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So here’s something I’ve just realised, which probably others worked out long ago, but just in case you haven’t…

Yesterday I took the girls to the beach and I definitely got the impression that Meg was less comfortable than usual. She still enjoyed herself, being the Megastar she is, but she seemed to find it more of an effort and I ended up carrying her back to the car. I couldn’t understand what was different as we’ve been plenty of times before. 

Today, I’ve realised what i think it was. I always check the tide times before we go because the beach gets cut off at high tide, but beyond that I’ve never worried whether the tide was coming in or going out. Yesterday, it was coming in, and it was also really windy, which meant the sand was powdery and soft. In the past, we’ve usually happened to go when the tide was going out, so the sand is still hard and wet where the water has been. This makes it MUCH easier for Meg to walk on. 

So, in future, I will make sure to time our trips for when the tide is on it’s way out and I think that should sort it. Just thought I’d pass this on. 

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

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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QOW!!!   GRRRREAT OBSERVATION!!!    You are soooo tuned into your Meg-a-Star!  And clearly Meg is tuned jnto the ways of the tide and all it’s subtle forces. way-cool  Actually quite fascinating how you figured everything out!  way-cool

I highly doubt anyone has connected the dots like you just did by analyzing why things were a little “off” with Meg.  Good job Mum! 🙂

Thanks for sharing the tip!  🙂


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Great thing to mention Clare, thank you for taking the time to share this.

When we lived less than a mile from the ocean with Jerry, we ran into that same situation too. Walking in sand is hard, challenging work as it is but when it’s billowy and dry, it’s even more difficult. We got into the habit of checking tide tables before we bothered going out. 

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