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adventures of Manni the wonderdog

Here’s to friends in the now and the forever

I am writing today with so many thoughts, impressions and inspirations in my mind that I find that I am having a hard time putting them all into words. If you have followed this blog you have seen Manni and me going from desperation to hope to thankfulness and you will know that we try our hardest to make every day count, to make every moment last, and to just enjoy as much time together as possible.

The Virginia Tripawds Party was a climax for me. Being able to meet all the warriors who fight alongsideΒ  of me, who know that they most likely fight in vain in the long run – being able to be around people that have an understanding that nobody else does – was a sort of healing for myself for once. We weren’t complete in Virginia though. Some people were missing that I would have loved to meet in person and of course dogs and cats were missing that will not come back in physical form and that all died a warriors’ death.

Every person on this site is an inspiration. Every animal on this site is loved beyond words. Some are such an inspiration that they themselves and their stories will stay with us forever….

So, after this necessary (for me) foreword: any guesses as to what Manni and I were up to the last couple of days?? πŸ™‚

No? Well, then guess who this is:

This is one person that was a huge inspiration to me and is even now. -More than ever.

Did you guess it?? Did you?? Manni and I got to meet up with Teresa and Eurydice!! Only three of us were there in person, but Eurydice’s present was felt everywhere. I made a secret out of this meet-up because I couldn’t really believe that anyone could really be as brave as this woman and to go and meet another tripawd so soon… you know what I mean.

Eurydice’s travels were such an inspiration to me that to this day I try and do the same for Manni -if on a slightly smaller scale. But then, as Auntie Teresa said: “Manni is TINY!” – so I guess it’s only fitting if our travels are smaller, too. πŸ™‚

It’s all about scale – can you believe it?

Teresa is still taking Eurydice places and I am SO thankful I got to meet this woman on their way! We met up in central Germany, in a tiny village. (oh and for the record: no, Germany does not look like the Sound of Music everywhere. this is a stereotype of a village!! πŸ™‚ )

Not that this will come as a surprise to anyone but we got along fabulously. and we didn’t only talk, laugh, cry, and eat, NOOOOOOO! Saturday came and we were on a mission of course!! What mission? Honestly?? Well, what do you think?? We had to go find us a copy of The Guardian, of course! So we went to the next bigger town, Solingen. It ended like this:

So apparently, a medium-sized town in Germany does not sell the Guardian but only the Solinger Tageblatt! Who’d have thought?? But did we give up?? Of course we didn’t! We did what we always do: we continued traveling. We went to DΓΌsseldorf! That is a huge city so we figured we would definitely get it there…

This is DΓΌsseldorf:

Yes! They found The Guardian! Um, no. Well yes, we did, but the wrong one, from the week before. They always get foreign newpapers a day later. -Apparently newspapers travel, too…

So for once we were unsuccessful, had to go empty-handed and had to resort to the online-version. Both of us vowed to not give up on the quest, though! Of course we did! We’re used to not giving up! πŸ™‚

So we went back to our tiny village and wonderful apartment and that when the traitor deserted me. The What? did What?, are you asking? Well, let me show you…

That was the last I saw of my dog for the night. Sometimes, it seems, our animals have more understanding of things than we do. (I was told the next morning that he even politely asked a couple of times during the night if he could share the bed with Auntie Teresa. Well, at least he showed some manners there…)

Teresa and I parted the next morning.Β  Both of us went back on the road again. But as with all of us here: this will not be a goodbye for ever. We will meet again. Too much binds us all together to lose sight of one another, as all of you know. I am in awe of the strong woman I got to meet and I am thankful for these past days. As I am thankful for all of you!I only wish I could have also met the famous Miss Cow in person and not only in spirit.

I will leave you tonight with an image of the traitor dog. As of tonight he is apparently trying to get a job at the circus…

Have three legs only, but will travel…




  1. midnighter94

    Oh Tina! That’s wonderful!!! I’m so glad that you got to meet up with Teresa! I’m sure her heart needed some Manni snuggles!
    <3 Donna

  2. dobemom

    What a great surprise and adventure! Something you will both hold dear in your hearts forever. I can totally picture the gab fest that went on for hours. So happy you got to meet, and a little envious too.

    Paula and Nitro

  3. linda8115

    What a wonderful surprise this was! You and Manni got to meet our Ambassador of Love Miss Cows Mum Teresa? How special that Manni could sense she needed his doggy snuggles! Bet Miss Cow was smiling down on all of you the whole time!

  4. Michelle

    That is an awesome surprise πŸ™‚ I am so glad you & Manni got to meet her. It’s great to get to feel their spirits with us. You are so right when our furbabies know when they are needed to help someone mend their heart a little πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing your meeting of Teresa with us πŸ™‚

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  5. benny55

    WOW!!!! WOW!!!! WOW TIMES A GAZILLION!! JUST WOW!!! Nope, I would NEVER have vuessed Teresa was the surprise!!


    I’m covered head to toe in gooses bumps! I can feel the magic of all FOUR of you being rogether as though I was there! Tina, you articulated everything beautifully!!

    I feel like you brought all our love from the Virginia Pawty, all our love from the entire Tripawd Family and surrounded Teresa with it through your hugs, your words and your loving heart! πŸ™‚ You expressed what she and Eurydice mean tonus all so weel.

    And make NO mistake about it Ms Tina, you and Manni Manfred inspire everyone here everyday!! πŸ™‚

    OMD! Manni wanting to join the circus as the Three Legged Dog Wonder!! πŸ™‚

    The lictrures of Manni in his Royal Carriage with you two girls….I think his smile is just as big as his!!

    A d yes, Manni knew Teresa needed him to spend the night with her. He and Eurydice already had it planned out.

    And you and Teresa with yiur best pouty faces ever…priceless!! Onlookers had to be quite amused! πŸ™‚

    That’s auite a treasured “scale” photo of Miss Eurydice!! πŸ™‚ Like what Teresa said about “Tiny” Mannie taking small adventures! πŸ™‚ Let me tellnua’…this was a MAGNIFICENT HUGE ADVENTURE OF THE HEART OF SOUL….and adventures don’t ger any more magnanimous than that!!

    Thank you Tina and Manni…and Teresa and Eurydice…, for bringing us along.

    With love always

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

  6. Jeanette

    I πŸ’• this post Tina! So happy to see Manni getting the royal treatment of travel and meeting such an amazing TriPawd family member.

    You’re all an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your journey with us πŸ’•πŸΎ.

    Jeanette, Angel Boone & Boone’s Earthly Sidekick Tuck πŸ’•πŸŒˆπŸΎ

  7. kazann

    Wunderbar! I am so happy you met. I had wondered when this would happen. I know what you mean by meeting Eurydice with Teresa. She has such a strong spirit that she is everywhere. And that Manni knew that he had to be in there with Teresa and Eurydice’s spirit. He is a sweetie, as are you Tina.
    Huge hugs and thanks for sharing.
    Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

  8. mom2shelby

    What a great adventure for you and Manni and Teresa and of course, Miss Cow in spirit!!! That is so amazing that you were able to do that. What a gift and a treat!!!

    And of course Manni knew that Teresa needed some extra TLC and he was happy to give it. πŸ™‚ Even if they don’t always show it to us … dogs know.

    And I agree – the journey to VA was just the start of many more adventures to come. I firmly believe that people come into our lives for a reason (and dogs and cats too) and there is a reason that we were all meant to be together and me. We are special souls and kindred spirits and while miles separate us, our hearts are always together!

    Much love my dear friend!!! We miss you!!!
    Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too)

  9. otisandtess

    How wonderful that you were able to get together!

  10. Purrkins

    OMC well that was not even close to what I was thinking your surprise was! Not even on a radar!

    How neat for all of you! You guys look like your had a blast! And Manni wanting to stay with Teresa is not at all surprising to me! Animals senses are on it! Very touching Manni good job buddy!

    Holly & Purrkins

  11. jerry

    Eeeeeee! I just stopped crying happy tears from the article and now I come here and the tears start flowing again! WOW.

    It’s amazing and wonderful and beautiful to think that members connect like this all over the world. Honestly it just blows our minds. HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    And yes I agree, it was brave of Teresa to visit another Tripawd so soon. We did that shortly after losing Jerry, and it was incredibly bittersweet and unforgettable. But we are so glad we did it.

    I love that you two got along so well and had fun. Tripawds Community people are very, very special, as our their animals.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely meeting!

  12. misterrustybucket

    Tina & Manni,
    I just saw this post and I love it. I’m so happy that you and Teresa and Manni and Angel Eurydice got to visit. I think I could actually see the Love force created around you in those pictures. What a wonderfully healing thing for all of you and how nice of Manni to share some tripawd love. I laughed at your Sound of Music comment – those buildings are beautiful. Oh and the circus pic – they should be so lucky to have Manni (but he’s to young to go on the road). Thanks for sharing this fun story. I think we all wish we could have been there too!
    ❀️Amy & Rusty

  13. eurydice

    Darling Tina and Manni xx

    It was SO LOVELY to meet you both in person πŸ™‚

    Eurydice was there as an angel, I am sure, and her and Manni decided he should sleep by my side.

    I really needed it.

    A LOT!

    Manni is such a lovely dog, he has the most amazing eyes and cocks his head like no other … so, so charming!

    These days will stay with me forever, what wonderful memories we made πŸ™‚

    LOVE you both to bits πŸ™‚

  14. Purrkins

    We have been thinking of you and Manni!
    Did not want to post on forum or PM you. This way you wont have to sign in:)
    MASSIVE HUGS across the miles❣️❣️❣️
    Holly & Purrkins

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