Unfortunately, I've really hurt my spine. Some of you know that I've had a number of spine surgeries with the result that my neck and lower back are almost completely fused. I have done something very painful to the part of my spine that isn't surgically fused. It's been almost a week now since I hurt it so I am beginning to think that it may not get better fast.
Shyla arrived in my life when the spine surgeries were still fairly recent. So, I almost immediately trained her to do a few things that help me when my spine is painful. One fun one is that she picks up almost anything that I drop. Usually, I say "oops" to signal her, and she dives to grab whatever is on the floor. She loves doing it. The funny part is that she also picks up things that I intentionally place on the ground - like my mittens when I need to use my fingers. She has trained me not to place things on the ground if I can avoid it!
My motto is to keep moving, no matter how much my spine hurts so Shyla and I are trying to follow our normal routine. We have been out for sunrise, and we saw a particularly colorful one the other morning.
Shyla was relaxing behind me on a boulder while I looked toward the sun.
Shyla is, quite simply, balm for my soul. Of course, she's not perfect (she is naughty sometimes - yes, even Shyla) but she's a loving and loyal best friend.