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17 May 2017


Author: Paula | Filed under: Uncategorized


Today is 35 months since Nitro became a Tripawd….just a little teaser of what’s to come next month when its 3 YEARS!

This journey has been full of ups and downs, especially lately. We’re still experiencingย  the highest highs, and the lowest lows, but at least we are still on the journey. Every day is a blessing, every day is uncertain, every day I love him more. This dog is the ultimate warrior, a cat with nine lives.


In less than 2 weeks I will be in Virginia to attend the “International Pawty of the Century”.ย  And while I’m beyond excited, I’m apprehensive leaving home; I know John will take great care of my boys, but a mother worries. Not that long ago I didn’t think Nitro would even be here when I ย headed east; but he’s proven me wrong so many times, too many to count. I hesitate to even write these words, for fear I will jinx things. So instead, I will send out the most positive vibes this universe has ever felt.

ribbon for the Tribute Leash

Until next month, when we celebrate “3 ON 3″….peace and love from the Ehlers’ ranch.

12 Responses to “35 MONTHS!”

  1. c1nicolei Says:

    <3 <3 <3 It's great being in the 3 year club!! Would love to get our beautiful babies together!!

    So happy that Nitro is doing SO good. When Sarge was diagnosed his vet said we would be "lucky" to expect 6-12 months. We never dreamed he would get 3 hoppy years!!! AND still counting. <3

  2. jerry Says:

    WAY TO GO with the pawsitivity Paula and Nitro! See, it pays off right?

    I’m soo hoppy that you are at 35 months, this is the best news all week. CONGRATS!!!

    You know by traveling to VA, you are sending ripples of love across the universe with all that joy that will happen when everyone meets and it will come back to you in a thousand different ways. YAY!

  3. philip arlen Says:

    just stitches free, my “Happy” dog is truly delighted to read your story! the estimates (with/without chemo) are all gloomy, but now i’m going to forget about them… i’ve decided that “Happy” has been through enough and, although vets say it’s much different for dogs, most of whom “sail through”, 6 treatments stretching over a 4+ month time is just not worth it when “they” tell me my dog has only 2-14 months to live… no chemo for him, and he’ll still be a “Happy” dog ’til his time is right…. Phil & Happy

  4. benny55 Says:

    Ya’ know, I think none of us here are surprised that Nitro is getting ready to celebrate his THREE YEAR AMPUVERSARY!!! This boy is soooooo strong and soooo fit and such a Warrior, we just knew getting to be a Senior is something he would be able tonp do!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, you “knew” this too….on most days!!! And those days you were fearful you reached out to your family and fou d that inner strength within that is with you all the time!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m always in awe when I see pictures of Nitro. He tryly, truly is so REGAL…soooo MAJESTIC…..soooo HANDSOME!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And it will do you so much good to get away for a few days to do something for YOU!!!! John and Nitro will jave some great “boy bonding time” in their man cave!!!

    Nitro’s ribbon is BEAUTIFUL!!! For you to be able to add it to the Tribute Leash IN PERSON surrounded by your family will be very special…to us too!! Have him give that ribbon a sloppy kiss and we’ll kiss it too!

    For now, HAPPY THIRTY FIVE MONTH AND COUNTING AMPUVERSARY NITRO!! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re gonna be raising our glasses to toast you at THE PAWTY!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your Fan Club is giving you a standing ovation…and your Mom too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lots and lots of love!!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  5. mysweetted Says:

    ahhhhhh. Nitro is a ROCKSTAR!!!! So, so happy for you that you get to love him more every day…and so happy for him that he gets to love you more every day and show you and all of us what a warrior is – and give us hope! Looking forward to seeing/meeting you soon!

  6. hester Says:

    Much love to Nitro on this amazing milestone! Thirty five months is monumental and a testimony to his strength and the extraordinary care you give him, Paula.

  7. travisray Says:

    Woohoo Nitro!!! Glad to hear you are hanging in there and approaching 3 years on 3! Your ribbon is awesome–its gonna look grrrreat on the leash ๐Ÿ™‚

    Travis Ray and the Oaktown Pack

  8. jeanetteg Says:

    Wahoo!! Love seeing Nitro and to hear that he’s still on this journey with you. Wish I could be at the ultimate pawty to meet all of you amazing people. One day…

    Jeanette, Angel Boone & Boone’s Earthly Sidekick Tuck

  9. mom2shelby Says:

    He will be great while you are gone but will miss you terribly of course! And we are so excited to meet you and celebrate ALMOST three years!!! I am amazed!!! Nitro is a hero and warrior in the truest of true definitions. I am so honored to be on this journey with you and see just a glimpse of the ‘day in the life of’. Congrats on kicking butt! Congrats are proving statistics mean nothing. And thank you for all you do for this community!

    alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too)

  10. tinsch Says:

    Go Nitro!!! And how can you not be the ultimate warrior with that name?!
    Paula, I understand you so well that you are scared of leaving him. I am in the same place. But I also think it’s important for us, the warrior-moms, to do a little something for ourselves and come back even stronger-for them. We’ll raise our glasses -together- to a great outcome and the upcoming big 3!!

  11. linda8115 Says:

    This is such a wonderful update! Nitro you stay strong there mighty man! You have shown this entire community there is hope! Both Nitro and you too Paula are mighty warriors! You and Nitro were the first I met in person after joining here and I’ll never forget your kindness to us during those hard days. Looking forward to giving both Nitro and Kodi some loving when I see you next week!

  12. Michelle Says:

    Yahooooooooooo Way to kick butt Nitro. Keep going buddy. Paula, I know that sometimes it’s so hard to see the positives but you are doing a great job. No matter what life throws at you & Nitro you are doing it together. He isn’t ready to go not by a long shot. We are all cheering you both on.
    Can’t wait to see you in a week 1/2.
    Extra treats Nitro ๐Ÿ™‚

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

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