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Ever wanted to make a really special gift for one of your Tripawds Friends? Consider making them a beautiful photo memory book!
We have good news—you don’t have to do it alone. Here’s some advice on how to make a truly beautiful tribute book from the fine folks at Blurb.
You want to make this book special. A book you’ll put together for someone really special, for a really special reason—to mark a milestone, or to celebrate their Tripawd’s life for instance.
Such big events look even bigger when you give a gift that’s full of heartfelt stories and personal photographs from their beloved friends. Sound a little complicated? It’s not, especially when you have people on your book-making team (and handy instructions from Blurb).
Here are some tips from Blurb for collaborating on a special book project…
How To Make A Blurb Book With Help From a Team
- Choose a team of people to help you with your book
- Have your team collect stories and photos
- Choose which stories and photos you want to include
- Edit the stories and scan the photos
- Lay out your book with text boxes and photo pages
- Get feedback from your team and make final edits
Blurb makes the process easy! And now you can save 15% off, no-minimum, with Blurb Coupon Code PRINTBOOK15%.
Hurry! Offer ends July 29, 2014. Too late? See current Blurb promotions!
Tagged: Blurb, coupon
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Looking for a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted pet portrait for your beloved fur kids? BzTAT is your artist!
She captured Wyatt Ray’s exhuberance pawfectly when we won a contest for a free digital pet portrait at BlogPaws.
and she even found the essence of Tripawd Barret!
BzTAT, aka Vicki Boatright, is a great artist. She describes her work as follows:
“Digital Pet Portraits are quite popular, and despite being technologically created, they are each very unique. I use a variety of ipad apps and filters with each image to layer in a depth of color and texture. these add to the personality of the animal to create a very special artwork. They are also more economical for people who are budget conscious. I am also offering an option where I will send you the digital file where you can do the printing yourself! Learn more about ordering a portrait or YOUR pet here.”
Thanks Vicki, we’ll treasure our portrait forever!
To commemorate Admin speaking at BlogPaws 2014, Tripawds is happy to announce this new line of Tri Nation apparel and gifts featuring the #tripawds hashtag!
The Tripawds Facebook page has become another popular resource for anypawdy facing amputation for their dogs and cats. We also have a growing number of fans who follow Tripawds on Twitter. And if you are on Pinterest, be sure to check out the Tripawds boards.
Now you can wear your Tripawd pride and help spread the word that Tripawds Rule with #Tripawds T-shirts and Gifts.
Join your friends on social media by helping us celebrate the spirit of the Tripawd Nation! In addition to t-shirts, hoodies, and other apparel for men, women and children you will find all sorts of fun gifts to choose from.
Participating in canine cancer walks and other dog events? Get the new #tripawds design on Team Tripawds jerseys, t-shirts and and more! This selection features #tripawds on the front and Team Tripawds on the back
Browse all three legged dog & cat designs or visit the Tripawds Gift Shop to see the many styles of t-shirts, apparel, mugs stickers and more gift items available. Your purchase helps keep your Tripawds community online!
Tagged: #tripawds, new designs
Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11 but with only six short weeks until then, now is the time to get your orders in for custom Tripawds gifts like these!
Tripawd Mom Jewelry
A variety of designs are in the Tripawds Etsy Shop
Custom requests are always welcome!
Shop and order by April 15 for Mother’s Day.
Customizable Tripawd Pride Gear
Add your Tripawd’s photo and name to cool gear like this:
Visit the Tripawds Cafe Press Store for hundreds of gift ideas for Mom!
Tagged: CafePress, gifts, holidays, jewelry, mom
As you know, Tripawd Cats are a relatively new part of our community. Although this is the club nobody wants to join, we’re so hoppy to have more feline friends joining us every day!
We’re working hard to make Tripawds a more cat-oriented place by creating fun artwork like our Tripawd Cat Gifts and Gear and now, our hand-made Tripawd Cat Charm Bracelet!
Made with lots of love just for Tripawd Hero Fang, this bracelet can be customized with your cat’s name and pawsonality. Just contact us with your ideas, we’re hoppy to make one just for your special three-legged cat.
Order your custom hand-made Tripawd Cat Charm Bracelet today!
We don’t like to think about it ahead of time, but choosing the perfect dog or cat pet urn during the last part of our animal’s journey can actually help start the healing process, especially when you work with a stellar artist like Alexandra Koiv of Custom Pet Urns.com.
We recently had the pleasure of meeting Alex in person and were thrilled to learn that Tripawds Member Karma (Brendol and Addy‘s Mom) actually owns one of Alex’s masterpiece urns for her angel kitty, Allegra!
In getting to know Alexandra, we learned that not only is she an awesome artist but she also provides a healing touch by working with clients in need of support during major life transitions like losing a best friend. She’s quite an interesting lady, we think you’ll agree when you check out this interview with her.
Alex, how long have you been making pet urns? Why did you decide to start making them?
I started making pet urns about 15 years ago. I was making functional art furniture at the time, when a friend asked me to make an urn for his cat, Steven (he had two cats, both named Steven. He figured since they both came to the name, they could share it.). It took me a few months to wrap my head around the idea, but once I did, I saw that there was a whole business out there for me that combines art, animals and helping people.
When you make an urn for someone, what goes through your mind as you create it?
I always try to stay focused on what the customer wants. It is a bit like mind reading, so that part can get challenging, but if I stay present to the conversations I have had with the pet’s owner, the pictures or stories I have of the pet, there is a flow that comes through the work, which always makes for the most successful urns.
In what ways do your urns honor an animal’s life and spirit?
Well, I always keep my focus on the pet, as if they are already in the urn, so I stay in a place of respect with the work. Because there is so much more involved thank just creating ‘a piece of art’, and the urn becomes the pet’s final home, I really try to create the urn that reflects the joy, beauty and love that comes from their relationship with their pet.
Tell us about your tarot coaching? What made you decide to pursue these two interests of yours?
My work with the urns came from being a visual artist and the desire to help people. With tarot coaching, I am continuing to help people, and stay in a visual/representative conversation at the same time. For me, it is a natural progression of the work I have been doing, keeping a focus on helping people, and staying in service to them.
What can someone gain from your coaching? How can this be a life-changer for them?
People always know what is best for them. I trust that. My role as a coach is to walk with them through that process and hold up a mirror to what is stopping them, where they need clarity, what their true desires are, etc. We are all capable of so much in this life but have so much stuff that gets in our way. To move past all that ‘stuff’ can really allow you to live the best possible life. When you really tap into yourself, what shows up is amazing. Allowing that to happen is incredibly powerful.
Can this be a form of grief counseling for someone who just lost an animal companion?
Absolutely. There is so much wrapped up in grief. “Did I do enough?” “Did I give my dog the best life possible?” “Was it really the right time to make the choice to let them go?” It can all make the pain of loss so very much harder. Getting perspective and having someone by your side as you process can really help with closure, guilt, ambiguity, and whatever else may show up.
How are your sessions conducted? In person? Skype? Phone? Email?
I do my Tarot Coaching mostly over the phone. At first I was a bit concerned that, since tarot is a visual medium, that it would diminish the process. I have found the opposite to be true. As I talk about the images that come up, the client actually gets to see what they need to see, created from their own imagination, which is very powerful. It’s the difference between reading a book and seeing a movie. The movie shows you everything, the book challenges you to create from your own imagination.
Learn more about Alex’s work by visiting her at Custom Pet Urns and Vaike.com.
And remember, our Tripawds Custom Pet Urn Tags can put a finishing touch on Alex’s one-of-a-kind original pet memorial urns.
Tagged: memorial, urns
Got a special request for handcrafted jewelry, or can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in the Tripawds Etsy Store? Just ask!
That’s what a friend of Tippy’s did. She was making a tribute candle after Tippy went on to the Rainbow Bridge, and she wanted a special memorial charm to attach to Tippy’s collar.
And if you’re looking for something really different, she’s getting into leatherwork too. All of these items can be customized with your special message, animal-related or not.
Well, as you can see, Wyatt’s mom is very accommodating and becoming quite talented with her hand stamped metal jewelry. So if you have something special in mind, just let her know!
Tagged: custom, etsy, jewelry
Looking for the pawfect holiday gift for dogs? Tripawd Spokesdog Wyatt Ray has the answer! Even better, you can get 10 pawcent off when you order from this link, read on for details!
BarkBox Brings Cheer and Hoppiness
Finding great holiday gifts for dogs is easy when you let BarkBox do the shopping for you. Bark Box is a subscription dog box service that sends members fun-filled packages tailored to each dog’s size.
Each monthly BarkBox is a fun surprise filled with four or more presents ranging from entertaining toys to grooming products and healthy treats.
- Treats are sourced from the USA and Canada
- Chews are sourced from the USA, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
- You’ll never find rawhide or anything processed with formaldehyde.
- There’s no glycerin whenever possible, as well as wheat, gluten, soy, corn or fillers
- You’ll also find a growing emphasis on organic and limited, if not single, ingredient products.
Best of all, the company donates 10 pawcent of proceeds to animal welfare organizations!
Wyatt Ray was lucky enough to try the November Bark Box. You can bet that he is now friends with the mail carrier!
BarkBox smells so good, he almost ripped the box to pieces trying to open it. What a great surprise when he succeeded: Wyatt got an awesome, big toy for big dogs! He got the PetSafe Slap Happy, which BarkBox describes as:
“The soft, sheepskin-like cover conceals an inner frame that, when bitten, stimulates a dog’s predatory instinct; it mimicks the sensation of crushing a rib cage.”
Oh boy how did BarkBox know: that’s just what this German Shepherd wants!
After working up an appetite crushing the imaginary rib cage, Wyatt was delighted to find yummy goodies including Twistix, a vanilla-mint flavored oral hygiene treat, and wheat-free cheesy turkey bacon goodness in Bocce’s Bakery treats.
It’s a sure bet that any dog lucky enough to get a monthly BarkBox will develop a very good relationship with the mail carrier!
How BarkBox Works
BarkBox offers three monthly plans each tailored to your dog’s size to ensure appropriate treats and toys are delivered.
- Small & Cute: 0-20lbs
- Just Right: 20-50lbs
- Big & Bold: 50+lbs
- 1-month: $29
- 3-months: $72 ($24/month, save over 17%)
- 6-months: $114 ($19/month, save over 34%)
Every plan includes free shipping! For December only, BarkBox will be offering extended shipping open until Dec. 17 at midnight (PDT) for a $5 surcharge. Regular shipping cut off is December 10th.
Remember, get 10 pawcent off when you order from this link.
Learn more about BarkBox plans here.
If you’re looking for a perfect gift for that special pack in your life, BarkBox will be a hit! There’s no need to look any further, give Bark Box a try and let them know that Tripawds sent you.
Head’s up Tripawders: we have written this post on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network for BarkBox. We’re being compensated for helping spread the word about BarkBox , but Tripawds only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.
Here are some great gift ideas for hanging on your tree or in your window!
Tripawds Ceramic Ornaments
Visit the Hoppy Holidays section of the Tripawds Gift Shop for lots of ceramic ornaments featuring favorite three legged dog and cat designs. You will also find greeting cards and note cards with holiday designs and felt stockings for your three legged friend.
TinyPrints: Personalized Photo Ornaments
Decorate your tree with beautifully hand-made, brushed metal ornaments, customized with a beloved photo or favorite design. Available in round or square, each comes with a year charm and a ribbon for easy hanging. Check out the selection of photo ornaments you can personalize at TinyPrints.com!
Shutterfly: More Custom Photo Ornaments
Shutterfly has a huge selection of custom holiday ornaments you can personalize with your favorite photos! Choose from ceramic, metal, pewter and even cube-shaped ornaments. It’s easy to add your photos and text for a truly unique keepsake or gift.
TinyPrints: Ornament Holiday Cards
Circle-shaped and ornament photo cards make great greetings, sure to be remembered. TinyPrints makes creating personalized ornament cards easy! Just select your shape, choose from numerous styles, upload photos and add your text.
Create Your Own Tripawds Ornaments
Felling crafty? Looking for something fun to do with the kids?
Download holiday ornament templates from previous years in the Tripawds Downloads blog and make your own fun three-legged decorations!
Tagged: holidays, ornaments, shutterfly, Tiny Prints
Looking for something special to give? Create something one of a kind with Blurb!
People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers.
For the three legged dog lover on your list, we found a few interesting titles in addition to those you will find in the Tripawds Bookstore…
From The Tripawds Blurb Bookstore
Tripawd Heroes, Volume One
Featuring the stories of 25 inspawrational canine amputees loving life on three legs, Tripawd Heroes is the perfect gift for your vet, oncologist or anyone with a three legged dog.
The KillBarney Tour, Volume I
This 128 page magazine style guidebook features photos, hand-written notes, and blog entries from the first 32 members who hosted the Tripawds traveling KillBarney Tour, from Caira Sue in January, 2010 to Rizzo in June, 2012.
Tripawds Now Blank Weekly Planner Book
This pocket planner book features inspirational photos of three legged cats and dogs loving life on three legs, selected from the Tripawds Calendars! The elegant design includes full color photos with blank month-at-a-glance grids and weekly two-page spreads for keeping track of all your to-dos. Without any specific dates, you can create your own custom weekly planner any time of year!
Other Three Legged Dog Books On Blurb
Wally The Magnificent Three Legged Dog’s Beach Adventure
A children’s book By Leah Bradshaw Howell with poems and photos describing the beach adventures of three legged dog Wally.
“This book describes the wonders
The smells, and sights and sounds,
Thant happenedat the se shore
To this three legged hound.”
The Three-Legged Dog
Written and illustrated by students at the Wingra School, a small, independent day school providing a progressive education for children ages 5-14. For each book sold, $5 goes to the Joyce Perkins Scholarship Fund.
Babu The Three Legged Dog
Written by Krishnan Sundaram and illustrated by the students of Room 224
More One of A Kind Blurb Book Ideas
Looking for more unique books for all those difficult people on your list? Find a gaggle of gift ideas in the Blurb Gift Center ore consider these one of a kind titles…
Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.
Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose
Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.
Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen
Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions.
Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Giussani
Perfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. This book is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art and analog photography.
Tagged: Blurb, books, coupon, photobooks