Sunday, August 30, 2009

Week 15 Day 4 - Testing out her new wheels

Took the pups out to the school for Koda's first ever run since she came to me last October. Her two new knees got to run for about half an hour.. i'll now check to make sure there's no limping or regression for a couple of days before doing that again... man did she love it, though..

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Week 15 Day 1 - Vet Visit

I have to type this fast, i have two faces looking at me to go outside..

Took koda to the vet who was very happy with what she saw.. walking great, no pain, no sign of any concern.

She does have some limited movement so i'm going to have to stretch out that ligament myself everyday by manipulating her leg and knee to get things a little more mobile. She is a bit careful when sitting, which is how you can tell she does have some mobility issues, but walking and running is more a straight up and down thing, so that's not going to help much.. it has to be stretched to really fix it.

So that's our project.. me stretching out her legs and knees for the next few weeks.. that being said, she has the go ahead to resume normal activity and start an obedience class.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Week 14 Day 6 - Life's a beach

Last night I took both dogs, by myself, to the beach. Why would i do that? Tucker, being 7, was pretty easy to handle.. Koda, the complete opposite. I had forgotten what a pain in the butt puppies are! Okay, she's 2, but still.. pulling.. not listening.. GET ME TO THE WATER NOW!!!


Anyway.. once we got there, everyone had their harness and floaty rope attached, it actually went great. The water was warm, the training dummy was ready and both dogs were raring to go.

I went in to my knees and threw that dummy for an hour. Seriously.. tucker is a relentless retriever but superb at bringing it back and releasing it which makes the game enjoyable for me.. koda is a MUCH faster swimmer than tuck.. but tucker always got a head start.. i don't think Koda won a single race =)

So.. her first water adventure after 2 knee surgeries? Perfection. No a single limp.. this morning i looked for stiffness when she woke up.. pfft.. she sprinted to her food dish.

I have often wished she could talk so i could really know if she has any pain, the severety and what it is in comparisson to before surgery.. i /think/ i remember her previous owner saying she'd limp after short walks at after water exercise. She doesn't limp at all now.. so i hope that's her talking to me =)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Week 14 Day 2

Hmm.. i think i mentioned Koda having a vet appt this week, but it's next week at 15 weeks post-op.

She's had an excellent few days.. she's been left free in the house since Tuesday and aside from one "incident" with the shampoo bottle and a plastic bag, she's done great! Although now all doors must be closed before i leave..

She has also moved to sleeping on her bed in my bedroom at night.. and done perfectly. Tuck sleeps on my bed, but it's so high, i don't think her jumping up and down on that every day is a good idea.. i'm not sure. For now, she's great on her bed.

Video of Miss thang coming soon... i was going to take her to the beach this weekend, but they closed it because of bacteria.. ew.. so soon =)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Week 13 Day 5

I'm not sure if my eyes were decieving me or not, but i could swear koda's bull-legged walk had all but disappeared.

It wasn't that long ago i watched her and though.. well.. maybe she'll always walk like that.. and then yesterday when she was walking across the deck, i didn't see one.. not at all.

There's still some swelling in her legs.. it can takes months for that to go down.. months and months and months.. so it can make her gawky walk more pronounced, but yesterday she looked REALLY good!

I need to video her walking. That's going to be interesting to explain.. "excuse me, why are you filming your dog's butt?"

Yeah.. like my neighbours don't already think i'm insane?

She still looks a bit weird when she poops though.. not as ginger as she used to be, but it can take some shuffling around to find the perfect squat.. i'm wondering if that's getting used to a new bone placement? Something?

I'm not sure..

I've been putting off leaving her out of her crate during the day.. i'm so nervous! I know tuck likes to sleep whhile i'm gone, but will they play when i'm not there? What if she hurts herself because i'm not there to tell her to calm her furry butt down? She can get into a butt tuck in .3 seconds when playing with my other dog .. if i'mnot there to stop her...

Gah.. plus i don't know if she has seperation anxiety issues.. destruction problems.. i really don't know. I've started to leave her in the house whil i go run errands and so far so good.. so i left her in the crate this morning that we both know she can get open with her nose.. i figure i'll leave the decision up to her. We'll see how many wiggly butts greet me at the door when i get home from work. =)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Week 13 - Day 1


This is the week that signals the official end to Koda's recovery! The date we've been looking forward to for quite some time!

My gir's all ready to go!

Her last vet appt is next week because the vet is at a conference this week, but man, what a relief!

It's been such a long, arduous time these past six months..

She came to me broken.. discarded by her previous owner who was going to put her down.. she was only 15 months old!

I don't think i knew what i was getting into.. i'm sure i didn't

the anxiety of surgery, the long trips back and forth to the vet (4 trips, 10 hours each) the leash restrictions to potty, the crate restrictions, the meds the panic when she did something she shouldn't, yelling at my other dog when he tried to engage her in play..

and then we did it all over again.. but we're done! And the happy, bouncy Lab who snuggles in for the evening with me, was worth every second!

I'm going to take a video this weekend and post it - a girl with two brand new knees =)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Week 12 Day 5

That's almost a cuddle!

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Week 12 Day 2 - morning bitey face on the couch.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Week 12 Day 1 - holy crap, week 12!

Well look at this! Twelve weeks in! Only one more week until she's official! I need to call and make a vet appt for her, but if the stretched out position she was sleeping in yesterday was any indication, she has full mobility back.. Or a good portion of it, anyway.

I'll probably continue to be careful with her beyond the 13 weeks.. But I don't know if I'll ever watch her run w/o worrying.

12 weeks is good!
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Week 11 Day 4

Double Trouble

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