Leah was up on the Sofa

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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18 Responses so far.

  1. Jodi says:

    That is great news indeed Donna!! I’m so glad to hear that Leah is feeling her oats again.

    I’ve never heard of the tumeric, how much should they get? I wonder if it works in people too?

    I’m so loving this weather, while it is still hot the humidity has left and that is wonderful! Hope you and the dogs get out and enjoy before the winter gets here.

    • Donna says:

      I know, isn’t it great? I really thought she had no where to go but down hill, yet she teaches me over and over again to never give up! As for the tumeric, I don’t remember if I read either way about it being good for people…probably since they sell high dose supplements and what not, but I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation. So I just sprinkle some on their food as a seasoning, especially since they are getting it daily. I figure a little can’t hurt. I’ve been spending more time walking again (not just with Leah) and we’ve all been out in the yard a lot more since the humidity broke…it is such a big relief, isn’t it? If only we can get rid of the mosquitoes….

  2. Pamela says:

    Fabulous! It’s great when a little bit of mischief is a sign of good news.

    Glad to know the meds are helping Leah. Maybe you can stay out of the vet’s office for more than two days. :)

  3. Leslie says:

    Awesome news, Donna! So glad she’s feeling well enough to get into a little mischief – that’s always a good sign. ;)

    Great thinking about the walks and uphill climbs, too. Anything that encourages her use of those back legs is good. Kudos to you on cooking for her. We do our share of that for Bella, too. I do believe tumeric is recommended for people problems as well. (Not to mention pretty darn tasty. ;)

    Glad to hear you’re writing again also. I keep seeing “writers write” everywhere lately so I know how important it is to just sit down and do it. Keep up the good work. :)

    • Donna says:

      Love tumeric on roasted potatoes and veggies. Yum! Good to know it has health benefits for us people too.

      Thanks for the encouragement with the writing. :-)

  4. So happy to read Leah is doing so well!

  5. Hi Donna

    Glad to hear Leah is feeling well enough to get up to some Mischief!! Tee Hee

    Great news about your writing too :)

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  6. Basil says:

    That’s great news!!

  7. Teri says:

    So happy to hear that Leah is doing better. I remember laughing at all of our Lucy’s naughty behaviours when she was in her last years. Things that might have driven me crazy in the early years made me happy in those last years.

  8. Dogs N Pawz says:

    That is awesome! So glad Leah is getting around better and causing some Mischief! Even if it is chasing the cats!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. It’s so fun to hear you loving Leah being in trouble. So good to hear that she is doing well.

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