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16 February 2009 - 12:11 pm
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Delilah is doing great.  She asks to go out to the bathroom and now doesn't want help from me.   Found out that one of the pills for pain was making her very unhappy so we stopped it.  She gets her patch off today.  I know she is getting better becasue she wants to come upstairs with me.  My laundry room is dowhstairs and that is where she had been (me too most of the time).  My house is a tri level and there are many steps.  I was wondering when you let your dogs do steps and how they adjust to that.  Delilah's mom (me) is doing better too.  It is nice to see her sleep on either side and know she is out of pain.

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16 February 2009 - 8:28 pm
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That update brings a smile to my face and a song to my heart.  So happy for the two of you.

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16 February 2009 - 9:21 pm
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SO glad to hear that Delilah and Mom are doing well…it's a tough couple of weeks emotionally and physically – sounds like you're almost done!

As for the steps, we were told not to let Zeus do steps until the stitches came out/the two weeks were up. Obviously he had to use them a little bit to go out potty, but we kept it to that. Once those 2 weeks passed, he was racing up and down the stairs like a pro! I had a 3 level townhouse at the time of his surgery and had many steps too…he managed just fine.

Hugs to both of you!

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16 February 2009 - 9:26 pm
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So glad Delilah is doing great- they are pretty remarkable with their recovery aren't they-

We have a 2 story house and we waited ( on the vets recommendation ) until the 2 week recovery period was over until Wrigley attempted the stairs. So I slept with her downstairs until then. She did sneak up them once before the 2 weeks. Once we finally let her go on her own, she did just great. She figured out how to put her one front leg down and then scoot her two hind legs to the side and kinda sidestep down. It works fine for her. She has not fallen yet . They are carpeted though, so I am sure that gives her extra footing.

They can really adapt to anything and carry on just as they did .

Best of luck to you in your recovery.

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16 February 2009 - 10:58 pm
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Good news Delilah! That's awesome. You'll feel so much better when the pain patch comes off.

Ok, so about those stairs. Well, I had a lot of slippery uncarpeted ones in my house. Mom and Dad let me go up by myself, but they always held my harness handle while I went downstairs. Usually they did that because I would always try to race down them so fast! Mom was kinda nervous about me falling, so they were usually there at my side on any uncarpeted stairs.

You're going to suprise your humans with what you can do once you're all healed. I know you'll just love the look on their faces!

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