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5 years ago our lives changed

For the past 5 years this day meant something  … this year, it’s just another day.  I worked today, just like I did that day 5 years ago.  I’ve thought about him today, just like I did that day.  But today I don’t have him to celebrate. I don’t have to make plans to go pick him up at the hospital or to figure out recovery.  Yes, as time goes on, it’s gotten easier, but days like today brings it all back.

Miss you Murph <3





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Cassie & Murphy together at the Bridge

Friday’s weather was nice (well, for Michigan in January, 37 is fairly  nice!) and we took Cassie outside in her wheelchair.  She had a wonderful time walking down the sidewalk, stopping to eat snow, walking in the street, sniffing the air.  We spent about 30 minutes letting her walk and sniff – the longest time she’s ever spent in her wheelchair.  She really seemed comfortable and like she was having a good time.


This was a work-weekend for me, so my husband was home with the crew.  On Saturday, Glenn texted me that Cassie seemed not quite right – she didn’t want her pill (anti-inflammatory for her arthritis) and she didn’t want to go outside.  I thought maybe she had just over-done it the day before, so I suggested a towel warmed up in the drier applied to her back and using her massager to her shoulders.  He said those things seemed to help.

That evening he took Cassie outside about 7:30, then brought her back in and she laid down in the living room.  Glenn returned to the family room and I was on my way home from work.  When I walked in around 8pm, Cassie was gone – she was laying peacefully and it didn’t look as though she had struggled at all.

Cassie was a Daddy’s girl.  She loved to “groom” us after a shower (or our grandchildren after a bath or the pool lol) …she loved wet hair!  She didn’t care for strangers, especially men wearing dark clothes, but she absolutely loved children, and anyone at the drive-through window.  She took care of any animal that came into our house, but she didn’t like the ones in the yard.  Her favorite thing to do was to watch out the window – whether it was the front window to watch the road, or the patio door to watch the park behind us, no one was getting past her!  She adored our grandchildren – they were her babies!  We adopted her as a puppy not long after my son graduated high school and she’s been with us for over 13 years.  She loved to dress up in frufru collars, but Murphy & Max would pull them off – they thought it was a game.









It’s just so hard to believe that we’ve lost 2 dogs so close together – just over 7 months apart. I think that taking care of Cassie helped with our grieving for Murphy, but now it’s just all on top of us. Our hearts are truly broken.  Maybe she just missed Murphy so much that she needed to be with him again.


he loved Cassie right from the beginning


Donna & Glenn


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Happy 12th Birthday at the Rainbow Bridge

Today would have been when we celebrated Murphy’s birthday. He was about 8 months old when we adopted him, so we don’t know his exact birthday, so this is the day that was guestimated as his day. A year ago we were celebrating with peanut butter apple cupcakes, this year it’s just another day. I was trying to just let the day pass, but I can’t. So I’ll share a couple of my favorite pictures of him.



he loved Cassie right from the beginning 


they always raced around the yard


he always laid flat on his belly


sitting pretty and catching treats!


Daddy always rolled down the window so he could get fresh air


chasing squirrels


He wasn’t supposed to get up here, but he always did!






always wanting a belly rub


He loved the snow!


He often watched us in the kitchen from the hallway


Miss you Murphy!  I hope you’re chasing all the squirrels away!








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A Long 6 Months

Well actually, it’s been 6 months and 12 days, but who’s counting?  A lot has happened in those months.

Cassie’s bulging discs & arthritis are getting worse.  We’ve done all kinds of therapy – acupuncture, laser, laser acupuncture, electronic acupuncture, toe-up shoe, medications and we even tried the water treadmill (that was a bust!).  She’s gotten to where she doesn’t really walk with her back legs at all – we lift with the help ’em up harness & she walks with her front legs.  She has feeling in her feet, but she doesn’t bend her knees and she just lets her feet drag.  She’s still very interactive and will pull us all over the place.  We’ve gotten a wagon to take her on walks around the neighborhood, which she seems to love!  We also just got a cart for her, so we’ll see how that goes.  We’ve only tried it once so far, so it’s a work-in-progress.  We’re hoping it will give her a little bit of mobility outside – well, at least when the snow is gone!  lol



Cooper is adjusting to life in the Hansen household. He’s grown a little bit – he’s up to 30lbs now. His favorite thing is to de-stuff anything he can. Him and Max are great friends, and he’s even played tug-of-war with Cassie. The cats are still adapting, though. Daisy was actually living in the basement, so we had to force her upstairs. Jasmine & Rascal are doing a little better, but they’re not friends yet.

Every year we go to this really cool place a couple of hours from here called Bronner’s Christmas Store.  It’s open all year long and they have everything Christmas you could imagine.  They will personalize pretty much any ornament for free.  This year we got one for Murphy, on the back it has the Rainbow Bridge poem.  I also received a wonderful Christmas gift, handmade by the Amazing Rene, that I will treasure forever – it’s a stamped ring that says “Furever my heart”


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas,


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There is Life After Death

As we all know, life does move on.  As hard as that is to admit, we keep on going.  There is no time to just curl up in a ball and hold on to the sadness that could so easily engulf us.  I’m not saying that I’m not sad, or that I don’t have bad days, because of course I do.  Murphy was special – I miss his bark (I never thought I’d say that!!), I miss his sighs, I miss him watching me in the kitchen from around the corner of the wall.  I feel bad that I haven’t been as active in the forums or blogs as I used to be, but it’s just so hard!  Just when I think I can do it, we lose someone else.  I have my core group, and that helps, of course.  But I also feel that I’m letting the Tripawd Nation down, and I’m sorry.

We’ve been keeping busy around here.  Before we lost Murphy, Cassie was diagnosed with arthritis in her back and a couple of bulging discs.  She’s been having a hard time walking and her back end is getting weaker.  We’ve gone through laser treatment and she recently started wearing an Ortho Pets Toe Up support boot which is helping to prevent her from knuckling her toes.  We’ve only gotten it for 1 foot so far to try it out.

Cassie just turned 13 at the end of summer, so she’s slowing down a bit.  I think she’s missing her best friend.

For Labor Day weekend, Glenn & I drove across Michigan then took a ferry across Lake Michigan over to Wisconsin and spent the weekend with my “twin” Paula (Dobemom) and her husband John.  We had a wonderful weekend!  We got to play with their new puppy, Grizz and with Kodi, too.  The weather was perfect for sitting outside, a motorcycle ride and a tour of Green Bay.  

This past weekend we added a new member to our family.  The name he came with is Cosmo, but we’ve changed it to Cooper.  The rescue group originally thought that he was 3-4 months old, but once they took him to their vet he put him around 8 or 9 months, that would mean that his birthday is right about the same time as Murphy’s was.We have no idea what mix he is!  He weighs about 23 lbs and is about the same size as Max.  Cassie likes him, which is what we expected, since she loves all babies.  Max is doing ok.  Their initial meeting was outside and went better than we expected.  When we moved inside, Max became a little bit possessive of pretty much everything lol.  It’s only been 2 days, but that’s gotten better already – he’s sharing food, toys and space.  Like most puppies, Cooper wants to play, but Max isn’t too sure that he wants to play with him.  Cooper will try to play with Max, Max will wag his tail, growl & bark at Cooper, Cooper will back up (or go behind one of us!) but then come back & bark at Max – it’s quite the cycle!  I try to break the cycle with distraction and a small treat.

He’s found the basket of stuffed babies and is having a good time with them.  He’s a busy boy!  lol  We haven’t seen much of the cats – the foster mom said he did good with her cats, so we should be fine.  He’s doing pretty good with house-training, but needs to learn some manners.


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