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We were invited to Monroe Elementary School in Santa Rosa last Thursday evening for “Family Literacy Night.”

There were 5 reading dog teams set up and ready to go. There were 2 Golden’s, a yellow Lab, a white Maltese and 2 Chihuahua’s. Dad told the lady with the 2 Chihuahua’s that we had cats bigger than her dogs. Sometimes he embarrasses me. So we had all sizes and types of dogs. At 5:30 the doors opened and a lot of families came in. We had to be on our best behavior because the schools principal and a reading specialist were there and they were really watching us because they had never had reading dogs teams in their school before. Mom warned dad to be on his best behavior or he might end up in the principals office again!  I guess when dad was going to school he was in the principals office so much that they were on a first name basis! 

Mom was one of the 3 people signing up the kids that wanted to read to us. We had 50 kids sign up to read to the dogs! How cool was that! The reading dog teams were really busy for the 1 hour that we were there. The kids enjoyed it so much that some of them signed up for a second turn to read to us!  

The reading specialist sent a note to us saying that our reading dog teams were a huge hit! They commented on how nice we all were and how nobody growled at each other. I think I heard dad growl a couple of time, but that didn’t count. She also said, they now want reading dog teams in their school!

I’m proud of the group of dogs and their handlers that I get to work with. We always have a good time and hopefully we are helping the kids read better. When you can read, you can go anywhere and be anybody you want.

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Happy Birthday to…ME!!!!!!!

Posted by: | October 17, 2010 | 11 Comments |

October 15th is my birthday.

Mom and dad got up Friday, the 15th, got ready and went to work, nothing, nobody said anything about my birthday. They came home, fixed dinner, took Charlie to the laundry cause he had to work Saturday. It’s his regular gig at the Healdsburg Library. No one said anything about my birthday.

So, I decided I would mope around until someone, anyone, said something about my birthday. Heavy sighs, the over the shoulder, poor, poor pitiful me looks. I tried everything. We went to bed Friday evening and nothing was said about my birthday.

Saturday morning came and as they were getting ready to take Charlie to his reading dog gig, dad said, “I think it’s pretty close to someones birthday!” I was so happy someone finally said something about my birthday that I gave him a big hug and a couple of Tripawd Twirls and guess what! They left me at home with Penny! It’s the day after my birthday, they leave me at home and take Charlie somewhere!

 Fine, see if I care! I’ll show them. I’ll ignore them when they get home, I’ll show them! About 2 hours later they came home and told Charlie how very proud they were of him and what a good boy he had been, and here Charlie, here’s a sprecial treat just for you!

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw dad reach over and grab my red harness and leash, and announce, “we’re taking the birthday girl to In and Out Burger!”  I started twirling and dancing and heading for the front door!  Dad opened the door to the truck and I lept onto the seat and waited what seemed like forever for them to start the engine and get this show on the road!!

We pulled into the parking lot next door to the In and Out Burger store and as soon as dad stopped the truck. I ran as fast as my 3 legs and the chauffeur could go! We found a table outside and I sat with dad while mom went inside and ordered my special birthday dinner! A lady nearby asked if she could give me a french fry? Dad told her we’re celebrating my birthday, so you bet, she can have a fry!  Mom came out and told me they had made a special hamburger for my special day! No bun, just burger!

We sat there and ate burgers and fries for what seemed like hours! People would come over and pet me and tell my what a good girl and how pretty I was, all while I was eating my special burger and fries with mom and dad!

What a day! What a burger! Wow, I had a great 4th birthday! I wish my friends who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge,  Caira Sue, Maximutt, Maggie and Cherry, could have been there. I had a fry for each of you. Cemil, Tani and Obie, I had a fry for you. To my Tripawd friends I’ve never met, I had fries for you too!

Burgers, fries, memories of friends passed and celebrating my friends still here, with my mom and dad, I’m the worlds luckiest Princess!

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We arrived at the capital building and as we were saying hi to some of our new friends, Andrea from Homeward Bound came over and asked us to follow her because she wanted to put Shelby on live TV!  

30 seconds later the reporter walked over to us and BAM we are on LIVE TV!!!!!!!

Shelby did great, I…duh…fumbled and stammered and said something. Isn’t it amazing how you mind goes blank when the pressure is on. I had my Golden Retreiver missing a front leg TRIPAWDS shirt on but you gotta look quick cause they zipped by me and went right to the “”STAR””

Here’s the link to the TV spot and a photo of the entire group.

http://gooddaysacramento.com/videolibrary    you’ll need to click on “Golden Retreiver Photo Shoot”

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Sacramento and Me

Posted by: | September 29, 2010 | 8 Comments |

Here is a note we received from Homeward Bound.

“Bring Your Homeward Bound Dogs and Help Us Shine a Spotlight on Homeward Bound!  Photograph on The East Capitol steps…  Saturday, October 2nd
Schedule
Arrival Time: 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Media Interviews: 9:00 AM to 9:40 AM
Live TV and Photo Opportunity: 9:45 AM
We need you, your family and your Homeward Bound dogs to join hundreds of other Sacramento area families who have adopted Goldens from Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue (HBGRR) for a photo opportunity and live television shot. The theme of the event is:
Even in these tough times…
California is still “The Golden State!”

 
This photo opportunity will be a major media event designed to draw media attention to the over 800 Golden Retrievers and other dogs that are rescued and placed each year by HBGRR. All adoptive families and their dogs will be staged as one big group on the East Steps of the Capitol under a banner displaying the event’s theme. The official photograph will be taken at 9:45 AM. The wire services, local newspapers and all Sacramento area TV and radio stations will be invited to cover this historic event and publish the official photo.”

 Well….. The Petite Princess has let it be known that she feels the need to attend this exciting event!
So, we’ll polish up her wagon, shine up her black harness with “bling” and do the best we can to get a little free TRIPAWD coverage!
The maid and I will either be wearing our HI VIZ green TRIPAWDS shirts or our new Golden Retriever front leg missing TRIPAWDS shirts.  
Shelby, the P.P. asked that we carry boxes of red Sharpies. Ever since she was informed that Marilyn Monroe signed her autographs in red, Shelby has decided to do the same. 
Take care and we’ll do our best to make you proud of us!     
the chauffeur
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Took the Princess to the vet

Posted by: | August 11, 2010 | 8 Comments |

Howdy, we took Shelby to the vet a couple of weeks ago to see about pulling a lower canine tooth that looked bad. The tooth never had any enamel on it. The vet said she most likely was born that way. As the vet was checking here over and looking at her other teeth he found something he didn’t see on her earlier exams. He found that her upper right jaw had been fractured/broken at one time and as it healed the bone grew around one of her molars. She had 1 cracked tooth, 1 broken tooth and an impacted tooth that needed to come out.

We set up the appointment and Cindi took her in at 8AM last Friday morning. They took a full set of xrays of her teeth and found the canine tooth that we were originally concerned with was just fine. The root was in good shape so he left that one but took the tooth next to it. So she had 4 teeth pulled that day. They took really great care of her at the hospital and called over the weekend to make sure everything was alright. Friday night and most of Saturday was a sleepy, relaxing time for the Princess. We all know how much she loves her kibbles and her biscuits, but no hard food for a week. By Sunday she was almost back to normal and now she’s back to creating havoc and running amok. She goes back a week from Friday and they’ll check her over and deal with stitches

I could deal with the teeth being cracked and broken, what made my stomach turn was that her upper jaw had been broken. Our dogs have suffered and been through so much, but thinking of how hard she must have been hit to break her top jaw was a bit more than I could deal with. I really didn’t to well at work last Friday, I was worried about her. I knew the Doctor and his staff would take excellent care of her, I just hated that she had to go through more pain.

Once again she reminds me to take what life gives you and do the best you can with it. Whining or complaining does no good but things go a whole lot better if you smile and do what you know how to do. Over time things will return to “normal”, like getting to eat her kibbles and biscuits, and knowing that you’ve dealt with and made it though another bump in your life, makes it sweeter.

Thank you Shelby for reminding me that today is the time to enjoy what you have and give the one’s you love an extra hug.

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We just got home from the Marin – Sonoma County Fair.

 The new group that we work with, “Paws for Healing” in Napa, had a “Paws for Reading” booth at the fair. This was Shelby’s first reading dog experience. We had three very special children come by and read to Shelby during our one hour shift that ran from 2 to 3PM. There were 2 readings dogs and handlers assigned to the booth for each hour from 1 until 6PM.

We had a ton of kids read to dogs that ranged in size from a Chihuahua to a Borzoi. Every child who read to a dog got 2 very special presents, one was a white pencil with blue paw prints on it and the second was a book marker with a photo of the dog they read to. Shelby now has her very own book marker.

Our booth was in the area where “The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest” takes place. One of the PAWS member has won the the title seven times with 2 different dogs. The Animal Planet Network films the “Ugliest Dog Contest” and airs the show in October. So the Animal Planet let our friend know that they were very interested in filming in the “Paws for Reading” booth so people could see what the reading dog program is all about. I wasn’t aware of it, but the film crew was filming when Shelby and I sat down with our first reader and filmed other reading dog teams throughout the afternoon.

As we were winding down and getting ready to close the the booth, the Ugliest Dog Contest was just getting underway. The MC said last years contest video was one of the top 10 visited YouTube sites last year. The coverage is world wide! There were photographers all over the place, I saw lenses on camera’s that were as big as Shelby! Not really, but man they were HUGE!  Our friend has been on the Tonight Show, twice! Still photographers, movie crews, local  TV and newspaper reporters, and a ton of spectators. It was an amazing sight to see.

Our mentor/leader said that today was a big success! A lot of kids got to read to dogs, a lot of people found out about the reading dog program and want to get involved. We had kids tell us in their school they have to do extra credit work in order to read to the dog that comes to their classroom twice a week. And Shelby carried the TRIPAWD banner high! We told several people about the website and about the Nor-Cal group.

Shelby slept all the way home, about a half an hour and she is sacked next to me on the couch. I am still blown away, humbled and amazed at what she has been able to do since she came to live with us, and just think, in Taiwan, she was a dog they had thrown away.

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I just hate it!!!!!!

Posted by: | June 3, 2010 | 13 Comments |

I hate that my friends are dying…Cherry, Caira Sue, Maximutt, Maggie. These were incredibly amazing dogs, each and every one of them. I miss them, I miss my friends. I can’t stand to think of the pain and heartache their friends and pawrents went through.

It’s not fair, it’s not right, I hate cancer.

Shelby, the P.P.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2009 was a big day in our lives.

That’s the day we met and were smitten by a 3 legged Princess named Sherry.

You all know the story about how we adopted Sherry/Shelby from the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary in Elverta, California. In addition to meeting Sherry that day, we also met Kathy and Jim, her foster parents and one other very important lady, Jana Mauk. Jana is the Secretary at Homeward Bound and along with Kathy and Jim, helped us in our decision process about adopting Sherry. I honestly believe the 5 of us talked for a good 2 hours before we all came to the same conclusion, that we were the right forever home for Sherry. I laugh and joke about the “grilling” Jana, Kathy and Jim put us through before allowing us to adopt, but we came away with a tremendous amount of respect for the love and care that the fosters and the adoption people give to the dogs that are put in their care.

Even though we had previously been visited by a team from Homeward Bound and found to have a home environment that was acceptable for one of their dogs, I have no idea how you meet someone and in a matter of a couple of hours decide these folks would be the right family for one of your dogs, but they do just that week in and week out.

I’ll never forget one of the last things Jana told me, she said, remember, this is not a dog you can go out and run 4 miles a day with. And I’ll never forget what I thought, but did not say, I thought, lady, does this look like the body of someone who runs 4 miles a day? I think the last time we ran was across the parking lot at a Foster Freeze to make it to the window before they closed!

What an amazing year it has been since Shelby, Kathy, Jana and Jim came into our lives. We keep in contact with the 3 of them and share the adventure that is raising Shelby. We will be forever in their debt for the compassion, care and love that they not only showed to Sherry/Shelby and us, but for the hundreds of other dogs they have helped.   

Thank you to Homeward Bound for bringing a petite little dog, that in Taiwan was a throw away, to the US and giving her a chance to touch and enrich so many peoples lives. Thank you to Kathy, Jana and Jim for caring enough to foster Shelby and to give us a good grilling to make sure we were the family that deserved her. And finally, thank you to Shelby for taking us on an such an incredible adventure. We can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

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This is kind of hard to write.

The Princess the maid and I arrived at the hospital a little after one this afternoon. We stopped at the admissions office and one of Shelby’s friends told us they lost their 8 year old German Shepard to cancer yesterday. All I could do was say how sorry we were. The hurt on her face and entire body showed. Sometimes words just aren’t enough. I felt stupid and inadequate. She went back to her office and we went up to the second floor where the critical and intensive care waiting rooms were. As we got off the elevator we saw one gentleman sitting in the last chair at the very end of the hallway. Shelby and I asked if we could sit down.

We chatted for a few minutes and he told me his nephew was brain dead. He said his brother and his wife were in Haiti rebuilding a church and were trying to get back to Santa Rosa. I mentioned that a mentor of mine and his wife did Christian volunteer work in Haiti and told him their names. He said that’s my brother and his wife and they should be here in the next 10 minutes. They had spent the last 36 hours trying to get home. I walked back down the hallway and told Cindi what was going on. It was about that time that the elevator door opened and they walked out.

We weakly smiled at our weary friends, bikers hug each other,when we greet each other and when we say see you later, these hugs seemed to last a bit longer and I’m so sorry was about all I could come up with. We excused ourselves went on with rest of our hospital visits.

Shelby and I had one incredible visit. A woman had been hurt terribly through domestic violence and had been in the hospital for quite a long time.  Even though we are not supposed to do this I put Shelby on her bed and she hugged and stroked Shelby for at least 20 minutes. All I could say is no one deserves to be treated like that and the courts would never let him off of the tons of charges he faced. I gave her one of Shelby’s autographed pictures and left the room.

We hurried back to the other side of the hospital to be with our friends. They told us their youngest son will be a organ donor and has a very rare blood type so hopefully every organ will be used. Cindi told them that would be an incredible legacy for their son. They will keep him on a respirator until all of the paperwork is done and recipients are found and then the organs will be harvested and sent out to those waiting.  We spent a long time in the waiting area where Shelby continued to give out love.

It’s been a very rewarding day on one hand, and terribly sad on the other.  Shelby put in 5 very long hours today. She helped many, many people smile and gave one very broken lady something to hold onto for a while.

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My new wardrobe!!!!!!

Posted by: | March 26, 2010 | 13 Comments |

Well, it’s time to visit the hot hospital tomorrow, What shall I wear?

Shall I wear the PINK collar with the reflective silver bones and matching 6 foot leash?

Shall I wear the SKY BLUE collar with the matching 6 foot leash?

    or

Shall I wear the gold, tan , light brown narrow stripe, oh so revealing harness, with the matching 6 foot leash from the AKC Hemp collection? The chauffeur picked this set, I wonder why? 

I would model them so the chauffeur could take pictures but I’ve been at the beauty parlor most of the day getting fluffed and buffed so I’m ready for the big weekend. Saturday morning, Penny and I will make a guest appearance at the retirement home in Petaluma. Home for a quick snack and then to Memorial Hospital for a solo appearance and Sunday another solo gig at the VA Hospital in Martinez. 

Decisions, decisions, what’s a Princess to wear while making public appearances…

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