You’ve Got Trip Mail! How an Adopted Chihuahua Brightens Days and Warms Hearts

From mailbox to mailbox, Trip brings smiles wherever he goes.

Carla + Trip

An adopted three-legged Chihuahua brightens days and warms hearts when his mom creates a series of wag-worthy greeting cards.

"It was definitely love at first sight, but I had no idea just how much happiness this three-legged Chihuahua would bring me. "

Meet Trip! I wasn’t even looking for a pet when I saw his cute face on the Operation Kindness Facebook page—I just knew immediately that he was meant to be mine. It was definitely love at first sight, but I had no idea just how much happiness this three-legged Chihuahua would bring me.

Trip the Chihuahua

Now don’t you worry, Trip has absolutely no idea that he only has three legs. He can still run and jump and play and peek in on me in the bathroom. I often forget that he is missing a limb, but my sweet little niece has always felt sorry for him and kept her distance because it made her so sad.

Trip the Chihuahua

One year I decided to Photoshop Trip’s photo onto a cute little birthday card to help her feel more connected to my beloved pup. It was such a hit that I decided to Photoshop him onto more and more cards, and send them to more and more friends. “Trip Mail” quickly turned into a thing, and now our super fun Trip Mail goes out to almost 100 friends and family… and in some cases, to THEIR friends and family! We send cards for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, Halloween, Election Day, the first day of school, the Olympics, football season, and any other occasion I can think of. People tell us all the time how fun our cards are to get in the mail, and I’m so glad that so many people love seeing my sweet boy as much as I do.

Trip the Chihuahua

So not only is Trip the light of my life; he also brings smiles and joy to our friends and family all over the world!

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Carla won Operation Kindness in Texas a 2018 Holiday Wishes award.

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