We have hit a stretch of perfect fall weather – cool, sunny and beautiful. Time to hang out in the yard under the Tree of Life and enjoy nature. Of course, it is always easier to relax when you know someone has got your back.
Another week has passed during our double TPLO recovery. Natasha has now passed the five week mark while Cheoah is at her week 2 anniversary.
In a visit to the surgeon yesterday, Cheoah had her sutures removed. The doctor is very pleased with her progress thus far. Much like Natasha at that stage, Cheoah’s knee is feeling good and she wants to use it, but she has four more weeks of closely supervised bathroom breaks while supported on the sling. The rest of the time is spent in crate rest. Trust us when we say Cheesewhiz can be quite vocal about her discontent of being crated all of the time.
The good news is that she finished her last medicines today, so she is medication free from now on.
Natasha is entering her last week of sling supported walks. Next Monday, she will have x-rays done to confirm that the bone has healed sufficiently to begin walking exercises to rehabilitate the muscles. We are all quite excited to hit that milestone next week.
Whenever the Hu-dad fires up the grill, the grill helpers quickly appear. You know, just in case something might be dropped and need to be cleaned up.
When you are the youngest dog in The Herd, you have one question on your mind at all time, “Is it play time yet?”
After yesterday’s post about the exploding bed, Qannik was asked if his dorkiness wasn’t an act. So, today, he wants to demonstrate his serious stalking skills.
After several days of rain, the sun was finally peeking from behind the clouds. Hu-dad took advantage of the drier weather by hanging up some of our dog beds outside (something about removing some sort of smell he noticed). imagine his surprise when he looked outside to discover one of those great unexplained mysteries.
Looks like Kiska gets a brand new bed this weekend!
With Queen Natasha the Evil still in recovery from her TPLO surgery, Kiska is working solo handling all of the security details.
As the Queen’s right paw, Kiska has long handled security detail. But when she has sounded the alarm, Natasha has raced down to take over defense measures (which, of course, primarily involves being loud). Right now, Kiska’s back up consists of Qannik, Frankie and Typhoon – and Kiska does not seem to be impressed with their abilities.
Hang in there, Kiska, Natasha will be back soon.
With apologies to Edward Bulwer-Lytton and, more well known, Charles Schultz and Peanuts . . . it was a dark and stormy day. We had over 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm) of rain and wind gusts up to 38 mph (61 kmph), so we spent most of the day inside.
So let’s tally this – two siberian huskies recuperating from TPLO surgery and four siberian huskies bored from the stormy weather. To say that Hu-dad had a most unproductive day would be an exaggeration.
At least he had time to take a few photographs.
Yesterday marked the four week anniversary since Natasha’s surgery and today is the one week mark since Cheoah’s surgery. Thus, it is time for our weekly TPLO Recovery update!
Cheoah is progressing very well one week post surgery. She has started trying to use the leg (which we don’t really allow with the sling as a support). She has finished with her pain medicine and doesn’t seem to have any discomfort. Hu-dad says the only problem is that she snores loudly and screams even louder when she wants something.
Natasha has a full range of motion in the leg and wants desperately to use it. She is still using the sling, of course, but Hu-dad has noticed a distinct effort on her part to make the bathroom breaks in the yard as long as possible. Hu-dad accuses her of trying to sniff every blade of grass in Sibe Quentin.
Yesterday, we showed you some photographs of our fall colors. Of course, when photographing canines, you always have some outtakes – those pictures that just don’t quite make the cut. Here are a few more pictures of Kiska and Qannik around the yard.
And remember that picture of Kiska we used yesterday? Well, here is what happened just before and after that shot:
And, of course, Typhoon wanted to know why he wasn’t in the pictures . . .