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It was good chatting with you earlier, I’m so happy to see that R’s recovery is pretty classic, in a good way! 

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I’m posting this here because I’m pretty sure you guys are the only ones that will understand why I pretty much threw a freakin’ parade of joy in the backyard… He. pooped.  My boy is just such an advanced booger.  Day 2.  That’s my little ravenous monster.  Eating all his food and totally acing this digestion thing.

Also, he’s picking up on the hopping stuff pretty quickly.  I’m worried we’re in a honeymoon phase here before the hospital wonder drugs wear off (they said probably tomorrow) but so far he’s kicking ass.  Stay tuned for weekend weather.

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Haha! Def staying tuned 🙂  I saw his IG video, he really looks good. If you are keeping up with meds when scheduled, hopefully he will not have a huge drop as hospital meds wear off. There are sometimes that changes in the timing need to be made, and sometimes they just stay right where he is, and a bit more alert. You are so in tuned to your boy that I have no doubt you will know if he needs adjusting.

It’s hard. Some people expect no problems and have a lot of post op issues. Sometimes issues never arise. I am of the mind to prepare for the worst and consider it a gift if you don’t go there.

Don’t be surprised if you see a little redness or bruising in the area. Might look like razor burn. That’s pretty normal. 

He looks like such a sweet soul. You can post pictures here from your blog too if you are afraid of people thinking it is too disturbing on IG, but honestly.. that’s probably not going to be an issue. I have seen too much there that I will never be able to unsee and this is not that. You can upload pictures from the dashboard on your blog, copy the link, and post it here. 

I am really glad he poopiconpoopiconpoopicon!!! Appetite good, A+!

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YAAAAAY FOR poopicon!!!      HOPPY. poopiconDANCE FOR R!!

Ditto eberything  Jackie said.  You may, or may not, experience  any sort of crash.  Just continue  to take it sloooow and easy.  You’re  doing a great job!!

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That is PAWESOME! Did you ever think you’d be so excited about a turd? hahaha!

I agree, a crash is never inevitable. Some dogs get them some do not. Sounds like R is on a really nice recovery path right now so keep making the most of it!

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So far Day 3 has gone alright.  I do think the hospital meds are wearing off and he’s a little uncomfortable.  He was lying on the incision before and now he kept starting to lie on that side and then pops back up and has to try to figure out how to lie on the other side.  (Apparently circling counter-clockwise is a very difficult concept.)

Otherwise though…  He is rarin’ to go.  To the point where I might need to up the trazodone (I was told 1-2 pills every 8 hrs).  But he’s definitely not sedated.  Tried to chase a rabbit in the yard this morning.  (He was on leash so just gave me a jolt.)  Then started butt-wiggle-wagging his tail and tried to pull me to the fence to say hi to the neighbor.  And the whole of today seems utterly dismayed I just keep sitting on the mattress in the living room.  But every time I get up he tries to follow me and get involved in whatever I’m doing.  (He’s really just no help in the kitchen at all, frankly.)

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R’s recovery has to be easing your mind now.  He is definitely  handling things very well!  The fact that you have to give him a pill to keep him quiet shows he’s ready to get on with life!

Butt wiggling, trying to chase a rabbit….this boy is rearing to go!!  Such a great update!!😊

Yeah, manh dogs take awhile to lay on the incision.   Mh Happy Hannah took several weeks.  Dogs certainly  have their “circling” routine when it comes time to sleep.  They often prefer one direction over the other.  So when the incision  disrupts that pattern, I think it can make them a little ticked at first

R’s recovery is going so smoothly,  and that’s because you did sich a good job of preparing for everything and staying calm and confident.   Good job!!

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These are all such great signs! R stands for RAMBUNCTIOUS ROCK STAR! smiley_clap

He’s got a sparkle that just won’t quit. You may have a challenge on your hands keeping him calm, but that’s a good problem to have at this point in recovery!

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Hi.  Karen put together a fantastic video of Elly’s Food Toys and Games which might be a good inspiration for games you can play with R to keep his brain active while his body needs to be a bit quieter.  I also posted a few videos of Griffin using a snuffle mat which is similar to one of the activities in Elly’s video.  Griffin recovered more quickly than most dogs – he was off all meds 7 days after surgery and playing fetch at 10 days post-op – and while that is not the normal recovery time, R will recover at his own pace, and it just might be a bit faster than other dogs.  I kept in close contact with Griffin’s surgeon (daily emails for 2+ weeks after surgery) to make sure that he approved each step we took, so if that is a possibility for you, I highly recommend that.  Here’s to hoping R continues to have a smooth recovery!  ~ Stacy (Griffin’s Journey)

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Thanks for the suggestion!  R has a snuffle mat.  He loves it.  He’s been eating out of it since the day we got back.  This morning we also tried a puzzle game I saw online (I was googling this issue last night).  Muffin tin with little bits of food/treats hidden under tennis balls.  I think I need to see if I have a deeper muffin tin though because he found that one pretty easy.  Now he’s chewing on one of the tennis balls.  I’m probably going to have to refuse to throw it at some point here, but he does also like chewing on them until they pop.  (Bad for his teeth, I understand, but at this point, whatever.)

Woke up at like four this morning to find R just standing in the middle of the living room, perfectly still, just staring into space.  Think it was a solid fifteen minutes after I was awake before he actually went to lie down somewhere.  Kinda weirded me out.  Now he’s doing kinda the same thing, just lying in one place with the tennis ball in his mouth, staring at ME this time.  Drugs make him a creepster, apparently.  At least, I assume that’s what’s going on.  

I’m trying to let him have more cone-free time now too, since I’m basically living in the living room.  He’ll have to wear it this afternoon for shower and laundry, but it does seem to be his great nemesis.  Opinion question: Can I leave him alone in the house, coned, after week 1?  Just wondering if I can steal back a couple hours a day for gym time in the garage.  It’s a ranch house (no stairs), and there’s no furniture to jump on in the living room or kitchen.  I’m still worried he’d manage to jump over a dog bed and have his first fall or something while I was gone.

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I guess my best answer to that would be to give him a few minutes alone and see how he does? You mention you have a ranch, is there a window you can spy on him and see what his reaction is without him knowing? Your house sounds pretty safe and he has access to only a couple of rooms, right? It’s not like you are going ‘away, away’ so give it a whirl. You can always peek on him if you need to, right? 

How does his pain seem now? Is he still doing ok on the meds? 

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I think I might start going out to the garage Monday.  I was worried because he likes to sit by the garage door if I go out there and the floor is hard in there, but I had to do some cooking today and he sat on the hard floor in the kitchen for a couple hours and didn’t seem any worse for it.  I can check in halfway through my sets, so he’ll only go about an hour alone at a time.  He’s not happy about lying around, but he seems to be putting up with it reluctantly.

Do people think it’s suuuuuuuuuper bad if I play our injury version of ‘fetch’?  It’s where R stands right up against the bed and drops the ball on the blanket and I ‘throw’ it so he literally can just catch it without really moving.  He’s very good at catching it mid-air like that.  He ends up standing for twenty or so minutes at a time and I suppose he must use fast twitch muscles to make the catches. But minimal overall motion. Trying to keep him sane. Ish.

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In other news, he’s lying on his incision might now, taking a nap.

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Maybe a blanket on your garage floor and just take him with you to work out? He might like the break in scenery.  Your altered version sounds wonderful,  you can always stop if he needs to lay and rest,  yes?

I posted on your blog.  Breathe… you guys are doing great❤

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Theoretically we COULD stop as needed, if R wasn’t a psycho who would play fetch until he dropped.  Which is why I just insist on stopping at some point.  I guess I could take him out to the garage with me if I switched the workouts to AM.  90 degrees + in the afternoons around here at the moment.  Also there’s lots of random stuff against the walls out there and I’d be a little nervous about him falling into something.  Maybe more nervous then leaving him in the dog-proofed living room.  Debate, debate.  Which anxiety is worse…

(Thanks.  We try breathing regularly, but have only moderate success as a general rule.)

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