Tonight we said goodbye to the best dog in the whole wide world.
We will miss him terribly, and I may blog more about him later, but for now, I’ll just surround myself in this suddenly empty house, wishing I could once again, hear his three-legged gallop as he happily scampered through our house.
though my beloved Estes Park is currently under water and threat of major flooding, i did pull together a photo book of our fun family trip from last month. you are welcome to see the fun, here:
so i guess i had better explain myself:
back in March i posted about how we were trying to figure out what was wrong with THOR’s back, left leg. He had an accident and then wasn’t walking on it. the new vet thought “CANCER” and wanted to amputate immediately.
we biopsied, and after three different clinical reviews came back as “Inconclusive”, and meanwhile THOR was back to walking on four legs, thanks to some pain meds, we decided to just let it ride, and let him be a dog. we didn’t know how much time he would have, but let’s just make him happy and comfortable, instead of going crazy….
this system worked for, i guess, five months.
but then recently, that leg started popping up again, and he wouldn’t weight bear.
then the knee joint started to grow, and extra meds weren’t kicking it like it did before.
he would forget that he was on three legs, and chase after something, and one day fell on the outside steps.
at that point, it’s possible that he fractured something for real.
then, he started really slowing down and missing his “THOR-ness”.
we took him on a family trip to Estes Park, where he was super happy, but very tired and worn out. here, again, he fell climbing up the steps, and i have never heard a dog scream until that point.
so i made the call this week, and the whole fam (well, minus Lucy), took him back to the vet. on first glance she said, i really think he’s a candidate for amputation.
we did a chest x-ray and there didn’t seem to be evidence of tumors or anything that would cause alarm…. so we ultimately agreed on the surgery, and she was kind enough to rearrange her schedule and got him in for the next day (yesterday).
after a two-hour surgery, they called and said, “He sure is a trooper! he’s already alert and laying with his head up”…
we went to visit him last night, and i’ll admit, it takes your breath away to see the work they did. we will get used to it. he already is.
he’s home now. he’s resting. he’s so sweet. what a trooper.
Thank you for allowing the world to finally take notice of me and realize that i’m not just a zig-zag in this crazy up and down world.
have always wondered:
is it “Nosey” because you are sticking your NOSE into other people’s business?
or is it “Knows-y” because you have to KNOW what is going on with everyone else?
in the car yesterday:
BODEN: “Mommy, what this song you singing?”
KT: “It’s called ‘Mirrors,’ by Justin Timberlake”
BO: “Where’s the lake?”
Mark the date.
6:23pm, today, June 17th, 2013.
Boden uttered the definitive word of his inquisitive being:
And so it begins. I just hope I know all the answers… Or at least, most!
here’s a fun video of Boden and his new favorite game: playing with his wooden United States Puzzle!
(disclaimer: This video is 10:38 long!)
well friend, today is my birthday. and what a great day it has been. the whole Birthday Week has been fantastic – and I have my awesome Husband, Son, pups, family and friends to thank for it.
i apologize that there really hasn’t been an outpouring of Fun Times on this here blog (in fact, i fully realize that some of it has been down-right depressing), but i promise that the Fun Times have had their fair share, don’t you dismay!
as an update, THOR is doing quite well, in fact. For the most part, he is back to using all four legs. Time will tell how this will turn out for he, and us, but for now, he’s the happiest dog in the whole wide world when he can run and run and run and run in our new backyard.
Lucy, of course, is still Sweet and Sassy Lucy!
Bo will be 3 in less than a month. Reminds me, i need ideas for his birthday party– send them my way if you have them.
AJ and I are staying busy as we focus on yard work, house work and life work, enjoying it all along the way.
Thank you, dear reader, for hanging in there with us. There are surely more Fun Times to come!
And now, I have placed it all into a fun Shutterfly Book (which you may view here).
(and if that doesn’t work: go here)
(oh, and if you see my husband today- tell him Happy Birthday!)