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The Treasure Hunt
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Meg is a highly active dog, both mentally and physically. She also has a number of behavioural issues, legacy of a difficult start, combined with a natural aptitude for, and delight in causing, mayhem. I have quite simply never met anyone with Meg's capacity to get into trouble (this post would be very long indeed if I started to go into any detail. Let's just say the police, the coastguard, the fire brigade, the AA, to name but a few, are all acquainted with Miss Meg). My approach has always been to try and wear her out, on the basis that even she cannot wreak very much havoc when she's fast asleep, but since all the problems with her leg, and ultimately since her amputation, we simply can't put in the sort of mileage we used to. So, in the interests of sanity (hers and mine), we have come up with a number of games to occupy her and if not wear her out exactly, at the very least take the edge off. Miss Elsie feels the benefit too of course, at least in terms of roast chicken. The Treasure Hunt is one of their favourites.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, 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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Love it!

We will have to try something on that order with Ollie when he hits the post-supper "gotta play" stage. Just when we are ready to slow down for the evening, he comes awake and starts looking for something for us to do.

Kathi

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!



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This is brilliant! I loved it! And the music was perfect - it sure made it dramatic and also fit with the doidy-doy speed of Miss Elsie.

I tried this with my cats Mona, the tripawd, and Eli who helps Mona clean up her bowl. I thought it would be best to do it at supper time. Eli can sniff anything out and found it all and Mona went to bed. Oh well, some like games like your two.

I like that Meg has spunk and enjoys meeting all of the emergency personnel.

Hugs to all,

Kerren, Tripawd Kitty Mona and Dishwasher Eli

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23 October 2016 - 4:42 pm
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Clare this is awesome!  Keep those girls busy!

I've started doing something like this with Elly but we play inside and I only hide one treat at a time.  Do the girls stay pretty focused on the treasure hunt?  Elly gets pretty distracted outside.  It's great how you incorporate the balance equipment in the hunt- I'll have to add that to Elly's adventures.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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B R I L L I A N T!!!! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! OMD!! LMAO!!! And the music...THE MUSIC adds to the brilliance!! It's as though Meg and Elsie choreographed the "treasure hunt dance" with the music! clap

And Meg lifting up the top to the box...so cute! And then we have Elsie trotting along with a whole lot of pep in ner step!

You have a very creative mind and a great gift of wit and talent!way-cool

SMILING AND CAN'T STOP!!

Lots of love!

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

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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LUUUUURVE it ☺️☺️☺️☺️👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

The music was just perfect🎺🎷James Bond type of film with the Bond Girls Meg and Elsie 🐶🐶👙busy looking for the treasure 🍪🍩

Wonderful, fun video 😄 

Sending you and your cuties an avalanche of hugs and cuddles 💕💕💕💕🐾🐾🐾

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 :-) 

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I think Riley & I want to come live at your house!  Fun and games all day long.  Love it!  Looks as if both Meg & Elsie love it too!

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Thanks so much for watching and for your enthusiasm. You people are the best!

This is a really new thing for me. I've only just started filming the girls and setting it to music. It's really good fun. But of course the chief pleasure is in the sharing, so thank you again for watching and being so lovely about it.

Hi Karen, I do do this inside sometimes, especially when the weather's bad. I hadn't thought about it, actually, but interestingly when we're inside I don't use such high quality treats (just these low cal things recommended by the skinny whip rehab vet. They do like them, to be fair, but they're hardly roast chicken...) In terms of getting distracted, I think the fact that they do it together probably helps keep them focused. There's nothing concentrates the mind like a rival in the hunt. And Elsie is relentlessly focused when it comes to finding food, so I think that helps to keep Meg on task. Also, they have to sit and wait while I hide the chicken, so by the time I release them, they're raring to go...

Thanks again for watching!

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, 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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Oh I do love that ... Jasper's new thing is that she refuses longer walks (I think she was on to my "booty buster" goals for the both of us) so she puts the brakes on but we go home and it's play, play, play! This might be fun for her to "play" alone since as much as I love her, I do tire of tossing the bally! 

Love watching Meg with ease navigate that course!

XO

Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart and little Jasper too! 

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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Clare your video was amazing! Perfect music choice, kept us on our seats rooting for the dogs to find every treatclap. And Meg? So obviously not bothered a bit as a tripawd. Gives me hope! I did try hiding treats for Fionn when he was more home bound (roast chicken as well and I did it right in front of him) under cups and he just stared at me. He only ate them when I took the cups away. Not a game player apparently.

I think you do need to share at least one Meg adventure involving emergency personnel. Please! She sounds like a true character 🙂

Nancy- mom to the FABULOUS Fionn. He rescued me in 2015 when he was 6. 

Right front leg amputation at age 7 for osteosarcoma 10/6/16. Taken too soon 6/12/17. Read about our journey here:

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I second the motion for at least one Meg adventure story with the emergency personnel of your choice!

After watching your video (love the music!) I wanted roast chicken for dinner myself and Isa and I have been playing this - just inside so far, it's getting dark so early now. She just does not have the nose Meg does and never will. Mostly she sits in front of me waiting for me to dole out the goodies. She knows "find" from many years of her losing her ball and me insisting she help find the damn thing so that helps. Still, I have to move in the general direction of where I put it (in plain sight). and her stay is getting better - she likes this game so thanks for the inspiration!clap

Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.

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Well now...you know I had to try a Treasure Hunt with Merry Myrtle aand d, Frankie! Somehow, it's just never the same as other dogs do things!

Merry Myrtle has a "fat muzzle" disadvantage. Frankie, the long skinny muzzle nudge advantage.

Frankie nose nudging Merry Myrtle on treasure hunt: https://youtu.b.....PMF-2K3IFg

Geez! They just aren't picking up the knack of treasure hunting very fast!

Warm, warmer! The chair, look in the chair!: https://youtu.b.....rM6FX4TavI

Just not the same as Meg and Ely's video. Hmmm....what could be missing? Ahh..haa....music!

Treasure Hunting w/ music: https://youtu.b.....hHd2_1aGRA

Nope, that didn't seem to help very much!

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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27 October 2016 - 10:18 am
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clap OMD Sally! Awesome! clap

I love Frankie's skinny muzzle advantage - hardly fair though.

okay, I'll have to try and video Isa playing this game. I have to all but point for her to find the treats. Entertainment for all!

Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.

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Oh I LOVE this Sally. How wonderful! I am grinning ear to ear. Frankie and Myrtle bring their own inimitable style to everything they do. And I think your singing gave them just the motivation they needed! Now they (and we) would like to sample a little more of your repertoire! I am SO delighted with this.

We too have the nose issue, on a smaller scale, of course, as we are. But Elsie's blunt nose cannot reach the places that Meg's more pointed snout can. Important places, like the bottom of a yoghurt tub, or a carton of chocolate mousse. I have to use my finger to help her out...

Teri, please do post a video of Isa doing the treasure hunt. I'd love to see it. When I first started doing food games with the girls, Elsie would sit and cry. They had these large plastic weeble type things, they had to bat over with their paw, trying to get pieces of kibble to come out of the small hole near the top. Meg took to it immediately, but Elsie gave it one bat with her paw then when it didn't unload all the kibble instantly, she just sat and cried, looking at me. So then, I ended up sitting on the floor doing it myself, and handing her the kibble piece by piece.  We did this a few times until in the end, she decided she could do a more efficient job (probably true) and took over. We don't play with the weebles any more, because I worry about Meg's front leg, but we do do lots of other games and now she has got over her initial frustration at not having her food served immediately, Elsie has embraced them with gusto.

In terms of Meg adventures, I am aware that this post is getting rather long, plus I love to build suspense... but one of her most spectacular horrors, would have to be the time she encountered the Household Cavalry (aka the Army regiment whose job is to guard the Royal Household) exercising on Holkham beach in North Norfolk and tried to round them up. We'd been walking in the forest next to the beach when she suddenly shot off... Me, Elsie (shouting), Meg and upwards of forty unamused soldiers on horseback. I had no idea they used the beach. I thought they never left Buckingham Palace. Thankfully, they didn't have their swords with them....

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Yup, this would be them. Thanks, Meg

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I think I even recognise one or two faces

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, 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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BRILLIANT 😆

Merry Myrtle and Frankie are a scream 😂😂 sharp as raizors and right on target 🎯

Your singing has improved their performance and yes, I agree with Clare, show us more of your repertoire 🎙📡

Totally delightful ☺️

And Meg, you are such a naughty girl 😁 I bet the cavalry soldiers were not seeing the funny side of you charging at them 💂🏼 fast and furious 🙈🙈🙈

I must try this with Eurydice, I bet her body will follow her oversized nose like lightening ⚡️⚡️⚡️if there is some roast chicken hidden somewhere 🍖🍗🍖🍗🍖☺️

Sending you all lots of hugs and cuddles and anxiously waiting for the next hound to hunt for the hidden treasure 🍗🍗🐶💗💞😘

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 :-) 

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