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To Remember a special Girl Happy Hannah Four years as an Angel

Posted by: | April 15, 2018 | 17 Comments |

I know Sally doesn’t do her own blog posts but today is a day I won’t forget.  Today 4 years ago sweet Happy Hannah gained her Angel Wings.    I know I was totally devastated to hear that news.  She had beat the odds by a Year and 2 months.  We all wonder how our dogs will do on 3 legs.  I won’t forget the first time Sally posted and was panicked and worried she did the wrong thing.  We helped her through the recover and Sally has been our biggest cheerleader on the site ever since she joined.  Even going through grief she has helped many many others.

Here is to Sally & Happy Hannah.  She will never be forgotten Sally


Happy Hannah’s Snacks


I found this that Martha from the Oak Town Pack posted on the original post Sally did.  I wanted to re-share this



Things to do after your dog has died

Sweep the floor

Look out the window


Make a cup of tea and some toast

But then not eat them

Change the sheets on the bed

Try to sing

Start to cry

Forget what day it is

Stumble into a corner of the floor and hold your knees tightly


Pull yourself together

Make another cup of tea and this time drink it

Look out a different window

Stare at that spot on the floor where your dog used to stretch out, languid and happy, his paws twitching as he raced across sleep meadows and into dream ravines filled with moss and ferns and the scent of foxes

Look for the Kleenex

Use toilet paper instead

Wander around the house, your heart like a damned anvil in your chest

Heat up leftovers

Push them around the plate before leaving the entire thing in the sink

Look for what is not there

Hear things

Feel the forgotten fur beneath your fingertips

Feel the forgetting begin

Hold a memory, any memory, bright and shining, soft and sad, smelling of wet fur and leaves, with a whisker there and muddy paw prints left on the stairs, of a walk of a hike of a trip to the park with a treat and a bone and a belly rub snacks stolen off the counter and tug of war and the squeaky toy a glance of complicity in play with your hand on head with tail wagging and breath misting in the morning light or the moon over the trees while an owl croons ears are pricked and nose to the ground sniffing, sniffing, sniffing following the invisible trail to its joyful finding

Put on your pajamas

Turn around three times before you curl up by the rope toy and find yourself chasing the echo of a bark into a night that will never end

Grow a tail

Catherine Young 11.27.12



Sally we love you.   It is a great pleasure to honor your girl for you




Michelle & Angel Sassy


PS     Here is the link to Happy Hannah’s story.  If you are new please make sure to take time to check it out.  It is long but it is a very true picture of feelings and recovery

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  1. By: linda8115 on April 15, 2018 at 5:38 pm      

    This was so sweet of you Michelle! Happy Angelversary to our beloved Happy Hannah! Even though Hannah was before my time here…as I got to know each of you I went back and read all your stories. Hannah lived the most extrodinary life with Sally and I know she was just the happiest Mastiff of all time. And Sally validates Hannah’s journey every single day by continuing to share that love with us all. Thank you Hannah for sharing your Mom with all of us. I know you’re proudly pointing out to the “newbies” as they arrive….”hey you know that Benny55, Sally on Tripawds? Well she’s my Mom”! Thinking of both you and Hannah today with love and am so thankful to call you my friend!

    • By: Michelle on April 15, 2018 at 5:47 pm      

      Me too. I was going through the posts today about Hannah. I remember the day Sally joined really well. 🙂 Ever since then she has been a great friend. Our biggest cheerleader no matter what she is going through. I was very honored last year when I finally got to meet her.


  2. By: murphsmom on April 15, 2018 at 11:12 pm      

    I remember, too, when Sally joined us on Tripawds. I also remember sitting upstairs at my computer and reading that Hannah had had her last meal with a dessert of ice cream and deer poop. I came downstairs and told Garry that Hannah had crossed the Bridge. We both cried long and hard and held each other.

    Sally and Hannah will always be the spirit of Tripawds to us.

    Thank you Michelle for sharing these very special memories with all of us.

    Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

    • By: Michelle on April 15, 2018 at 11:53 pm      

      I think it hit us all so hard. I just wanted to do something special to remember Hannah. Sally is always there for all of us no matter what is going on in her life. Thanks for sharing your memory Kathi.

  3. By: dawn3g on April 16, 2018 at 1:43 am      

    I love this so much. It really shows what;s behind Sally. This history predates us by years, but Sally is special to newbies as well. Sally comments her wisdom on everything we write, and was one of the first here to hop in (pun intended) and remind us to Be More Dog. Gives me hope someday I’ll also pull myself together–I’d love to Be More Sally.

    • By: Michelle on April 16, 2018 at 1:52 am      

      Sally is awesome 🙂 I think there are times I need to be more Sally.

  4. By: dobemom on April 16, 2018 at 4:11 am      

    what a beautiful heart-felt thing to do for Angel Sally! Nobody has a bigger heart than her, we are all better people (and pawrents) because of her. I love your comment, “I need to be more Sally”….truer words were never spoken. I’m honored to call her friend. Happy angelversary Hannah, and thank you for sharing your mom with us.

    Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

  5. By: benny55 on April 17, 2018 at 12:36 am      

    Oh my Michelle, you had me blubbering like a baby 😭 It was a “good” kind of blubber by. The kind that comes when you are soooo touched by someone ‘s kindness and loving Spirit.

    This BEAUTIFUL tribute to my Happy Hannah is such an incredible thoughtful “act of kindess” you gifted to me.♥️

    Yes, this journey is one we would never want to take, yet it has given us a Soul deep connection with the best of humanity that can be found nowhere else! And I jave billion doubt that each of our loved ones at the Bridge have a connection with each other that mirrors ours. Just like the photos here showing Happy Hannah with Sassy.💕

    Michelle, you put so much thought and so much heart into each word…eaxh special photo…each “poem”. You jave a look much love and light within you. And each one of us ate do darn lucky to have you as our frienf😚

    Linda, Kathi, Paula and Dawn….thank you each for taking time to celebrate mu Happy Hannah with me. Your comments were very special to me. Sharing your own experiences with Happy Hannah and muselfmon this joirney…very touching.

    Michelle, words are not adequate enough to express jist how lovely it was of you to do this. But Lovely Souls lovely things😙

    Much love ALWAYS

    Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too

    • By: Michelle on April 17, 2018 at 12:40 am      

      Sally it was my pleasure to honor your girl. I have never forgotten her and I wanted others to know what a special special girl Hannah was. 🙂 She will always be a special girl around here.

      Michelle & Angel Sassy

  6. By: Purrkins on April 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm      

    This is a beautiful tribute, Michelle. I had to bookmark it to come back. You see all the love between Sally and Hannah and the love and thought you poured into the post!❤️

    I have read Sally’s first posts before. Hannah brought Sally here as I believe all our animals do for more significant purposes we find out later.

    Not where any of wish to join but to have the support of everyone makes all the difference. An extraordinary community of people that genuinely care. I believe that is rare these days! This was the first and only forum we have ever been on, but I have not doubt it has the best of humanity within it.

    We had the pleasure of seeing so many photos during the fubucket deal. I feel like we got to know so many of the pups & furmily that way!

    Thanks for making such a special tribute to Hannah & Sally! You are a special soul Michelle. 😘

    We appreciate you too!

    Hope your shoulder is getting better!
    Holly & Purrkins❤️

    • By: Michelle on April 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm      

      Thanks Holly. Uhm, shoulder is somewhat better (it takes time) and Friday the 13 i was rear-ended and was in an accident so now back is hurting and have had a headache for 4 days. I guess that will take time too. LOL just my luck.

  7. By: tlahaye on April 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm      

    What a lovely tribute to a wonderful woman and her angel.

  8. By: paws120 on April 19, 2018 at 3:26 pm      

    I just finished reading this and wiping my eyes. Michelle, this tribute is just amazing. It is so incredibly kind and heartfelt.

    I am usually bopping all over balancing work, home, furbabies, my wonderful husband, and I have not read everybody’s story yet. Most of what I know is what I have gotten to know just being in all of your company. I am going to have to make a point to do some more reading.

    I also feel very fortunate to have found this place and all of the wonderful people that I have gotten to know here. If it weren’t for Huck I would never have believed that so many wonderful people still exist, especially under one roof! It is truly inspiring and refreshing.

    This is such a special gift for Sally, and how you created it says a lot about you also. I hope you are feeling better soon, so sorry about the accident. That was the last thing you needed after your shoulder. I hope you are feeling better soon!

    Sending gentle hugs and lots of love,
    Jackie and Huck

  9. By: jerry on April 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm      

    Michelle, you are the dearest, kindest friend anyone could hope for. Thank you for sharing this celebration of Hannah’s life with the Tripawds community, we are deeply indebted for all you do for all of us!

    You, Happy Hannah and Sally are angels that we are incredibly blessed to have among us. Hannah’s spirit is still so alive, so fresh in our community, she will always be a part of who we are and how we help people on their own journeys. Thank you for remembering her.

  10. By: juliedarling on April 23, 2018 at 2:59 am      

    Love you so much!!!!!
    You have helped me to heal in so many ways. Thinking about you today and Happy Hannah!

  11. By: juliedarling on April 23, 2018 at 3:00 am      

    What wonderful/kind tribute!

  12. By: izzyabraham on April 25, 2018 at 10:52 am      

    Thank you for this Michelle! Sally has been wonderfully supportive to all of us, for which I’m so grateful xox

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