Jun 6, 2020
Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano are a married couple who live, work
and write from the road in their RV. Their nomadic life began in
2007, when they sold their home, business and nearly everything
they owned to travel with their terminally-ill dog, Jerry.
Given just a few months to live after his leg amputation,
Jerry’s bone cancer diagnosis at age eight turned their lives
upside down and around. But against all odds, Jerry defied the
bleak prognosis. He enjoyed two unforgettable years hopping along
on three legs, from coast-to-coast and back again. Wherever he
went, his joyful nature inspired others to look beyond adversity
and embrace the present moment.
The trio founded Tripawds.com, the world’s largest
support community for three legged pets and their people. Later in
2014 they formed the non-profit Tripawds Foundation to aid amputee
pets. The couple continues managing Tripawds and chronicling their
travels at liveworkdream.com.
What is our purpose?
Rene: To help underserved people and animals feel heard,
supported and valued.
Jim: I believe I am here to help people Be More Dog, especially
in times of distress or challenge. Jerry taught us about
Resilience, Acceptance, Perseverance, Lovingkindness, Awareness,
Gratitude...I'm paying that forward.
Instead of just "helping people smile" as I originally answered,
I do the work I do to help pet parents cope with difficult
situations by following their dog's lead.
what you will hear in this podcast:
- a love story on many levels
- how 2 people and one dog deal with a terminal diagnosis given
to their dog and create a new life from it
- what in the world possessed them to completely change their
lifestyle and go out on the road with a 3 legged terminally ill
- how Jerry, their dog, showed them how they had lost the very
thing they loved about life
- diving into the pivot point a little deeper of what happened in
- how Jerry’s diagnosis brought light to and coincided with a
moment of burnout that they only now saw
- the crack where the light comes in. a line from a Leonard Cohen
song resonates with them
- the daily routine of no routine helped Jerry hold on as Jim
every night spoke to hi and told him just hold on buddy
- how the thought of a one year sabbatical from life turned into
an entirely new life
- hear how everything conspired to move them along their
- are there moments of regret?
- the walked into two big trends unknowingly: the nomadic
lifestyle and the minimalist
- the role of Jerry in teaching them how to deal with having
conflict when living in such a small space
- putting what they love ahead of everything else
- has this lifestyle become a new comfort zone?
- with RV parks shutting down due to the pandemic, Rene wondered
if the lifestyle without water, and sewage was still right.
- what scares them the most about the lifestyle they are
- a book that helps them to look at fear: Fearvana
- what was the biggest surprise? and what completely changed in
the way you live life now
- when does Jerry stop being the teacher and you grow into the
space of seeing how awesome you are?
- how our stories make sense until they no longer make
- from 3-legged’s to 2 legged’s and taking the lesson they
learned in a time of adversity to being the stories that inspire
- the possible development of owning the new brand “Be More
- the need for people to hear the message of what people are
really like out there?
- the story of the pear tree
- the dropping of the gun, the loss of fearing others and the
beauty of reframing your life through making a choice
- the power of Viktor Frankel’s words
- the one thing . . .
Be More Dog: Learning to Live in the Now
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