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Well isn't that the photo of peace and content! Meg looks amazing and comfortable!!! 

HUGS! 

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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megstamum said
She did freak me out this morning by crawling underneath the double bed, right to the back and lying there...

In the wild, injured or ailing dogs (wolves, foxes, etc.) will often leave the pack to find a secluded cool place to heal on their own. It is common behavior that helps them feel safe. Creating a quiet recovery room by gating off a large closet, or laundry room can sometimes help. Crates and ex-pens are other options.

Find other helpful recovery tips in the Tripawds e-books or search all blogs here for more information.

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I tried to appear completely indifferent and went off into another room, and sure enough after maybe ten minutes, I heard a movement and turned round to find her standing looking at me, laughing (I swear she was laughing) and wagging her tail.

THAT is perfect! Your approach is exactly what's recommended to help recovery. "Normalize" your routine and so it shall be. The more a parent reacts with fear or surprise at something like this, the more the dog observes the behavior and reflects it. By acting indifferent, she knows you believe all is well. YAAY! Good job mom! clap

Great photo! Hope you don't mind, I'd love to put it in our photo gallery.

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Loving these updates! Jist loving them! And that picture...sooooo sweet! She clearly is enoying sunbathing!

Its so much fun getting to know Meg. She has sooo much personality.

And the way Elsie found you...OMD! I shudder to think what would jave happened had you not been in the right place at the right time. So hapoy for her. Thank you for showing her what love feels like!

Keep these great updates coming...with pictures of course!

You are doing a great job!

Love ro all!

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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Thanks everyone for your amazing encouragement and support. Jerry, we would be HONOURED to have Meg's photo in the galleryaw-shucks

Today is Meg's weekiversary!!! We are now 7 days post op and things continue to go well. Meg seems happy and comfortable. Today I took her for her first post op visit to her rehab vet and she had some acupuncture to ease some areas of tension in her back and some laser treatment on her wound to encourage healing. Most of all she had fun. Meg loves loves loves going to rehab. She starts getting excited as soon as we turn off the motorway, and by the time we take the final turn down the farm track she is all but trying to break out of the car. I wondered how she'd feel about going today, and whether she'd feel up to it, but she was just as excited as ever.

On the way home we stopped at a service station (another of Meg's favourite places. For some reason I can't quite fathom, she has an obsession with service stations, and this is an especially dog friendly one). I took her onto the grass for a sniff around and a toilet break, but it's the first time I've taken her out in public since the op and I was slightly dreading having to deal with comments. I just don't feel quite ready for that yet. Anyway, we got some stares but nobody came up and said anything, which I felt relieved about. Is that pathetic? Normally we're both pretty sociable, and I've met dozens of brilliant people through dogs, but I guess at the moment we're still adjusting and I just feel like we need our privacy.

All warmest wishes from us both,

Meg and Clare

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
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16 March 2016 - 12:27 pm
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I understand the 'still adjusting' period. When we first took our Ellie out for tripawd walks, we were so so proud of her! We knew she looked a bit weak and a bit unsteady, but in our minds she was trying so so hard and deserved unending praise for her efforts. She was our girl and she had just lost a leg and still she wanted her walks. I know we would not have been able to be polite if we had gotten an "off" comment at that point. 

Active 10+ Pyr mix suddenly came up lame with ACL tear in left rear leg. Scheduled for a TPLO but final pre-op x-rays indicated a small suspicious area, possibly OSA, which could have caused the ACL tear. Surgeon opened the knee for TPLO but found soft bone. Biopsy came back positive for OSA. Became a Tripawd 9/18/14. Carbo6 with Cerenia and Fluids. Pain free and living in the moment. Crossed the Bridge on 7/12/15 after probable spread of cancer to her cervical spine. A whole lifetime of memories squeezed into 10 months. Here's her story: Eloise

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HAPPY ONE WEEKAVERSARY 🙂 YAAAAAAAAAY FOR MEG AND MOM!!!clap

I jist love getti g to knlw Meg through your stories! She is absolutely adorable and has personality galore

Like Denise, I was soooooo proud of my Happy Hannah and her tripawdness, sooooo proud of how she happily just got on with being happy Happy Hannah! Her enthusiasm and zest for life, contagious to all who met her! I think I may have gotten a "poor thing" once, u til they realozed how appy she was! Mostly though, absolute amazement.at how well a dog (a big fluffy Bull Mastiff) could hop along like a dainty Ballerina with ease! Okay, maybe more like a dainty Hippopotamus!!

Tripawd Pride Nothing like it! .eg doesn't give a rip about what others rhink and has no negative thoughts whatsoever about being a tripawd! She's ready to pawty! Take her lead!

Lots of love!!

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

PS. As soon as her fur fills in, .ost people won't even notice she's a tripawd!way-cool

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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Otis and I have been out and about a bit, and all comments have been positive - usually the only people who ask are "dog people" to begin with, and they make very encouraging comments.  Did have a bit of difficulty explaining to two small children who come over to pet him, but once they processed it, it was fine.  But of course, I have been through the shaved limping dog once already on the cruciate surgery, so maybe I just don't notice anyone who isn't positive.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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Hoppy Ampuversary Meg! I love how you are just getting right back into doing what you love best, even stopping at the service station to say hello to everypawdy.

Clare we totally get what you're saying about dreading comments. It takes some adjustment to know what you'll say to people. Maybe this funny forum topic about comebacks will help you prepare.

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Thanks so much for the link, Jerry. Really made me laugh. I just love all the explanations tripawd parents have come up with. Definitely helps to have a sense of humour in these situations.

Here's Meg's Day 8 update. Pic says it all I think...

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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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BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL PHOTO!! It speaks volues indeed! Such a content virl just immersed in the moment, in the joy, of being Meg!! LOVE IT!

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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17 March 2016 - 11:25 am
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Aw, thank you Sally! Thanks for all your encouragement. Your positivity is inspiring and always gives us a boost.

C&M xx

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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17 March 2016 - 1:33 pm
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That is one awesome picture of one contented pup!

Happy weekiversary Meg!

Karen

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

1999 to 2010

 

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She does look like she's glowing w/ contentment!

Active 10+ Pyr mix suddenly came up lame with ACL tear in left rear leg. Scheduled for a TPLO but final pre-op x-rays indicated a small suspicious area, possibly OSA, which could have caused the ACL tear. Surgeon opened the knee for TPLO but found soft bone. Biopsy came back positive for OSA. Became a Tripawd 9/18/14. Carbo6 with Cerenia and Fluids. Pain free and living in the moment. Crossed the Bridge on 7/12/15 after probable spread of cancer to her cervical spine. A whole lifetime of memories squeezed into 10 months. Here's her story: Eloise

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She looks SO happy!!!! Pure bliss!!!! much love! 

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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