K is home after a very long day that started at 5 AM. She's constantly crying and whining, either from the anaesthesia or pain so I'll keep this short. The surgery went smoothly, and tissue samples are at the local vet school for analysis. It may be until the middle of next week before we learn what evil process was eating away K's toe bone.
Last night, I did our regularly scheduled training session but I decided to be silly. I taught each dog to balance a toy on his/her head. K learned very fast because she's had this kind of indignity imposed upon her previously. It took longer with R because he thought that it was like the "treat on the nose" trick, and kept trying to flip his head back to toss the toy in the air. Finally, they both balanced their toys at the same time!
I'm not one to sit at home and brood while a pup is in surgery so R and I headed out for a bike ride. He zoomed around like a fiend, making me laugh out loud more than once. What a perfect companion for a day like today. The photo below was taken yesterday, next to our bobcat's favorite boulder outcropping, when there was some sun to brighten the day.
At a nearby spot, a deer foraged in a snow squall and frigid temperatures. It wasn't an easy night to make a living in our forest.