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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happy Black Dog Sunday

I've had some time with the Labraduo together this week, and it's been fun. They are such good friends. R is at the point where he can't do damage to the hardware inside his surgical elbow so I can let him play with his sister. We still have to be a bit careful because his surgical limb is still weaker than his other limbs.

The only downer was that R's limp returned almost immediately when we arrived home from our trip to Crested Butte. Our vet says that he was likely hiding his limp in CB because he was so excited by all the fun that we were having. She says (and we knew this prior to the surgery) that dogs who have had CUE surgery often continue to limp for months and months after the surgery. The one year mark is when the limp is almost always gone. That extremely long recovery time is why they scanned R's entire body for signs of cancer before we embarked on this journey.
As an aside - do you see the burned forest in the left side of the background?

We went to the vet for a rehab session on Friday, and she's so impressed with how much more muscle R has developed in his left front (surgical) limb in the past month or so. I am in the midst of making a video of his exercises from the past 3 weeks before we start our new regimen on Monday. The rehab exercises may never end :)
Actually, although I do complain sometimes about how long the exercises take, I truly enjoy training R to do them. He's a fast learner although his boredom and frustration threshold is very low. That means that I need to keep him entertained by constantly changing up the routine! It's fun for both of us.

Happy Black Dog Sunday!


  1. Momma just loves loves that first photo. And guess what???? I have not limped for almost 2 weeks now. Even since I really really learned how to swim at Gooses Rock. I LOVE the water and I'm a good swimmer now and getting better. Dr. Eddie said that maybe I should go swimming once a week. I'm all for that.

  2. R and Shyla appear to be so closely bonded. We can see how happy that must make you. Let's hope R beats that limp in less than a year.

  3. And here's a thought!! You could advertise as a fully qualified rehab dog trainer, lots of practise, practical sessions, at home or will travel?? After all, I had to chuckle at the side step video you posted, so that's a start. Down here heaps of snow north and south, and to the East. Friends a few hours East of us are marooned by a huge washout, and their main road has been closed for 4 days.We had frosts, but no snow at our place ( p.s. I long for some!!)

  4. it's great to see this beautiful pups together... and we are glad that your dogtors are very satisfied with the results... we hope the good news continue and R gets all his muscles back and the limping will disappear completely after a while...

  5. Very glad to hear that R is doing well after surgery! You are so active with your dogs and the videos show that you all love being together! That's awful about the damage done by the fires out there. When we took a trip out to Ruidoso and Cloudcroft...we saw many, many acres of burnt forest. So many trees lost and the animals had to find a new place to live. I wish that people would be more careful!!

  6. Crikey it sure is good to see Shyla and R together again. What beautiful photos!

  7. Hari OM
    Onwards and upwards R!!!! Hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

  8. We just LOVE seeing the two of you together! We are so very happy for you, R☺

  9. The together happiness sure shows on those beautiful faces!

  10. So nice seeing you guys exploring together again
    Lily & Edward

  11. You two look so happy! R is lucky to have such a dedicated mom
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  12. His success is only due to your diligence in the after care and physical therapy. We are so glad this is a success story and will rejoice when the limp is gone!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. Oh it's great to hear about the black dog's progress!!

  14. R is doing excellent,, and we just know it will continue. Your doing all the right things,,, and you know his body is fine,,, so just keep having fun with him.. and fun for you too. We love the photo of the two of them!

  15. OMD, those pics of you two are just the bestest!!!! And Shyla, you look very very very happy to be playin' with R again!!! Those photos show such pure joy. I loves them! only thingie missin' is the drool...don't labs drool??! BOL!!! Ma was just wondering cause I just flinged drool in her hair....
    Ruby ♥


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