Finally, we awakened to sunshine and some warmth!
We'll do whatever we can to help R keep running with minimal pain. The one definitive decision we've made is to delay the big reconstructive surgery on his elbow at least until the end of the summer. We may take less extreme measures between now and then to keep him going.
You never know how many years you'll get with your dog, and we don't want to waste a summer of R's life with him being required to be sedentary. The surgeon agrees that R can wait until fall for the big surgery.
Playing in the snow must be sleep inducing. This is how I found the Duo later in the morning. A tiny sun puddle had formed, and they were sharing it.