Getting Back to Normal

So, now that hubby’s shoulder is mending, he’s only wearing the regular sling instead of the “therapeutic” one with the pillow. And his knee has healed from the bad bruise so he’s not using the cane any more.

Ducky still barks at her daddy whenever he moves, especially if he has the sling on; but she doesn’t have to worry about the cane any more. That’s the best part – the cane really made her nervous and fearful – for both of them.

I took Ducky in for her yearly exam yesterday morning. The vet was pleased with all he saw and felt. She’s at a perfect weight; and aside from a few minor IBS episodes the last several weeks, she’s in great shape. I really think those IBS episodes were stress-related and the vet agrees with me. And, he also said that our little “wild child” has definitely calmed down considerably over the past year since Callie got her angel wings. 


Shadow finally started eating her full breakfast, as well as her full dinner, two days ago. This after dealing with her own IBS episodes – and coinciding reflux – for several months and then her inflamed ACL issue of the last seven weeks.  

Next week I go back to the vet with Shadow. She will have been on leash restriction for eight weeks next Thursday.  I’ve had to stay close to her on the steps to make sure she doesn’t miss one and re-injure herself. And I’ve had to limit her play with Ducky because Ducky plays rough. A bit rougher than I think Shadow’s aging limbs can handle in their current state.  


Hopefully by this time next week, Shadow and I will be back to our fetch and keep-away games in the back yard. And she will be able to run the fence line with Ducky and our neighbors’ dogs. And run up or down the three steps in the house effortlessly. I know Shadow is itching to play and run and just completely enjoy life again.

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14 thoughts on “Getting Back to Normal

  1. easyweimaraner says:

    How great to read that your Ducky got such good news from the vet :o) hugs to your husband and to shadow and lot’s of potp and crossed paws for a fast recovery and good news from the dogtors :O)

    • My Golden Life says:

      I’m sure I will always miss Callie (Shadow’s older sister) -and Shadow when she joins Callie in heaven (which I hope is several years away yet)!! If there is anything more touching, I don’t know what it is. šŸ˜‡

  2. Patricia says:

    I’m wondering if cold laser therapy would help shadow. Shasta had cold laser therapy on her back and it seems to help significantly. It’s like shining a low-level light over the painful area for maybe 10 minutes or so. Not too expensive. See if you can inquire about that if you haven’t already.

  3. Jan K says:

    I’m glad that things are getting back to normal for you! All paws are crossed here that Shadow gets the “all clear” next week and can go back to her regular activities. She looks so sweet and ready in that photo!

  4. christycaplan (@christycaplan) says:

    Lots of hugs to your guys. My younger dog had IBS all week due to stress and I think perhaps a bully stick I shouldn’t given him. (I still feel really bad about it) combined with vaccs for his annual. Also, Shadow reminds me of my older guy – such a sweet muzzle. Hope Shawdow gets good news next week! XO Caplan pack

  5. Jodi says:

    I’m glad things are getting back to normal, I’m sure it was stressful on the entire household.

    I know how hard it is to keep a dog ‘calm’ when they want to play, so I’m glad her restrictions have been lifted.

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