It feels like Doug has been on lockdown for eternity. I’m sure it feels even longer for him. I was looking for a photo yesterday and realized that he had his first surgery back in April. It’s almost September. The earth has not shaken from Doug zoomies in almost five months.
Set me free woman.
This go around is going pretty good. I think there is just a general depression and acceptance by both of us that it will suck until it doesn’t. The meds combo seems to be helping Doug stay calm. When I say he stays calm, what I mean is, when in his jail cell he has not yet tried to run zoomies or stand on his two frankenlegs only. He will stare directly into my soul and bark for a long time, but he does it while sitting so that’s good. But when I go to let him out, trust me, home boy tries to run. In the yard he will let me get a few steps ahead of him (he’s on leash) and then he will run for five steps just because he can.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
The death stares are fewer and have turned into more of a plea to his captor to stop taking him in for surgeries.
A softer side of the death stare. Using only side-eye.
Brothers, why is she addicted to surgery?
No seriously, stop taking me places where I go to sleep and wake up with another frankenleg.
We joined an AMAZING support group on Facebook for dogs with frankenlegs like Doug and it’s been really helpful for perspective and encouragement. There are a bunch of people and dogs just preparing for or coming home from surgery and there are a bunch who are at the end and have videos of their dogs running free for the first time. A reminder that the end of this will come.
Have a great weekend! Seek and spread some joy!