Risa’s 6 weeks of confinement are over and we couldn’t be happier. It wasn’t fun for either of us. Ris is a dog who likes to do things and I’m a person who likes to do things with her dog. It also feels like not having a dog when she’s stuck in a box. There are no random moments together; everything is by choice. She can’t just walk into the room to say “Hi.” She’s just there in that one spot. Always. Restricted. Choosing to interact with her was hard, too, as she tended to get overly excited about it which was counterproductive to her healing. I kept her entertained with food puzzle toys, bully sticks, and low-key training sessions but it wasn’t quite enough to keep my active girl happy.
Fortunately, it’s all behind us. I let her out Sunday morning. The first thing she did was empty the contents of her toy bin onto the floor and start playing. It’s only Tuesday and I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve told her to relax, calm down, or take it easy. She hasn’t moved much in 6 weeks yet she’s perfectly content to race around the house, pounce on toys, spin like a whirling dervish, and bring me a tug toy to play with (I had to decline her offer). While she appears to be feeling great and I’m so so so so so happy to see my smiley face dog again, I don’t want her to overdo things and hurt herself. She is weak and uncoordinated and it would be easy for her to re-injure herself.
She may be free again but she’s still under restricted activity. No stairs. No opportunities to jump up onto furniture (my living room looks super stylish with boxes up on the couch). No walks. Limited access to the slippery floors in the kitchen. No roughhousing. No deliberate encouragement of crazy fun behavior (this is hard!). I have taken her for brief walks around the yard to sniff but she has yet to leave the house for adventures beyond the vet’s office. She’s no spring chicken and this was a serious injury she sustained. We need to be careful.
Fortunately, we start physical therapy on Friday to help her regain lost strength and stability. If she weren’t so afraid of going to the vet, I think she would really enjoy this. She already loves climbing on unstable objects and clicker games associated with it. She also likes to walk in the water. It’ll be interesting to see if she ever starts to look forward to her visits there. She’s already absolutely sick of going to our regular vet’s office. We’ve been to so many veterinarians over the past three months it’s no small wonder. It will be nice to finally be able to take her other places again. It broke my heart to see how excited she was to leave the house only to arrive at the scary stressful vet’s office!
I’m hopeful we’re finally on our way to happy days ahead. I’ve missed my dog so much. Whatever the future holds, I just want her to be happy and pain free.