Elli has very much missed snuggling with her big brother. She has also very much missed being able to take his toys away from him. He and they are now safely behind bars, where no amount of whining, pawing, or flopping on her back with her hoohah in his face will net her The Good Bone (which is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "Whatever bone the other dog has at any given time.") I can only wish I had had my camera in hand when she had her lips curled back and one canine through the bars as she tried to get his squeaky toy, or when she was squishing her tongue between bars to try and drink The Good Water
My major focus now is on prevention: What can I do to keep Ian from having a recurrence, and to lower the chances that Elli will suffer a similar incident in the future? For starters, my wonderful hubby spent his Labor Day weekend building a ramp for the back porch. It's only three steps from the deck to the ground, but over the course of a day it adds up.
We have also instituted a strict No Dogs On The Furniture policy; not yet an issue with Ian as he's in the ex pen, but Elli is having a hard time coming to grips with this new draconian measure. If I don't put a gate up between the kitchen and living room to keep her in the former, I no sooner turn my back than she's up on the couch. And not just on the couch, but on the BACK of the couch. I found her up there after a trip to the bathroom this morning. I scolded her and set her on the floor, where I swear she gave the cat a very pointed look, and then looked at me as if to say, "But HE gets to do it!" Poor little princess; Ian's injury has been very hard on her.
Now I need some recommendations on supplements, chiropractic, therapy regimens, etc. I would love to swim Ian, but there is no place anywhere near here that has a pool or PT place for dogs, and it's getting a little cool to be swimming outside now. Anyone have some good suggestions for post-IVDD recovery?