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Friday, May 5, 2017

A Desert Sojourn

We just returned from a sojourn in the Utah desert. It was mostly peaceful and relaxing. We managed to miss one of the big heavy spring snowstorms here in Colorado. That made me smile. The best spring snowstorms in Colorado are the ones when I'm away in the desert!

I'll keep this post brief but two wonderful things hit us while we were in the desert sunshine. One was that R was running a lot and very fast but he didn't limp once. We could never discern any hitch in his stride.

The vets told us that it took a year to get the full benefit of CUE surgery. Now I believe it. I'm so grateful that we did it, and we gave him these pain-free days of romping. Every day, week, month, and year of a dog's life is precious, and we feel as if we managed to get him more fun time in his life through CUE surgery.

The second great thing was that Shyla seemed to return toward normal, with the side effects of the phenobarb reaching a level that I'd call acceptable. I can still see a bit of a deficit in her spunk and endurance but it's small price to pay for controlling her seizures. She had no seizures on our trip despite a couple of stressful days and the general stress of traveling.
She also reached some peace with wearing boots - a miracle!

As for her recovery from being belted by the evil woman out on our trails, Shyla seems to have concluded that women on trails are scary. She won't approach any women on trails, even ones who she knows. If a woman appears, Shyla hides. In contrast, she will greet men, as long as they aren't paying attention to her - which is exactly how she dealt with all people on the trails before she was hit by that evil woman.

I hope that we never see that woman again. It turns out that Shyla isn't her only canine victim, and the neighborhood is tightening its borders to make sure that the evil woman doesn't trespass again to get into the little sanctuary behind our houses.

Now, I am excited to be able to visit my friends' blogs. We had no cell service for most of our trip so I've been away for too long!


  1. You both look so happy and we are thrilled for both you and R, Shyla! Stoopid evil woman! grrrrrrrrrrrr

  2. I would truly love to Belt that evil woman myself and I'm sure you wanted to to it it's just so ridiculous. And the problem is she could have caused her to have a seizure. So glad she's doing better and they both are doing great and the toll had a good time in the desert

  3. We'd be happy to help you track down that horrible woman. I'll happily bite her on Shyla's behalf! I'm so glad that Shyla and R are both doing well from their medical issues at last!

  4. I am so glad you all enjoyed your trip and how nice R and Shyla had some fun runs!

  5. Some humans are nutty and ruin everything
    Lily & Edward

  6. I'm glad you had a fun and what sounds like a recharging time away and R is doing so well! I'm just sorry that Shyla is wary around women. We're having a similar issue with our newest arrival and men. It's times like this that I wish "our girls" could speak to us and we could work it out.

  7. A great time there, all happy, and as healthy and well as they can be. R, it must be the greatest delight to see him run, and for Shyla, no seizures is a massive leap forward, even if there is a downward side for this. Bootees on Shyla and R, leg outstretched. Wonderful.

  8. Your own 'happy place'. Sounds like it was a positive, restorative experience.

  9. They both look great and full of energy!

  10. What joyful pictures of joyful pups!!

  11. Sounds like the trip was good all the way around.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  12. It is wonderful to read that all your babies are doing better

  13. So great to hear everyone is doing so well. I hope Shyla's beginnings of trust returns. What a shame that the evil woman did so much emotional damage.

  14. It's wonderful your pack can take off for a little
    rest and relaxation. Both R and Shyla's photos
    so how much they love to be with mother nature
    enjoying all it has to offer.
    To the crazy lady all I can say is
    shame on her. She's lucky Milton
    didn't smack her.

  15. OMD, sounds like that trip to the desert was what everyone needed! YAY! You knows, you have a whole posse here in Blogville that will happily hogtie that evil woman and ride her to the furthest place on earth! That makes me so sad. I hope in time you will come to trust the women peeps again Shyla....they do have the bestest treaties ☺
    Ruby ♥

  16. I'm so glad you had such a nice getaway, and that both dogs are doing so well!
    We hope that woman can get banished for good from your woods.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  17. I am so glad Shyla is adjusting to her meds. It took my Gibson awhile to, also. I still cannot believe that nasty lady from the trail - so fortunate that did not trigger a seizure, just from the stress of it alone. The desert is amazing (from your photos)...glad it gave everyone some peaceful time.

  18. I'm glad you are seeing improvement in both of them. It is so hard when they are ill and injured and making those decisions is excruciating (at least for me.) I hope Shyla can find her way back to not being afraid. What the hell is wrong with people?


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