Monday, 25 July 2011

Dog-leg diary: into the danger zone

It’s over a week since Fargo’s cruciate ligament operation and he’s come along – well, maybe not in leaps and bounds just yet, but he’s definitely feeling well, his swollen ankle is back to normal and I’ve even seen him balance on his right leg so he can cock his left one.

Definitely not allowed - Fargo wrestling with Billy last year
We went for a check-up at the vet’s on Friday, and now Fargo is going out for a couple of five-minute walks every day, walking very slowly to make sure he puts his weight on the weaker leg and builds up his muscle again. It’s a challenge finding a five-minute walk, but we’re managing. Fargo’s so glad to be out of the house again that, despite his yearnings for the park, any bit of pavement makes a nice walk for him at the moment. We’ll also be starting physiotherapy soon, which should be a great help.

This is my second summer in a row with a lame dog, but it’s a very different experience this time. Last year, Charlie the Whippet lost the use of all his legs due to a compressed spinal cord, and his recovery was a long and slow process. Our first goal was simply to get him standing up again. This year, I have a high-energy dog who needs to take things slowly, but who doesn’t seem to think there’s anything wrong with him.

There are positive and negative sides to Fargo’s high energy levels. On one hand (or paw), he seems so much better now that it would be easy for me to think he can go back to normal levels of activity – and he certainly seems to think there’s no reason to slow down. Like Tom Cruise’s character Maverick in camp 1986 flying movie Top Gun, Fargo feels the need for speed. And, echoing the Kenny Loggins song from that film, this is where we enter the ‘danger zone’. Fargo doesn’t just want to run; he wants to bounce about and wrestle with Billy the Whippet, with rapid changes in direction that could undo the vet’s good work.

But on the other hand, Fargo’s positive attitude means that he won’t let his injury get him down, and as long as I keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t overdo it, I have high hopes that he’ll recover well.

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