Northern CA Tripawds Gathering

What an amazing weekend – it was fun, cathartic and healing! It was SO amazing to meet so many people who have traveled this journey and survived! My Shelby’s spirit was definitely there and I was so happy to meet Golden Shelby – the Petite Princess! They were one of the first to welcome us on this journey and their initial kindness and outreach to me restored my faith in humans. In the pits of deep depression and sadness, their kind handwritten note (and wine) made more of a difference to me than they will ever know.

Jasper and I drove up Friday and then drove out to the party Sat. We were early so we walked around the park – taking full advantage of the sights and being full of gratitude for our health.

In what seemed like the perfect way to start the day, we saw Shelby and her wagon! And to the party we headed. Before I knew it, more than 4 hours had passed and we had shared amazing stories of fur-babies passed and new fur-babies and relationships that only strengthen with time.

I am posting these photos on Shelby’s blog since without Shelby Lynne… I would never had had the honor to meet these wonderful, caring and loving people. And over 19 months since Shelby earned her wings, this community continues to lift me up, support me, let me cry and remind me that I am getting stronger.

This is a place I never feel judged for missing Shelby. Where there is no time limit on grief. Where Jasper and all her quirks are relished and we are reminded that Shelby brought us together. Because without¬†Shelby, I would not have this community of support. So thank you Shelby – for bringing me light and sunshine on dark times and for sending little Jasper Lily to ensure I would have a travel buddy to explore places outside of LA – where – for one brief afternoon – I could escape my current reality and just be in the moment and “be more dog”.

We can’t wait till the next party!

All checked into the hotel room!
Very cold (39!!!) so it means sweater time!


Checking out the park pre-party.
Checking out the park pre-party.
Pre-party cuddles (it was really cold).
Pre-party cuddles (it was really cold).
Shelby in her wagon!
Obi snuggling on Elly!
Elly and Obi
Austin looking regal and handsome!
Tripawd Hannah
Elly getting braver!
Obi and his little tongue!
Bernie Bin Laden and Linda (white in the front).
Puggle cuddles!
Shelby in the front
The one, the only, BERNIE Bin Laden!
Jasper in front of Shelby’s wagon!
Jasper hanging with the big dogs!
John and Shelby!
Jasper checking it out!
Elly and Obi (*and mom Karen)
Jasper giving me the stink eye on John’s lap!
“Someone” partied too hard!
Good night sweet Jasper Lily! So proud of you.

Author: mom2shelby

Mom to 13 year old Shelby - Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. A rescue dog that was born in New Orleans. Shelby is a spirited, smart and happy little dog who loves to run, play, go to the beach (we live in LA) and ride in the car! She is my best friend and the true love of my life!

5 thoughts on “Northern CA Tripawds Gathering”

  1. Looks like an awesome day! I would love to meet some of the tripawd peeps that I feel so close to! Thanks for sharing your day!

    Paula and Nitro

  2. Great photo’s! Joya, Bob and I had a wonderful time and look forward to the next par-tey!

    I hope you and Jasper had a good drive back to LA.


  3. How awesome. I totally love it <3 <3 <3 I am so glad it was a great party and you all had a good time.
    You express yourself so well Alison. We love you

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  4. Awwww what FUN! I am so jealous, wish we could have been there, what a perfect day. I’m so happy you drove all the way up there to meet that great bunch of folks, consider yourself an honorary member of the NorCal crew!

    And I love how you posted them on Shelby’s blog, what a great way to pay tribute to her life on three legs.


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