When you are the momma to a recovered, limpy, sore dog, there are certain things you don’t take for granted.
- The good walks you get to take. Even if you’re busy, even if it’s hot and buggy or too cold and blowing, a good walk is always a good walk.
- Every time she jumps onto the couch by herself.
- When she can tackle stairs and not look nervous or in pain.
- Talking to other dog owners about her brace, and maybe helping other people consider non-surgerical treatment options to get their fur babies back on the right track.
- Every spin, swirl, and buck when she’s showing her toys who’s boss.
- When you neighbors ask about her leg and compliment how much better she’s looking lately.
- She she prances over whipping her rope for a game of tug-o-war.
- Not having to worry about reigning in her activity or making sure she doesn’t hurt herself some more.
- Watching like a proud momma when she comes out of her shell around other people and dogs because she can move comfortably.
- The days you forget she’s limpy because she acts just like a normal dog.
When your recovered, limpy, sore dog injures her other leg, there are certain things you hate.
- You’re new vet telling you that you’ve ruined your dogs quality of life.
- Hearing about arthritis, surgeries, and recovery time and feeling like you don’t know which is the right decision to make.
- Any vet telling you, “Just let her be and maybe she’ll get better,” or “Well, she has a history of joint issues so this will just continue to happen.”
- Knowing that as a rescue fur momma you promised to keep your pound baby safe and happy, and feeling like you’re failing.
- Watching her tripod around and struggle just to live her little puppy dog life.
- Doing the best you can, but knowing that someone will always judge your choices.
- When you’ve made huge gains and progress on getting her back into fighting shape, and now it feels derailed.
On to brace number two, and hoping my fur baby has a second speedy recovery!