Escape with Unforgettable Courageous Canines

Caring for a brand new Tripawd can take a toll on your mental health. So why not take a short break, and escape with some great reading about, what else . . . dog heroes!

Author Marilyn Jeffers, recently published “Badge on My Collar II: To Serve with Honor.” This is a sequel to “Badge on My Collar,” which we mentioned last year, after writing about Serpico, the Three Legged K-9 Cop featured in her first book, which you can preview it in Google.

In her latest work, Marilyn shares more exciting tales about K9s on patrol. Come with her and track through the Arctic blasts of Canadian winter, across the scorching desert heat of Arizona and more, as you meet memorable and dedicated police dogs from around the world.

From the U.S. Capitol Building to helicopters over Indonesia, you’ll ride around the globe with these special pups who exemplify the brave character and highly intelligent profile of the police canine.

Badge on My Collar II will warm your heart with tales that illustrate these dog’s love of their handler, their bravery in the face of confrontation with the “bad guys” and their total willingness to surrender their very lives in order to protect their handlers and the public. They are truly the guardians of the night.

Escape with Marilyn and these unforgettable heroes today. Her book can be purchased at

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Tripawd Tunes Contest Over, Everybody Wins!

We’ve decided to cancel the Tripawd Tunes playlist contest and just turn the idea into a new blog post category here in the Amazon Selections blog. members should still feel free, however, to review the details and submit your recommended playlists of MP3 tunes that evoke the the Tripawd Spirit.

With that said, here’s a handful of Jerry’s favorite tunes.

Many of these are featured in his inspawrational three legged dog movies. Sssshhhh… don’t tell YouTube! ;-) Others will just always make us smile and think of our dear three legged hero.

Simply click the play button to hear clips in the widget above. Or, select individual songs and albums to preview on Amazon below.

Playlist: Ultimate Album
Tripawds Member: Jerry

Wild Packs Of Family Dogs
by Modest Mouse
From the Album The Moon & Antarctica [Explicit]

Dog And His Master
by Marcy Playground
From the Album Marcy Playground

Stardog Champion
by Mother Love Bone
From the Album Mother Love Bone

Never Give Up
by Common Sense
From the Album State of the Nation

Three-Legged Dog
by Peter Tammetta
From the Album Three-Legged Dog

Atomic Dog (Dogs Of The World Unite Remix)
by George Clinton Featuring Coolio
From the Album Greatest Funkin’ Hits

No Depression
by Uncle Tupelo
From the Album Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology

Pink Floyd
Meddle (1992 Digital Remaster)

Gone Wanderin’
by Jackie Greene
From the Album Gone Wanderin’

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Book Review: Cambium and the Life of Lanagan Murphy

Cambium: and the Life of Lanagan Murphy

by Chris Grayling

“What if the dogs and cats we choose to be our pets actually choose us instead? Is it possible that the animals that come into our lives were predestined to do so? What is the lesson to be learned from each animal we encounter and which of us is the teacher?”

In this world, there are people who keep animals as pets, and then there are those of us who make them a part of our family. We suspect that if you are here at Tripawds, you’re part of the second group, which leads us to believe that you will love Cambium: and the Life of Lanagan Murphy,” a book by Chris Grayling.

We had no idea what to expect from this book when Chris sent it to us. But as soon as we dove into it, we knew the book would touch our hearts. At Tripawds, we really believe that our companion animals come into our lives for a reason, to teach us lessons we cannot learn anywhere else. This book examines that theory, in a beautiful and touching way that animal lovers can appreciate.

Cambium” is pure escapism, but if you are as enamored of talking animal movies as we are, you’re going to love this story. The book begins with a heartwarming, beautiful description of the animal afterlife that we all wish for our departed animal companions to be a part of. In this world, the Everlife, a timeless character named Cambium is responsible for helping spirit animals return to earth, where they teach humans character-building lessons of varying difficulty.

Lanagan Murphy is one such dog. On a snowy night, he unexpectedly arrives in William Colbert’s life. His new human is a lonely businessman who never had time to really love anyone, much less a dog. But Colbert opens his heart to the pawsitive changes that a dog can bring, and Murphy teaches him life lessons about friendship, trust and companionship during their time together.

Cambium: and the Life of Lanagan Murphy is great bedtime reading, and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as you drift off to sleep imagining your own Tripawd frolicking about in the Everlife.

Chris Grayling is an author from Arkansas, and founder of “Paws To Love Me” a non-profit group that encourages pet owners to neuter and spay their dogs and cats, by offering financial incentives such as free and low cost pet care services and products.

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Trio of Tunes from Wyatt Ray Dawg

Tripawds spokespup Wyatt Ray Dawg suggests his own three songs for the Tripawd Trio playlist category in the Tripawds Tunes contest going on, as an expression of his exuberant personality …

Black Dog
by Led Zeppelin
from Led Zeppelin IV

Hooray For Me (Explicit)
by Bad Religion
from Stranger Than Fiction

Howling At The Moon
by Ramones
from Too Tough To Die

Be sure to submit your playlists soon! Check the original 2009 Tripawds Tunes contest post for complete details!

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The Water Rover: Best Dog Sport Bottle

Tripawds tend to tire  easily, so it is especially important to always have lots of water with you when taking more frequent, shorter walks. Collapsible travel bowls are nice, but we prefer bottles with bowls attached.

Whenever we visit dog parks, people are always asking where we got the portable dog water bottle we use. Now you can get yours right here! was the only place we could find our favorite sport water bottle for dogs – the Water Rover.


The Water Rover Sport Water Bottle is:

  • Hands-Free – Clips to belt or waist band
  • Leak-Free – Even when held upside down
  • Waste-Free – Extra water tips back into the bottle
  • Hassle-Free – Wide mouth bottle is easy to fill with water and ice

The Water Rover comes in two different sizes and is available from these Amazon Merchants:

More Dog Water Bottles Available from Amazon:

The Gulpy Pet Water Dispenser is another great dog water bottle. With its unique folding design it is more compact, but it does not allow excess water to be easily poured back into the bottle.

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Give the Gift of Nothing.

The Gift of Nothing Mutts Collection, Patrick McDonnellWhat is the perfect gift for the tripawd who has everything? Try The Gift of Nothing!

Anyone who takes care of a canine cancer survivor or other three legged dog knows that what is often needed most, is a good laugh and dose of heartwarming sentiments.

That is exactly what you will find in the new Gift of Nothing (Special Edition) from Patrick McDonnell, the creator of Mutts – our favorite comic strip.

And now, just in time for this year’s holiday season, Little, Brown Books has come up with a new, “no need to wrap” gift edition of the New York Times bestseller – The Gift of Nothing.

Publisher’s Weekly gave it a starred review:

“How (Mooch) solves the (gift giving) problem is pure delight, reminding young readers that the greatest gift is friendship, not things. Both Mutts fans and newcomers will appreciate McDonnell’s clever wordplay and lovable characters, who prove that nothing can be everything. All ages.”

Order The Gift of Nothing now for kids on your list of all ages! As of today, there are five days left to order from Amazon for gift delivery by Christmas:

Don’t miss our video interview with Patrick McDonnell featuring him drawing favorite Mutts characters and discussing the “Now! Now! Now!” strip we mentioned in Nature’s Why We Love Cats and Dogs. And check out these other great McDonnell fovorites that make great gifts:

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Paris posts her Tripawd Trio of tunes

We have received our first Tripawd Trio submission for the mp3 playlist contest! This just in from Tripawds member gineej

Playlist: Tripawds Trio
Submitted by: gineej

I Love Paris
by Ella Fitzgerald
from the Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books

Brown Eyed Girl
by Van Morrison
from Brown Eyed Girl

On The Road Again
by Willie Nelson
from 16 Biggest Hits

My songs in honor of Paris!

Review the 2009 Tripawd Tunes contest details and be sure to submit your playlists by December 31! Special thanks to Ginny for this selection. We love Paris too, and On the Road Again has a special meaning around the mobile Tripawds headquarters.

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Jerry’s Top Tripawd Trio of tunes

Well, it seems the first Tripawd Tunes contest isn’t quite the hit my peeps thought it might be. Or maybe the timing is just bad because everyone’s been busy with family and holiday preparations. So let’s do this: we’ll extend the deadline for submitting playlists until January 31, 2009. And we’ll call it the 2009 Tripawd Tunes Contest!

I’ll even go ahead and kick things off by posting my own Tripawd Trio selection of three songs (click play to hear the samples) …

Over the next few weeks, I’ll post my selections for the other playlist categories. When submitting your own playlists, we’d like to see something like the following …

Playlist: Tripawds Trio
Submitted by: Jerry

by Kelly’s Lot, from the Album Come to This

Three Legged Dog
by Lost Dogs, from the Album Real Men Cry

by Willie Nelson, from the Album Moment Of Forever

So, what songs make you think of your inspawrational three legged friend? Submit your playlists here before midnight January 31, and we’ll have a few albums to share with the Tripawds community for kicking off the new year!

And since it is that Black Friday weekend, with Cyber Monday coming up, please don’t forget that when shopping at Amazon this holiday season you can help support Tripawds at the same time by starting your searches here.

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Tripawd Tunes Contest

Here’s a fun idea! Take a moment to consider your ultimate playlist of songs paying tribute to the Tripawd spirit. Review the three legged dog songs in our first Tripawd Tunes playlist, and think of all your pup’s favorite songs. Then see that your selections, or their respective albums are available as Amazon mp3 downloads.

Put together a playlist in one of the categories listed below and send us your submissions by November 30. Songs need not have three legged lyrics, nor anything to do about dogs. All playlists will be posted for review and the most popular will be featured on our Tripawds Music page.

Playlists should be limited to twelve songs at most. Popularity will be rated by reader comment activity. Composers may comment with brief liner notes but cannot vote for their own entries.

Playlist Categories

Ultimate Album
Seriously inspawrational songs.

Uplifting Tunes
Hoppy music about the power of the paw.

Mellow Moments
Soothing songs and calming music.

Tripawds Trio
Three songs that say it all.

You can use this link to determine if your selected songs are eligible:

Off the top of my head, I know a number of songs that immediately make me smile and think of Jerry at his best, or still bring a tear to my eye a year after we lost him. But I’m not eligible. Maybe Jerry will post his favorites after the contest.

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Start all your Amazon shopping here.

Most long-time Tripawds fans know that Jim And René traveled the country in an RV with Jerry for nearly two years – and continue to do so now with Wyatt – sometimes taking seasonal “workamping” jobs for income. But did you know René is currently working at an Amazon distribution center in Fernley, NV while Jim manages all the blog and forum duties in between training sessions  with Mr. Dawg?

Why not help keep her gainfully employed through the holiday rush by using the link below when shopping Amazon for gifts? Or, use the Amazon search box at right whenever looking for that perfect gift for someone special. From what René is seeing pass by on the conveyor belts, if you can dream it up, you can find it on Amazon!

Better yet, pass along this link to friends and family so they can start all their searches here. Doing so will help defray the costs of hosting for and provide a (very) little something for our continuing efforts to maintain the Tripawds Blogs community. Thank you for your continued support!

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