Duuuudes, this is not my beautiful life!

Holeee Tripawds! Its bin one heckuva long time but I’m baaaaack! How y’all bin? Me, not so much lately. So … I got this lump on my elbow a couple months ago but it din’t bother me or nuthin’. Maw and Paw finally noticed it and decided it was a lipoma ’cause it was squishy and din’t seem like it was attached. Then about a month later it was much harder so Maw freaked out! We went to my regular vet and they did a fine needle aspirate. Come to find out they thought it might be a soft tissue sarcoma. Whatever that is.

The Lump

Then, pretty much the day after I went to the vet for my lump, Maw noticed one a my teeth looked like it was going sideways. WTF? Dang! Quicker ‘n you can say ‘get that stick’ they knocked me out and pulled that sucker (the vet, not Maw and Paw) ’cause it was broken! So then we went to UC Davis and talked to the docs there. They were like, we gotta get this lump offa you and then we can decide what to do from there.

Maw! They gave me a poooodle cut! Noooooo!

So 2 weeks later I was back at Davis and they knocked me out again! Woke up and my elbow hurt and there were all these stitches….Cone time….hated it!

So the last month has pretty much been hell on earth ’cause I HATE going to the vets, it just stresses me out! Waaay too much time there, stooooopid cone, and no walks!

Take the picture already!!!!!




But Maw has been trying to make up for it 🙂 Woohoooooooo! Flying Dutchmans!!!!!!!

mmm, mmm, good!



OMD, sooooooo goood!!!!!!




And hey, did you know there’s this stretch of I-80 where everything is named after meeee? Woohoo! There’s a Travis Boulevard, a Travis credit union, and a Travis AFB, whatever that is. How cool is that to have your awesomeness recognized by the whole world 🙂 So I guess things ain’t all that bad :).

I am totally healed up, feeling grrrrrreat and ready to rock and roll again! Maw sez she is gonna post more details over in the forums so hop on over there and take a look!

xoxo you guys!

Travis Ray minus one tooth and one lump

Dawgs of Summer

So lookin’ back over the summer one event really stood out for the Oaktown Pack. Our hometown ball team had their annual Oakland A’s Bark in the Park Day and peeps and their dawgz came from all over California to play! The most beautiful Hannah and her maw Kim came from the southland and Shelby the petite princess and her maw Cindi and her chauffeur Jack came from Santa Rosa and Austin Ray and Smokey B represented the Oaktown Pack along with our maw and paw. Whoa dawggies did everyone have a grrrrrrrreat time! Especially when the A’s came back and spanked the Orioles in the bottom of the 9th! Wish I coulda bin there to meet that purty grrrl Hannah. Sigh……The OP looooved meeting Hannah and her maw and it is always soooo good to see Shelby and her pawrents. What a grrrreat game and good time!

Kim, Cindi, and Jack
Kim, Cindi, and Jack


Shelby and her chauffeur
Shelby and her chauffeur










Representing the Oaktown Pack
Representing the Oaktown Pack



OMD, I came all this way and they're losing
OMD, I came all this way and they’re lo0000sing 🙁










Pleeeeze Miss, can I have some of your corndawg?
Pleeeeze Miss, can I have some of your corndawg?










Oooh, maybe they're not gonna lose after all!
Oooh, maybe they’re not gonna lose after all!










Woohoo! A three run-homer!!
Woohoo! A three run-homer!! We wooooon!!!!

Dude! I coulda died!

Yo Everypawdy!

So Wyatt already scooped me but I am finally feeling good enuf to post myself. Feelin’ pretty lucky today, oh YESH, I am! So last Saturday I bloated and my stomach did a 180 twist. Its called gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV). Uh, yeah, whatever that means. All I know is I felt like %#@$. And then I was at the vets and I woke up with about a zillion staples in my belly (more about that later). There’s alot of theories out there about why this kinda thing happens to us dawgs and some of us are genetically predisposed (whatever that means). So I was havin’ a great day–I got to play in the Bay and drink some salt water (even though my mom kept telling me not to). Then I got a frosty cone, which I ate in two big bites. Then I promptly threw up said frosty cone. And then I went home and drank some water and then I threw up again. I was so thirsty after drinking salt water I really wanted some regular water but every time I drank some I threw up again. My mom thinks all that throwing up and retching made me gulp alot of air and that when the bloat started…..thats her theory anyways and she’s sticking to it!

So I bin modeling all the cone o’ shame alternatives my pawrents have around the house. They got just about everything! I freaked out when they put the standard vet issue model on me. HATE that thang! Can’t see and bumpin’ into things all the time. So they took pity on me and we went to the blow up donut and a t-shirt. The donut is grrrreat ’cause it doubles as a pillow!







That worked ok but it can’t keep a determined long-nosed GSD like me from messin’ with their back end. Then, just for the heck of it we tried out the bite not collar. But that thang pretty much doesn’t work at all for a long-nosed dawg.







I was pretty good for the first few days, I just kind of licked around my incision ’cause it was kinda raw from where they shaved it. Everything was looking really good other than the bruises and seepage. But my pawrents were havin’ to keep an eye on me pretty much 24/7 to make sure I didn’t mess with it. ‘Scuse the x-rated pic of my peetie! So.Embarrassed!







Then, once I lulled them into a false sense of security and they took their eyes off me for awhile…. I decided to go for those staples cause they were driving me nuts! I managed to destaple a couple and my pawrents freaked when they caught me. Off we went back to the vet–DANG! they put even more staples in me than before! And, I have to admit, it freaked me out even more to be back there than it did to wear the cone o’ shame. So when I got home my folks said…Homie–we don’t play that anymore….and slapped one of two new models they had purchased since I went down on my ass (well, on my neck actually). I kinda freaked around a bit but they just ignored me until I decided I wasn’t gonna die from having it on. This morning they put a new one on doubled up with the donut ’cause its a little short. But its clear so I can see and I guess I can live with it…..sigh….







So thats my tale of woe–I am just so hoppy to still be here!

xoxox, I love U guyz,

Travis Ray

p.s. My mom sez if you don’t know anything about bloat PLEASE take the time to learn about it, it could mean the difference between life and death for your dawg. Here’s a couple of links if you don’t know anything about this nasty mess:





Tripawd Awareness Day – Travis Ray

Yo! Travis Ray here, representing the Tripawd Nation! I grew up in a backyard and knew nothing about the world outside. Then I got rescued, but not before my foot went missing. I found a home with the Oaktown Pack and grew up into a strong, proud boydog.  I became a K9 Good Citizen! I’ve been to the ball park (Go A’s!). I’ve been to tripawties! I’ve been to the snow, O.M.D.  I love the snow.  I’ve been from California to Colorado and all the states in between. I was given a chance to love and be loved.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!


The OP Meets the Off Road Safari

Yo! Everypawdy!

So ya know how Shelby, the most beautiful Pawtite Princess, has her ‘lil Red Wagon? Well, as of December 25th the OP has their very own ‘lil Red Jeep (aka the Off Road Safari)! Duuuude, did we have fun in round one–the OP v. the ‘lil Red Jeep! Behold the documentary evidence as we get Down and Dirty on our Off Road Safari!

CR had to jump right in at the start and REGULATE, she just can’t help herself…..She dared us all to get near the ‘lil Red Jeep.


Ooops, Smokey got a little too close……..


Then Austin slipped in while she was distracted and got a good bite on that thang!


Sensing the potential for ripped ears, blood on the Christmas tree, and the untimely demise of the ‘lil Red Jeep, Pops corralled Codie and Austin and shut ’em up in the back room. It was up to me ‘n Smokey B. to take it out!

We thought maybe we could BARK it to death!


That din’t work so I made a big move, with a swift chomp to the roll bar…..take THAT Off Road Safari!


Then Smokey B. got his knickers all in a twist and snarked at me to get away, HE was gonna take care of it!


You know me, Ima big chikin, so I let him take the lead…..and he POUNCED!


‘K end o’ Round 1: OP Meets ‘lil Red Jeep…..who’s hurtin’ now!


Note the hole and the big crack in the hood. Still running like nowpawdy’s bidness tho so there is mos’ def gonna be a round 2! Stay tooned !

Hoppy Howlidays and Merry New Year youse guys!


Travis Ray








Travis Ray Reporting In!

Yo Everypawdy!

Today was the BIG DAY and it was MOST pawesome! NorCal Tripawds RULE! Oh YESH they DO! For all youse that didn’t show up…..here’s the low down………

Mom counted 12 tripawds!!!! Its an all time record (we think…). Lylee, Shelby, Me ‘n Austin, Ellie, Ruby, and Cemil. And THEN 5, count ’em 5 dawgs showed up cause the event made the paper a couple weeks ago! Thanks to Rene and Jim for sending out the PR! Mom din’t get most of their names ‘cept for Sadie and Rosie. Bernie and Linda and their pawrents, John and Diane came all the way from San Diego! And Karen brought Tani and Obie–whoa are they pugalicious! And Spirit Cherry’s folks showed up too! Mom din’t bring her camera but she din’t need to ’cause there were photographers everywhere (stay toooned—this was the best documented tripawd event EVER!) And the PRESS showed up, whatever that is. There will be an article tomorrow in the Marin Independent Journal, whatever that is. And my most awesome pawesome Carla was there with the GOODS! Dawg a mighty! There was BACON CAKE!!!!!! And it had Jerry on it!!!! And pupperoni pizzas and ‘lil mints for our sore tummies after eatin’ all a that!  And cute ‘lil doggie bags for everyone to take home. Look what was in ’em!








Sooooooo goooood. We are all in a foodie coma ’round here right ’bout now.  I know everypawdy will be postin’ some pix from the day soon! You’ll get to see the cake and all the beautiful pups and peeps! My mom sez to say it was SO grrrrrreat seein’ so many tripawds in one place and all their fabulous pawrents–such good peeples! Woohoo! We LOVE YOU ALL!


Travis Ray


Gotta New BFF!

Her name is Carla and she makes the best dawg treats on the planet. She loves me an’ my big ears an’ my big brown eyes. I love her ’cause she loves me and did I say? She sent me an’ the Oaktown Pack+1 a whole box of Christmas treats all for ourselves! Dang they were P.A.W.E.T.A.S.T.I.C!!!!!! Oaktown Pack endorsed mos’def!! Word! If ya show up to the April NorCal Tripawds Pawty you will get to sink your teeth into something deeeevine!!!

Thanks Carla!!!!! We looooove U!

Travis Ray


Yo! We got one too many tripawds in da house!

Hey Everypawdy!

Meet Mr. +1 himself, the one, the only Austin Ray! We are fostering this great dude until the perfect forever home shows up. Could it be YOU???? Pleeeeeze say yes! It is kinda cool to be the only house on the planet with three resident tripawd GSDs and we love him, but our house and yard just aren’t big enough! Plus Codie Rae is wearing herself out trying to regulate us all. To learn all about Austin click on his name or photo. Feel free to PM my mom as well!

Sno Daze

Yo Everypawdy!

Its been a long time! Yup, I’m still here and lovin’ all  my tripawd friends! I have missed all of you! Just wanted to share some snow fun with you for now. Mom promises me she is gonna post a year in review for me soon, I gotta lot of stuff saved up!

Yo! In the Sno!
Caught it!
Crazy dawgs
Yup, she's a real beauty!
Codie Rae clicks her heels
Smokey B. smokin' it
Hoppy New Year Everypawdy!

Ain’t nothin better than sno on your nose!

Peace, love, and hoppiness to all of you tripawds out there!

Travis Ray