It was Thursday afternoon and I was sitting up in my kennel area, still a little sore and groggy from my operation, but I was ready to go home! My leg throbbed a bit, but I really didn’t let that slow me down. Plus, my nurse gave me more happy pills and a happy patch too!
I heard that my dad had arrived but Dr. Tony wanted to talk to him before I came out to see him. The doctor said that the surgery went awesome and that I’m doing really well. He told us that we needed to wait for the pathology report to make sure I had clean margins. Dr. Tony explained how they did the amputation, which had to be a specific way, so that I could be fitted for my new leg in a couple of weeks. They gave my dad a bunch of medication: antibiotics, anti-inflammatory pills, Pepcid, Tramadol and that’s not including the supplements that my dad gives me! Good thing I’m an excellent patient!
Anyway, they finally let me see my dad and I can’t tell you how happy I was to see my him!! He gave me a super big hug and said that he was so proud of me for being so awesome! He brought me my special sphericon with a treat for our car ride home. I walked out of the hospital with my dad!
We got home and Kai, Koa and Leo were so excited to see me! Dad even bought me a new bed. The first thing I did was to have some water and then I laid down in my new bed. It was all very exciting. All I knew was that I was home with my family and happy about that. But walking seemed a lot more difficult than before, but I’m always up for a challenge. My dad was super patient with me and I was gaining a lot more confidence!
Later in the day, Dad took me for a stroll to the corner where we usually go. But since I just had surgery, Dad took the wagon that we used to use for agility and put my comfy padded mat in it and a towel. He picked me up and placed me in the cart. I laid down and let him pull me, until he allowed me to get up and walk around. I love how my dad takes such good care of me. So here we are, at the corner, and I’m trying to figure out my balance and stuff… well, I go to pee on a bush and try to lift my right leg and I start to fall over. Dad tries to help me and I end up peeing on his foot. Woops .. it wasn’t much! He smiled and encouraged me and said that it’s a new day and I would need to find a new way to do some things a little differently and to just be patient.
Road to Recovery Day 2
Day 2 was much better! I was getting around pretty well and didn’t pee on my dad! My appetite was good, because dad made me ground turkey, sweet potato, carrots and apples, to put with my kibble. He also promised to take me to the park. I rode most of the way, but dad let me out to run around a bit!
Dad also had a daily plan to do puzzles, games and training stuff. He wanted to make sure that I was getting mental exercise too! I know that a lot of dogs go stir crazy, not being able to do their normal activities, so I’m super glad that my dad thinks of everything for me!
Of course, I also got plenty of rest. And it was a lot easier being at home, in my own bed with my family! I try not to let the whole leg thing (or lack thereof) get me down. My family doesn’t treat me any different and I don’t act any different either. So, I’m going to keep trying my best every day! I hope that you don’t let anything hold you back either!! Click on the link to see me Playing Fetch with Dad !
Check out tomorrow’s post! “Better, Stronger, Faster”