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You know on Facebook, when it sometimes brings up posts from a year ago? Well yesterday this popped up in my feed. This time last year, Meg spent a month with an external frame attached to (through) her leg in an effort to get it to heal. She missed the Autumn totally and I remember feeling really upset because Autumn is Meg’s favourite season (mine too) and she couldn’t enjoy it at all and it was far from clear at that point that she’d get to see another. I think she looks so wistful in this photo, looking out of the window at the trees full of squirrels and the pheasants going past and everything she wasn’t allowed to be part of…

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Fast forward a year and the frame is gone, so’s the leg, but Meg is very much here, and boy is she ever making up for lost time! I am, of course, only too aware that there will be many for whom Facebook brings up posts of dogs who are no longer here to share the joy of Autumn. Please know that, even as we celebrate, you are very much in my thoughts.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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PURE BLISS!!!! PURE JOY!!! This has made my day…week…year…years to come!! 🙂

I think your insight into Meg’s thought bubble in that photo is spot on! And now she is wrapped up in a thought bubble of unbridled joy and boundless happiness!! 🙂

I love how she’s shredding THE bark off the branches really showing them she’s boss!

And Elsie, you absolutely crack me up!!!clownclown

Thanks so much for bringing us all so much fun today! We needed smiles!

Love!

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

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Wow!  That poor little girl went through so much.  It must be such a relief now that she is able to run and play as a Tripawd!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Holy moly, look at what a new dog she is, I LOVE the video!

Thank you so much for sharing what time and patience, courage and pawsitivity, can do in one year. Meg’s story shows the world that there IS hope in even the hardest situations. You just have to find it within yourself to B E L I E V E. Kudos to you and the pack for coming through such a ruff time, stronger and better than ever!

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I think you need to send that video to Wikipedia so they can use it for the definition of JOY!

The difference between the ‘before’ and ‘after’ is stunning, she seems to be making up for lost time.  No stick is safe when Meg is hopping about!

How old is Elsie?  She reminds me a little of my pug Tani.  We called Tani the ‘fun police’ as her mission in life was to stop other dogs from having fun.

Karen

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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KAREN!!! LMAO at Tani’s mission in life!way-cool

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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HI KAREN! I love the sound of Tani, and now I’ve got an image in my head of this little pug in a uniform going round telling everyone off. I think we need a pic (hint…)

Elsie will be nine in November. She looks older, I think, because she’s so grey. She’s been going grey since she was about eighteen months, but it’s sped up a lot the last couple of years. At the moment she looks like a negative panda. At this rate, I’m going to wind up with a polar bear. 

She’s a true survivor, and in many respects it was my experience with Elsie that kept me going through Meg’s struggles. She was rescued direct from the breeder, who was going to put her down because she wasn’t thriving. This is putting it mildly. I didn’t realise when I took her on, but she had septic peritonitis, pancreatitis and hepatitis all at once. Her liver was so inflamed that it had actually split open. When she was ten weeks old, they took out her intestines to try and find the cause of the problem (I mean, they put them back in again, obviously LOL), but they never did. We think it was some sort of trauma in the womb. So many times, I thought she’d had it, and so many times I agonised over whether it was fair to keep trying, and even if she did survive would she have any quality of life etc. etc. I suppose you kind of take the lead from them, don’t you, and she was just so determined not to give up. It was quite remarkable that so tiny a creature could contain such a powerful will to survive. She just would not give up. It wasn’t until she was about nine months old that I started to feel confident she would make it to adulthood, by which point she was irredeemably spoiled (of course). Now she’s almost nine years old and in excellent health; she has no ongoing issues at all. At our vets they have a portrait of her on the mantlepiece (its in an old townhouse), because they say they’ve never known a dog to survive a start like that. Elsie is my small, sturdy beacon of inextinguishable hope.

She’s actually extremely playful, far more so than Meg, at least with other dogs. What she hates is to be left out. I think in the video she’s jealous of the log that Meg is playing with… They very rarely play together. I love it when they do, but I guess they’re just so different. Meg is a hunting, chasing girl, while Elsie loves wrestling and tugger. 

I often get asked if Elsie’s part pug. She isn’t, but she does have certain puggish qualities. Above all, her stubborn determination, which I treasure so much, because that’s what saved her. She truly is the most stalwart of friends.

Here’s a pic of her as a pup. She had to wear a body warmer because her coat was so thin. And after this I promise, no more pics for at least ten minutes…

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Meg, Mutt, aged around 12, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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26 September 2016 - 10:23 am
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PURE bliss is right!!! Such a happy FB memory … I have a love/hate/sad with those memories but they are part of life so I enjoy each day that I am reminded of the past through Facebook!

I have to laugh at the barking too… Jasper does that at the dog park when the dogs get into their zoomies … I also call her the “fun police”… she likes to dictate how others should play which apparently, is not rough and rambunctious! 

Autumn definitely suits Meg!!! 

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Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife



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Oh wow just looked at your thread and absolutely LOVE the video, the coordination with the music (especially when Meg is shredding the branch) BRILLIANT 🎼🎻🎻 how lovely to see the two of them having such fun 😃 the only thing wrong is the absence of 🐿🐿🐿🐿 I’m sure they would agree😄

And Elsie really is the ultimate fighter 👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾 and such a cutie in the photo, no way anybody can resist that cute little face of hers 😙

Your girls are sooooooo lovely 💕💕💕

Lots of kisses and cuddles flying your way, keep the photos and videos coming 🐾😘❤️🐾😘❤️🐾😘❤️

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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