December 31st 2008 5:56 pm
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I can't believe another year has come and gone. This year you showed me what true strength and determination is.
You turned seven on May 28, and I had a really hard time with the fact that you were becoming a "senior". Little did I know that you would show me that there is no slowing down in you. You are my strong determined baby girl.
On July 14, you tore your right ACL. I don't know if I've ever been so scared. I had no idea what had happened. All I knew was you were running and then you wouldn't put any weight on your left leg. I didn't know if you had been bitten by a snake or what happened. So, I rushed you to the doctor, crying and scared. You put your paw on my shoulder and looked at me. That calmed me down immediately. We waited and waited and eventually saw Dr. Dill. He told me you tore your ACL and you would have to have major surgery on the 17th. He explained what happened to your knee with a model and said that we now had a 50% chance that the second would go too. You had your surgery and daddy came up and saw you. I think that at that point, the vet's office realized how much you were loved. You didn't have your things that we brought for you and we were both upset. We wanted you comfortable.
Then, on Aug 28, the other ACL went. It was after the doctors office closed so I had you there first thing the next morning. This time I knew what it was but was still upset. Hurricane Gustav was coming in and it would be a week before you could have surgery. We had to evacuate for Gustav and went to Thomasville, Ga for a few days. We went in two different cars, and you rode with Daddy on a heated seat and shared his snacks for the trip. We did all we could to keep you comfortable on the trip. When we came back, you had your surgery. We were there when you came out. Seeing you coming out of the anesthesia was probably the hardest thing I've ever seen. But, we put our hands where you could smell them and we could tell that you knew mommy and daddy were there. It was the hardest thing to leave you over night. The next day, I went and got you and your daddy picked Harley and Sophie up from daycare so you would be comfortable on the way home. You left the hospital already putting weight on your leg.
You have been so determined with this recovery. You wouldn't let your legs keep you down. Just yesterday, you went the entire 3 miles of our walk. You have absolutely amazed me with your strength and determination through this recovery. I wish I had the strength you have. You are my rock. You are my baby girl.
I love you sweet Hershey more than you could ever know. I know that 2009 will be another year of strength and determination.
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