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Life Returns

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Life has returned to normal.  No constant vet visits, or watching him limp, or trying to assess his pain level.  For the first time in almost a year, I’m at ease.  A peaceful calm has descended upon me.  I don’t know how long it will last.  But I have wrapped my arms around it and am holding on tight.

We go for short walks a lot. We watch the deer.  We sit on the porch and he sniffs the breeze.   We take little trips to interesting places. When I’m lying on the sofa watching tv, he hops up and gets behind my legs and rests his head on me like he used to.  He bounces up and down like a pogo stick when he wants a treat.  He doesn’t try to get on the bed by himself anymore, but if we don’t pick him up fast enough, he makes his little grizzle noises.  We have our routine of supplements and remedies and medications down pat.

Zato had a therapy consultation last week.  I really liked them and we will go on a regular basis.  We’re so grateful that Zato is a recipient of the Maggie Moo Fund!  Here is the link to his rehab visit.   He was definitely  styling in his new Tripawds shirt.

He was so excited to be going somewhere that he got away from me before I could get his shirt all the way on.   I kept saying, “Easy!” because I worried he’d strain something!

I know the statistics and I have no idea what is going on inside of him, but on the outside, he’s happy and playful and whole.  That’s good enough for us, as long as it lasts.  Here’s a picture of him on this beautiful afternoon, helping us work on our deck.

Hot Afternoon Display with Photobomb!

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Just hanging out

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Zato is feeling better every day!  He had a little display when we were outside earlier, which was great to see!  Silly boy!

He’s also snuggling up more, so I know he’s more comfortable now.  He edits my posts :).

This is has been a rough few days for the Tripawds family, which is why I’m trying so hard to stay in the present and enjoy THIS moment, because it’s the only one we have.

Nothing in particular, just happy! Some pictures…

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The little bud had a good day today – woke up with a waggy tail and is returning to his fantastic self.  We’re starting to taper the Tramadol and I’m sure that’s a factor.  He’s still sore when he moves around on the soft bed, so he’s sleeping on the floor beside us for a few more days.

He did get a new orthopedic bed today, which he seems to like. He also reminded me today that pathology reports aren’t everything, and sometimes you just need to work on your foot.

This is Zato’s buddy Tinkerbell.  Tink is fighting her own cancer battle at the moment (mast cell tumors).  I’m talking to Dr. Loops in the morning about her, too.  She’s such a sweetheart.

And this is our other hound girl, Boodie.  She’s a total ding dong and I love her to pieces.

And you’ve seen this girl before, Cadpig!  There are two things that mean the world to the Pig:  Zato and her tennis ball.

Thank you all again for your support, as you’ve helped us so much, and by keeping us halfway sane through all of this, it really helps everyone in the house!

I hope all creatures – 2, 3, and 4 legged, have a peaceful night.

THERE he is…

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Zato, like all dogs, is special.  There are so many traits that make him unique.  There are so many little things that make him Zato.  When this journey started, we decided that we would carry on within reason as long as Zato could be Zato.  If there came a time when our sweet boy was no longer himself, or was heading down a path to not being his happy self, then we would call it.  Makes me shudder to even type that.   To even think it.

Anyway, after his initial homecoming, he started to almost slip away from us.  We knew it was the pain, or the drugs, or both.  We knew that he was not going to mourn the loss of his leg like we would.  But when we looked at him for those few bad days, we wondered if Zato could pull out of this and still be Zato.

The first time we went to the shelter to meet him, we found ourselves in the main kennels, a long corridor with the entrance in the middle.  We looked to the left – nope, didn’t see him.  We looked to the right…no…hmmm…we started walking and as we neared the very last spot, a little black and white face appeared at the front.  I said, “THERE he is!” And that saying has stuck throughout the years.  It seems to make him happy.  It has certainly made me happy.  When I would come home after being gone awhile and his face would be the first thing I’d see when I got the door halfway open, I would say it.  When I’d be silly and walk around with a treat calling his name and pretending I didn’t see him so he’d follow me around and then suddenly look down at his waggy tail, I’d say it.  When he’d snuggle up for his morning cuddles, I’d say it.  He’s not a licky boy, but he’d always give me a kiss then.

Last week was pretty rough.  When we looked into his eyes, we were desperately searching for Zato.   We thought he’d still be in there, but we just couldn’t see through the glazed look and the still tail.  He looked defeated.   We know these are our emotions being projected onto him.  But, as you all understand I’m sure, it’s easy to fall into that trap.  We found him one day on the sofa all cockeyed, leaning against the pillow, looking totally lost.  We spoke to him and he didn’t even blink.   It broke our hearts.

Once the vet said he was doing pretty well, we began to feel a little better about the situation, but still wanted that big moment, that sign that our boy was in there.  We’d been taking him his food.  Then the other day, out of the blue, he got up when I was fixing his food to take to him.  I turned on the camera and tried not to cry.  He hopped over, just fine, and wagged his tail and lifted his ears and looked at me with those eyes.   That was it.  That was all I needed.  There he is.  I’m so glad to have you back.



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