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We’ve been experiencing highly unusual levels of snowfall in the UK in the last few days. I love the snow but felt upset because Elsie absolutely LOVED the snow and it seemed so unfair that she missed it by just a couple of weeks. Now though I’ve realised how lucky it was, given how suddenly her health deteriorated, that it didn’t happen two weeks later, as I would have been unable to get her to the vet. Our cottage is quarter of a mile up a track, which is now impassable because of the snow, and Meg and I are officially snowed in. It’s a strange, suspended sort of time, grieving for Pie, cut off from the world, learning how to be two instead of three. It’s a MASSIVE change for both of us. It has never been just me and Meg, though of course Pie is with us in full-bodied spirit. I can still hear her voice in the wind.

The white stuff has also lifted Meg’s mood immeasurably. This is the dog they said would never be able to manage on three legs…

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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
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OH HAPPY DAY!!!   MEG IS A BUNDLE OF PURE JOY TO WATCH HER FROLIC WITH SUCH JOY! 🙂

I love how she looks back at you inbetween hopping/plowing through the snow 🙂  She waits for you to catch up   Then she gives the cutest little tilt of the head sayin “Come on Mum!!  Let’s go Mum!!!”

And yeah, there were certain times when you could tell she heard Elsie Pie vocalizing through the wind.  I heard her tooway-cool You know who sent tthat massive snowfall, right?? .  The picture of Meg and the Pie tussling in that light dusting of snow was just the prelude  of the s ow Pie had in store for you!

  It is beautiful but I do hope some melting is in sight!  And then the mud-   Meg will be THRILLED to romp in all the slush and mud-!

Meg REALLY is a sturdy little pup!   That takes a lot of strength to handle all thst s ow like a graceful Ballerina! 🙂

SOOOOO GLAD YOU POSTED!!!  We ALWAYS love….ALWAYS love  pictures and videos of the Meg-a-Star a d The Pie! 🙂

STAY SAFE!-!  I hope you had enough “blizzard warning” to stock up on supplies and lots of junk food!!  I don’t k ow of you have a well for water or woodstove for heat.  I DO hope you are staying warm and have electricity and water.

MORE!   MORE VIDEO!!!

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I am loving these snow photos!!!! 

On the other note… that is profound what you wrote … being snowed in is forcing you to face the grief, face the new life as a family of 2 and adapt. It’s almost like the Pie sent this snow to help you heal, help you see joy in Meg’s love of the snow, and to be more present vs running from the pain. 

I can kind of relate… I, as many know, use exercise and running or spinning as a way to “run away” from what ails me. After Shelby’s passing, getting back to running was SO hard since it forced me to actual be WITH my thoughts and I couldn’t just “run away from them” as I have done in the past. Running or being alone was no longer my zen … working tons of hours and being around people allowed me the escape. But to force that alone time and coming back to a quiet and empty apt … dreadful. 

BUT it was probably the best thing for me … forcing myself to work through the grief and sadness and to be alone with those thoughts. So perhaps the snow is more of the same for you. 

I am not as eloquent with my words as you but that is what I thought when I read your post today! Still sending love and light and peace ..

And OMG .. these photos are majestic! 

XOXO

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I saw the same thing SallywinkerMeg was listening and looking for Miss Elsie Pie. I saw the Pie making angels in the snow with Meg;)

Stay warm and HA HA to the VET that said Meg could not manage on three! She does not manage she thrives on 3!

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Lots of Love & stay warm! 

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Beauuuuuutiful! I loved watching her make snow angels in the powder. And that romp is so joyful, that girl was made for snow. I have a feeling she heard Elsie too. Simply gorgeous.

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Thank you so much for watching! The joy for me is in the sharing so I really appreciate your  taking the trouble to watch. I’m pleased you could hear little Pie too. 

Sally – I have water and electricity and a wood stove. No central heating but we’re fine. I do miss Pies warm little body. She was so warm and solid and would press herself close into you on the sofa or in bed at night. I was never cold with Pie. Now there’s always a cold space on one side 😢 We have lots of sensible food in so are far from at crisis point. We are running low on junk though and most especially on chocolate. HELP!!! WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF CHOCOLATE! 😱

Alison – I love what you said about forcing yourself to be with your thoughts and feelings rather than constantly distracting yourself from them. Absolutely resonates with me ❤️

Holly – I’m so pleased you saw Miss Pie. I agree, you can see Meg listening too 👂 

Rene – thank you 😊 Yes, Meg is joy in canine form. I cannot think of a better companion to be snowed in with. 

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. 
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Trouble to watch this joyful beauty romp in the snow? Heck no, it was the best way to celebrate Friday!

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Clare,

I love the fact that you share all of these with us.  I love watching the videos.  🙂  

I too watched and heard Pie and saw her making the snow Angels with Meg.  I know it’s difficult to face grief and especially snowed in. 

I know that Pie was there romping around too.    That is way more snow that we have gotten this year.  My dogs are jealous 🙂

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So wonderful to see this video of your Meg.  I’m new here.  My cairn Bertie has cancer in his left front leg.  I’m torn between going ahead with amputation, which would mean we’d have Bertie for hopefully at least three more years (he’s 10) , but causing him pain,and possibly depression.  It’s a tough decision because we’ve received two different diagnoses.   First we were told that it wouldn’t metastasize, and probably wouldn’t return to the site in his lifetime (3 years).   Then we were told that it wouldn’t metastasize, but that it can’t be totally removed, now it’s back again.  Surgeon advocates amputation.  Vets at the practice, not so much.  I just want to do what’s best for Bertie.  

I just wanted to tell you that seeing your Meg romp around gives me hope.  

Thank you.

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Hi Robyncairn and welcome, and thank you for commenting! I am SO pleased Meg’s video gave you hope at such a difficult time. I’m sorry to hear about the problems Bertie’s been having, but I am really pleased you have found your way her, as there is such a wealth of experience and support available to help you make the right decision for Bertie. My Meg lost her leg two years ago due to orthopaedic problems so I cannot comment on the Cancer side of things as regards amputation. (Though I will say that I was advised by a leading orthopaedic surgeon that amputation was not an option for her) What I do feel I can pretty much guarantee is that, so long as you can set a strong and positive model for Bertie (and we are all here to help you do it!), he will NOT feel in any way depressed because of the loss of his leg. Dogs just don’t think like that, or not in my experience anyway. So long as they are not in pain and able to do the things they enjoy and, above all, to spend time with you, they are happy. Physically, there is an adjustment period. First, there is recovery from the surgery itself. In our case, this was remarkably straightforward, but most people find things pretty full on for a couple of weeks. In terms of pain, this can, and should, be well managed with an appropriate pain killer regimen. Bertie should not be in pain. A little discomfort possibly, as his muscles etc. adjust to his new gait, but certainly not pain. Once the recovery period is over, Bertie will be fully able to go on enjoying being Bertie. His walks will be shorter, but Bertie will still be able to run, swim, play, chase squirrels, or whatever floats his particular boat. In Meg’s case all of the above.

I just lost my other dog, Elsie, aged ten, suddenly to a highly aggressive cancer of the liver and spleen. In her case, there was simply nothing to be done, but had amputation been an option, I would certainly have gone for it, knowing what I do now. Elsie was a very different character from Meg, much more conservative and stuck in her ways, but I have no doubt whatsoever that, with the right encouragement and support, she would have coped admirably. Three more years sounds like a lifetime to me.

You have come to the right place. Keep posting and keep asking questions. We are all of us here to help!

And please, please do not lose hope. I know that from the position you are in now, all options must seem unbearably bleak, but I promise you life on three legs can be every bit as fun and full of joy as it ever was on four.

Sending love,

Meg, Clare and Angel Pie xxx

PS I LOVE Cairns ❤️

PPS Something else for the hope bucket…

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Clare, very thoughtful and he@pful reply to Robyn.  Of course it is, you know no other way!!heart

And Robyn, this video of Meg is just a sample of this dog having the most fun being a pain free tripawd that any dog could jave!  If you need further proof, just ask Clare to show you video of her diving I to her favorite swimming hole, or chasing deer like a speed runner 🙂

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I wander away from this site but always come back and what a joy to see such a joyful spirit. Meg looks like she is loving life.

I am also sorry to read about the loss of of your other pup. Sending support your way.



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Thank you Claire for this joyous video of Meg playing in the snow. The way she played with her ball in the snow reminded me of how she played in the sand, and…. BONUS, you posted that one too.

Although we still miss the ones that have passed, our living pets still remind us there can be joy, play and laughter. I love the way Meg looks at you to maintain your connection as she shows you her fun, joy and her bunny hops. 

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Love watching the Megastar experiencing such pure bliss in the snow!  Love how she’s always checking back to see if you’re keeping up Clare.  That has to be a core building exercise for sure!  Bet she is one tired girl by end of day 😳!  I know Pie was right there watching and frolicking too.  As I was flying home yesterday from Texas I saw a black dot with what looked like wings close in the clouds and I’m pretty sure it was Angel Pie waving at her Auntie Linda  ❤️  So of course I waved back and blew her a kiss.  As Sally is I’m waiting for the mud pictures as all this snow starts melting.  Those too will be epic so make sure you film it Clare so we can watch and cringe in mock horror while laughing hysterically 😂  

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linda8115 said
Love watchint there watching and frolicking too.  As I was flying home yesterday from Texas I saw a black dot with what looked like wings close in the clouds and I’m pretty sure it was Angel Pie waving at her Auntie Linda  ❤️  So of course I waved back and blew her a kiss. 

ABSOLUTELY!   WITHOUT A DOUBT!

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