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.
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!
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 🙂
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 🙂 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 🙂
2. Of all our dogs, Chelsea is the worst listener 🙂 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 newer blogging buddies! Congrats to our nominees and thanks again to Thriving Pessimist!
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, make 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!
To see other awards For the Love of My Dogs has received, visit our awards section!