Freedom!!

I am pleased to announce that Riley is free of the crate for the majority of her time!  She got the go-ahead from her surgeon this morning to be out of her crate while I’m home and just be crated when we’re away.  She still has to go potty on the leash, but she can roam around the house and jump on the furniture.

Dr. Dassler said that her leg looked great on her X-rays and that she’s healed up enough that he doesn’t worry about her undoing anything they did in surgery (which is good since she and Chloe have been going nutso playing…) and that her bone is healed up enough that he could actually remove the plate and screws in her leg and she’d be fine.  No worries, she’s not getting her plate and screws removed…he was just making a point.

Look how much fur has grown back in on her hind leg!
He said she’s sitting well with it (usually they tend to splay their injured leg out to the side, but she’s sitting with hers underneath her like a normal dog) and she’s walking on it very well.  She’s free to climb the stairs and can jump on the couch, she just isn’t allowed to chase squirrels or birds for another month or so.
She’ll be getting three 5-minute walks a day for the next 5 days, then three 10-minute walks for 5 more days, then 15-minute, then 20-minute until we work up to 30 minute walks.  No more physical therapy–the walks will be enough therapy.  Then after 30 days, she can be off-leash in the backyard.
Oh, it also says on the paper they gave me that I “have done an excellent job with all of Riley’s nursing needs.”  Thank goodness.  Phew!  🙂  I forgot to ask for a copy of her X-rays…in fact, I didn’t even see her X-rays, he just told us all about how well she had recovered.
Let the party begin!!

50 thoughts on “Freedom!!

  1. Oh heck yea! Let da party commence…lets jump on da furniture furst!I will haves to say you has done a fantstic job withs Riley and making sure her recooped well. I knows how hard dat can be.Puddles

  2. Oh heck yea! Let da party commence…lets jump on da furniture furst!I will haves to say you has done a fantstic job withs Riley and making sure her recooped well. I knows how hard dat can be.Puddles

  3. YAY!! That's excellent news! I know you both are relieved! Keep up the good work!Kip still has the metal plate intact from his first repair, but the plate from the second repair did have to be removed. His body rejected the 2nd plate for some unknown reason. Our surgeon told us it was actually pretty common to have to go back in and remove the plate once the bones are healed.

  4. YAY!! That's excellent news! I know you both are relieved! Keep up the good work!Kip still has the metal plate intact from his first repair, but the plate from the second repair did have to be removed. His body rejected the 2nd plate for some unknown reason. Our surgeon told us it was actually pretty common to have to go back in and remove the plate once the bones are healed.

  5. WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am so glad to hear that Riley's crate rest is finally over! I can't imagine how relieved you are, Elyese. You have done an awsome job keeping Riley calm and healthy. And just in time for Christmas too!~B~

  6. WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am so glad to hear that Riley's crate rest is finally over! I can't imagine how relieved you are, Elyese. You have done an awsome job keeping Riley calm and healthy. And just in time for Christmas too!~B~

  7. Wow, have just come across blog and can not imagine having to stay rested for so long! When was new-tered as puppy went crazy after only 4 days!From one ACD to another, wish you most happiness in recovery! Soon can run and play and be nutty again!

  8. Wow, have just come across blog and can not imagine having to stay rested for so long! When was new-tered as puppy went crazy after only 4 days!From one ACD to another, wish you most happiness in recovery! Soon can run and play and be nutty again!

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