Awards for Scarlett

Our big girl, Scarlett, had FHO hip surgery last Friday and is currently on the mend. Though it has not been easy, we can see she is improving little by little and she remains strong despite a semi grouchy attitude.

Unlike the puppies who had FHO surgery, Scarlett is full-grown and 51 lbs. She still refuses to put any weight on her right leg at all and instead hobbles around on three legs. We can tell she is getting better: in the beginning of the week, she held her leg all the way up. Now, she lets it dangle, touching the ground but not applying any pressure.

dog after surgery

You can see here how she stands. This was taken 6 days after FHO surgery.

Chelsea and Bethany both had FHO surgery when they were puppies and were applying weight on the leg instantly. To help train Scarlett to start using her right leg, we invented an exercise we do 4-5 times a day. Standing on Scarlett’s left side, we guide her left paw down, so it’s touching the ground all the way and not dangling. Holding her so she doesn’t slip, we gently push a little of our weight into her left side. This makes her start shifting her weight to a more normal disposition: she stands almost straight on instead of completely on the left side. We stand there a few minutes, petting her while she stands correctly (she still isn’t putting any pressure on the right leg-just standing straighter). We’re not sure how much this is helping but our vet says it’s good for her. This week has proved that success with Scarlett will be measured in small steps but that just like the puppies, she will eventually recover!

FHO surgery, dog surgery

Her wound is healing and she’ll get her stitches out next Friday.


When we got around to visiting some of our buddies, we saw we’ve been nominated for more awards! We are dedicating them all to our sweet girl, Scarlett. We look forward to the day she’s running around on all four legs πŸ™‚

Our friend, Yashie at Thriving Pessimist nominated us for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much for these awards, Yashie πŸ™‚ If you have not visited Thriving Pessimist, make sure you stop by! We love this blog and it is very special to us because it’s one of the first we started following.

The rules for these awards are simple. Besides thanking and linking back to the blogger that nominated you, we must share 7 things about us and award up to 15 other bloggers.

7 Things About Us

1. The dogs like to pretend they are Roory and walk in the window. Harley used to do it all the time but now Chelsea, Scarlett and even little Bethany have all been caught πŸ™‚

dog in window

Puppy in the window.

2. Of all our dogs, Chelsea is the worst listener πŸ™‚ She has an “I do what I want” attitude.

3. Harley is the best hunter of the bunch. When I let the pups out, all run into the yard, except Harley. He’s by the flower pots and grill, searching for lizards.

4. Scarlett is the most submissive. The dog-aggressive, scary pup she once was left and has never–and will never– come back. Why? Because Scarlett is loved and respected now!

5. All our dogs share food bowls. We constantly train them not to be food aggressive so when we are bringing in foster pups, there will be no problems from our dogs’ sides.

6. We all go on walks twice a day. Doggy walks are very important and we wish we had time for even more of them.

7. How we play: Harley & Chelsea- tug-o-war with toys; Chelsea & Scarlett- play biting and rolling around; Harley & Scarlett- playing chase outside.

We would like to pass both of these awards to some of our Β newer blogging buddies! Congrats to our nominees and thanks again toΒ Thriving Pessimist!

Hey…It’s Jet Here

Fear the Beards

Teddy’s Tail

Miami Dade BSL

Kitty and Puppy Tails

Hutch A Good Life


We also received the Liebster Blog Award from our four-pawed pal, Jet, at Hey…It’s Jet Here. Thank you, Jet, for this awesome award! If you haven’t had a chance to visit Jet, makeΒ sure you stop by Hey…It’s Jet Here and see what Jet + the crew are up to! They live in our neck of the woods and are always having fun. Another cool thing about Jet– he was saved from the same shelter as Scarlett, Chelsea and baby Bethany!

This award is to recognize smaller blogs with under 200 readers. Along with thanking and linking back to the blogger who nominated us, we get to nominate 5 other blogs for this dear award! Congrats to our nominees and thanks again to Hey…It’s Jet Here!

Thriving Pessimist

The Pawsitive Thinker

I Will Love You for You

Couches for Breakfast

Mr. & Mrs. & Nola Kisses

Β To see other awards For the Love of My Dogs has received, visit our awards section!

schnauzer, dog

Hope you all had a Happy Thursday πŸ™‚


23 responses to “Awards for Scarlett

  1. What a nice surprise to be catching up on reading and to find out that one has won awards – thank you! Congratulations to you for your three new awards. I have had three dogs to have FHO surgeries as well. Two were nine months old and the third was older. The young male had his foot down the next morning and never held it up. The young female was a little slower about it but not much, but the older female was very reluctant to put hers down. Best of luck with Scarlett.

    • You are so welcome πŸ™‚ WOW, what a coincidence! I am comforted to hear those things, thanks for sharing. It has been exactly the same way with ours but Scarlett has been worrying me because she is so reluctant. Hopefully she will continue to improve and be up to speed soon!

      • My older girl Bellus had her surgery at U. of Ga. Vet School because it was a long time ago and no one here would do it. Her hip joint was shattered. This was a long way away from me and they kept her for three weeks. When I picked her up she would still hold it up if I would let her, but they gave me a walking schedule for leash walking her and told me to immediately stop if she picked it up. I was also to stop if she trotted, because of the way they can shift their weight and avoid putting much pressure on it in the trot. We engaged in these start and stop leash walks for a long time in order to build muscle in the area. I guess the ideal thing would be an underwater treadmill like one sees in these big fancy doggie rehab places, but there is to this day nothing like that anywhere in this neck of the woods. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m happy to read that Scarlett is doing so much better now. Congratulations on your three new awards πŸ™‚

  3. Yay for all of your well-deserved awards! Extra loves for Scarlett. Have a lovely weekend.

  4. Congrats on your awards! Thanks so much for passing on the Liebster Blog award! We appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  5. Congratulations on your well deserved awards. It is so nice to be recognized for your efforts.

    Glad to hear that Scarlett is on the mend, I’m sure that once all the muscles, ligaments and tendons stop screaming at her she will start using her leg more and more. πŸ™‚ We are sending good thoughts her way for a speedy recovery!

    • Thank you so much Jodi, we are very honored to receive them πŸ™‚

      We can’t wait until she starts feeling better…we are hoping she starts using the leg soon so the muscles can build up! Our vet says she may need stronger meds if this continues so we’re keeping our fingers crossed she realizes she has 4 legs soon πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

  6. Chancy and Mumsy

    Keep healing sweet Scarlett. We are happy to hear how well you are doing. Congratulations on the awards. Hugs and nose kisses

  7. Let’s hope that Scarlett’s small steps become big steps very soon. Congratulations on the awards!! πŸ™‚

  8. Yay! Congratulations on your awards! *Happy Poppy Dance* We’ve finally been getting around and catching up on our favorite blogs! So sorry that we’ve missed out on your adventures guys! We’re praying that Scarlett will heal beautifully soon πŸ™‚ Poppy hugs and Kisses. β™₯

    On a side note, we’re here to share with you some happy news! πŸ˜€ And also to tell ya that you’re still in our hearts. Poppy and i recently passed an award on to you πŸ™‚ You can find it here:

    And also, we’ve nominated you guys for an award a while ago, perhaps you guys missed it, it’s here:

    So two more awards for you! Yay! What a perfect time to inform you πŸ˜€ Congratulations guys!

    Take care!

    Love, your poodle furiend,
    Popcorn :}

    • Thank you so much, we are so honored!! We apologize we missed them; things have been a bit crazy over here! We look forward to catching up with everything and will properly thank you in a post very soon πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend, Popcorn!

      • πŸ˜€ That’s okay Deanna, Poppy understands :} We look forward to having having you come by when things are less kaarazy! πŸ˜€ Have a happy day!!

  9. Congratulations on your awards, and we’re praying that Scarlett heals quickly and is walking normally again soon.

  10. We hope Scarlett heals quickly! Congratulations on your awards! You deserve them!

    Bella and DiDi

  11. Glad ti hear Scarlett is on the mend. Hopefully she will start putting weight on her leg soon. Congrats on your award.

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