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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!
Tripawds is a user-supported community. Thank you for your support!
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
Now. It’s the only weekly planner book you will ever need.
Keep track of important milestones and appointments with the Tripawds Now pocket planner!
Stay in the Now with this handy pocket planner book, filled with blank weekly page spreads and month-at-a-glance calendar grids.
Featuring photos of Tripawd Heroes loving life on three legs, with inspirational quotes about living in the present moment, this weekly planner book will be a constant reminder to live life in the now.
This edition of Now—new for 2014—features photos submitted for Tripawds calendars by community members from around the world. It is available in paperback, or premium hardcover edition.
All proceeds help keep the Tripawds Blogs community and discussion forums online. Preview pages and pricing here.
Without any specific dates, you can create your own custom weekly planner any time of year! Year-at-a-glance calendars for 2014 and 2015 make it easy for you to start this planner on whatever month you wish.
Preview Now Planner Pages
Visit the Tripawds Bookstore on Blurb to preview pages of Now, the Tripawds blank weekly planner book.
Tripawds members featured in this 2014 edition of Now are listed below. But remember; this blank weekly planner book can be used any time of year for years to come! Simply fill in the blank pages with current dates, and you’re always ready to live in the now.
This edition of the Now Blank Weekly Planner features three legged dogs, cats and even a gerbil from Tripawds Calendars 6, 7 & 8 and from Tripawds UK Calendar #2.
Tripawds Members: Bowie, Brendol, Adelaide, Barret, Tallboy Bowser, Buddy Golden, Butchey Hudson, Cadence, Carter, Chloe, Dusty, Griffey, Kiki, Clover, Cooper, Charlie Sato, Daisy, Angel, Cookie, Capone, Destiny, Fancy, Trio, Franklin, Shooter, Tahoe, Hannah B Dawg, Indy Windy, Sassy, Hannah, Roxy, Jackson, Sampson, Jip, Leo, Nesta, T Pod, Kwala, Peda, Oliver, Roxie, Daisy Duke, Snoop, Jiro, Anthony Mater, Chance, Bud, Cora, Rosco, Daisy Duke, Maggie, Carly, TJ, Luna, Sasha, Atlas, Austin Ray, Codie Rae, Charley, Chuck, Elgin, Fang, Yoda, Gerry, Jill, Maggie Moo, Monte, Murphy, Travis Ray,
Tripawds UK Members: Barney, Dexter, Tango, Tilly, Vader, BB, Chico, Daisy, Elvis, Jake, Jess, Katy, Lance, Millie, Nanooke, Nicky, Otis
Want to make your own custom planner filled with favorite photos? See how Blurb makes it easy to create your own custom weekly planner and photo books.
*Offer valid until December 2, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for print books only. A 30% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of USD $60, CAD $60, GBP £60, EUR €60, or AUD $60. Maximum discount is USD $100, CAD $100, GBP £65, EUR €75, or AUD $100 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.
Tagged: books, calendar, planner
Give Something Personal This Holiday Season
If you have a digital camera or smart phone, chances are you have a lot of wonderful photos of your furry friends and the people you love.
There’s also a pretty big chance that if you do, many of those photos haven’t been seen since the day you first took them, posted them to Facebook, or picked that new wallpaper for your desktop computer.
Now, imagine all your favorite photos in a personalized book, given as the perfect gift. Wouldn’t you look like the best most thoughtful person ever? Yeah, you pretty much would.
With Blurb‘s easy to make, custom books, you can create a photo gift book that’s both personal and extremely polished.
You can use your Facebook photos, Instagram photos, or photos on your phone or computer. You can design your own book, or have it automagically created with the Blurb Designer Collection templates. All these tools are designed to run right in your web browser, letting you make a book in as little as ten minutes, and they start at just $12.99.
A real book. One you can hold, share, and pass on. Plus it’s so easily customized that you can create different versions for different people. Just swap in a few new photos, change the text, and re-order. Looking to make something a little bigger, like a family history book? Yeah, Blurb has ways to do that too.
Of course, this is a custom gift, so you don’t want to be last minute about it. Even though you can order up until December 19, ordering early is always better (and a bit cheaper too).
So, get started on making a beautiful gift book now. It’s easy with Blurb.
Act Now and Save!
Blurb Books Discount Code SAVING Valid Until 11/22/13!
Tagged: Blurb, books, coupon, photobooks
The Tripawds UK Chapter deserves a big shout out for their recent campaign to help support the Tripawds Nation!
Led by Caroline Murphy and Tripawds Vader and Tango, the dynamic trio helped raise funds for Tripawds through their annual calendar contest.
Thank you very much to our friends across the pond, we are so grateful for your support.
Here’s what Tripawds UK founder Caroline told us about how it went:
Thank you to all who entered the Tripawds UK calendar competition for 2014. This is the second year I have run the competition and with so many wanting it every year, I had better make it an annual thing! The calendar features our 3 legged friends of various species from across the UK, showing the world that it really is better to hop on three! Thank you for purchasing the calendars over the last two years and keep snapping ready for next year! – Caroline Murphy
Tripawds UK 2014 Calendars are available now!
and more Tripawds Heroes Calendars are also available here.
Tagged: CafePress, calendar
With so many photos submitted of terrific tripawds we’ve made three new Tripawds Calendars for 2104.
Many thanks to everyone who sent in pictures of their three legged friends! Any images of adequate resolution were included in two calendars featuring full page photos. All other smaller images were combined with others on collage pages in the third design this year.
Remember: All previous Tripawds calendar designs are functional year-round, any year. Simply select the month you want your calendar to start on before placing your order. There are now ten designs to choose from featuring Tripawd Heroes from years gone by. Collect them all!
You will also find two inexpensive Tripawds calendar prints filled with inspawrational quotes, and pin-up posters you can personalize with your own photo. Stay tuned for the new weekly planner, or make your own!
Follow the links below or click the images to preview pages of all the 2014 Tripawds Calendars.
Bowie, Brendol, Adelaide, Barret, Tallboy Bowser, Buddy Golden, Butchey Hudson, Cadence, Carter, Chloe, Dusty, Griffey, Kiki, Clover, Cooper, Charlie Sato, Daisy, Angel, Cookie, Capone, Destiny, Fancy, Trio, Franklin, Shooter, Tahoe, Hannah B Dawg, Indy Windy, Sassy, Hannah, Roxy, Jackson, Sampson, Jip, Leo, Nesta, T Pod, Kwala, Peda, Oliver, Roxie, Daisy Duke
Snoop, Jiro, Anthony Mater, Chance, Bud, Cora, Rosco, Daisy Duke, Maggie, Carly, TJ, Luna, Sasha
Atlas, Austin Ray, Codie Rae, Charley, Chuck, Elgin, Fang, Yoda, Gerry, Jill, Maggie Moo, Monte, Murphy, Travis Ray
While you’re at it, check out all of the fun three legged dog and cat designs now available on apparel, cards, mugs and more in the Tripawds Gift Shop or quickly browse all designs here.