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What would I do without my friends?

There’s a group of us who met here a few years back and  we bonded.  We’ve bonded to the point where we talk pretty much every day, we vent to each other, we cry to each other, we support each other, and we just gab.  We know each other’s spouses, their family’s names, their other pets, their work schedules.  We’ve visited each other and we’ve vacationed together.  We’ve basically become sisters, spread out all across the country, and even across the Pond.  And there are many times that I think, wow, what would I do without them?  They are the first ones I turned to when we lost Murphy.  When we were thinking about adopting Cooper.  And when we lost Cassie.

This was our first Christmas without both Murphy and Cassie.  And even though Max and Cooper keep us entertained, it was difficult at times.  Last year we bought a special ornament to honor Murphy to put on our tree.  So this year on our trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, MI we bought an ornament for Cassie, too.   At Bronner’s they will personalize any ornament however you’d like.  You can order from them online, too, but not every ornament can be personalized and they will only do so many letters.  When you go in person, they will do any ornament that they sell, and write as much as they can fit.  I was a little sad as I hung Cassie & Murphy’s ornaments on our beautiful tree, along with so many other memories – trips we’ve taken, places we’ve been, my son growing up, our grandchildren – the normal memories.  Well, 2 days later I came home from work and our beautiful tree was on the floor!   The dogs weren’t responsible (this time they’re innocent!) because they were behind a gate in the hallway.  The cats could have been responsible, but I don’t think so – my tribe thinks that it just “fainted.”  Yep, that’s the conclusion – we bought a fainting tree!  I had to wait for Glenn to get home, then my son helped us to get it back up.  After an hour of struggling it still ended up a bit crooked, and there was a mess on the floor.  Maybe 15-20 ornaments were broken – but  the one that hurt the most was Murphy’s special ornament 🙁  I immediately got online to cry to my tribe about it.  I looked to see if I could order a new one, but there’s a character limit, so it wouldn’t be the same.  And the town is a couple hour drive from here, so we weren’t going to be able to make it back up there before Christmas.  sigh … Well, the next morning one of my angels messaged me not to order it, because she already did!  She looked up the company and called them and ordered it to be just the way it was <3  I cried.  And this evening, when I got home from work, Murphy’s new ornament is here, it’s perfect, and I cried again.

Cooper   &    Max

Fainting tree!


These sisters are amazing.  And I’m thankful that we came together through Tripawds.






~ by midnighter94 on December 29, 2018 .

9 Responses to “What would I do without my friends?”

  1.   benny55 Says:

    Oh Donna, I’m warm fuzzies head to toe! Yes, the friendships formed are like no others you can find anywhere 💖 True Soul Sisters! True Earth Angels💖

    And I loooove that one of these very, very, very, special Angels got this beautiful ornament for you. I KNOW it meant the world to YOU! It also shows YOU how very much YOU are loved and adored!! Oh yes it does!! I’m so happy that you were given this incredible loving gift….from an incredible loving person…for an incredible loving perso to honor a cery special dog💖n.

    And for the record, I still think Murphy and Cassie toppled tjat tree over jist to make their presence known😁 Or you can believe you got a fainting tree. One is not possible, the other is!😎😂🤣😎

    And I love the “Christmas card” of Cooper and Max. Vetter than Hallmark could ever make!

    Lots of love dear friend. So happy yoir tree is complete now. And THANK YOU ANGEL!!😚😚

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

  2.   midnighter94 Says:

    Thanks Sally! By the way, the only other time we’ve ever had a tree fall over was when Cassie was a puppy and she kept trying to eat the ornaments! So just maybe it was her! lol

  3.   dobemom Says:

    We truly are sisters! I’m so happy you had a Christmas Angel that replaced Murphy’s ornament! The bond we have is like no other in my life…we talk about “heart dogs”, but you guys are “heart family”. I love our tribe, and can’t wait to see you all again. Blood isn’t always thicker than water…love you dear friend!

    Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

  4.   jerry Says:

    Wow Donna! I’m sorry about the tree but what an ending and what a beautiful set of ornaments!

    Tripawds people are truly angels on earth. I am always in awe of the love within this community. It really does give me hope for humanity!

    Merry Christmas and Hoppy 2019!

  5.   Michelle Says:

    We are a true family. I am glad that the Christmas Angel sent you a replacement ornament it wouldn’t be the same without Murphy’s on the tree.

    I still can’t explain the fainting tree. Kinda crazy. I love all the pictures.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  6.   paws120 Says:

    Wow, the ornaments are just beautiful and I would have also been heartbroken! Maybe there were some Angel Pup hijinks going on from above, really the only explanation.
    Your ornaments are just beautiful. What a sweet way to remember your pups. I am so happy that one of your sister angels was able to send you another.
    Merry Christmas! And many wishes of happiness and health for the New Year coming our way! Thank you for always being such a bold advocate for all the new tripawds that find us and are in need of guidance.
    Jackie and Huck

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