Well, Poko is about 2 1/2 months out from his surgery (Nov 11, 2011). We are back to a normal routine. We’re walking once or twice a day, no more than 30 minutes at a time, even though Poko would like to go longer. After his walks he’s tired, but he loves it so much he’d keep going if I let him.
He’s re-learned to walk on “heal” again. In the beginning I was slack, and let Poko go ahead of me on a retractable leash. I let him sniff, and lag behind, run ahead…all the bad habits I didn’t let him do before. He quickly figured out he could go faster and pull me along. I’d trot along with him 🙂 Mistake. I put him back on a regular leash, and regained the calmer way of walking. I make sure Poko gets some off leash time on a trail near our house, but he has to be on heal until we get there. Here’s a pick of the trail:
Poko’s mood has also improved tremendously. I didn’t really get how much pain he had with his torn ACL. He smiles a lot more now, and he wags his tail a lot more too! He’s less man-shy, and even lets guys at the dog park pet him! At doggy-day care, he’s back to hanging out with his friend, Jax, and a new friend Lucy…who likes to run back and forth with Poko.
I worried about the snow and ice (in Washington state, we don’t get a lot, but we had 4 days so far this year). Poko did better than I did!
I’ve also gotten over the pity feeling when someone asks how he lost his leg. He acts so normal about it (how else can he act?), so that’s what I started to do. I just proudly say that he had a torn ACL and he’s fully recovered and happy again! If they say poor guy…I say “Three legs and a spare, he just lost the spare”. Smile 🙂 People take their lead from you, and so does the dog…so I just say it how it is, and I’m happy to have my dog back in action! No guilt, no pity.
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