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Meg has become less reactive since losing her leg
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This morning, when we were out walking, a small terrier came rushing up to Meg barking, again and again. His Mum called him, and he half went to her, but then he turned and rushed back at Meg, barking again.

Now in times gone by, there is absolutely NO WAY Meg would have put up with that. She would have absolutely put him in his place, and in no uncertain terms. But today, she just looked at me and wagged her tail, ignoring him altogether.

This is not the first time this has happened, and I think I can now say with certainty that, since losing her leg, Meg has become less reactive.

I’ll spare you the whole case history, but suffice to say that Meg was an extremely troubled dog, when she was dumped on me by a stranger in a churchyard, just over seven years ago. She was around a year old, extremely reactive, unhousetrained and had clearly never established a bond with any human being. It really was like taking in a wild animal, and a traumatised one at that. She kicked off at absolutely everything. With love and time and inordinate patience (on both sides) trust developed between us, and with the help of several behaviourists, she did calm down a great deal, but… she remained reactive to certain triggers (scooters, people on horseback, dogs coming into ‘her’ territory, aka the vet’s waiting room, men in shorts, border terriers, and any dog showing aggression towards her or her pack).

What I wanted, what I’ve always wanted, was for her to look to me to deal with it, rather than feeling the need to take on the world by herself. And, at last, at last, that does seem to be what is finally happening. When a dog threatens her, she looks to me. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me and how proud I am of her.

It could just be, of course, that Meg’s getting older, but I can’t help feeling that this has to do with her leg. It could be that she was in pain before, and pain can certainly make you short-tempered (at least, if I’m anything to go by). But I do think it is also that the experience we have gone through has had a profoundly bonding effect. In Meg’s case, as many of you know, her leg problems were protracted. She needed intensive physical care (multiple daily bandage changes etc.) for almost a year before losing her leg, and then there was all the recovery, and the ongoing physio etc. too. We also play a lot of puzzle games. We did these before, but we do more now, because the reduction in physical exercise means I need to tire her out. Nina Ottosson’s dog casino is a current favourite. These games are collaborative and I think that working on them together is also helpful – when Meg gets stuck, she looks to me for assistance.

So, I just thought I’d share this. I know that not everyone has the same experience and sometimes dogs can become more reactive, but for us, at least, this has not been the case. Thanks for reading, and I’m sorry to have gone on so long. I always think I’ll just write a brief post, and then…

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

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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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11 April 2017 - 7:39 am
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It’s so hard to picture our Megastar as a Megaterror.  The umbrella of love and caring you have sheltered her under has undoubtedly come back full circle.  What a long road you’ve walked with her and I’m so happy to see every hard minute was worth the payoff.  Superbly well done Mama Clare!   Love to you all!

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11 April 2017 - 9:03 am
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Way to go Meg and Mum! I would say it is both your hard work and training and Meg is no longer in pain.
Purrkins and his brother were fighting before Purrkins had his amp.
Purrkins would not let his brother near him without a big hiss and smack down.

I do think it is our animals instinct to protect themselves when they are injured or sick (like in nature)

In your case I’m sure its all of the above hard work ,training and Meg getting rid of the painful leg, maybe her age too. 😉

I can only say in our case it was Purrkins getting rid of the leg and weeks after being pain free/cancer free. Our guys became brothers again.
Glad to see Meg has come so far! Have no doubt and please take all the credit for how far Megastar has come!🎉💫🌟

Hugs!

Give the girls extra smooches from us!

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11 April 2017 - 9:40 am
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Truly amazing!!! I love hearing / reading this… Meg you done girl!!! 

I would agree – being tender or in pain would make one testy for sure (I was a total biotch last week to the world and other commuters when my hip was in pain from exercise). It just makes you angry and peeved and in Meg’s case, probably more likely to strike. 

But I also think time, love and patience and more love helped too! And trust … 

I have actually noticed similar w/Jasper. While not quite reactive in the same way – she does look to me more now before going bat sh!t on a bicycle or skateboard. Not to say she doesn’t still have her moments but less often. I think Jasper felt she had to protect her entire world and slowly, is allowing me to protect her … 

Hugs and love! We love photos and stories of Meg! Can’t wait to hear more.

XOXO

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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Just wrote a long post and lost it! I’ll be back later, but I did want to offer this test to make sure she is over all her “fears” and no longer reacts to scary things like men in shorts!! 🙂 🙂

So show her this picture and see if she reacts. I know I did!

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11 April 2017 - 9:50 am
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O.M.D.

i am actually speechless  😶 

Thats a pretty stern test, Sally. 

Hold on……. nope. She didn’t move a whisker. 

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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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11 April 2017 - 10:02 am
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OMC Sally LMAO , you never cease to amaze me😂
well I reacted lol 🤢🤔😝

Maybe you can celebrate with these for the girls;) I know you cook but not sure on baking lol

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Are those cupcakes for people or dogs? Yummy!

And Sally…. OMG … my eyes!! Actually… you see a lot of that (or too much of that if you prefer) down by Venice beach in the summer … oh-myoh-myoh-my and more than  should never be mentioned! 

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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11 April 2017 - 10:25 am
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Hmmn Sally now you’ve got me wondering what the front view of that back view looks like!  Or maybe NOT lol

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Yeah for Meg! clap

And Sally, I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I scrolled down, I would have spit it out! blush

Donna

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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Errrrm, thanks for the recipe, Holly. The girls spotted it before I did, and are now in the kitchen measuring out the ingredients and arguing over who gets to taste the mixture and lick out the bowl. The whole place looks like a cyclone hit it, and there are flour and cream cheese paw prints all over the sitting room floor. Cheers, my dear. what-ever heart

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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😬Baking and cyclone go together 😉 At least thats how I bake 😋 Flour everywhere!

We must have pictures when you are done please. Tripawd flour paw prints would be cute too LOL

They looked good for humans too minus the milk bone! 

Have fun! I will help clean up;)

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purrkins said
😬Baking and cyclone go together 😉 At least thats how I bake 😋

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That’s HOW you bake Holly? That’s why I DON’t bake! 🙂

Oh and Sally:

REALLY????

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Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
The end of our adventures came Dec 10, 2017. 2 years to the day.

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Oh yes Tina I am a cyclone baker 😀 I am also the clean up crew winker

Hope the cupcakes turned out ! 



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Now I’m traumatized and reactive after reading this post. It started out just lovely on how well the Megstar is doing since losing the painful leg. Great photo of your sweetie. Then it moved on to some of us now traumatized by even the thought of men in shorts. ugh I’ll have to go to therapy to remove that image. Thanks Sally, I’ll send you the bill.

Then the post moved on to peanut-butter muffins – I’m allergic to peanuts and turned queezy at the sight of them.ugh

I must keep going back to the photo of Meg in the grass to get those images out of headlaughing Way to go Meg, Clairie and Miss Pie

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