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Meg loves water, and Meg’s love of water is one of the things I love most about Meg (I mean, along with everything else). If Meg sees water, she will jump in it, no matter where or what. This has led to some hairy experiences at times (we once had to be rescued from the sea) but mostly it is a cause for massive amounts of joy and celebration. This video contains a couple of pieces of archive footage from when she was still on four, but all the other clips are on three, and you’d be hard pressed to spot the difference. 

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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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Wow!  You really can’t tell the difference from 4 to 3!  She is fearless in the water.  I love watching her jump in in wild abandon!  Her love of water just has to make you laugh as you watch her just being the happiest dog in her favorite element!  She’s such a treasure Clare!  Even Elsie got her feet wet because Meg looked like she was having too much fun for Elsie Pie to miss out on.  Such fun!  Thanks for sharing and keep ’em coming!  Your two always make me smile!  Love those two!!

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laughing laughing laughing

You’re so right, Linda! Elsie is a real landlubber, but the one thing she hates even more than water is feeling like she might be missing out…

Thanks for watching!  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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MAAAADE MYYYYYY DAAAAY and beyond😁😁😁 OOOOOMMMMDDDD😁😁 HER HAPPINESS IS INFECTIOUS, And then we have Miss Elsie
Pie 🐖🐖 not wanting to get her feet wet!,

Definition of PURE JOY AND HAPPINESS AND BLISS ! That Meg clearly evolved from the sea!🦈🦈

Most any other dog would wade in…..but not MEGASTAR,🐳🐳 The sheer JOY she displays with each huge leap into the water lights up my world!! She needs her own pool stocked full of rubber ducks 🦆🦆

Just shows that what appears to be a messy mud puddle to some, can be turned into a beautiful pristine puddle of joy to others😀 Hmmm…yet another lesson of wisdom from the MEGASTAR!!

This is my “go to” video for an infusion of HAPPINESS today, and everyday!!

Thank you Clare💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

Lots of love

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!I

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!

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And btw, I did go back jist now to look for the 3 legs vs 4….would NEVER have seen it not I hadn’t been looking so hard!!

And the video where she jumps in and surrounded by the sun glistening off the water….SPECTACULAR 😚

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!

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Elsie may be my spirit animal … just saying.

LOVE THIS 🙂

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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Cannot see the difference in legs … at all!!! How amazing!!! What love she has for water and such fun she is having… leaping and splashing about!!! I love dogs that love water!!! 

I love watching the labs at the dog beach leap into the ocean (no waves) and just fish out the ball and go for more and more. I’ll have to come back to this each time I am having a bad day and remind myself to “Be More Dog “… LOVE! 

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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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Meg is a MEGASTAR is right.  I loved this video when I saw it on Facebooger (as Sally) calls it.  I didn’t even notice the difference til I went back and re-watched it.  Couldn’t even tell 🙂

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Great compilation of leaps and big splashes. She sure had great fun playing with that other dog in the small pool of water.

So where is the video of the rescue at sea???

Hugs to all,

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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Oh I love this how fun!clap Love seeing Meg jump in the water with 3 or 4 legs! & we got to see Miss Pie!

I watched several times just to see! Her jump is the EXACT same LOVE it!

I did catch the past tense leg on a few jumps;) Only because I replayed to see if I could spot it:)
Can we all jump in!!!heart 

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What a great video.  My Bella became a Tripawd in March.  She loooooves to swim.  She’s having a bit of lameness lately due to a pulled muscle, but I would love to take her to the pond this summer for a swim. This was inspiring, thanks for sharing.

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wow! clap I’ve never had a dog that loved the water like that!  Growing up we had Bozo who would walk down to the river to cool off when he was hot, but he only waded in a little bit, and he never went further than he could touch … good thing since there was a pretty fast current & he could have ended up in Lake Erie!  But I’ve never had a dog jump in the water like that.  Meg, you could be one of those trick dogs that do shows where they dive into the pools at the county fair!  superstar

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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Thanks for watching! Yeah, Brenda, I remember well how thrilled I was when Meg started swimming again after her amputation. She’d been ‘off games’ for about a year before, so to see her hurling herself back in just felt like a great celebration for us both. Make sure you film lovely Bella. I’d love to see her swimming.

And Donna, yes it is a little unusual, and there have been times when Meg’s tendency to launch herself into any water has landed us in some hairy situations. Her absolute favourite is probably a fast flowing river. She drops her ball in off the bank, then rushes along and leaps in to fetch it. She might not end up in Lake Erie but she’s been jolly close to the Irish sea…. These days I keep her away from rivers, or certainly fast flowing rivers. She’s a mighty impressive swimmer on three, but obviously doesn’t have quite the same power as she did on four.

Thanks again for watching big-grin

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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LAUNCH…LEAP…HURL….Meg does not slowly wade I to the water, that’s for sure!!

And ya’ know what Clare, ever since Meg got rid of that bum leg, that’s how Meg embraces every moment of every day! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I just love this girl…And her Mum 🙂

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!

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