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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

K's happy running

A wall of clouds muted our sunrise this morning, generating a gentle pastel palette rather than the fiery glory of recent mornings.
From a higher ridge, a tree skeleton stood starkly in front of the steel gray sky with the golden orb burning through.
 K looked at me with a sparkle in her eyes that made me smile.
Since she had no bad effects from yesterday's mis-judged jump, I unlatched her leash to let her meander next to me. After lingering behind me, K cantered gently through the dry grass and rocks, seemingly testing her paw.
I took off her boot for the last 2/3 of our hike. Her injured paw with the toe amputation still doesn't look perfect when she stands on a lichen-covered boulder but it is improving daily. A month ago, none of her toe tips touched the ground when she stood because her paw muscles were so weak. Our specialist appointment was postponed yesterday due to an emergency (I hope that the emergency dog is OK) - so we see the specialist tomorrow about the hard lump and swelling on K's paw.
After our break on the boulder, K cantered gracefully through an aspen grove down into our flat meadow. In her lifetime, I've taken many photos of her running - but I've never seen her eyes looking as happy as in today's photos. I think that she has a new-found appreciation for the ability to run!
As we approached home, our path intersected with R and the Runner's path. R greeted us with extreme enthusiasm as he streaked toward us like a meteorite!
I held my breath and allowed K to play with him briefly. At this point in her recovery, I need to let K regain her strength rather than being over-protective.
These are my first true action photos with my new camera. I captured K at a full out gallop, in a blur, before corralling her.
So far, we've seen no bad effects from K's wild romp in the meadow. She and I are enjoying each day, especially since she finally can run and play like a puppy. That makes me smile! K is coming back!


  1. Good to see K so full of spunk. What - a new camera?

  2. Happy for BOTH of you!!

  3. wonderful! i'm sure K is just thrilled to be free once again!
    she really looks good and so glad that she (and you) are testing out the paw!
    is her carpus swollen or is that just the angle of the shot?

    NEW camera?! what did you get?

  4. I love that expression you caught on K's face during her romp with R! She does look like a very happy girl today. :) I never had a doubt that she'd be back!

    Bunny would like R to know that he's welcome to join her Greyhound team for next year to pull Santa's sleigh. She says it looks like he's got the right stuff!

    I'm sorry you're still "enjoying" the hectic fun of the holidays! Hopefully things open up soon!

  5. We are expecting two big snowstorms! Another at the end of the first one coming tonight. I think in Lil'Abner's world this was called a Double Whammy.

    What I really want to say is that you, and my friend Sue of the Portugese Water Dogs have shown me the successes you have with active involvement in the treatment of a dog with a serious injury/disease. Meaning you find a good vet and work with him closely on the home front.

    Cheers to K and you,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  6. You're right that you can't keep protecting her. I think K will be a good judge of what she can do. I'm so glad she's feeling better, and I wish I had your energy!

  7. Way to go K! Keep getting better and faster.

    P.S. - R's enthusiasm in his run cracks me up.

  8. I think you will always be a tiny bit over protective of K--I am with our Golden that had 5 orthopedic surgeries 7 years ago...It's just who we are!!

    Picked up more meds for Hamlet today...The vet said at least another 3-4 weeks....

  9. It's great to see K enjoying herself!! I hope you are enjoying the new camera. :)

  10. It sure looks brisk and beautiful out there
    Benny & Lily

  11. I've only been following you regularly since K got sick. I have never seen a "current" shot of her running or romping with R! What a triumph! The power of the paw works! (along with excellent vet care and a protective mom :-)

    I love seeing her running!

  12. LOVE THESE!! So happy for all of you!

    Your pal, Pip

  13. What an awesome shot of the dogs actually being together and playing. That must be a wonderful feeling. K looks like she is doing well. And always looks like he is having the time of his life. Good luck tomorrow with the specialist. We have our paws crossed for good news.

  14. Wonderful to see the sparkle in K's eyes! The gusto of R at the sight of you and K, is so sweet!
    Does your runner take similar trails as you typically?

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  15. Fabulous photos! K looks SO happy! We are crossing all paws that hr appointment goes well.

  16. It is so good to see K happy and having a good time. Great pictures ... so clear. What kind of camera did you get then?

  17. She looks so good. I'm glad the recovery is going so well. Waiting with anticipation for news from the specialist about the lump.

  18. As a relatively new follower, I never knew K before her trouble with her paw. You're doing everything right, as far as I can see, though, I know that heart in the mouth, gotta let her do this thing all too well.

  19. Way to go KB! She looks wonderful - and so does the paw!
    Sending lotsaluv

  20. A THOUSAND TIMES YEAH!!! So happy to see her enjoying herself and giving that handsome boy some trouble ;) I'm definitely curious to see what the specialist says...

  21. Great photos - you can really see the joy!

    New camera? Fun! I got a new one too... apparently it's that time of year. :)

  22. OH YAY! Nice shots. that's what i love about the SLR... the continuous shooting for action shots... oooo i'm totally coveting one now...

    so happy K is back!

  23. Thanks for the comments!

    Several of you asked what kind of camera I got. It's a Canon Rebel Ti2. I love it but I have a ton to learn!!!

    And, yes, Sierra Rose, the Runner and I typically both use the trail network behind our house. So, every now and then, we see each other out on the trails! We feel so lucky to have trails outside our back door!

  24. I think K and R are saying "HAPPY DAYS"!!
    Looking at them run,,, so much joy!
    I know it make your heart smile

  25. I have really been noticing the tree skeletons. They are so interesting to look at against the sky backdrop. K looks a little worried at R's approach with the stick. What great subjects you have for your photos.


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