• Smarter Than Squirrels (Down Girl and Sit)
    Smarter Than Squirrels (Down Girl and Sit)
    by Lucy Nolan

    This is one of my favorite books about cool, brave dogs!

  • Bad to the Bone (Down Girl and Sit)
    Bad to the Bone (Down Girl and Sit)
    by Lucy Nolan

    I haven't read this book yet, but I can't wait to read more about these awesome and cool dogs!

  • On the Road (Down Girl and Sit)
    On the Road (Down Girl and Sit)
    by Lucy Nolan

    This sounds like a good book, too.  Car rides usually end in fun places like the Wiener Dog Races or the dog park!

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    by Garth Stein

    I haven't read this yet, but it was recommended by one of my people's friends.  She said it was great!

  • Nature's Variety Dry Dog Food, Prairie Canine Chicken Meal & Brown Rice, 30-Pound Bag
    Nature's Variety Dry Dog Food, Prairie Canine Chicken Meal & Brown Rice, 30-Pound Bag

    This is my favorite food!  I'm not sure if I love eating, walking, or playing more!


    My people call this the "Star Trek Door".  I love it because I can open it but the squirrels can't!

  • Easy Walk Harness, Small, Royal
    Easy Walk Harness, Small, Royal

    My old harness made me want to pull as hard as I could.  This one is much more relaxing!

Entries in Surgery (3)


Home at Last

Shortly after leaving the hospital, I arrived home.  Like I said in my previous post, I could not move my back legs at all.  However, I could wag my tail.  At least I was able to show my people that I was happy.

I found out that 6 weeks of strict kennel rest meant that I had to be in my kennel all of the time except when I was going to the bathroom and doing my physical therapy.  It was good that I liked being in my kennel already.  I slept in my kennel every night since I met my people, and I also have gone there when I wanted some quite time during the day.

My people changed my kennel a little bit so that they could put me in and take me out through the top.  They learned how do to this at a great IVDD website called Dodger's List.

Looking up through my new convertible

As you can see, I had some strange strings on my back.  I tried to pull them out, but I couldn't reach them.

 At first, I thought I'd be very lonely.  Normally, if I'm in my crate and the door is closed, I can't always get to my people.  I'm very sad when I know they're in the house but I can't get to the same room.  However, I was surprised to find that my crate now had wheels, and my people took me from room to room with them!  I was able to rest peacefully knowing that they were nearby.

Resting peacefully

My people also got the idea for putting my crate on wheels from that great Dodger's List site!  However, instead of using crate casters, they used something called a "car creeper" that is used to work under cars.

My people didn't take any pictures of how they helped me go to the bathroom.  It was awkward and embarassing.  However, just in case anyone reading my blog needs to help their pup go to the bathroom after surgery, I want to include a link with instructions.  It wasn't easy for them or me, but it was important to do several times a day.

Also, my people did some physical therapy for me after every bathroom break.  They moved every joint in my back legs as far as they could 10 times.  They started with my hip, then the knee, then the ankle, then the toes.  It was annoying, but in the end, it seems to have helped my overall recovery.

This video my people found online was very helpful.  Also, Dodger's List has a lot of good information.

It took a while before I could walk.  In my next blog post, I'll talk about how my recovery progressed over the first 6 weeks.


IVDD Surgery

Almost three months ago, I went to the vet to have IVDD surgery.  I'm finally ready to talk about what happened.  There's too much to tell you all in one post, though.  Today, I'll just tell you about my experience from surgery day until getting picked up to go home.

My people took me to a new vet.  The sign said Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital.  I was kind of scared to go to this new vet, but I was also excited because I had so much pain and my back legs weren't working right.

There were a lot of dogs in the waiting room.  Some looked like they were in bad pain.  They were in the right place to get better, though.

After a short wait, I met a new doctor who was very nice.  He had me walk for him and then he said, "It looks like IVDD. We'll run an MRI to be sure."

Dr. BevanHe took me to another room and some people started doing things to me.  The next thing I knew, I woke up in a kennel at the hospital.  The pain was gone!  However, I couldn't move my back legs at all.  I was also very, very tired.  Also, I had some strange string in my back, and I was missing some fur.

It was very strange being at the hospital, but the people made me feel safe and secure.  They talked to me nicely, and they gave me a cool scarf that had a bunny on it.  It said, "Bugs Bunny" on it.  They must have heard that I like to bug bunnies by barking at them!  It's my specialty, and they knew it.

They did some strange things, though.  One thing they did was help me pee by squeezing my stomach area.  I couldn't pee on my own for some reason, so I was glad they helped me.  The really strange thing they did was pinch my back paw until I yelped in pain!  When I yelped, they said that was a very good thing.  They said that I passed the deep pain test.  I thought it was a stupid test. :-(

After a couple days, my people came to get me!  I was so excited that I almost jumped off the table!

Greeting my people!Before I could go home, the vet gave my people some pills for me.  They also showed them how to press my tummy to make me pee.  They had trouble, but they figured it out.  They also said that I needed 6 weeks of strict kennel rest.

I was so happy to get out of there!

They put me in my kennel in the car.  This was also different since I usually have my own special seat.  I didn't really mind riding in my kennel, though.

As we drove home, I wondered what would happen?  How could I guard the house without my back legs working?  What was "strict kennel rest"? Would I ever be able to walk again? Why was my mind so foggy? (It almost felt like that time I ate the wrong kind of mushroom.)

Going home! What next?I knew that the answer to all those questions would come in time.  What I knew now was that I was going home, and I was going to be with my people.  No matter what else was going to happen, that made me so very happy!



IVDD Surgery Today...

My back started hurting and I didn't want to walk.  I felt better when I went to the vet 11 days ago.  I got an x-ray, anti-inflamatories, and felt better.  However, in the last few days, I've had wobbly legs.  I'm having trouble standing, and my butt runs into things. 

It turns out that I have Inter-Vertabral Disc Disease or IVDD.  I am getting surgery today.  Wish me luck.  I'm scared.

My back hurts