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Queen for a Day – My 1-Year Ampuversary

Posted by: | November 11, 2009 | 22 Comments |

Wow!  I knew my 1-year ampuversary was a special holiday, but I had no idea it was a NATIONAL holiday today.  I sure am lucky!  Mom says even all the banks and post offices are closed today.  Could it be in my honor? I know, wishful thinking, but seriously, I am honored to share this special day with all the awesome Veterans of our country.

You all already know that I am a spoiled princess, but today Mom has crowned me “Queen Nova of Tripawds”. 

Her Royal Highness Queen Nova of Tripawds

Her Royal Highness Queen Nova of Tripawds

As Queen I would first like to decree that all Tripawds and their pawrents take the time today to fondly remember all of our fallen Tripawd heroes who fought their battles so valiantly. You pups are so pawesome and will never, ever be forgotten.

Paws for a Moment to Remember Our Fallen Tripawd Heroes

Paws for a Moment to Remember Our Fallen Tripawd Heroes

I also declare that all Tripawds should give their pawrents a big sloppy Great Dane-style kiss today, as thanks for all that they have done to keep us free from pain, hoppy, and healthy.

Who Could Resist Such Beauty and Grace?

Who Could Resist Such Beauty and Grace?

And then I declare that all Tripawds shall say a big THANKS to Jim and Rene, Jerry and Wyatt Ray, for all their loving support with this site. They are truly the best, and there is no way my Mom and I would have made it through the year without them. Oh wait, one more declaration, and this is that all pawrents shall shower their Tripawds today with lots of tasty treats, in honor of my Ampuversary.

It's Not Easy Being Queen

It's Not Easy Being Queen

Mom went out of her way today to make my Ampuversary a very special day.  I woke to breakfast served to me in bed, as befitting a Queen. It was a tasty platter of sausage links and cheese slices. 

Sausage a la Jimmy Dean and Fromage Americaine

Sausage a la Jimmy Dean and Fromage Americaine

Delicious! A breakfast fit for a Queen!

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed

A little bit later, as a mid-morning snack, I received a most thoughtful gift of a delectable Beef Trachea. 

"Roasted to Perfection" - Only the Best for the Queen

"Roasted to Perfection" - Only the Best for the Queen

“Let them ALL eat Beef Trachea!”  I declared to my subjects as I munched down my tasty treat.

I Hereby Declare... A Beef Trachea for Every Tripawd!

I Hereby Declare... A Beef Trachea for Every Tripawd!

I tell ya, nothing says “I Love You” like a crunchy Beef Trachea, you should really consider them for those holiday gift baskets.  Sure they make our pawrents say “ewwwww” but they just don’t know what they are missing.

I Have No Clue Why My People Find This Unappetizing... Go Figure!

I Have No Clue Why My People Find This Unappetizing... Go Figure!

I was feeling so generous I even shared my 2-pack with my sissy Emmy.


Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog

Just before lunch, I opened a huge present, an adorable, giant-sized Bernese Mountain Dog stuffy, truly a gift befitting a Queen! 

My New Baby

My New Baby

I just love stuffies that are life-size! 

Big Girls Need Big Toys!

Big Girls Need Big Toys!

I loved spending a few hours in the living room grooming and snuggling with my new baby today.

Everybody Needs Some Stuffy to Love!

Everybody Needs Some Stuffy to Love!

Mom told me she wanted to get me a Barney so I could join the Blog of Killbarney, but she couldn’t find any Barneys at the store that were befitting a Queen. They were all too small. I do have a minimum size requirement for my stuffies you know. Plus, my brother threatened that, if a singing Barney entered the house, he would tear it up himself before I would be able to get my jaws on it.  Oh well, maybe for Christmas.

Lunch was a delightful platter of rolled-up deli turkey.

Deli Turkey... YUM!  This is one of the few things I would eat when I was recovering last year.

Deli Turkey... YUM! This is one of the few things I would eat when I was recovering last year.

The turkey slices were hand-fed to me bon-bon style on my brother’s bunk bed.

Mmmmmm..... Turkey!

Mmmmmm..... Turkey!

This is living!  I was hoping for some tripe too, but Mom said she just couldn’t do it, the smell of tripe makes her want to hurl and she didn’t want ruin my pawty by hurling.

I spent the afternoon lazing around napping in the sun, and hopping around outside to enjoy the beautiful fall day.  I even played a little with Mom.

Wanna Play? I Love to Bring Mom Love Offerings of Stuffies

Wanna Play? I Love to Bring Mom Love Offerings of Stuffies

Dinner was a formal affair (tiaras required), where I was served a delectable flat-iron steak, rare of course, sprinkled in cheddar cheese.

Ampuversary Steak and Cheese

Ampuversary Steak and Cheese

Happy Ampuversary to Meeeeeeeeeeeee…………

1 Year!  Wow!

1 Year! Wow!

Geesh… you’d think I’d died and gone to Heaven.  Wow, all the Spirit and Angel Tripawds are lucky, they get to eat like this every day.

Good Eatin'

Good Eatin'

 My bedtime snack was a spectacular beef rib to gnaw on, a perfect way to end my day of the royal treatment.

Beef Rib

Beef Rib

Mmmm….. I am stuffed!



Of course I shared all of my wonderful treats with my sissy because I AM a fair and generous Queen.

Now Emmy and I are expressing our appreciation for all the wonderful Ampuversary treats as only dogs can… by farting up a storm.  Excuse me, but even a Queen has to let one rip every now and then. Who can blame me with all this rich food?

Sloppy Dane Kisses, table-clearing tail wags, and a Dane Lean to all my loyal subjects…

HRH Queen Nova of Tripawds

Kicking Cancer’s Butt for 1 YEAR and counting!

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  1. By: Opie on November 11, 2009 at 7:07 pm      

    All hail Queen Nova

    Oh boy, I hope my mom reads this and looks at all the photos and realizes that I should have a day like yours! way to go Nova’s Mom!

  2. By: jerry on November 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm      

    Nova, if there were a Pulitzer Prize for dog blogs, you would get it! We laughed so hard reading about your day!

    What a lucky, lucky girl you are to get beef trachea. Wow, that’s so exotic! Your Mom sure knows how to spoil you.

    Congratulations on your big ampuversary. What an awesome milestone that we always hope every Tripawd can reach. Lead the way girlfriend, you are absolutely pawesome!

    And there’s no need to thank US. It’s YOU who makes this community what it is. So thank YOU.

  3. By: wyattraydawg on November 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm      

    Nova, you look so pretty in that boa and tiara. I am proud to be your subject. What a beautiful queen you are!

    Hoppy Ampuversary your Royal Highness. We love you.

  4. By: jakesmom on November 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm      

    Happy 1 year ampuversary Nova!! Looks like you had an awsome party with lots of deliscious treats!!! You and your sister Emmy are beautiful! Sending a big fat hug your way!!!

    Jake’s Mom

  5. By: Kim on November 11, 2009 at 8:50 pm      

    What a pawsome party! lots of woofs & howls to Queen Nova & sis….
    Your a wonderful Mom, Sue!
    hugs & kisses

  6. By: gineej on November 11, 2009 at 9:01 pm      

    Three cheers and a hip-hip-hooray to you!! What an exciting day you had!!
    We agree with Jerry, we think your Mom deserves a paw-litzer prize in blogs…..
    May you enjoy many more special moments with your family, you have made them proud!!

    Gineej & Paris

  7. By: Peyton's Path on November 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm      

    You make a beautiful Queen Nova and you deserve it! Thanks to you, all of us tripawds have high standards for our pawrents when we reach our one year! Thanks for setting some standards for the rest of us! We hope you enjoyed your day-you sure looked like you did! You go girl!!!

  8. By: admin on November 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm      

    Most awesome day indeed!

  9. By: jim on November 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm      

    Thank you Nova for the kind declarations, I say you can be Queen of the Tripawds Blogs every day!

  10. By: ldillon81 on November 11, 2009 at 11:32 pm      

    oh my gosh, this post was AWESOME!!!! I loved it 🙂 Where does one get beef trachea? Although I’m sure Nova enjoyed her delicious day (seriously! she ate better than some humans!!!), I don’t envy you one bit considering what you may have to clean up in your yard tomorrow (hehehehe!). Way to go Nova, and I hope you have a great year 2!

  11. By: cemil on November 11, 2009 at 11:43 pm      

    Congratulations Queen Nova! You deserve every bit of the adoration you got on your special day. All your followers adore you too and we hope we can have a one-year celebration like yours. Put some love on your Mom–queens wouldn’t be queens without a mom.

  12. By: shiloanne on November 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm      

    You rock Nova!! That was one awsome day!! I hope you will continue in celebrating these wonderful milestones! Way to go!!

  13. By: Codie Rae on November 12, 2009 at 12:20 am      

    Your Supreme Highness, Dearest Nova, happy hippy hoppy 1 year ampuversary!!!!!

    You are a SuperNova! Your beauty just bowls me over. And your mom is a SuperMom! She really knows how to throw a pawty! Dawg, I wish we could have all been there to help you celebrate in person. Do ya think there would have been beef trachea party favors?

    Wow! Danes must have much better stomachs than GSDs. If I ate all that, well, lets just say it wouldn’t be pretty.

    You absolutely rock oh beautiful one. Keep on having fun and showing the world that a blind three-legged girldog knows how to GIT DOWN and PAWTEEEEE!


  14. By: krun15 on November 12, 2009 at 10:48 am      

    Way to go Nova!

    There is enough food there to feed my girls for a week! Of course my girls are smaller than your ‘stuffies’.

    Props also for sharing with your sis, what a benevolent Queen!

    Karen and the pug girls

  15. By: grandma barb on November 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm      

    Belle and Stella are envious of your beautiful day, treats and crown.

  16. By: chuymaloney on November 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm      

    You sure are one Lucky Queen Nova! Keep celebrating every day, you deserve it. Fart? Dogs don’t fart, we just bark out our butts!!!

  17. By: Dane Mom Sue on November 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm      

    Chuy, _I_ do not bark out of my butt. Silent but deadly is the only way for such a gentle lady like the Queen!

  18. By: Dane Mom Sue on November 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm      

    Grandma Barb, YOU are the one who gave me my first Beef Trachea, thank you! They rank right up there with Macho Stix (dried bull weiners) and Texas Toothpicks (pig tails).

  19. By: wrigley on November 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm      

    What a great celebration… Nova is one great dog.

    Glad to hear she had a great day- wishing you many many more.

  20. By: Christina on November 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm      

    What a fantastic one year celebration Queen Nova! Thanks for sharing your party celebration with us and being an inspiration! You look smashing in that gorgeous tiara and boa! The food was spectacular and we laughed as we read all about your day. I am amazed that you managed to eat all that food and keep it all down! Your Mom knows how to treat you right! My Mom will have to aim to live up to that celebration when I get to my one year! Here’s to another year ahead!

  21. By: Dane Mom Sue on November 13, 2009 at 7:36 am      

    Hi Solo,

    Yes, Mom was amazed that I was able to keep it all down and not have any problems. Well, just a few extra trips outside at 2 am and 3 am, but I don’t think she minded waking up to let me out at all. She says I must have a cast iron digestive system. Actually, I usually have a pretty restricted diet, a Queen can’t maintain such a shapely figure by eating like that every day!


  22. By: horacia on November 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm      

    Sue, this post was absolutely pawesome!! Couldn’t keep the smile from my face even as tears of regret for losing Hori so soon kept falling and falling.
    Nova, you are undoubtedly a Queen. Keep the fight up!!! You are a Great example for many many newbies.
    Congrats and hoppy ampuversary!
    Cecilia + Spirit Hori

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