Age: 14 Years Sex: Female
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Meggie or as hubby now calls her wee beastie
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September 26th 2000
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Scottish Highlands we have never seen her so happy as she was there. Meg also enjoys going Geocaching with her human Mum and Dad so she enjoys going anywhere as long as it is out, especially if it involves a ride in the car.
Paddy Paws, and putting her paws together and Snuggling up with a big floppy bear on the back of the settee to go to sleep
We have Meg's daddy Mr Bean, Meg was one of a litter of two puppies the first was born at home while Meg had no intention of entering the world of her own accord, she was born by caesaerian section at our vets, she was such a big pup so fat and wrinkly we knew why Jennie her Mum had so much trouble bringing her into the world. Meg was very slow, she couldn't walk and went everywhere on her tummy, I spent hours getting her up onto her feet with the aid of an old pot towel, she was 5 weeks old when she opened her eyes, but she was a real character and we knew she would have to stay with us, then after her puppy injections Meg started to have fits luckily she has grown out of them, but she has always had all the characteristics of Autism she couldn't cope with change of any kind. Meg was 9 months old before she learned to jump onto our settee by herself, now we can't keep her off it.
As Meg grew her condition has improved, the one thing she does do is get totally disorientated in water, she just goes round and round in circles. People in the show world said we should have had her put to sleep, but we knew we could give her a good life, even our vet said she would be lucky to live past 12 months, she did though, her sister Pennie who lived happily with Col and Sue in Frodsham sadly died of a liver condition at just 17 weeks, which made Meg all the more special she has improved as the years have gone by and she has not had any further fits since around 9 months of age.
Meg never had to go to the vets for any reason and until March this year she had never even been on any antibiotics, then one Sunday morning we got up to find that her lens in her left eye had luxated, luckily we got her straight to the vets and with immediate treatment things started to look good, her check ups had gone to monthly and just 2 days before her real problems began the vet had given her the 3 monthly check up appointment, then Megs left eye blew up and she was in great pain, late saturday night we rushed her to our emergency vets surgery when we were told that she would have to have her lens removed asap. Monday morning the surgery was performed and poor Meg's eye was stitched shut. She still didn't seem comfortable but we put that down to all the disruption at home caused by us having a new kitchen installed at the same time. A few days before she was due to have her stitches out I began to suspect that she had gone blind in her other eye as she was walking into things that previously she would have walked around. In between times our vet left and we managed to get ourselves booked in with a lovely lady vet who is training to be an eye specialist, I mentioned my fears to her, but she didn't think that Meg was blind in her right eye, all the stitches including the ones out of Meg's eyeball were removed with just local anaesthetic, she was such a brave little girl, even Iona the vet was amazed as she thought she would have to give her a general anaesthetic. Once the stitches were taken out I became more and more convinced that Meg had gone blind, she went back to the surgery for pressure tests the results were so high, and Iona couldn't get any response from either eye, that she confirmed my suspicions that Meg was totally blind, I knew she had been for the past week or so.
We then got the news I had been dreading, the only solution to end Meg's pain was to remove both eyes, I had been expecting this, but my poor hubby hadn't, it was such a hard thing to agree to, but we knew that the only other option was no option at all. Meg has struggled through life and she loves and trusts us dearly and we were not going to let her down now.
The surgery was performed on the 10th July 2007 and Meg came home to us that same evening, she was highly sedated, she had a morphine patch on her side, antibiotics, and liquid pain medication. Dispite all this on the first night her whimpers and obvious discomfort broke our hearts, but the day after she was a little more awake. By Friday just 3 days after her op she was more like her own self, obviously the pain relief was working and she was pain free. Our vet Iona was very pleased with her progress and she even agreed that Meg could come with Hubby and I on a much needed and long ago booked camping holiday to Clachtoll in the Scottish Highlands, Friday was spent getting Meg two nice warm coats, a new highly deserved bed chosen by her ladyship herself in a big pet superstore and enough dinners to keep her satisfied for 9 days, we should have gone for 14 but Meg was due to have her stitches out on the 24th and we wanted our own vet to do this.
9pm my daughter arrived to doggy sit Mr Bean and Emma our other two Lancashire Heelers, we were still getting all our gear together as we didn't want to pre empt the vets agreement. It was a great rush but we left at 11pm for the 12 hour journey. Meg queen bee was enthroned on her new bed on my knee for the whole journey, and she was rather reluctant to get out of the car to go to the loo even though we had plenty of stops along the way. Finally we arrived at the campsite and we explained to the owners about Meg and they fell in love with her immediately. Meg took to camping like a duck to water, she loved her soft sided house and she soon learned her way around it, she walked well on her lead and her favourite game was flicking the sand up with her plastic hat it was so funny to watch. Meg became the star of the campsite, everyone knew about her and what had happened the campsite owners made sure of that. When we took her out everyone was so friendly towards her and she made lots of new friends, and even had quite a few photos taken by foreign tourists, this attention really boosted her confidence and by the time we were coming home she was even confident enough to explore outside the tent.
She had her stitches out on the 24th July 2007 and of course she was allowed to loose her big hat. She is coping brilliantly we were amazed that she had remembered her way around our house when we got back after the holiday but she did.
Meg now sees everything with her heart, she is pain free and is a lot happier than she has been for the past couple of months, of course we worry about her getting hurt, but we know that she has to stand on her own feet and grow her own confidence which she is doing everyday.
Meg is a real Superstar, and a tribute to what can be acheived through love and total trust on both sides.
Meggie crowned Dogster Dog of the Day 30th August 2007
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September 29th 2009 6:08 am
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My Daddy Mr Bean has been very poorly with a brain stem tumour and sadly on the 24th September he was given eternal sleep, so as you can all imagine I didn't have a very good 9th Birthday, Mum and Dad did their best they took Me and Emma to the seaside for a walk to take our minds off missing Mr bean, it didn't really work, coz as soon as we got home Emma and I were both looking for him. Mum says time is a great healer and she is probably right, but for now I am really missing my Daddy Mr Bean he was the greatest.
June 5th 2009 4:51 am
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It was with great relief, after a whole day of worry that my poor Daddy came home from the vets, he was minus 7 teeth and on antibiotics, liquid paraffin and new painkillers. But hopefully all this has done the trick and he is back to telling Mum and Dad (humans) when it is our tea time. His bowel was blocked but now after he has finished all the horrid things he has had to take he does seem better, it is such a relief, I know he is as old as the hills him being 13 but I can't envisage life without him I love him dearly and he is the bestist Daddy any Meggie could ever have had.
The weather today is lovely and we are all in a good mood, apart from human Daddy who is at work doing overtime to help towards Mr Bean's vet bills, but that is what humans are for isn't it to love us all unconditionally just as we love and trust them with our lives and wellbeing.
Human Mum and Dad will be going shopping later for all our dinners for the week, then I know I won't starve and you know me I live for food, so the more stored up in our house the less panicked i am at the thought of actually having to miss a meal.
Anyway I will let you all get on for now and I will write again soon to keep you updated on my little world.
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May 21st 2009 9:39 am
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Daddy has been to the vets and he has seen my Iona she doesn't know what is wrong with him yet, she said he is very tense and his tummy is sore, he can have his tea, but then nothing as he has to go back tomorrow to have blood tests and if they show his liver and kidneys are ok then he has to go to sleep to have some Xrays.
We are all so worried and even more so now I dont think any of us will sleep tonight, but hopefully tomorrow will bring some better news.
I will let you know what happens tomorrow.
Lots of Love
Meggie and her human mum.
Please think of my Daddy Mr Bean and send him lots of positive thoughts for the hospital admission and a good outcome tomorrow.
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