February 15, 2001

Dr. K passed Darby with flying colors. Thank you blessed Jesus! Says there is good range of motion and he was impressed with the amount of weight she was bearing on the leg.

I told him about her leaping on the bed and warned against that. Sheesh, no kidding doc. I’d like to see him try and keep her under control.

We talked about her recovery and how well she was doing and he really believed it was due to the fact that she is such a highly conditioned athlete. She has springs for legs which makes her a natural at agility. It should help her in her healing, if I can keep her under control.

We also talked about swimming and unfortunately he didn’t know of any indoor pools that allowed dog swimming. No way I can put her in the local lakes until the water warms up since the cold water would hurt her leg. So we’re talking June before the water in MI will be warm enough for her to swim in. I’m used to getting the dogs in the water sometime in April, so this is really going to slow things down for her. I wonder if hubby will build me a pool in the basement. <laughs>

Apparently there is an angle that the orthopedic vets measure to decide if a dog is at risk for a cruciate injury or not. Most angles above 23 will have a problem. Darby was an 18. Though she wasn’t at risk due to her angle, it goes to show that most dogs are at risk for this type of injury based on the way they are made. I have been hearing more and more about cruciate ligament injuries in all breeds of dogs. I had no idea.

Darby and I return on March 29 for her 2 month checkup. At that time they’ll x-ray the leg to determine whether or not the bone is completely healed. Then and only then can I even consider doing anything more with her than what we are already doing.

Inspiration for today. (This portion of a song really touched me):
When you're down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, let's realize
Oh that a change can only come
When we stand together as one

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