold on…more coming…If I can get back into photo bucket and you tube. Grrrrrrr.

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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OOOOHHHH… these are so beautiful! I might have to glitter up Shelby’s ribbon a bit before I send it! :-) So much creativity w/you all! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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I can see the glitter and sparkle shining brightly all the way over here for Shelby. !

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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The sweet spirits of Happy Hannah and Jake were definitely with us that day…side by side…As we all were with our Angels.

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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