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Thursday, September 23, 2010

K update

K had her surgery late this afternoon, and it just ended. The surgeon repaired a ruptured tendon in her paw that had caused one of her middle two toes to stick upward at an awkward angle.
The surgeon said that when he sewed the tendon back together, her toe returned to its normal position. The surgeon prevaricated about the ultimate outcome - understandably - because the tendon was not ruptured in the place where dogs normally break it. It was a unique injury and so he doesn't know how well she'll do with an active lifestyle in the long run. But, he's hopeful, and that's enough for me right now.

K will be in a splint for 6 weeks and will do only very minimal walks while the tendon heals in the splint. That will be a tough 6 weeks for both of us.

Today is K's birthday so before I took her to the surgeon, we did a sunrise short hike.
She stood in the slanting rays of nascent sunlight, looking strong and lean.
However, you can also see in the above photo that she wasn't weighting her left front limb much. I hope that her pain is relieved by this surgery.

A little later in the day, still before we'd departed for the surgeon's office, I saw a beautiful rainbow as I rode my bike. It seemed to follow me, as I rode from west to east. If there was a pot of gold, it was following me too! (Notice the soaring hawk in the first photo - he seemed to be following me too!)

My friend over at DVR wondered what a vision like this means. I hope that it means good things for all of us, especially K.

Thanks so much for all of your good wishes - they mean SO much to me. K will come home tomorrow. I'll be doting on her!


  1. Happe Birthday K, what a great ending to a big day
    Snuggles & snorts,
    Benny & Lily

  2. So glad the surgery went well. I do believe in rainbows, they can only mean something good. Prayers to you both.

  3. Happy Barkday to K -

    The rainbow and the hawk were signs!

    Here's to a full recovery -

    After all, K has you for a role model!

  4. Happy Birthday to K. We all hope so much that her recovery is full and that she is able to be the K she needs to be. The rainbow and the hawk brought tears - they have to be a good sign.

  5. Happy Birthday wishes for K. We will keep her in our prayers for a fast and permanent recovery!!!

    Emma Rose and the Duchess

  6. I am happy to hear that the surgery went well and look at that wonderful sunrise. Wishing perfect healing!

  7. I am so glad to hear that everything is good news today. I'm sure K will be happy to be celebrating her birthday when she gets home tomorrow!

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures today, too! I'm sure the rainbow is a good sign!

  8. Happy Birthday wishes to K, and the signs of good healing were all there, weren't they? Just lovely!

    I know K will have the best nurse around to look after her and I bet she heals fast. Such a beautiful, healthy dog!

    Good wishes to all!

    Jo and Stella

  9. These pictures are all beautifully magical and majestic - Happy, happy Birthday, K! K is just so strong that I can't help but sense, especially with that gorgeous rainbow and amazing hawk, that she will recover wonderfully well. We are keeping paws and fingers crossed over here and know how happy you will be to have her home.
    Hugs xoxoxoxo
    Sammie, Avalon and Mom

  10. A Hawk and a Rainbow in the same photo has to be a good sign. Hope K's 6 weeks go smoothly.

  11. That's such good news. Those six weeks will fly by. There's nothing that speeds on recovery like a loving home.

  12. happy birthday K...too bad you had to spend it in surgery....i'm sure your momma has something big planned....
    glad the surgery went well...time will tell...
    six weeks will go by....hang in there...

  13. So glad to hear the surgery went well and that K will come home today. She'll need lots of TLC during the coming weeks.

    The rainbow and the hawk was awesome!

  14. Glad to hear that the surgery went well for K !! We think that the rainbow was a sign that everything is going to be ok for her :)

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda & Brutus

  15. Poor K ... I hope that she heals up super fast from this injury. And, birthday wishes to her from all of us here.


  16. Happy Birthday hugs to K! Hope sweetie pie K does just great with this surgery.
    What spectacular photos!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  17. I hope K is home with you already and you can enjoy more rainbow hikes together soon. Your pictures are beautiful. Hoping that rainbow brings good things for K.

  18. I've always thought of rainbows as promises of hope. And I hope the best for K. My heart is drawn to her.


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