Side porch sittin is where I’ve spent a lot of time lately. It’s been 3 1/2 weeks since our pooch’s injury (torn ACL) and the side entrance with two steps seems the easiest for her to manage. The front porch only has 3 steps but apparently that one extra is more than she can do. So when I let her out I sit and read until she musters up the strength to manage the steps and come back inside.
Up until that last few days she’s only went out to use the bathroom. She takes 5 steps and sits down, and repeats the process until she gets to her destination. I’ve counted it’s always 5 steps. She’s also lost a substantial amount of weight, I think the pain meds had much to do with her lack of appetite and also an animal knows if they eat they have to use the bathroom, and I think it was more than she wanted to take on.
I started a calendar and wrote down every time she ate and how much. I was watching closely making sure it wasn’t dangerous for her, she did continue to drink so I know that’s more important than food. As of the last 3 days she’s made a remarkable turn, she’s walked the whole yard only sitting down a few times and even jumped into her loveseat twice. We don’t let her climb the loft stairs into our room yet (which she hates) but I don’t need her to undo the healing that’s happened up to this point.
I’m really praying it was minor and once it’s healed completely and she gets the remainder of the weight off she’ll be back to new. I know she’s feeling better because she started carrying around one of her baby’s again, when she’s happy a baby is always with her.
I must say I sure have got a lot of reading under my belt in the last 3 weeks and I’ve quite enjoyed the quiet time spent with a good book and the lovely landscape around me, it sure has been peaceful.