Darn… I missed our Blogiversary! Bad dog mom… Our 2 year Blogiversary was on January 24th. How far we’ve come from that first scary blog I posted. I had just found out about Riley’s hip dysplasia and we were 2 days from seeing the surgeon (at the same office that did Riley’s knee surgery back in October). Thankfully, my 10 month-old puppy did not have to have hip surgery and just had to be on crate rest for 2 weeks instead of 8-12 weeks like she would have had to have been on if she would have had surgery. Little did I know that two years later she would have a knee injury and have to have surgery. But that’s all water under the bridge now.
Riley is fully recovered from her knee surgery and is back to running around and jumping. I don’t let her play fetch outside on the uneven ground anymore, but she does get to play fetch inside again now. In fact, she’s trying to play with me as I’m typing this! I’m so thankful that she did so well after her surgery–8 loooooong weeks in the crate were not fun for her, but she did it because it’s what her people wanted her to do.
I’m so thankful for such an obedient dog and so thankful for all our blogging pals–even if we haven’t been around that much lately!
This is her surgery leg…you can hardly tell it had been shaved anymore!
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!!
Today is (hopefully) Riley’s last full day of crate rest! Hooray! I can’t believe we’ve made it 8 weeks post-op! Her follow-up appointment with X-rays is tomorrow morning at 9:00. I’m hoping they’ll be able to take the X-rays without sedating her (if they have to sedate her, I have to leave her there for most of the day…), but who am I kidding…they’ll probably sedate her because she acts like she’s had a lobotomy or something when she goes to the vet!! 🙂 So say a little prayer that she doesn’t act too silly tomorrow and can have her X-rays done without sedation. I mean, really, how hard is it to keep a young cattle dog still for a few seconds??? 😉
With all this surgery/crate rest this year, I didn’t have time to sign Riley up for the dog Christmas Card Exchange that we did last year. And I definitely didn’t have time to send out cards! (Even though I got a nice professional shot of her in her Christmas bandana back in June…). So we were surprised to get two Christmas cards from our bloggie friends in the mail yesterday! We got one from our good friend Hound Girl and one from our friend Miss Barbara at If I Didn’t Have a Sense of Humor. If you are living under a rock and haven’t read either of their blogs, check them out! Hound Girl has Riley’s twin from another mother, Haylie, who also has hip dysplasia and is toy-obsessed and her brother, Fred, a Bloodhound, is training to be a Therapy Dog. And Miss Barbara’s blog is just plain funny. Enough said.
Haylie and Fred’s card.
Trixie, Minnie, and Jeep must have helped Miss Barbara out with her cards because Riley was most interested in sniffing their card!
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to post a crate-less picture of Riley!! I just can’t wait to snuggle with her again and love on her. I open the door to her crate and stick myself halfway in there to love on her right now, but it’ll be nice to do it without all the metal bars around! 🙂