Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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15 December 2015
I am SO sure this would not pass Health and Safety (please don’t tell me off ) Life with the MegaStar is always a fine balance between giving her the freedom she needs and trying to keep her safe. I refuse to wrap her in cotton wool, but admittedly at times we probably do throw a good size dollop of caution to the wind. Anyway, believe it or not, this all started in the interests of protecting her joints. I don’t throw the ball on land for Meg, as I think this places too much strain on her remaining front leg (and shoulder). There is nothing to stop her throwing the ball for me, however, and, being the MegaStar she is, she soon realised climbing on the crocodile gave her a better launch pad…
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
2 April 2013
She’s clearly very happy doing this, and it seems like it would be a great core exercise!
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
Read about Murphy's Life on Three Legs
25 April 2007
Love this Clare! It looks like a great core and balance exercise to me, and she is having so much fun! Smart girl!
And yes, long-distance ball throwing and related “explosive” activity is incredibly hard on a Tripawd, but especially front-leggers.
18 October 2009
I love how Meg invents her own games! All the better if mum is doing all the fetching!
It is a balance between letting them be dogs and protecting them. FWIW I think ‘Three-legged dog throws a ball while standing on a crocodile’ is not only a good activity for her but an outstanding forum topic! As long as she doesn’t feel the need to jump off after the ball….and that is all on the thrower!
22 February 2013
OH MEG!!! YOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME WITH YOUR BRILLIANCE!!! YOU ARE SO ADORABLE AND SMART AND ALWAYS SO MUCH FUN!!🤣😁🤣
You have trained your Mum so well! Obviously you are an excellent teacher, But we have to give her credit for being a quick learner too!
I wish we could adequately express how much joy you bring us as we all navigate through the daily ups and downs life throws our way. I, like everyone here, ALWAYS look forward to your posts with the great photos and videos, enhanced with your brilliant commentary!
My brother had a Dachshund who would roll the ball back to him on the ground. If my brother said, “I can’t reach that”, he would come over, pick the ball up and put it in his hand!
And yes, ditto Karen! That would certainly make an intriguing forum topic! Better yet, an immediate YouTube sensation with a gazzillion views!!
WE ADORE YOU MEG! ❤I’m sure Pie in the Sky thinks all this excitement over your trick is quite ho hum blah. . Her skill was standing still with no exertion whatsoever in her world famous “statue pose” with the “look of Pie” and she would get a treat! 😎She’s noting that you got no treat for all your brilliance!🤣
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!
21 May 2016
Totally adorable video Clare, as always, and the music was perfect too!
I agree with Sally, all of us really look forward to your videos and comments, they are a real treat !
Hugs and cuddles flying your way 💕😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹
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 :-)