Welcome Home, Foxy Chelsea!

1/17/12: Chelsea, 1 day after FHO surgery.

We brought Chelsea home this afternoon!!! She is doing considerably well and we are amazed at her resilience. She is one little trooper!

For the next ten days, Chelsea needs to take it easy. That means no running, jumping or playing. Chelsea will be crated at night to make sure she’s safe. She will be separated from Harley and Scarlett when we aren’t around and even though she’ll hate it, it’s for her own good. We don’t allow them to interact with Chelsea beyond a little sniff or lick when they’re together. Harley and Scarlett have been very good with her but we still need to limit and constantly monitor their interactions.

When we take Chelsea outside, we leave the other dogs inside and walk her a very short distance on leash. The doctors told us to encourage her to use her leg with “mini-walks” around the yard 3-4 times a day. We’ve also been massaging her leg to stimulate muscle growth.

We look forward to sharing Chelsea’s progress with you! For now, we are so relieved she is home and happy that she finally has a chance to live a healthy pain-free life! Thank you to everyone for all the prayers, encouragement and support; it has been truly amazing and we can’t thank you enough!

Here are some pictures of little Chelsea post-surgery.

Her poor little leg is all shaved! I can't wait until it grows back-- she is so soft and fuzzy!

This is the incision mark. Chelsea has 6 sutures that will be removed in 10 days.

Sweet Chelsea. We are so happy she is home!!!


26 responses to “Welcome Home, Foxy Chelsea!

  1. We’re so glad you’re home Chelsea + can’t wait until you can run around with the rest of the crew! Big cuddles, MJ, Bubba, Bella + Beary xx

  2. She looks great. I love the fluff of fur left on her paw! Looks like she’s wearing Uggs. Hang in there, Chelsea. xo

  3. Awe she looks like she is doing fine. I bet she will be running around before long.

    I had to laugh when you wrote, “no running, jumping or playing”. Years ago my Dad had a kitten that needed heart surgery and had to be crated for 8 weeks. I nursed her as she recuperated. The vet said “no running, jumping or playing”…those exact words…for 8 weeks with a kitten….lol.

    • Thank you 3 brown dawgs 🙂 We hope she’s running around soon, too — it seems she wants to.
      That is funny indeed…when we brought her home, she settled in and fell asleep in her bed. My boyfriend walked to the refrigerator and she jumps up and goes sprinting into the kitchen on 3 legs. We obviously aren’t letting her “run around” but I find it impossible to control all the time– she’s a 6 month old puppy LOL 🙂

  4. Chelsea, you are in my prayers for a speedy recovery! I’m sure you’ll be back to running, jumping and playing soon!

  5. Heal well and fast. Good luck with the no playing thing. 😦

  6. Welcome home and happy healing. What a lucky pup to be so loved!

  7. So glad Chelsea is home after a successful surgery.

  8. Yay! So glad to hear that Chelsea is doing well. What a neat little scar. I know how hard it is to crate them (believe me, I know!!) and keep them quiet, but it is without doubt one of the most important things you can do to help her recover as best as she can! You can do it! I know I was very surprised when Fergus just adapted to her restricted lifestyle – I’m not sure how it will be with a dog though. All the best with the patient’s recuperation.

    • Thanks Flo! We had a nice little night of whimpering but I think she’ll do better tonight 🙂 Today while we’re at work, she is closed off in the office to avoid any rough playing with Scarlett and Harley. We can’t wait until she can run around with them again!

  9. We’re so happy the surgery went well. Keeping a puppy down for that long won’t be easy, but she’ll be back up and running in no time!

  10. You look like you are doing well Chelsea!!! So glad you are home. We are going to keep praying that God guides your recovery! Get well soon Chelsea!

    God Bless You Chelsea!
    The Collies and Chuck 🙂

  11. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew

    Sweet Chelsea we are happy your are home too. Wishing you a very speedy recovery sweet girl. Hugs and nose kisses

  12. So glad you are home, Chelsea! Sounds like you guys are taking good care of her!

  13. I read about Chelsea’s on another blog and wanted to stop by and leave some well wishes!! So glad things went well. 🙂

    Woofs & hugs, ❤

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

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