Side Porch And A Dog Update

Log Home Summer Porch

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. 

IMG_0419Up 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. 

Cola PlanterI 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. 

Log Home Summer PorchI’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. 

Red Hunter BootsI 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. 


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  1. Hi Dawn,
    Happy to know your dog is better. I enjoy your blog and country life.

    1. Thank you Cheryl:) I’m certainly not a city girl so I enjoy country living to it’s fullest.

  2. I am so glad you are seeing an improvement. It sounds very promising. I will keep saying a prayer for her (and you). I know how much we worry about our babies. The porch looks like a very nice place to relax and read. Keep us posted.

    1. Karen thank you for the prayers they are much needed, I do hope surgery isn’t needed.

      1. Me too. That would be a much longer recovery time. Things sound pretty positive right now. Hopefully, that will continue.

        1. Karen I’m praying for the best, hate to have her go through surgery.

  3. I’m glad your sweet dog is doing better. I have one that carries a baby around with her too! I love your side porch. Hugs,

    1. Sandi, our dog has always carried babies and she’s always excited to get a new one. I’ve found the one from Kohls (for people) hold up the best, they always have them at the checkout for $5.

      1. Thank you, I’ll check that out! Hugs,

  4. Cheryl Major says:

    Dawn, So happy to hear your dog is on the mend. Quite time with a good book is always heavenly. A Lazy summer is always welcomed here !!

    1. Cheryl I’ve done more relaxing this summer than I ever have and I like is so much I may just keep it up long after the dog is healed.

  5. So glad to hear your dog is getting better. ?❤️??

  6. It is wonderful that you can provide so much TLC for your dog and I am sure it speeds up the healing process.

    1. Carol I think she has my number, I’ve been delivering her food to her so she didn’t have to walk far now she expects it, LOL. Dogs are smart!

  7. Kathleen G says:

    Nice to hear good news about your beautiful family dog. Just seeing your side porch, I would be relaxing and reading too. Need quiet time for the healing process. Hopefully soon she can keep you company upstairs.
    Kathleen in Az

    1. Kathleen I think we’ve decided to put a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs so she won’t be able to get up them. It breaks my heart but it’s best for her to not re-injure it. I’ve added a bet on the main level for her so she can sleep at the bottom of the stairs, it makes me sad but it’s what’s best for her.

  8. Glad to here your dog is improving. Good news. So glad she is recovering in the warm summer months too. Winter would have been dreadful for her.

    1. Becky I’d never thought of this happening in winter, you’re right it would have been horrible.

  9. I’m glad she’s improving. She’s sure a pretty girl and lucky to have a mama that loves her so. I have a black lab – Duke and a beagle-Duke. I love my sweet fur boys!

    1. Suzann I love our pets too and it’s painful for me to see them suffer. I’m seeing improvement every day and hope it continues.

  10. So glad your doggie is improving.

    1. Thank you Debbie I am too:) Have a wonderful week!

  11. Theresa - Ohio says:

    So glad your dog is doing better. She is beautiful .

    1. Thank you Theresa I hope she can make a full recovery with no surgery.

  12. Poor pupper! That just breaks your heart!
    I am liking your new neutrals!
    xo Kris

    1. Kris thanks for stopping by, it seems we only chat on Instagram these days 🙂 Yes it’s hard on us all with the dog but we are seeing improvement every week. It will be 4 weeks tomorrow since the injury and it may take up to 5 weeks to heal but she may always walk with a limp.

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