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Cora, the good, the bad and the downright funny
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Helllllllooooo all!

Cora is 5 years old, can you believe it? She is still full of spirit (aka, stubborn, determined, strange) and keeps on gaining skills. She amazes me, because she continues to figure out new things. And yeah, some of them are things that would be no big deal to a "normal" dog but when you are a blind, brain-damaged tripawd that was deemed "hopeless" it's a big deal. One of her new things is she's figured out how to ask to go out and in. This is great... sort of. Except like many dogs she asks to go out, she asks to come in, she asks to go out, she asks to come in... I think you get the idea. Unless it's sunny. Then she doesn't want to come in. She will *sometimes* come in when I call her, which is also new. However, if the day is really nice, she can't be bothered. She loves to be outside.

She also is becoming more affectionate with other people. If people come into my house, without seeming to aim for them, she will end up leaned against their legs. She's a bit cat-like in that. The other day someone was sitting in a chair and she came up and leaned against the chair leg. Heh, chair leg, human leg, it's all a leg, right? She's always wanted attention from me, but we've worked out a new understanding (more about that later) and now she likes to be held. She has to be in the right mood of course, because in Cora's world she sets the terms.  She also seems to interact more with Floyd, although he still irritates the heck out of her and frightens her when he gets over excited. As he has knocked her down before in over excitement and he expresses his over excitement by jumping up and down, barking madly and charging around the house, I don't blame her.

The bad, she's been having some issues with pain. The vet and I are not clear where the pain is coming from because she is a resistant little twerp when she wants to be. It's not clear to me if it's some soft tissue issue or arthritis. The vet and I have very similar mind frame when it comes to Cora. We want to do the least invasive and most cautious options first. We put her on metacam and she improved a bunch. We have also upped her gabapentin, which clearly seems to help her brain issues if nothing else.  The bad news extends to me. Believe it or now, just a 1.5 years after my back surgery I took a nasty fall at work and severely tore the meniscus in my knee. At first the doctors weren't clue into how bad it was and then I had to fight with L&I to get surgery. So, five and a half months after my fall, I finally got surgery. How this relates to Cora is that she has had to manage again with less help from me. This makes the possibility of soft tissue injury very real. I am also very, very broke (and overwhelmed). The recovery for the knee has been hard because the back problems left me with very mild nerve damage to the other leg. So having my good leg be injured has put strain on the "bad" leg and back. Circling around to Cora, two days ago I picked her up (don't remember why now) and was trying to protect my leg and tweaked my back and bobbled her a bit and she let out a bark of pain. She had been off the metacam for over a week and doing well. ARRRRRRG. So, I put her back on metacam and kennel rest. I know what Jerry is going to recommend and do intend to do that when I'm more mobile. 

Ok, so Cora woke up while I was writing this novel and I let her outside to potty and then let her eat. She has now come and laid down beside me in a place she never lies down. I swear she knows I'm writing about her. 

The funny. Cora and I have an ongoing battle. She wins more than I do. The battle of the water dish. I have tried so many different methods to keep her from knocking over her water dish or bucket but she always does. Cora believes that not only should she drink her water she should conquer it. Take her outside and go to a pond or something like that, nope, she won't get in the water. Giver he a dish for drinking and it doesn't matter how big, how full, how carefully arranged she will knock it over. I am beginning to think she just likes the noise of it spilling out. If I can figure out how to the link some video I will. For now, I will treat you all to some pictures. I am also thinking of starting an audio diary of all the crazy noises Cora makes. Often she sounds grumpy, but a lot of those are her just letting you know she sets the terms. My friend said every day with Cora is talk like a pirate day. 🙂

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 Cora and Floyd actually hanging out together. It doesn't happen often

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Cora loves her adventures in the yard. That white stuff around her eye is a mass of spiderweb. I really don't want to know.

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It had been snowy for several weeks. Cora was happy to have the warmer temps. She always seems to find the sun

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Some of you may remember when I built the ramp, almost 5 years ago. It has held up well. The fencing on the right side was an addition this Fall. Cora kept going over to that side and then seeming to get stuck. Since the fencing has been added, she finds the ramp super easy to use. She tends to lean on the fencing a bit, which means she is in no danger of falling off.

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Cora seems to seek out challenges sometimes. Why use the nice path I created, when she can wander over the rocks?

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And Floyd wanted to be a part of this fun, too.


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Wow oh wow Topher.   I can't believe Cora is 5 already.  You both have come a long ways in your journey.  I remember when you were first starting out.   Cora is the most resilient dog.   She really has proved all those vets wrong who said she couldn't do it and wouldn't do it.  That it would be better to put her down.  NO way not our Cora.  She is a fighter.  heartheartheart

Sounds like the water bucket is a game to her lol.  I know not a fun one for you but for her yep.   I am so glad she is becoming more affectionate. 

I am sorry to hear about more health problems.  🙁   I hope things turn around for you.

Love the pictures and thank you for sharing Floyd too 🙂


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When I saw you made some responses the other day (and thanks for your comments o. Merry zmyrtle and Frankie), I was so excited because I was anticipating an update on Cora...and Floyd...and you!!! 🙂 🙂   When I did t se an update right away I was a bit disappointed.'    So I am thrilled to read your update tonight...the good, the bad.....

I am soooo sorry you are having all these darn knee and back challenges!   That just really stinks!   And then to try and deal with a big gal like Cora...a big stubborn gal...You really have your hands full.  The stress of financial worries just makes everything seem so bleak.

All I know is you are a very, very strong guy and you ALWAYS find a way to persevere and overcome.....just like Cora does!   Of course, with you by her side, she HAD to persevere!  

I absolutely lover reading about all the victories!  And yes, those ofnus who have had the privilege of being with you since the beginning know thst things like going out...coming in...going out...coming in....all HUGE VICTORIES!!!!   Actually leaning against friends who stop by...HUGE VICTORIES!!

I'm glad you're seeing results with the metacam and rest.   You're doing what you can do, so don't spend one second wishing you could do more.  SOMETHING is better than NOTHING!   So hopefully the rest and metacam continue to do the trick!

BTW...That picture of Floyd...ADORABLE!!!   It always warms my heart to see Cora in her photos year after year.  She gets prettier and prettier in every photo thrpugh the years.  She's filled out so nicely. Has a beautiful coat...looks fit and healthy!!

I say this to any new member anytime you give us updates....please go back and read the beginning posts of your "adventures" with Cora.  What you jave done is truly MIRACULOUS!!!   The care you have provided that girl....the intuitive understanding you have of how to  ake things work for Cora in her world really is genius!! 🙂

I'll also be waiting for the videos!!

Someone will come by and tell you how to ppst a video.

PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!  Wish we all loved in a Commune for Tripawd Families so we could all help each other! 🙂

Lots of love always

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So glad to hear from you and Cora.  I remembered marvelling about her and your story when I first joined the site.  Great that she is doing so well.  Hope you knee feels better soon!

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Welcome back and hoppy year #5 to Cora! Wow time flies, I remember when you first joined us, she was such a wee thing. Your entire pack has come so very, very far!

Sorry about the pain issues you and Cora are going through. It does sound like a ruff time lately but I can tell you know exactly what to do so good for you. Pawgress probably feels very slow right now but I know Cora is inspiring you to forge ahead and stay on the healing path. You will get there on your own time, be patient and we'll stay pawsitive for you and the pack.

The photos were so much fun to see, like a day in the life of Cora and her royal court. Thank you for giving us a peek into all that you've been up to, it's wonderful to have you back for a visit!

P.S. Yes, let's hear those crazy sounds Miss Pirate makes, that would be so fun 🙂

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Awww thanks guys. I know. Year 5, can you believe it? I know people refer to their animals as their "baby" all the time. I am sure I've said but it's never quite been how I felt until Cora came along. She was so young and helpless and we did go through so much together that she is my baby (heh, I feel sort of ridiculous now.) She's doing better. She's already on the rebound after the last little sore spell. I only left her on the metacam for 2 days. That's much better than when I took her to the vet, so I suspect my little bobble of her was just a minor step back.

I think I have figured out the video issue. I was having issues getting it off my phone. Today was crazy long so hopefully I can upload it tomorrow. And I will definitely work on getting a recording of all her sounds. That should be entertaining. 

It's so lovely to pop in and see familiar faces.

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Ohhh we can't wait to see the video (and audio hopefully)!

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