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|Can't find your dog? Look in the laundry basket!|
|Sophie's new digs... we even have grass.|
|We love grass!!!!|
|Sophie's new ride (for those long walks) ... fit for a princess.|
|Refurbished rudder and hull... beautiful!|
|Awaiting our return to Mexico|
|Five Legged Kayaking|
Hi everyone.. it’s been a little while since we’ve checked in; it’s been kind of busy around here. Ten days have passed since Sophie’s surgery; they (and she) have demanded our complete attention. Our friends Jo and Penny have cared for us as if we were part of their family (in a way I guess we are) and we are so grateful. They put a roof over heads, made sure we ate well and provided love and good chuckles for us each day. It was a nurturing care we didn’t even realize we needed. But we did and with their help we calmed down, grew stronger, and became ready for the next step.
The first week after Sophie’s surgery was tough. She was in pain; she was drugged; she was confused. And, like every other dog out there, she insisted on continually trying to chew and lick her wound as well as rip out the stitches. This required 24x7 care and was very tiring for all of us. Today, 10 days into recovery, things are much calmer. The wound is healing well, she is getting around on three legs without complaint, and we have a balanced medication schedule which is finally allowing us to get up to 6 hours uninterrupted sleep each night (a lot more than before).
The princess continues to have a good sense of humour and is up to her old tricks, trying to make us laugh. One night, 2 in the morning, having demanded to go outside… she began to play with the shadows in the snow and as a grand finale, she tried to chase her tail… resulting in her crashing to the ground. She’s getting much more stable now and amazes all who see her with her strength and balance.
Yesterday, Dec. 6th, we moved into our next ‘home’. It’s the basement suite of the house we will be house-sitting for the winter. Ron and Catherine are friends from the yacht club and, as luck would have it, were in need of someone to care for their home while they’re away. It’s a cozy house, overlooking Maple Bay and smack dab in the middle of the area in which we want to live. Our plans for the winter include working on unfinished projects, finding our new home, and working with Sophie as she continues her recovery. One of the local vets we know is skilled in acupuncture and physical therapy and we have invited her over to see how best we can help the princess. She’s coming by on Wednesday.
And so, dear friends, that is the update for today. I’m going to post this now and intend to follow it up with a collection of photos taken during these past few months. I know we’ve promised before, but stay tuned… they are coming.
Hope you are all well and enjoying a short respite in the continuing winter storms…. stay well, talk soon. CJ
Note from the tripawds: “It’s better to hop on three legs, than to limp on four".”
Good morning all… today is a good day. Sophie had her surgery yesterday and, while the whole ‘thing’ is sad… we feel relief. We feel so very glad we didn’t lose her to the attack from the Mexican dog; glad she survived the long and challenging drive back to Canada; and glad she will very soon be back on her paws and enjoying each day. Dragging the splinted, useless leg around was beginning to tire the Princess and we feel quite certain if she misses her leg at all, she won’t miss it for long.
Our Vet called last night to say the surgery went well. He also confirmed that our decision to ‘lose’ the leg was the right one as the quadricep muscle had contracted in a big way and the leg would not bend at all. It would have been next to impossible to recreate the leg into something usable. So… we call this morning to confirm what time we get to bring our little tripawd home and our plan is to spend the next several days cuddled up on the couch watching movies.
Just wanted to let you know, as I know many of you are wondering. Hope your day goes well and you too have a ray of sunshine to enjoy. CJ
Good morning folks… Well, we’ve just checked the weather forecasts for the road(s) ahead… and it ain’t good. Nope, rain, freezing rain, snow and high winds… just about everything you can imagine… is forecast for the various legs north of us. And then there’s the weekend, which is about when things are going to lighten up. Sooo, yes, there is a new plan.
It’s quite nice here at Seven Feathers :-) Good thing cuz this is where we need to stay until the roads ahead of us look warmer and dryer. If the forecast stays about the same, then we should be able to head out of here on Saturday and drive to Vancouver, Washington. Then Sunday we hit Bellingham and Monday we head home. That’s if the forecast doesn’t change too much. Only time (and Mother Nature) will tell.
So, for now, know we’re safe and cozy in our little Lucy (I gotta tell you, between Lucy and Sophie… we’re never short of folks to talk to and who ask us about our story…). We hope all of you are cozy too and enjoying the changing seasons. We finally got to see Maple leaves changing to fall colours (not just dying because of lack of water). They were gorgeous… and we’re surrounded by some now.
Bye bye for now… will let you know if the plan changes (again)…. CJ, K and PS.
Good morning folks.. just wanted to let you know we’ve checked the weather and road conditions and decided that, rather than lolligagging here in cool but sunny Red Bluff (Durango RV… which remains quite beautiful), we are going to press on. The next leg involves Mt. Shasta, Siskyou Summit, and then Grants Pass before we arrive in Canyonville, OR at the Seven Feathers lovely RV Resort. There’s enough heavy rain in the coming days to motivate us to get up, get going, and get through the next two legs (hopefully then to Vancouver, WA) before the heaviest rains fall.
So, that’s it.. we’re on our way… will check in later, tomorrow or the next day (remember no news is good news). Take good care.. enjoy your day.. CJ