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Way To Go Wyatt

Meet My Canadian Cancer Hero Terry Fox

September 15th, 2018 · 4 Comments · My Adventures

I am a Tripawd but I did not lose my leg to cancer the way lots of yous did. I know, too many, right friends? Amputation is ruff enough but cancer? Well, it bites. I know, because my predecessor Jerry G. Dawg had it. Osteosarcoma, to be exact. He’s been gone almost 10 years now, but my parents still get tears in their eyes just thinking about that damn disease. So when we were flying south from Alaska and leaving Canada, they made sure to stop at a very important place along the way, kinda like to honor Jerry. We stopped at The Mount Terry Fox Provincial Park.

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What? You mean there’s more to the Terry Fox story?

Meet My Canadian Cancer Hero Terry Fox

You know how lots of people see a Tripawd and they go “Hey that dog only has one leg!” Of course we  have three, but all they see is that one missing leg. We’re lucky that way. We have spare legs. People who lose a leg to a cancer like osteosarcoma are not as lucky. They must make do with one leg, and face life head on in a way most of us can’t even imagine. The Canadian hero Terry Fox was one of them.

You kids may not remember who he was, but you need to know and I’m just the dawg to tell you. Heck, my mom and dad were just little punks when the world met this one-legged hero. But they do remember hearing the story of this Canuk’s courage and bravery. In 1980, Terry was only 18 years old when doctors told him he had osteosarcoma. They took his leg. But they didn’t take his life.

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Even the smoke couldn’t hide Mount Terry Fox.

The kid didn’t let cancer get him down! Just like us Tripawd dawgs! He knew he had to do something so more people like him didn’t suffer from the disease. But what could one person, with just one leg do? Well, he showed the world exactly what!

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“I’m ready, let’s go hike it!”

On April 12, 1980, Terry started an epic run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. On. ONE. Leg! Dude, not even a Tripawd could do that!

Nobody knew who this hero-in-the-making was (hey this was before Facebook, remember!). But by the time he ran 143 days and 3,339 miles across the country on his “Marathon of Hope,” the world knew they were looking at greatness. Later, Hollywood even made this movie about him.

Sadly, Terry didn’t get to finish the run. Cancer. Lung mets. I don’t have to tell you the rest of that sad story.

But it wasn’t the end of Terry’s legacy when he died at age 22. Nope. The Terry Fox Foundation got started. Look what he did! One man! He raised money to get the ball rolling and today that non-profit is one of the best, most successful cancer research foundations. Whether for pets or people, the foundation is doing all they can to help scientists all over the world find a cure to stop cancers like osteosarcoma.

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“Don’t give up on a cure, remember Terry Fox!’

As Sheriff Wyatt Ray, I’m ordering ya to learn more about the Terry Fox Foundation and support their efforts, got it? Because I want a cure. WE want a cure! And WE don’t want one more Tripawds member to suffer because of that disease, right? Not. One. More!

And now back to my regularly unscheduled misadventures . . .

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My Cool Alaskanada Summer

August 17th, 2018 · 4 Comments · My Adventures

Oh Canada how I love thee! Hey Alaska, you’re not bad yourself either! Thank you for a long, cool summer, it’s just the kind of weather a dawg like me prefers.

Wyatt at Salmon Glacier Summit

I like this glacier thing.

From the Yukon to the coast and everywhere inbetween, I couldn’t have asked for a better summer. There is water everywhere up  here!

Wyatt swims at Carcross, Yukon

Give me water, hear me roar!

Every chance I got I went for a swim. Cool water? Who cares, if the sun’s out, I’m game! The only problem with all that nice water is . . . MOSQUITOES!

See the black dots in the photo? Yes my friend, those are the legendary Alaska mosquitoes swarming around me! As big as a house fly and completely indestructible. Scary beasts aren’t they? I was not happy when mom took this picture.

Can you see the giant Alaska mosquitoes? I can!

Of course being a three-legged dog, mom takes it easy with me. My hikes are pretty short and I only swim for a few minutes at a time (like maybe 5 laps), then rest for a few minutes.

Wyatt swims at Carcross, Yukon

Water is my friend. Mosquitoes can’t get me there!

When you’ve spent your whole life on three, that’s how it goes. Can’t be too careful right? Well that’s what she says anyhow.

As for me, well I know I can make as good a pack dawg as any. If I were around in the gold rush days I’d be right there with this pup, helping out the sad old miners.

Wyatt visits Skagway, Alaska

Where’s my pack? I’m ready!

I wish I could stay up here all year. This is my kinda place. But mom and dad are already telling me it’s time to go.

Wyatt at Glacier near Steart, BC and Hyder, Alaska

But Mommm, I don’t want to leave!

They said something about going back to Colorado in a few weeks. I’m glad because I like it there. But I also heard them say “When he sees the VET.”  I’ll pretend I didn’t catch on to their ploy.

Keep on truckin’ Tripawds Nation, I hope you are having a good season.

I did NOT hear you say the V word, right?

 

 

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Hey Alaska! Here I Am!

July 13th, 2018 · 10 Comments · My Adventures

Up up and away we went and finally, we made it to Alaska!

Tripawd in Alaska

Alaska, here I am!

Technically, the bottom photo is where we made it to Alaska. That was after our dog house on wheels stopped moving on the highway. My people can tell you more.

Tripawd in Alaska

I love how the sun is out but it’s not hot.

Anyone who lives up here is sooo lucky! I love this place. The sky is sunny but the air is cool, I don’t lay around panting all day. I just lay around. And enjoy the scenery of course.

Tripawd in Alaska

Hmm, what should I do today in Alaska?

It stays light all day long here, and all night too. Sometimes I get bored waiting around for my people to quit working.

Tripawd in Alaska

Oh I know, I’ll take a nap.

So I snooze, and I watch for wildlife. Yeah that’s right, the grizzly family came over to say hey! I let them know everything was cool here so they left.

Tripawd in Alaska

Hey mama bear, all’s good here, move along OK?

When my people aren’t working I get to have real fun! I swim in rivers that are prettier than anywhere I’ve ever been.

Tripawd in Alaska

Wheee! Race you to the other side!

One of these days I will tell you about my skydiving stunt. I jumped down to a river one day. My parents were pretty upset at me, I forgot to tell them I wanted to see if I could fly. I’m OK now, but it looks like no more off-leash walking for a while.

Tripawd in Alaska

Looks like a good day to go sky diving!

I hope you are all having a real good time whatever you are doing or wherever your summer is taking you.

Tripawd in Alaska

A leash? Really?

Until next time, have fun and stay cool Tripawds friends!

 

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Two Tripawds, Two Countries, One Big Pawty

June 17th, 2018 · 4 Comments · My Adventures, My Pals

What happens when two Tripawds who’ve never met get together for a weekend of fun? All kinds of racket!

Oh Canada, You Will Never Be the Same

Tukaluk Campground Faquier, BC

I arrived on the shores of Super Stu’s lakefront kingdom.

Things are picking up around here. The doghouse on wheels is moving faster every day. So fast that now we are in another country people! Yeah you read that right. Me, Wyatt Ray Dawg am truly an international Tripawds ambassador.

One day we came back to some mountains that looked so much like Colorado, the place I love most. I even heard mom say “But it’s prettier than Colorado here!” When it started raining and cooling off as soon as we got there, I knew she was right. And where is “there” you ask?

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Cool dawg, cool mountains!

Well it’s in a village in British Columbia, where Super Stu the Giant Tripawd keeps watch on his lakefront kingdom!

“Oh Wyatt, you will love him” mom said to me.  I didn’t believe her at first. When he got to my dawghouse on wheels, I had to make sure he was all that. So I watched him hop around and he pretty much give my space. Then I could see that mom wasn’t lying. Super Stu IS pretty cool!

Super Stewie

Super Stu is the ultimate in calm and confidence, things I totally respect in a dawg. When I meet a dawg whose got all three, I know we’re gonna be friends. Plus, any dawg bigger than me is instantly OK by me!

Sure, it got a little loud. Especially when Stu’s people invited us on a ride in the mountains. I got really excited at the open-air adventure!

Tripawd German Shepherd

“Hey Petra wanna sing with me?”

That ride wore me out, it was so much fun! I took a nap in the truck while mom and dad hung out with Stu’s pack and the kitties. “You don’t need to meet the cats Wyatt, stay here” mom said. She didn’t think I could be have myself. Me!

I heard a concert going on from my bed in the back seat. Stu’s got a band, did you know that? They’re called Allensong and you need to get their music. I promise you will love it.

Petra, Stu and Paul make beautiful music together. Oh and the kitties too. They were so nice to me, I can’t wait to see them again. There aren’t too many dawgs I can hang with, I had a good time. Thank you for being so nice to me Stu and the pack! See you when we come back from Alaska!

German Shepherd Tripawd

“Can I be in the band too?”

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They Lied to Me. But I’m Still Having Fun.

May 25th, 2018 · 1 Comment · My Adventures

My people lied to me. “Oh Wyatt, you will love it in Alaska,” they said. “The weather is much cooler in summer, you will love the nicer temperatures.”

Burke Lake, Quincy WA

Um, summer, nobody asked you to come here.

They said we were going there, but we’re a long ways away still. And I guess we’re really going, because the dog house keeps moving every week or so. But we’re not there yet, and last time I checked the weather man said it would be 85 degrees here in Washington state (that’s 29 degrees to you, Stewie!).

See I hate the hot weather. Look at my fur, people. It’s not easy wearing a dark fur coat. Can you blame me for feeling miserable when summer rolls around? It sure feels like summer right now.

Washington Sinclair Dino

I want to take the Dino to Alaska. Mom said no.

Other than the unbearable weather, so far it’s been a fun ride. In Oregon I got to strut my stuff at Ruffwear. Me and my people crashed their Cinco de Mayo pawty! See the guy next to my paw? That’s Patrick, the guy who started Ruffwear! And next to him is Kyle, he’s the man who gets Ruffwear orders to Tripawds around the globe!

Ruffwear Headquarters

Ruffwear people are as cool as we thought they would be.

I asked my paw if we could make our rolling dog house look like this. He said no.

Ruffwear HQ Bend, OR

Coolest Dawghouse. Ever.

Best of all, I got to meet Angel Skyla’s mom, Rae, and her mellow ol’ brother, Clyde.

Ruffwear Headquarters

I had a lot to say to Clyde.

Mom tells me to be patient. “I promise Wyatt, the weather will cool off. Just wait!” Sure, I say. I’ll believe it when I see it. Maybe when Stewie and I meet up in a few weeks.

I will report back then.

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