Likes: Rolling around in the grass on a sunny day. Chasing squirrels. Hugs and Kisses.
Pet-Peeves: Being forced to ride in something with wheels under it, like a cart.
Favorite Toy: A little rubber duckie from a dollar store.
Favorite Food: Chicken.
Favorite Walk: At the beach.
Best Tricks: Roll over, speak, crawl (partialy), high five, shake, beg, Come around (me or tree), look up, drop.
Arrival Story: I was going to adopt a husky with my mom when I was 14, and accidentally came upon him in the store window at half off because he was 6 months. We couldn't resist him. I was in love. And after me and my mom parted ways, he became all mine!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~
The past ten years spent with you have been filled with love and joy, knowing that I have you next to me to play when I am bored, laugh when I am sad, and even catch my tears on your big scruffy neck. Watching you grow into a handsom adult, watching you play in the grass, roll around under the sun, chasing squirrels in the forest is the best time a person can have.
We had a really rough start. I admit that I was young and stupid when I got you. I didn't treat you how you deserved to be treated. But now when I look into your eyes I see full forgiveness and love. When I sit next to you on your dog bed and you look deep into my soul and throw your paw in the air, and I hold you and stroke your side. I know you forgive me and I am so grateful.
And through everything, you saved my life. I would have been gone without you in those dark days. You pulled me out of it and I don't know how I will live without you. Because you are so wonderful, I forgive you for every poop pile and pee puddle you leave in my kitchen. For every wall you took down and piece of linoleum you pulled up. Even for that favorite umbrella you destroyed. Okay, even for my parakeet Cris that you killed. (Darn you Sam!!!) I know you didn't mean it old bud, it was just a fluffy squeaky flying toy to you.
Now you are old and wise. I can see it written all over your face. But you still hop around like you are eight months old. The way you toss a toy in the air and bark, I would never guess that I probably only have a few more good years with you. And I am so scared for the day that you will be gone. But I cherish every moment that I have with you. I cherish every walk in the forest, and every kiss that I have to force out of you. I love you more than you can imagine. You are my best friend, my companion... my very best man.
Know always how much you mean to me. And please stick around as long as you can. If you do I promise you delicious food every day.
From you loving mama.
...and yesterday I took him for his first walk around the block after 3 months of only 3-5 minute walks. His CCL tear was so hard to manage, even more so because of he fact that I decided to heal it naturally. It wasn't that I was being cheap, I would have easily spent the money on surgery. But it just wasn't necessary. I did so much research, and went through a lot of soul searching. And TPLO and other surgeries just help what would happen in a natural recovery happen easier, which is build scar tissue around the joint to replace the ligament. I knew that if I worked hard, and changed my life around a bit, I could do it non persuasively. And we really have done it. We went over the hard hump and now he just has a tiny limp and a bit lumpy knee from the scar tissue. 3 months and at 10 years, I am proud to say that it works. He s eating great, feeling great, but I won't walk him more than ten minutes for at least another month. Then I plan on walking him about 15-20 minutes until the 6 month mark, when I will gradually introduce longer walks and off-leash time. I am so nervous and so happy and I love taking him out and not seeing him suffer, From those first weeks, when he couldn't step on it and couldn't even crouch to poop, and I had to hold him up and walk him with a sling, that I made out of an old hoodie. To now, when he can pee standing on his bad leg and walk. I am so happy! To the next few months!