Time for another update on Bailey. Tomorrow will be two weeks since her back leg was amputated for cancer.
The first few days were a little tough. She kept looking back like where did it go? Mercifully, she did a lot of sleeping; the pain meds kept her pretty dopey. I bought a harness with a sturdy handle so I could steady her and help her up and down the steps at the door, but within days she had gotten her balance and was zipping along on her own.
After a week I began taking her up and down my road on a leash. She’s learned that if she trots a bit faster than normal, she keeps her balance better. Sort of like when you ride a bike. That means I have to jog to keep up with her. I “retired” to walking a few years ago, but I guess I’ll be getting back into running again. We’re going a little farther each day, working up our strength together. It’s the best way to work off her last few pounds and my holiday indulging. Here’s a short video of her hopping along.
Her wound is healing up nicely. The bruising is nearly gone, and staples came out Monday. The skin under her belly still hangs a bit from the swelling, but it should tighten up. When her hair finally grows back in, it should cover up all the ugly.
Bailey does still have a few challenges that she may or may not overcome. She can easily get herself downstairs, where we tend to hang out in the evenings, but not back up. We have to support her with the harness or send her around outside. She can’t jump into the car on her own, either. Harness again. (She’s back to going everywhere with me.) And she can’t manage the leap to the foot of my bed anymore, so when those big brown eyes come asking, I have to give her a boost. Other than that, she’s totally herself again. Remarkable!
Note: Ha! She made it up the entire flight of steps today, no problem!