We received some good news this week in the dog department! After talking to the Humane Society of Greater Miami, we came to a decision to continue to foster her at our house until she gets adopted. Originally, they wanted to put Bethany in a cage at the shelter, hoping a family would come and adopt her. Still, no one wanted to put her in a cage when she was thriving at our house. Sometimes when dogs go back into the shelter they can lose all hope and also forget their previous training. Bethany also needs exercise to recover from FHO surgery and we wanted to make sure she receives proper care.
We also have a few families interested in adopting this sweet girl. We’ve had 5 letdowns with Bethany, so we’re not counting our eggs before they hatch. We simply continue to hope the right family comes along and makes her a part of their forever family. Letdowns can be rough especially when something seems so promising. We’re hoping she fits in well with one of the families currently interested.
Bethany is recovering dramatically faster than Chelsea and already has a bigger range of motion in her leg than Chelsea currently does. It’s most likely because Bethany had surgery much younger and when the injury was fresh. Chelsea had surgery about 5 months after her injury; Bethany only waited about 2 weeks. Unlike Chelsea, Bethany still has a slight limp and her shaved leg continues to grow back in.
Bethany is running and playing now. We do daily leg stretches and take her on daily walks to improve leg muscle and extend range of motion, including walking in high grass and sand. We are waiting to take her swimming; it’s a great exercise to improve muscle function and stimulate growth but it’s been raining every weekend for the past 3 weeks! When the sunshine comes, Bethany is going to the beach 🙂