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Meg and the Wasps
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So, this morning Meg disturbed a wasps’ nest, which, it has to be said, she wouldn’t have done had she not snuck under the railings on Hampstead Heath and into the bit where she’s not allowed to go, in search of squirrels. That brought her back out quick enough, but it brought the wasps with her, several of them digging into her thick coat and clinging on so it was really hard to get them off and they just kept coming back. Meg got stung about three times, I think, and I got stung five times trying to get them off her (OUCH!), and then I had to carry her for a bit because she felt so sorry for herself, and one of them stung her front leg and she kept on falling over. So I brought her home and cheered her up with some venison paté on toast, (the skinny whip rehab vet will not approve, but this was a crisis situation…). I cheered myself up with some chocolate, and we both took an antihistamine and now we’re having a cuddle, and actually I really can’t help smiling because it’s so good to have Meg back to her hopelessly naughty, trouble prone self. Love my girl heartheartheart

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, 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
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Oh no!  Meg!  I hope by time you get up that you’re both feeling a bit better. what-ever  If the stings are still bothering you, you can make a paste out of baking soda & water – apply that & just let it stay there until it dries and falls off.

When we took Murphy to the walk a couple weeks ago in Illinois, he kept trying to catch the bees.  And once he actually caught one!  He freaked out, tried to spit (which was funny to see lol), started backing up and actually backed up out of his harness and started to run away!  Luckily my husband caught him. laughing I felt around inside his mouth & it wasn’t swollen or anything & he seemed fine.  He didn’t even learn his lesson – he still kept trying to catch those darn bees!

Donna

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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29 September 2016 - 9:30 am
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OMG – Always an adventure with you, Miss Meg!!!! I have never been stung by anything so that is absolutely terrifying for me. But I am glad you are all well. I would have had to medicate with something a bit stronger than chocolate though… perhaps wine! smiley

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

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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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Murphy! What is he like! Love that story and love the fact it didn’t stop him. Scary though. That’s what’s always worried me, a sting in the mouth setting off a reaction.

Elsie also disturbed a wasps nest once. Years ago, before Meg joined the family, and took naughtiness to a whole new level. We were on a mountain in Wales and they were all over her and I was frantically trying to get them off so then they all started on me. I was wearing these baggy shorts and they went up my legs inside the shorts, so all I could do was strip them off and run away as fast as I could in my pants (that’s UK pants, I mean, not US ones, aka underwearblush) Thankfully, there was no one around to see!

You’re right, Alison. Wine is definitely called for. I think there might just be a bottle in the fridge…

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, 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. 
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29 September 2016 - 9:47 am
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Oh no!!!  blush

Donna, Glenn & Murphy 

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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Oh my gosh these stories are hilarious (obviously as there were no serious injuries). Running through the welsh countryside in your pants!! What adventures these pups take us on hey?!

Not quite the same but when Zuki was a younger pup we were walking in the New forest, he’s always been very obedient and had good recall but his down fall is dear…. he just can’t resist a chase!! They are always far too quick and agile so I don’t worry too much. Although on this particular occasion, we were happily walking through a gorgeous wooded area in the heart of the new forest both trotting along without a care in the world when we both looked up to see a herd of about 8-10 stags (full antlers) coming out of the trees to intersect our path, probably a good 100m ahead of us, but I just wasn’t quick enough with my command and off Zuki went, full tilt after the herd! ‘Fenton’ comes to mind, as all I could do was hopelessly hollar after him as the herd with the white fluff ball in hot pursuit disappeared from sight. Well about 15-20mins later I eventually found Zuki…. He was exhausted and hot but thankfully unhurt. He’d found himself on the wrong side of a 6ft chain link fence (I have no idea if he went under or over it) but there was no obvious way to get him out. So I had to start digging with my bare hands to make a hole big enough to squeeze a 100lbs GSD under this blummin fence! It never stopped him chasing the dear, in his eyes he’d had the time of his life! but god was my heart in my mouth that day, frantic that something awful would happen to him 

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29 September 2016 - 10:17 am
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What adventures, indeed! They’re horrendous at the time, but they’re very entertaining to look back on.

I can just picture Zuki haring off after the stags. I mean, just imagine how fun that must have felt (for him, not for you…) What a massive pay off, getting the whole herd running, antlers and all. The time of his life is about right, I would think. As you say, Fenton comes to mind. That poor man. All I could think when I saw the clip was ‘Thank Dog it wasn’t Meg’!

I love the image of you digging under the fence to get him out! Somehow they can always get over or under or around any obstacle when they’re on the chase. Different matter when you’re trying to get them back.

Great story! Thanks for sharing.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, 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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Ohhh yikes! Glad she’s OK. You might want to give her some Benadryl just in case she has any swelling.

That same thing happened to Jerry once, I wish I had known about the Benadryl back then. He was so miserable for a day or so. I hope she’s not too bothered by those nasty critters.

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We know our Tripawds are ‘back’ when we take such joy in their naughty behaviors!

I’m glad you and Meg emerged pretty much unscathed. 

Donna- I worry about Elly and bees.  She is fascinated by all types of flying and crawling things, follows them around, bites at or picks them up.  I must admit to laughing at her when she is trying to catch flies in the house, but I should probably discourage that behavior before she goes after something with a stinger.

There is a park near us that has a lake with a really great off leash area, we used to take the pug girls up there often so they could romp around and get in the water.  It is a large park and open area with lots of native wildlife.  My dad liked to take them up there on weekdays while I was at work because it was quiet, very few people or dogs. The parking area was a ways away from the gate to the off leash area so the girls were always on leash until they got through the gate. One day right after he went though the gate to the off leash part of the park he got a strong feeling that he was being watched. Luckily he kept them on leash while he carefully looked around, above them about 30 yards up the hill he saw a mountain lion laying in the rocks watching them!  Some more people came through the gate with their dogs and my dad warned them to stay leashed.  When he looked back up the hill the big cat was gone. 

And those stags are lucky they didn’t encounter Maggie in her younger years!  She would have barked at them like nobody’s business!  I’m not sure how far she would have chased them on her little pug legs, but digging her out from the chain link fence would have been faster, she weighed about 17 pounds! 

Here she is at 6 months old in Montana, and then about a year old at the park in my story above.  In addition to wildlife the park leases land to local ranchers.

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

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A LION???? OMD! Isn’t it weird the way your Dad sensed he was being watched? Like a change in the atmosphere or something. Incredibly lucky that he picked up on it. Mind you, looking at Maggie in those photos, I reckon she’d have taken on a lion! Just LOVE the way she stands up to the horses and the cattle. So much attitude in her stance heart

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, 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. 
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GEE WHIZ!!! These stories are awful…well…AWFULLY FUNNY!!” We can all.laugh that we know everone is safe!! 🙂

And the pictures of Maggie facing off with the horses and the cows…LMAO!!! 🙂 🙂 I would love to tithe thought bubble of the cows and the horses! They are all looking at her wondering what the heck they are seeing!!!

I guess Magfie was just practicing for any future LION she may encounter!! Your Pugs are something else!!

Love the stories everybody!!

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Great stories !!!!

So fabulous to have our babies back in full naughtiness little-devil even if we humans have to do all the work to get them out of troublemad

I am incredibly impressed with the wasps battle, I would have had a heart attack !

It is really painful and to be stung multiple times is just out of this world ugh

Donna, you must tell Murphy to stick to eating regular flies !

And wow, Zuki, you are such a naughty girl, can’t believe Mom had to dig a hole with her bare hands (!!!) to get you out!

Maggie has such a great pose, she is telling the bulls who is the boss!

SO lovely to share all these funny moments (well, maybe not at the time…) with our furry babies, never a dull moment with them around clown

Love to all and cuddles to your fluffies heart

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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