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The Puppy UP Walk

Wow, all I can say is what an amazing couple of days.  I left home knowing it would be a great weekend but it totally exceeded my expectations.  I got there and had to make a small detour to the Verizon store because I forgot my phone charger and the car charger wasn’t working right.   So when I got there and saw Paula it was just an instant connection.  We then went to Glenn & Donna’s room and I met them Murphy and Linda.  No words can explain the instant connections.

We sat around and talked then Stephanie, Neka’s mom came; Lori and Sherry also joined us for a bit.  Just a great time.  Shared lots of stories about our furbabies current and Angels.  Everyone shared their stories.  We talked for hours.  It just seemed like time stood still.  Murphy got spoiled and we all just loved him.  The perfect host in their room.

Saturday we got up and had breakfast before the walk.  Went to the walk and met more wonderful people.   This family just is so amazing.  We all sat around and talked until it was time do to our walk.  It was supposed to be 2 miles but ended up more like 3 or more.  (I say 5 plus LOL).  Of course for someone who is WAY out of shape I about died and whined lol.  I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if the lady who was leading the walk and claimed to know the route really knew the route and didn’t keep getting lost.

I really felt our Angels and the ones who couldn’t be there with us were there on the walk.  Thank you so much to Paula, Linda, Donna, Glenn, Murphy and Heather, Joe, Cadence , Christine & Stephanie.  It was a great time.  I hope to get to do it again.

Tripawd family  left to right Greg, Cooper, Sherry, Sadie, Paula, Nitro, Stephanie, Neka, Christine, Otis, Linda, Max, Me, Sassy, Donna

in Front  Cadence, Heather & Joe, Glenn & Murphy


Greg, Sherry, Cooper, Sadie


Angel Board




Cadence, Heather & Joe on the Puppy UP Walkimg_0656








Talking about Puppy UPimg_0650


Cooper & Sadieimg_0649





Cadence & Joeimg_0647


Christine & Stephanieimg_0646

Heather & Cadence


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Sherry & Sadie & Christineimg_0641


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Tripawd Tribute leashimg_0639








The whole leash



Sassy’s Ribbonimg_0633

Sherry  (Leo’s mom), Me, Lori (Chuck’s mom)img_0631



Back row  Sherry (Leo’s mom), Lori (Chuck’s mom), Me, Linda (Max’s mom) Donna

Front row Stephanie (Neka’s mom) Paula (Nitro’s mom) Glenn & Murphy



Stephanie (Neka’s mom)img_0627


Donna (Murphy’s mom)img_0626




Murphy the perfect hostimg_0621


Paula, Murphy & Donnaimg_0620




Just a great overall weekend.  Some tears were shed as it was so emotional (lots by me).  Just really missed my girl that day.    If you ever get a chance to meet up with someone from here take the opportunity.  It is a great feeling and one that you will feel the instant connection.  It has happened with several others on here that I have met  Shari, Angel Dakota’s mom and Bob & Shanna, Spirit Trouble’s parents, and Jim, Rene & Wyatt.   Such great friends everyone from this weekend and before.



Michelle & Angel Sassy

16 Responses to “The Puppy UP Walk”

  1. linda8115 says:

    It truly was an amazing weekend! So glad you could come Michelle! Instants bonds with everyone. We all cried and laughed together. I’m sure all our Angels were sitting at the bridge together and proudly pointing out their moms and dads to each other saying that ones mine. ❤️ Truly a healing, amazing experience! Also loved meeting all the amazing miracle tripawds there. The tribute leash is stunning and made me cry as I found everybody’s Angels on it. All those Angels were there in spirit with us. Love you all!

  2. dobemom says:

    The song from Dirty Dancing keeps running through my head…..”I had the time of my life”. I’m so glad you got a lot of pictures; I was so busy talking I didn’t take as many as I should have. I especially like the ones in the hotel lobby that must’ve happened when Stephanie and I were on our excellent pizza adventure. I think this is how it feels when you’ve been to war with someone….and in a way, we have been through a war together. The bond we have with each other is priceless and will last a lifetime. Can’t wait until we can meet up again!

    Paula and Nitro

    • Michelle says:

      Yeah, I think you 2 had left. Lori was getting ready to head home so I had someone take those. That is a great song and so fitting

  3. midnighter94 says:

    It was so great to meet everyone in person! Murphy had a wonderful weekend – it was his first ever road trip. It was funny how as I would open the door, everyone would say “Hi Murphy!”, and then have to introduce themselves lol. Such an amazing weekend. There was no nervousness, just an instant connection.

  4. mom2shelby says:

    THIS is the best!!!! I agree…. meeting fellow Tripawds people are the absolute best! It is why Jasper and I drive 5 – 6 hours north a couple times a year to reconnect with our Nor Cal Community (and why MaxiMutt’s family still drives up even further). Time stands still when we are all together … and even though I have an angel too, I feel her riding along with me.

    I am so glad you all made this happen. What a wonderful weekend making memories of a lifetime … you bet Sassy was right there too!

    Thank you for sharing …
    Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too)

  5. benny55 says:

    Okay, I jave ro top reading these glorious accounts of the magical week end….because I CRY!!!

    I cry because of the “knowing” the depth of connection and love and how the glow of the gathering will stay with you furever!!

    I cry because of the heartache for some wishing their A gels were here with us.

    I cry when I see the Tribute Leash and our heroes we all love so dearly.

    I cry when I see Happy Hannah’s tribute ribbon and remember the reverence I felt when I made it for her…and the connection to her.

    I cry tears of joy for all the heroes who are still here carrying the Banner of Hope for anyone starting this journey.

    I cry with gratitude for each of you 🙂

    I cry because I’m laughing so hard at Michelle thinking it was at least a five mile walk and how helpful it woukd have been had the leader not gotten lost 🙂 🙂

    With love and a grateful heart for each of you

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    PS…Michelle, thank you again for the great pictures and for identifying everyone! They are all so priceless!! I won’t comment on each one, but I will tell you I’ve looked at each one over and over. You, and everyone who posted pictures and blogs, really made it real for those of us who weren’t there…well…sort of there in spirit!!

    • Michelle says:

      Yeah, I got one of Sassy’s ribbon hanging there. I went through and touched all the ones I knew. I saw Hannah’s right away, Ty’s and Murphy and Gus. 🙂 Each of those ribbons very special.

  6. benny55 says:

    PS…How “young”‘is our sweet Cadence

  7. trifod2004 says:

    I love all of your photos! Thank you for capturing this amazing weekend!


  8. jerry says:

    Ohhhh my gosh Michelle! I just now had a chance to read your post about the walk, what FUN!!! See, aren’t you so glad you went? Dumb question I know. But I think when you said you were going, it really kicked into high gear and you inspired others to make it too. Really!

    Love the photos. What a TOTALLY fun time and a beautiful way to honor our Tripawd warriors. YAAAAY!

    • Michelle says:

      Yeah, I am glad I went. I wish we could have spent longer together but it would have been the same result more & more talking & up late lol. It was a good time. Already requested next May off. I sure hope you guys can come to the East Coast one. I have Paula, Linda & Donna talking about coming 🙂

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