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Well I don’t know whether Meg’s success in the Great Bloomers Referendum has gone to her head, or perhaps it was the entire Camembert she found on Hampstead heath yesterday and troughed before I could wrestle it off her; whatever the reason, something has got into Meg.

Last night, at about 11pm I let the girls out in the garden for a final pee, but when I went to call them in, only the Pie came back. This is not altogether unusual. I called Meg again and tried to bribe her with chicken, which usually works, but no sign. So I went back in and got a torch, and shone it all around the garden, but no sign of Meg at all. Now, even though I know the garden is secure, that it is physically impossible for Meg to get out, I also know that Meg has a way of confounding the laws of physics. I was starting, if not to panic exactly, to stress at the very least. She wasn’t there. She had to be there. But she wasn’t; she really wasn’t. I walked all around the garden in my pyjamas, checking every corner again and again. No Meg. It was impossible, but she really wasn’t there. Now I did start to panic.

Then I heard a sort of muffled thumping coming from somewhere high up at the back and I shone the torch up, and there she was, lying there on the roof of the shed and so pleased with herself her stump of a tail was thwack thwack thwacking against the roof. At the lowest point the shed roof is maybe about six feet off the ground. It’s not unheard of for Meg to scale it. Years ago, she occasionally used to climb up to enjoy the afternoon sun, which catches the slope of the roof. But we’re talking five or six years ago, long before she broke her leg, let alone lost it. It never occurred to me she’d even attempt to climb on that roof again.

I rushed inside and fetched some steps. I was terrified she would try to jump off, but having achieved her ambition of scaling the roof, it was clear she had no intention of ever coming back down. In the end I had to physically lift her, legs locked, like a disobliging coffee table, down the steps, and carry her up the garden.

Today the shed is coming down. There’s me fondly imagining I’ve got a tripawd-friendly adapted house , I’ve got steps up to the sofa for heaven’s sake, and she’s jumping on top of the shed!

The pic below is from years ago. I didn’t take one last night for obvious reasons…

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PS Now the snow is supposed to be coming. If it does, I think Meg might just literally take off and fly.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, 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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12 January 2017 - 7:33 am
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I’m sorry. I am certain I heard you say Meg 15217 and Meg’s Mum 1!!! The Shed Referendum of 2017 ( otherwise known as Meg’s Law) begins!!! The shed needs steps!!!!! Meg cannot BELIEVE you did not understand this either a few years ago or last night!!!

Meg must have her garden Everest!!! Building Meg steps is better than tearing Meg Shed down. I mean, honestly, MEG!!! SNOW AND SHED?!? The perfect storm there, Meg!

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You underestimate me, CharlieBear. I offered Meg steps, but she turned up her nose. If we built steps then Elsie Pie would be able to climb Mount Meg as well. The whole point is that nobody else can get up there and Meg can look down on us all, as she loves to do…

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, 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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12 January 2017 - 9:07 am
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MEG MEG MEG you little scoundrel 😈

You CANNOT be doing these Cirque du Soleil tricks, my girl 🏁🔙📯🔝🎏🔛🎭🎪

Think about your legless condition Meg 🕳

What ? I can’t hear you … talk louder, girl.

You don’t need you leg, you say? 

But how would you jump down from there without hurting yourself 🚑

Oh, your mom got it right.

You’d fly just like Eurydice, you’ve seen the pictures, have you? 

Well, sorry Meg but I’m with Mom.

No flying from up there and no jumping either 🚀🐒 or then get a parachute just in case ☂️

Lots of tummy rubs to you and Elsie and a big kiss to your Mom 😘😘😘🐶🐶💞💕

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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Thanks, Teresa, for your support. Meg says that if Eurydice came round she wouldn’t need to fly. Eurydice would stand beside the shed and Meg would step off it onto her back. And how would you get off her back? I said. She’d lie down, wouldn’t she! said Meg, and then I’d step off her, what do you think!. I’m sure Eurydice’s got better things to do than serve as your personal lift, I said. Like what? she said. Like her Grand Tour, I said. Like completing her travels! Whatever! said Meg and she rolled her eyes, like she always does when she’s beaten.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, 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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12 January 2017 - 10:08 am
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O. M. G.!!!!! My jaw dropped when I read this. I cannot even imagine the panic of first not knowing where she was and then seeing where she was!!! Only our Meg! Amazing!!!

I recall when Shelby was newly a tripawd and she was banned from ‘jumping’ up on anything but hated being crated so I put the crate and a big barricade around the couch, allowing her to roam free in the apt. Well come home and somehow she was on that damn couch. Crate and barricade still in the same places. Where there is a will, there is most definitely a way!

And the time Shelby tried to ‘tunnel’ out of my bedroom (locked her there for the same reasons as above) knowing the bed was too high for her climb. Came home and she was in the living room – looking proud and the door, well safe to say, I am not getting my deposit back.

I think Meg channels her ‘inner shelby’ on a daily basis. 

LOVE IT!!! 

alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little jasper too) 

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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Wow!

After Tess’ knee surgery, I borrowed a crate (heavy duty, metal, from a trainer) to keep her confined when I had to go back to work.   The first day I come home, the crate door is open and Otis and Tess are sleeping together on my mattress.   OK, I have been told before that Tess can open crates, so not that surprising.  I put a different, dog proof lock on it.   The next day, I come home and the crate is in pieces – torn to shreds – and Otis and Tess are sleeping together on my mattress.  Moral of the story – we might think we are in charge, but they know better.

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.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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Oh Meg! I missed that your mum did bring steps to you and you refused that pesky contraption! You really do know how to fly!!! Poor Elsie Pie and the rest of the crew have to use steps to obtain your vaunted heights! Meg, pssssssst, your mum won one when she carried you off Mount Meg…don’t let that happen again:) 

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OMD Laughing here.  Only Meg could do this.  Megastar you my girl are one in a million.  Did you need to see the stars from a closer view there girl?  Sorry Meg but on this one I have to back your mom up.  The shed must come down.  At least there’s some good to come out of this last escapade.  Elsie Pie didn’t tattle to mom she made her find you all on her own.  You owe her one 😂

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Maybe she is using the sticky prickly things in her bloomers to climb up, kind of like mountain climbers use spikes to move up the mountain?

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.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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13 January 2017 - 7:22 am
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Oh Meg, you and Purrkins need to talk! 

I can totally relate to trying to make everything safe and they outwit us non the less.

Its a doublesword ,heartwarming and proud that they still think they can just do and they do!

But its also a what in the world are you thinking and terror for us moms!

Purrkins insists on climbing our kitchen cupboards. Up the the counter, up to the fridge and then up to the top of cupboards 👀

Going up is not a problem of course ! The down😱

We had to make a temporary door to keep him safe when we are not home and at night. Much to his disgust😾 I can’t take our cupboards down or I would do the same hence the temporary door. 

Your climbing sheds and Im climbing the cupboardslaughing 

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otisandtess said
Maybe she is using the sticky prickly things in her bloomers to climb up, kind of like mountain climbers use spikes to move up the mountain?  

otisandtess Moral of the story – we might think we are in charge, but they know better.  

YOU CRACK ME UP MEG!!!!!!!! A dd all the comments of everyone are brilliant!!! What a crew we are!!!

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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The shed is gone. Thankfully, it snowed today so Meg was happily diverted. But there will be repercussions, I know there will. Meg’s not one to let things go.

Alison, I cannot BELIEVE Miss Shelby tunnelled out of the bedroom as a rookie Tripawd. Just amazing, that girl had serious spirit! And Christine, I just LOVE the description of Otis and Tess collaborating to set her free so they could lie together. We had a story here about a dog called Red, a lurcher as I remember, who was a resident in Battersea Dogs Home (a rescue centre), and was letting all the other dogs out of their kennels. In fact…. I am going to see if I can find a link. Okay, watch this. You will LOVE it:

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, 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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And as for Mr Poppet Purrkins, I looked at the pics on your blog. Just amazing! I am DEFINITELY not letting Meg see that. She doesn’t need any more ideas. As you say, it’s not the going up so much, it’s the down… It is wonderful though to see how Purrkins is truly thriving heart

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, 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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RED!!!! OMD!!!!! THAT VIDEO OF RED AND HIS GANG!!!!! Looooooooove it!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

It just melts my heart to see how happy they were and how they helped each other…..kinda bittersweet. No matter what, those dogs had some glorious moments thanks to Red!!!

THANK YOU CLARE!!!!! Made my day…….year….and more!!!

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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