On Monday, Nick and I returned home from Nose Work with Toby and Meadow to be greeted by a strange sight – Leah’s face staring out the front window – which she can only reach by hopping up on the sofa.
Another bit of news is that over the past few weeks, Leah has been chasing our cats again, with not so friendly intentions.
Did she get in trouble for either of these offenses?
Nah. I’m secretly thrilled.
Why would anyone be happy that their dog is breaking rules and attempting to maim other household pets?
While it is true that we don’t allow the dogs on the sofa without permission, and we certainly don’t encourage or condone cat chasing…I’m glad because these behaviors mean Leah’s legs are on the mend.
It had become too hard for her to climb up and down safely from the sofa without her hind legs slipping out from under her, so she stopped some time ago, and when she started not feeling well, her cat chasing declined so much I barely recognized my prey driven girl.
But she’s back…
I’m happy to report that the Metacam our vet prescribed is making a remarkable difference in her hind end strength. Along with the Metacam, I have added a moderate exercise routine to Leah’s life, (after checking with her vet), which includes walking up and down the back steps, walking around the block, (including a steep hill), and doing laps around the yard on hot days when I don’t want to venture far with her (since I can’t lift her in an emergency). The reason I started this is because even though Leah gets daily exercise in the form of play, (or running the fence in search of the neighbor’s cats), I noticed that she puts nearly all of her weight on her front legs and pretty much hops on the back ones when she runs. The moderate walks and climbs are my attempt to help her rebuild some muscle strength by forcing her to use her rear legs as much as her front.
We are also continuing with her Phycox, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties along with antioxidents and omega-3s, and I have also started adding cooked meat to her meals for extra muscle building protein. Since the other dogs are enjoying some too, I’ve also been adding a little tumeric for Meadow, since it is rumored to have cancer preventive qualities. Figure a little bit can’t hurt.
Ground venison and veggies anyone?
Mmmmm Mmmmmm good. At least, the dogs think so.
I know I haven’t had a chance to post new entries or visit all of your blogs over the past few days, but the weather’s been so nice, and oh, have I mentioned I’ve been writing again? While I still have not settled on any one new idea, I’ve been brainstorming, and I started tapping away a little at that sequel. Hope everyone and their doggies are well, and enjoying some nice weather like the cooler days we have been experiencing here in the northeast.
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