Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Octavia had her stitches removed yesterday as well as a follow up radiograph. The radiograph showed that her right leg is doing well and her left leg has only shifted slightly. At this point there is no additional surgery planned and she will have radiographs again in a month to make sure she is healing as she should be. Right now a calm environment where she doesn't run, jump or wrestle is what the doctor ordered. Try telling that to a four month old puppy who is feeling no pain!
This puppy is going to make some family very happy. While she may not be able to go on long runs, she will have a normal doggy life but just be a little less active. For a lab that's a good thing! Admittedly she has been a little spoiled. She does spend time during the day in the crate but at night she sleeps in the bed. Last night foster mom woke up to two paws on either side of her face and a nose in her cheek. A few hours later Octavia was curled up with the resident pup. It they weren't two different colors you wouldn't have known where one ended and the other began. She is a very loving pup.
I think her transition to Jennifer and Chance's home will be uneventful as she was playing in the tall grass as if it were water and never looked back as her foster mom left. You gotta love those puppies!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Take a look at my videos and remember a week ago I was in surgery getting my pins out. Just a few days ago I got my bandages off. Not bad, huh? When you watch these videos, put on Beyonce's "I'm a Survivor." That's my theme song baby!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
So to "toot my own horn" a bit - I am about 25 pounds now and like most labs, love to eat. But I have good manners. I sleep through the night and let people know when I have to go the bathroom. Although I am pretty mellow as far as labs go, the biggest challenge for me will be staying calm for the next few weeks while I recover and let the bones heel. I mean seriously - my first snow and I'm not allowed to run around? But I'm sure there will be another snowfall when I am allowed to run. I have a beautiful black coat that is shiny even though I could use a bath (got to wait for those stitches to come out). I love to cuddle and get really excited when I see my people. Well the truth is I get pretty excited when I see any people and dogs too.
I'm feeling pretty good. I have a little pain but not too bad. My bandages come off on Tuesday and the stitches will be out in about a week. I start physical therapy on Tuesday too. It doesn't sound too scary and I can do it right in my foster's home. She doesn't have any special training and just has to flex my arms and ankles a bit. It is basically just to loosen me up after having my two front legs held in the same position for the last two weeks. I hear there will be treats involved in the process so I am fully on board with that one!
Well I'm going to go back to relaxing by the fire. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi. Maybe I'll see you again soon!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
I feel kind of like I am in a sack race because my front two legs have to move together so I am able to lift up the front part of my body and move right along. My fosters say I will have abs of steel.
Here are a few more videos. I love it when they take videos. It is the one time when they actually let me move around and play a little bit more. And just for the record, I'm sure the videos have been edited to look like I am stirring it up with the big yellow dog but believe me, she gives as good as she gets. When she sees the camera go on she acts like she was just laying there and it was all me. Just sayin...
Friday, January 13, 2012
Before Surgery - http://youtu.be/fOUDJHm0hGE
First Night Home - http://youtu.be/3b7Yz3JijV0
Tonight - http://youtu.be/s_ZtLrZB1H4
So my first night was a not a fun one. I was up all night trying to find a comfy position in which to sleep. Normally I can sleep in a puppy pile in the weirdest positions but these contraptions they have on my legs (and it goes across my back too) keep getting in the way. I finally found out that using my foster sister Belle (who, we found out, also came from Florence, SC) as a pillow is great. Sometimes I have to remind her not to lay ON me but for the most part it works out. I can be scrappy when I want to. My foster family was already familiar with my desire to sleep in bed with them so I am hopeful that they let me do that tonight. I sleep much better that way. They say they are breaking all of their rules for me, but honestly, I am pretty darn cute so who can blame them? I FINALLY figured out how to go to the bathroom. I know everybody thinks that puppies will go everywhere but I have better manners than most puppies and prefer to go outside. Now that I am able to stand (sort of), I can do a little bobbling and get my business done. TMI? Sorry. One thing I miss is sleeping on my back. The one time I tried my foster family said I looked like the dog from "Something About Mary." Well because of the hard metal thing across my back I couldn't lay on my back so that's out for now. I've gotten so much better in the last 24 hours. I know how to get up to a sitting/standing position and can even hobble a little bit. I've started to cut back on the pain meds (although I still ask for those yummy little beef pockets that they come in) and take my antibiotics like a good pup. Heck, who am I kidding, if they put nails in one of those beef pockets I'd eat it. That's it for now. More later. Woof.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
What a day this has been. I can't bend my front legs at all and when I try to move I grunt. My foster family thinks it is because I am in pain but it is also because I am so frustrated. I can't even stand up to go to the bathroom. I also can't find a comfortable position to lay down. The only way I feel some relief is when somebody is holding me. But that only last for a few minutes. I hope this gets better soon. Sorry I am being so grumpy. I know it will be better but today has been ruff (get it ruff, ruff - I still have some of my sense of humor). I am a bit comical. When I try to sit up, the weight of my splints starts to tip me over to one side and I watch my foster family dive toward me to keep me from falling. I've got to admit that does make me laugh a little.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
It is not too late to make a donation as this little girl's surgery is going to be quite expensive. But she is worth every dime. On a separate note, I am so grateful to be associated with a rescue such as Lucky Dog which has such generous support from its volunteers and friends. Not all rescues have the option to care for their special needs pups. Thank you all for your generous and ongoing support. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference and helps a pooch.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
As I got bigger, I noticed my elbows starting to look kind of funny - different than my siblings who all got adopted. They don't hurt or slow me down but the doctor said I need surgery to fix the problem. He said I am going to be in casts on both of my front legs and will have to have a second surgery to take some pins out. From what I was able to hear from my new foster family (they were whispering), not all dogs are lucky enough to have the surgery. I'm not sure what happens to those dogs but from the look on my foster mom's face, it can't be good. Apparently the surgery is pretty expensive. I don't know why we can't just give the doc a bone or a tennis ball. Both make me so happy my whole body wags.
So it turns out I am a VERY lucky dog. With the help of people like you, Lucky Dog has committed to getting me the help I need so I can live a long, pain-free, life. Afterall, I am only 13 weeks old. I have many squirrels to chase, bones to bury and kisses to give. Oh - and as much as I love my foster family - I am looking for my forever home. So anyway, thanks again for helping me get my surgery! I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The good news is the condition is treatable. The bad news is the treatment is surgery. The worse news is that both legs need to have surgery simultaneously.... and that there will be a second, follow up to remove the pins put in her legs in an effort to realign her bones.
SURGERY IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 11th!!
See Octavia in her TV debut on Fox 5 news: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/mornings/pet_page/pet-project-lucky-dog-animal-rescue-010212