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Colorado Leg of the CannonPaw Run

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This entry isn’t about Nikki, although I’m sure if she were able to talk to me in English she’d be saying, “WTF"???”

If you haven’t read about the CannonPaw Run, you should check out the thread on the Tripawds forums here: http://tripawds.com/forums/the-tripawd-rescue-forum/rescue-railroad-legs-help-needed-for-tripawd-rottie-nm-to-ca/page-5/#p34789 

“Baggins” is a Rottie-mix Tripawd that was discovered in a shelter in Taos, NM. He had been picked up as a stray and nobody claimed him, nor wanted to adopt him. He was at the end of the line, as the shelter was ready to put him down, Note: Just received word that this bit of info wasn’t correct. Apologies about that. but alas, it wasn’t to be. “Dawn”, a member of the Tripawds community and mother of Spirit-Raven (Who incidentally helped Mary and I quite a bit when we first started this journey with Nikki) paid Baggins’ bond and sprung him from the joint.. Only problem is getting him from Taos, NM to Auburn, CA.

Hence the Cannonpaw run.. While it’s certainly not the most direct route to California, Baggins travelled from Taos, NM to us here in Colorado Springs today. Tomorrow he’ll head to Ft. Collins with Mary, and then on to Salt Lake City with Jim.. He’s going to have a busy few travel days, but it’s all worth it.

Baggins is an absolutely beautiful dog, and one of the most laid back and easy going “shelter dogs” that I have ever seen. He fit right in with our “Monkey Butts” here as you can see:

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(Baggins is the lighter colored one in the foreground)

As you can see, he’s quite beautiful and very much fixated on Mary’s hand (which happens to hold a treat at the moment).

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I am very much amazed at how well he is getting around on 3 legs (He’s a front leg amputee and he’s very well adapted!)

You can tell so much from a dog by their expression, and right now I’d say that Baggins has that, “Thank you for saving me” expression! (That and, hey, those treats are great! Gimme!!)

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Dawn, you are one lucky gal! Baggins is going to make a wonderful companion! We’re glad that we were able to visit with him, even for the little while we’ll have him here.


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8 Responses to “Colorado Leg of the CannonPaw Run”

  1.   admin Says:

    Thank you so much for helping get Baggins to us for the trip West. And for posting the update so quickly! 🙂

  2.   cometdog Says:

    Awwww! He looks like such a great dog! OMD, if I had gotten to keep him overnight, my two would have traumatized him! Yours are so nice!

  3.   jerry Says:

    Yaaaaaahoooo! OMG what a pack! Thank you so much for your help! Our Spirit Tripawds are smiling down at everypawdy.

  4.   dsimas Says:

    THANK YOU!!! I am so excited, I can’t see straight!

  5.   majorbubbatank Says:

    Baggins is not only gorgeous, he’s also internationally known! What a phenominally special and lucky boy he is. I saw a discussion about changing his name. What about Barney? Not because anypawdy has it out for him, he’s just racking up nearly as many miles!

    Rachel (Major’s mom)

  6.   labradorim Says:

    This is so wonderful. I can’t begin to describe how this is helping to heal my heart. Thank God I looked on the Stray Hearts site and saw Baggins! He is gorgeous! And I love that “thank you for rescuing me” look, I know it well. So glad to hear he’s a calm, sweet dog. That’s really something for a former inmate of the rural shelter system.

    Beth (Tshuvah’s mama)

  7.   Stray Hearts Animal Shelter Says:

    Just wanted to comment that the staff at Stray Hearts is elated and thankful Baggins found a home with Dawn. We wish all our animals could have such a happy ending.

    At the same time, I want to correct this blog by saying Baggins was not on any list to be euthanized, he had many months before his name would have come up for possible euthanasia. He is a very adoptable dog because of his laid back manner and good looks. Our shelter has one of the lowest rates of euthanasia in the state of New Mexico, which is under 25%.

    Again, I want to thank Dawn for taking “Miles” into her heart and wish them both many years of enjoyment and happiness.

    Karen
    Operations Manager
    Stray Hearts Animal Shelter
    Taos, NM

  8.   Ted Says:

    My apologies. Was just going off the information I had been given. I’ll correct it.

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