Friday, November 27, 2009


Wednesday marked 5 weeks since little bean's surgery. She continues to progress quite well. I still see a little limp, but that is to be expected. We are in a marathon here, not a sprint.

Over the past month, I have learned a lot more about her little personality - and I thought I knew her quite well! Her behavior over the past month has really taught me a lot about the pack mentality, particularly in the sense that dogs look for a leader. I have established a set of rules for her, she knows what they are and for the most part, she follows them. Sure, occasionally, she gets a little too excited and has jumped on furniture once or twice (which she was allowed to do before her surgery) But for the most part, she has been a great dog - a compliant dog, as I like to say. I cannot imagine doing this with a non compliant dog.

One other thing that has come out of this is that I do see she sometimes has it in her to be a little cuddly, at least. For the most part, I had just accepted that cuddling was not part of her little personality and that she was not the cuddly puppy she once was. But when laying on the floor, she is much more likely to be touching some part of me now. One thing that interests me greatly will be to see how she does when she does not have to be crated anymore. I haven't decided if I am going to take her crates down or not. At one point in her life, she abhorred them...but now, i think she almost likes them. Lucky for me, that is a decision I don't have to make any time soon. :)

I still miss our old life...a lot. I miss our agility friends, our agility competitions (esp because Scott ran RIP today in a trial near his house)and I especially miss our volunteering. I would be lying if I said I thought I was physically capable of keeping our old schedule at this exact moment, but that doesn't mean I don't miss it. Again, I wonder if this is divine intervention stepping in, forcing me to slow down...I could do without the torn ACL's and my own health issues, but hey we will go with that.

On a final note, continued prayers for the Rhodes family. Stephanie's husband started radiation and chemotherapy this week. Please keep them in your thoughts.


Cabana's Puppy Raiser said...

That's so sweet that Chelsie has become cuddly after her operation! It's interesting how so many things in your relationship and life with each other are changing with the circumstances.

Thank you so much, Nicole, for your comment yesterday on my blog. I really AM too hard on myself, I've been told that many times by wise people such as yourself. But how do I stop it? I'm afraid it's hardwired into me....

Becky said...

Oh that is so sweet she is being more cuddly with all you are both going through -- Gosh, in reading your post reminded of all the 'losses' you are experiencing right now -- things you are missing out on that you love but interesting as you mention, maybe the slowing down has some plusses as well.

Cabana's Puppy Raiser said...

Nicole, would you mind leaving me a comment with your email address? I won't publish the comment, of course. Sometimes, I just want to email you and tell you something--but I can't! I promise, I won't be weird and stalk you or anything like that. ;)

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