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The Girls' Orthpaedic Beds Have Arrived
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Oh, thank you, Teresa heart

Eurydice has two (one in the house, or better said the “travelling bed”) and another in the boot of the car

You know what? I quite fancy travelling in the boot of your car… Next time you head off on one of your adventures, you’d better (not) check for stowaways…

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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Absolutely 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

I’ll turn a blind eye as you sneak in with Meg and Elsie 😉🐸

It may be a little crammed traveling with miss cow 🐮 not bad in the Winter though ❄️ she is the best blanket ever 🔥🔥🔥

Lots of love and cuddles flying your way from very sunny Portugal ☀️❤️😘🐾🐾

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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The looking straight at you part!  They have a purpose and want you to know it.  Tani was really good about going outside to do her business- even if it was raining she would go out.  But when she had a point to make she would look right at me and squat.  Its funny now…

The book trailer is really cool!  Elsie (Dot) the Dog Detective! 

The Pug Girls Maggie and Tani often slept together in a pile, come to think of it many of the pictures I have of the two of them they are sleeping.  Pugs!  Obie and Tani would sleep in the same bed sometimes but not touching.  Tani would sometimes sleep with her chin on Obie’s hip and he looked terrified!  Now Elly and Obie will occasionally sleep in the same bed but never touch.


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

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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Okay, just for clarity, Otis and Tess always slept together, but not in the same DOG bed.   It would either be two dog beds side by side, or my bed.  Otis didn’t leave much room for anyone else if he was in a dog bed, although occasionally, Enzo the cat would crawl in with him.

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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