She moves every time I try to take her picture!
Her surgery went great, and she has to wear the hated cone for a couple weeks. Brief walks a few times daily, moist heat on the incision, massages a few times a day, and range-of-motion exercises.
Couple all that with the fact that she absolutely refuses to go the bathroom in the front yard which necessitates this process:
1: leash her, take her out and tie her to a porch post.
2: Let the other two dogs into the kitchen.
3: Open the garage and take down the barrier between the dogs’ side and the rest of the garage.
4: Untie Osa, take her out back and let her do her thing.
5: Reverse the process.
….sometimes…sometimes…I go through the whole thing for her to walk outside and pee for literally 2 seconds. Two. It takes longer to get the leash on her wiggly ass!
Then we walk around the front yard a few times to get in her exercise, and then it’s back inside. She tries to avoid having the cone put on, and looks really bummed out when it is, but every now and again she tries to lick the incision and we can’t have that. The myth that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’ is, of course, total BS. They eat poop, for Pete’s sake!
None of the dogs are happy about the separation, but she can’t be anywhere near them because the plate in her leg may become dislodged if it gets bumped, and the biggest dog most likely would do that. She can’t see them, either, but she gets so excited she wiggles all over and will mess up the leg. So solitary, of sorts, confinement for at least a month.
I’ve been pretty stressed during all this and worked myself into a fibro flare. Go, me. *sigh*
I’m really, really grateful to everyone who donated for her surgery! It really helped, more than you’ll know. And I get to help people feel better, too!
I hope May is going well for you! We actually had a downpour the other day!!! It was so overdue, and not nearly enough moisture, but we’ll take every drop we can get. The plants loved it. 🙂
©Pip Miller – May 2021
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