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November 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Sale

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Sweet Book Helps Kids, Adults Heal from Pet Loss

November 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Books

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There’s no easy way for us to explain to kids why their pet went to the Rainbow Bridge. Thankfully talented authors like Karen Nicksich make the discussion easier.  Her new book about coping with pet loss “The Time of My Life is a great story and a must-have tool that every parent needs on the bookshelf if there are kids and pets in the home.

Tripawd Hero Max Inspires Healing through Words, Art

Many great books about pet loss exist but only the best are inspired by a three-legged hero! Sure, we’re a little biased but Karen’s book caught our attention because of how she was inspired to write it. After her beloved Max was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and she was given the grim prognosis by her vet, she says:

“That night I had a dream. An angel told me that I was going to write a book about how animals see the whole process of living and then crossing over. The very next day I began writing my book. Max sat next to me the entire time I was writing. The day I finished writing my book was the day Max crossed over. Max lived 1 month after I saw our vet.”

Author Karen Nicksich

Otis, Karen and Max

Cope, Heal and Rejoice with “The Time of My Life”

Available here on Amazon, on Karen’s website and for a discount at, Karen’s heartfelt story is about a young girl named Anna who lives with her family at the Lilac Doggie Rescue Ranch. With the help of Duke the Great Dane, Anna and the animals at the ranch learn about the importance of “Divine Time” and gratitude as they celebrate the life and passing of one of their dearest friends, an aging Golden Retriever named Dante.

The story is told through the wisdom and love of angels, a Wise Old Tree, and the many animals living at the ranch. This book is appropriate for anyone who has lost a companion animal and to help children better understand the passing of a pet.

Time of My LIfe Pet Loss book

Sweet illustrations and beautiful copy.

“People are looking for answers when it comes to the health of their animals, says Karen on her custom dog collars website Emerald Halo. “I would like to ‘lend a paw’ and give pet owners new options to love and care for their companion animals.” In addition to her beautiful crystal dog collars, she uses her expertise as a retired teacher to help us all cope with grief.

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  • Contest ends on November 30th at 11:59 pm Pacific time.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

More Reading

More pet loss books recommended by Tripawds.

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Learn How to Manage Your Dog’s Pain with Dr. Petty’s New Guide

October 22nd, 2015 · 2 Comments · Books, ebooks

Do you know how to tell if your dog is in pain? We sure didn’t when Tripawds founder Jerry was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. By the time he outwardly displayed signs of the tumor growing in his scapula (lack of appetite, limp and panting) his pain was unbearable. To this day we feel guilty about our obliviousness to the pain he endured for several weeks until his cancer was diagnosed, but we just didn’t know any better back in 2006.

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We didn’t know Jerry was in pain.

Thankfully, the new and exciting field of veterinary pain management is working toward a time when the dogs and cats of today and tomorrow never have to endure this kind of excruciating, unrecognized pain. Veterinary pain management specialists like Dr. Mike Petty are getting the word out to pet parents everywhere through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and his new must-read book, Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain.

Every Dog Parent Needs Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief Guide

Thousands of books about dog health are available but few, if any, are solely about keeping our dogs pain-free. As the first book of its kind that we know of, Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs is a must for every dog parent’s bookshelf. Odds are that every one of our dogs will experience some type of pain at some point in his life — do you know what to do when it happens? Dr. Petty’s book explains it all.

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn:

  • How to recognize signs of pain in your dog
  • What causes chronic, ongoing pain?
  • How to find a qualified veterinary pain management specialist and what to expect.
  • Which pain management treatments are worthwhile and which ones may not work at all.
  • What to believe about diets and supplements for treating dog pain.
  • How to evaluate quality of life when chronic pain is involved.
  • There’s even an entire chapter all about living a pain-free life as a three-legged dog!

Dr. Petty is one of the world’s leading veterinary pain management specialists, yet he explains everything in simple terms that us laypeople can understand and implement. He takes the mystery out of knowing when our dogs are in pain and gives us clear action steps on what to do next. There is no other book available that gives us dog parents this kind of knowledge about pain in dogs.

This Book Will Help Your Dog Live a Pain-Free Life

It’s no fun thinking our beloved pets might experience tremendous pain. But the reality is, most healthy dogs will at some point endure a painful situation, whether it’s because of a tooth extraction, chronic osteoarthritis, major surgery or worse.

As responsible pet parents, it is our duty to know how to identify and evaluate pain. Dr. Petty gives us the tools for doing just that, in plain English that anyone can understand. This is required reading for anyone who cares about the well-being of their dogs.

Pre-orders of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs are currently being taken here on Amazon. E-books will be released on December 24 and a print edition will be available in February. We’ll post another reminder when paper copies are available.

Recommended Reading

Tripawds News Blog: Dr. Mike Petty Shares Tripawd Amputation Pain, Rehab Care Tips
Tripawd Talk Radio: Learn How to Recognize, Treat Pain in Your Pets

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New Kid’s Book About Tripawd Therapy Dog Helps Dog Cancer Research

October 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Books

Losing a limb isn’t easy to explain to young children. If you’re looking for a heartfelt and educational way to show a child that life on three legs isn’t the end of fun but just the beginning of important work in this world, pick up a copy of “TJ has a Job!” the new book by Tripawds friend Kim Fraser.


Meet TJ, a Tripawd Hero and Therapy Dog

We go way back with Kim and TJ, a three-legged hero who didn’t let cancer slow him down. As a retired racing greyhound and therapy dog, TJ beat osteosarcoma for over three years — and touched many lives as a result.

In 2012 we had the honor of meeting TJ when we spoke at the Greyhounds Rock “Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer” conference in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Yes, he was as sweet as he looked!

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Therapy dog TJ

TJ has a Job!” is the real story of a greyhound’s journey as he discovers his purpose in life. Follow TJ from the race track to his forever home where he learns to be a therapy dog and the challenges of finding his new role post-cancer.

Tripawd therapy dog

TJ gets a big award!

This book is dedicated to all cancer survivors (furry or not) who have adapted to their new world and found ways to help those still finding their way.

100% of the proceeds of this book go to Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg, a pawesome group that raises money for canine cancer research, education, and awareness.

Get your copy of TJ has a Job! and help fight canine cancer!


A Non-Toxic Goodbye to Pet Stains, Marking and Odors

September 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Products

Anyone with pets knows that carpet and upholstery stains are a part of life. But we found 180XT, a non-toxic, fragrance free pet stain remover product at Blog Paws, and can’t believe how great it works. We especially love that it’s non-toxic, non-flammable, enzyme-free, biodegradable, and safe to use around pets, so check it out:

Earth’s Balance 180XT Stain and Odor Remover

  • Safely removes stains, odors and pheremones
  • Works in 3 easy steps in 3 minutes or less
  • 180XT uses Moleculift, not enzymes, to remove the pheromones which prevents your pet from marking in the same spot

180XT is a concentrated, professional strength formula that completely extracts pheromones, helping stop re-soiling habits common to household pets.

Other cleaners get surface stains out, but 180XT is truly different – it actually binds the pheromone molecules and lifts them up and out. This is important, because when a pet urinates they release pheromones and those pheromones remain in the carpet or surface, even if you believe you have successfully removed the stains and odors. Humans can’t smell the pheromones that pets can and that’s what attracts them to keep re-marking the same area. 180XT can be used on upholstery, carpeting, multiple surfaces and most fabrics.

Thanks for checking these and other products out at Amazon. Every purchase (pet related or not) made after clicking through links found in this blog enable Tripawds to earn a small commission that helps defray the costs of keeping our community going. Thanks for shopping with Tripawds!