Today is a special Black Dog Sunday. The reason is that I am feeling so happy with how strong R has become over the past months. We are still doing lots of exercises to strengthen the muscles around his surgical elbow. The exercises are getting progressively more circus-like because the main thing that he needs to master now is using all the little muscles around his elbow to keep it stable. I'll make another video of his progress and exercises sometime soon.
The biggest thing is that he's not limping very much. Here's an example of how he played with Shyla during our recent vacation.
Shyla was chasing R, trying to get the ball. R could make tight enough turns to keep Shyla just behind him despite the fact that she's a faster runner.
Ah, how I love seeing this sight. After spending the first 4 months of this year trying to get his CUE (elbow) surgery set up and then every month after that doing 30-60 minutes of exercises with him per day, I simply grin when I seem him run so happily. It's all been worth it. And, he didn't even limp after this sprinting and chasing session!