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The Epitome of Walking the Dawg

OK, OK, no excuses, I KNOW its been a dawg’s age since I barked around here! Figured its ABOUT TIME!! So, there’s a ton to catch y’all up on but this post is all about the Oaktown Pack’s NEW RIDE!! We LOVE it but we will love it BETTER when we are done installing the low rider conversion kit so we can REALLY ride in East Oaktown style! Ima turn over the ‘puter now and let my Paw tell ya more about it ’cause I’m not exactly technically oriented. My skill set is in regulating not engineering!! So here he goes:

Queen of all she surveys

As with older dawgs, the aging members of the Oaktown Pack can’t walk as far as they once did, and the result is the silly humans who walk with them were getting a lot less exercise. Codie Rae is now 13, having been a Tripawd since 8 months of age. Between her rear leg amputation and her age, she is no longer able to walk the 2 miles a day she once did. Austin was born with the bad hips so common in German Shepherds, and after losing one of those rear legs and having arthritis in all his legs, the length of his walks are even more limited than Codie’s. Last year we tried Austin in a cart, but his orthopedic issues are so extensive that it was not a viable solution. A cart won’t work for Codie Rae either. Therefore, the next best alternative to allow us and the dawgs to travel farther on our walks was a stroller. After researching dawg strollers ad nauseum, we settled on the large size Solvit HoundAbout II™ Pet Bicycle Trailer with the optional Strolling Kit. This stroller has the largest cabin we came across–Codie Rae is the smallest of our dogs at about 55 pounds, while Austin is closer to 70 pounds, necessitating the large size stroller. Even 80+ pound Travis Ray will fit when he needs it!

Austin just chillin’

Assembly out of the box was no problem and the instructions were easy to follow. Some of the reviews for the stroller mentioned the bottom of the cabin was not as strong as some would like and their dogs sometimes struggled for footing. Not good for a tripawd! So we cut a piece of one-quarter inch plywood to drop in the bottom for reinforcement and to give the dawgs more stability on their rides (19″ x 30″ was almost the perfect size). The stroller comes with a pad for the bottom, which goes on top of the plywood. When I first used the stroller I found the handlebar to be a bit low for my 6 foot 2 inch self. By raising the handlebar as high as possible I find the position acceptable. The full stroller weighs about 30 pounds. The Houndabout II™ has an aluminum frame, which is lighter than the original steel framed trailer. We have a pickup and the stroller rolls right in the back, but it barely fits so I usually remove the front wheel assembly to make it easier to fit in the back of the truck. If you have a smaller vehicle the stroller can be fully broken down for travel.

Smokey soakin’ up some rays

Three OP members are now spending most of their “walks” in the stroller, and they all enjoy the ride! Codie Rae was the first and she took to it without any problem, while Austin was a bit reluctant. Prior to his first ride we put the cabin unit on the floor in the house and used treats to get him in through the rear door. Now Austin gets excited to see the stroller and steps into it through the rear door, often with no coaxing. Codie is small enough I pick her up and drop her through the top of the stroller and then hook her to the internal leash that attaches to a small D-ring on the inside. Smokey is the least enthusiastic but seems to enjoy his rides in his own way.

Pimpin’ our ride AND the Tripawds brand whenever we can!!

The HoundAbout II Stroller pushes with ease and did I say the dawgs love it? Besides me getting the exercise I desperately need, the dogs get the mental stimulation of watching the world as they travel around. And, if needed, the large diameter wheels allow us to go off-trail and over irregular terrain. But the best part might be the reaction of people to seeing a big dawg in a stroller. Priceless! As one young observer noted, it’s the epitome of walking the dawg.

Ralph, Codie Rae, and the Oaktown Pack

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Mmmmmm …. steak tartare ……

SO … I bet ya didn’t know I’m a foodie, didja! But hey, I grew up in the Bay Area where any self respecting dawg knows their terroirs and their sustainably grown locally sourced meat and veg (and fruit!). Sooooo, here’s what my paw made me for my 10th ampuversary! He sez its a farm to table, crispy pork belly encrusted, grass-fed steak tartare topped with a farm fresh, free range quail egg and organic parsley! Mmmmmmmf, sooooo gooood! And best of all it was ALL MINE!!!! I di’nt have to share one single bite with the bubbas!


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Look at Meeeee! 10 Years on 3!!!!!

Yo Everypawdy! Its my 10th Paw Day today! Exactly 10 years ago I lost my leg and I STILL haven’t found it. And I’ve looked freakin’ EVERYWHERE! Bwahahahahahahahaha!! Oh well, who needs that pesky 4th leg anyways …. just gets in the way if ya ask me …

Flyin' on 3

Flyin’ on 3

Soooo, its been a quiet year. We haven’t been on a roadtrip since we went to the Other Place last year, our fave vacay resort for dawgz.

Fresh air. A softball. Priceless.

Fresh air. A softball. Priceless.

Beauty shot!

Beauty shot!

Dawg, that was way back last November. Whattup Maw and Paw? We need a road trip dudes!

Can we go now, Now, NOW??

Can we go now, Now, NOW??

Otherwise life has been the same ol’ same ol’. Eat.Exercise.Sleep.Regulate.Eat.Exercise.Sleep.Regulate. Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t bored with life, oh no!  Livin’ with the 3 bubbas is a daily challenge of the regulatory variety, no doubt about it! And then there’s the flies that get in the house and the rats and cats in the yard and the dawgz on the street and the bikes on the trail. A girldawg’s work is never done!


Who ARE those unregulated people???

Who ARE those unregulated people???

So I am hopin’ y’all will celebrate with me once again! We had a neighborhood fireworks show last night! All for meeeee! Don’t know what we’re gonna have for dinner tonight but I bet its gonna be fantastic! So … steak, cake, and watermelon for all … and pawtay on Tripawds Nation!!!!!


Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack




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10 years old and still kickin’ a@# on three!!!!

YO everypawdy!!!! I turned 10 on Oct. 1! I bin a tripawd for a little over 9 years and I am still going strong! We bin celebrating here in Oaktown for three days straight and I bin too busy to post.

Soooo tired!!

Soooo tired!!

But considering my maw was worried I would never make it this far we have had every reason to PAWTAY!!!!! AND thats just the kinda grrrrrl I am! Pawty ’til I DROP!!

So, I had to kick some butt to get things going …

Lets get this pawtay started!!

Lets get this pawtay started!!

First we decorated the house …

Fleez whaaaa? We don't want no stinking fleez 'round here!

Fleez whaaaa? We don’t want no stinking fleez ’round here!

Then “Auntie” Carla came to hand deliver my baked goods!

She brought cookies!

She brought cookies!

And ... Cake!!!

And … Cake!!!

OMD it was soooo pawesome!! Lookit that western theme and the Sheriff star on top! Then … we lit that suckah on fire!!!!


Oh.My.Dawg!!! For meeeee?

Then we had a sing along 🙂 ’cause we were so excited!

Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay!!

Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay!!

Auntie Carla had to leave 🙁 and we were tuckered out so we waited ’til the next night to continue the festivities … When there was STEAK!

Grass fed angus!!

Grass fed angus!!

Lookit me drool!

Yup , a little saliva happening here :)

Yup , a little saliva happening here 🙂

And then a little Tomatero Farms organic pink watermelon to cleanse the palate…


Smmmurf. Woohoo, I needed that!

And finally that most pawesome Paw Patch Pastries cake!! Woohooo! My Sheriff star had bacon in it!! Most excellent …

And then there was CAKE!!!!

Let there be CAKE!!!!

Mmmmmmph, so pawesome!!

Mmmmmmph, so pawesome!!

OK, I am soooo full and kinda wanta puke. But hey,  it was so worth it! Thank you Auntie Carla! And thank you Tripawds Nation for celebrating with me :)!!


Codie Rae



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3 squared = 9

Yo! Everypawdy! Yesterday was my ninth Paw Day! Yup, I’ve been livin’ large on three for nine years! We celebrated here in Oaktown with lotsa watermelon  Wooooohooooooo! I pretty much R.O.C.K. don’t I???

I am still ALL over it!

I am still ALL over it!

Cower in fear youse bubbas! I am THE Queen!!

Cower in fear youse bubbas! I am THE Queen!!

I love me some treats!

I ALWAYS love me some treats!

After 9 years my front end shows anatomical changes

After 9 years my front end shows anatomical changes but they don’t slow me down

I do have more pensive moments than I used to

I do have a few more pensive moments than I used to

And I sleep so hard sometimes Mama thinks I am dead

And sometimes I sleep so hard Mama has to check I’m still breathing!


Codie Rae



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Mill Valley Tripawty 2015!!

And a grrrreat time was had by all! Check out the photographic evidence 🙂

Diane doin the Tripawd Rap

Diane doing the Tripawd Rap …

Ima Tripawd

So you better be awed

‘Cause I gots my own blog

And Ima cool dawg!

The Golden Girls photo shoot

The Golden Girls photo shoot with Bernie and Linda working on their photobomb strategy

Austin Ray and Mom's butt

Austin Ray and Mom’s butt

Diane, John and Linda watching Bernie molest a poor unsuspecting lady

Diane, John and Linda watching Bernie molest a poor unsuspecting lady

Austin Ray lusting after Shelby's L'il Red Wagon

Austin Ray lusting after Shelby’s L’il Red Wagon

Shelby and Emmy with their chauffeur and Pugmom Karen with Obie

Shelby and Emmy with their Chauffeur and Pugmom Karen with Obie

Representing the Oaktown Pack

Representing the Oaktown Pack

See y’all next time everypawdy!!!

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Happy Hippy Hoppy New Year to the Tripawds Nation!!!

May your new year be full of peace, love, and hoppiness! Each moment of every day is a true miracle, whether walking beside our tripawds or carrying them forever in our hearts.


Smokey B and Spirit Kati leading the way down the path of new beginnings

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Hoppy Dia de los Muertos!!

Hey Tripawds! We never quit celebrating ’round here! We live near the Fruitvale District of Oaktown (aka ‘lil Mexico del Norte) and today there was a big celebration in the ‘hood and maw found some cool new things to renew our altar so we could celebrate Dia de los Muertos in style! The Mexicans have it totally right–celebrate the dead, our loved ones, our ancestors. Don’t be sad they are gone but celebrate that we got to share our lives with them! We got CAKE too!

Dia Muertos PM Collage

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Hoppy Howloween …..

to the most awesome TRIPAWD NATION!!!!!!



Let them eat CAKE!!!!!!

So me ‘n the Oaktown Pack drove ALL the way to San Francisco yesterday to help out our BFF and honorary Auntie Carla of Paw Patch Pastries. She invited us to a photo shoot ’cause she is redesigning her website ’cause she has a real live store now and she wants new pictures. Of US and her most pawesome baked goods! We got to meet two photographers and there were bright lights and we had to be good and sit in front of the most awesome smelling cake and they told us to leave it and we just couldn’t so maw and paw had to hang on to us while they took about a gazillion pictures! Here’s what it looked like, can you smell it????


Finally we got to EAT the CAKE! OMD it was SO good! There were three layers ‘n each tasted different–there was berries on top ‘n peanut butter in the middle ‘n liver ‘n BACON on the bottom and it had fondant icing and decorations. Can you believe she made all those cute little paws by hand???? Here’s what it looked like AFTER we got our teeth into it:


Auntie Carla said she made it special for us and we got to take it HOME with us! We’re gonna be eating cake , for a month at least!!!! Woohoo! We loves us our Auntie Carla, she is the BEST! Stay tooned for actual photos of us and the cake, coming soon…….

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