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Will do!

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Yay,  I am sorry you had such a crazy time getting the wheels.  I can’t wait to see Meg using them 🙂

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is there a reason why more dogs don’t get wheels for the amputated leg?

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is there a reason why more dogs don’t get wheels for the amputated leg?  

Yes. They don’t always need them. Rehab therapists recommend not getting wheels until a problem has been diagnosed. Otherwise they can do more harm than good. Please see: 

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Oh such wonderful news to hear about Meg-a-Stars Wheels!!! Just catching up here Clare! Best of luck in getting Meg into her wheels, hoping for it all to go well! Even better that the winery is right there! 😉 

Many hugs and much love to you both!

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The MegaWheels Day 1

So, I took Meg back to the rehab place yesterday for her fitting, and we put her in the wheels for the first time. She did really well, walking in them immediately. In fact, they said they had never seen a dog take to front wheels so quickly. Then she thought about it. And stopped.

She sat down and refused to move. Stood up. Walked backwards. Sat down and refused to move.

We got her going again, with lots of encouragement and lots of patience. And chicken. LOTS of chicken.

It’s going to take time for Meg to adjust. I always knew that, but the reality is just a little daunting. And, if I’m honest, there’s a part of me that hates the fact she has to be saddled with this contraption. She’s always been so wild and free. It’s been a far more emotional process than I would have imagined. But of course I can’t let Meg see that. And Meg is extremely perceptive.

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The MegaWheels Day 2

This morning, I decided to put Meg in the wheels first thing, before breakfast. That way she’d be extra hungry for chicken, and also I wouldn’t have time to let my own anxiety build. I sensed we were in for a challenge. I was right.

I had one hell of a job just getting her into the wheels. She bucked and she wriggled. She didn’t snarl though, which was something. Time was she’d have bitten me, no question. We’ve come a long way. But Meg, who was rescued from an abusive environment, is not a dog who responds well to being ‘told’ what to do. The trick is always to make her feel that she is acting through choice (it is purely a coincidence, from Meg’s point of view, if her choice happens to coincide with what you want her to do) and the thing is with the cart you have to lift her in, so it’s not as though you can just entice her and let her do it herself. There’s a strap that goes over her shoulders and a sort of webbing gate that locks down over her rump. You kind of need three arms, one for the strap, one for the webbing, and one to keep pumping chicken into her mouth. As soon as I got one end in, the other end jumped out. This went on for some time. I was tempted to give up and try again later, but I felt it was important to end on a positive note. The MegaBrain is a force to be reckoned with, constantly computing data, processing it through a complex series of MegaCentric algorithms, to determine the optimal outcome (for Meg, naturally). A win for resistance so early in the game could have long term consequences.

I kept going. Talking to her all the time. Explaining. Asking her to trust me. And feeding her chicken. Eventually, we did it. She walked a little bit, with me holding the rear end up. Then she sat and refused to move. We waited.

I was maybe two metres in front of her, holding out the chicken. We sat there for several minutes while the MegaBrain whirred. She whimpered a bit. Barked a couple of times, then got up and walked towards me.

I think we just had out first breakthrough.

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The MegaBrain in action

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Awww… she has such a look. She decided to let mama do her thing but no doubt she is in total control there! You can definitely see that brain processing everything and still strong as ever playing the chicken game with you ❤️🐓❤️  “I won, I got my chicken fix!”

Adorable as always, bet mama is tired now!

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The MegaWheels Day 2 (Part 2)

We tried the wheels again this afternoon. Again, just very briefly. I hummed and hawed about whether to do it, worried that if it went badly, we might undermine this morning’s progress, but then if it went well, we might consolidate it. In the end, I baked a fresh batch of liver cake, and with this irresistible offering warm in my hand…

This time there was no resistance at all to being put in the wheels. And she walked in them without any issues, even turning a couple of corners all by herself, which is remarkable, frankly. When I got her out, she was so pleased with herself, she danced all over the garden.

I knew it was significant what happened this morning. Something shifted. There will be more ups and downs to come, for sure, but I am SOOOOOOOOOOO proud of my girl!

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The MegaWheels Day 1

So, I took Meg back to the rehab place yesterday for her fitting, and we put her in the wheels for the first time. She did really well, walking in them immediately. In fact, they said they had never seen a dog take to front wheels so quickly. Then she thought about it. And stopped.

As I started reading this, my first thought was, “No way!  They must have drugged her!”

And then I read further.  Yep, that’s  when the Meg-a-Star Meg-a-Centric  Meg-a-Brain showed up as we would have expected!!!   I can only think she you must have thought you had lost your ever-luvin’ mind!😲😠  Mom has come up with  another stupid human trick.  What is wrong with thst woman???😣

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The MegaWheels Day 2

 I sensed we were in for a challenge. 

I had one hell of a job just getting her into the wheels. She bucked and she wriggled. She didn’t snarl though, which was something. Time was she’d have bitten me, no question. We’ve come a long way.

As soon as I got one end in, the other end jumped out. This went on for some time

I was maybe two metres in front of her, holding out the chicken. We sat there for several minutes while the MegaBrain whirred. She whimpered a bit. Barked a couple of times, then got up and walked towards me.

I think we just had out first breakthrough.

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The MegaBrain in action  

HUGE BREAKTHROUGH  INDEED!!! She actually looks quite pleased with herself😎

All I can say is, you better buy stock in chicken!!   And chocolate  for you!! Trying to maintain patience for tasks that require at least two humans is quite challenging. Good for you for staying the course!

Oh, and I love that she didn’t  snap at you to express her displeasure.  THE EPITOME OF TRUST 😎 and love!💖

Lots of love!!

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YAAAAAAAAAAAY😁😁😃😃😃😎😎😎🎈🎈🥂

JUST SAW THE VIDEO!!!!   ABSOLUTELY  ASTOUNDING!!!! 😃😃  Got a little misty-eyed knowing that this is all about the bond of love and trust she has with you!  Okay, the warm love cake helped a little!!

Rest assured , Meg will see this contraption as a path for more joy amd happiness should she need it on a more regular basis.  Good for you for planning ahead and making thismsuch an enjoyavle experience  for her!  Hopefully, you are starting to see that Meg is not finding this to be a bad thing at all.  Of course , she just relates it to a vehicle for food right now, as opppsed to mobility  fun!

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One small step for Mum-Kind and one Meg-a-Step for our Meg-a-Star!!! clapsuperstarheart

Well done both of you! Clare your strength and perseverance literally has me tearing up over here! I couldn’t be more proud of you both!!!!👏👏👏

Oh your sweet smart brain Meg, it is going to and has gotten you so very far in life!!! I Ruv your new wheels!!! I can’t wait to come back tomorrow and watch your video my darling, I think I will probably have another ‘moment’ and will need a tissue! Your trips to go swimming are going to be so much more fun Meg-will-go-furever!!! Mum will have to find a remote brake! 

I am incredibly impressed Clare! You stuck with it! I felt your angst and you barreled through! Phew, I bet you needed a good shot of something after the end of Day 2! Well done my lovely lady! Well done!! 

I will see you again tomorrow… 😉 

Tons of support and good cheers coming from across the miles! You know we are all with you in this next Challenge-of-a-Meg-a-Star!!!

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Yahooo Meg.  Way to go.  Very very proud.  You rocked those wheels.  Clare you are so awesome to think to bake her a cake to help 🙂

I am sure it will improve but you are doing a great job.  🙂   Onward and upward Meg

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Darling Clare 🌺

You got me truly emotional here …

You are such a wonderful Mom to Meg, she could never, ever in her life have met anybody better than your lovely self 💕🐾💕

And you understand the Super Meg-a-Star brain perfectly 🧠 hence the chicken and liver cake move, genius ! 

She looks gorgeous in the photo and video, as always 💚

Looking forward to seeing the progress Day 3

Sending you an avalanche of kisses and cuddles 😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

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WOW! What a huge breakthrough! I love the look on her face in the photo, she’s almost gritting her teeth and saying “OK Mom, I”m doing this for YOU.”

I can’t believe she’s already adapting and even turned a corner in the wheels, I understand that many dogs will tip over the first time they try. She is remarkable! And your patience as a teacher is a wonderful gift at a time like this. GOOD JOB! clap

Liver cake eh? If you have time some day, do share the recipe in her blog or in Eating Healthy, we would love to know what the secret ingredient is that made her want to work those wheels!

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