Thanks so much for your lovely post JonRob. I appreciate that someone appreciates all my effort lol. Sometimes I am sure I am overdoing it but with just the 2 of us it's hard not to sometimes.
Things are moving along. My guilt is increasing as Haku gets more and more amped up each day. I had to physically thwart 2 full out zoomie attempts yesterday and 1 just now. He now has his harness on almost constantly and he is never more than 3 feet from me or else in his crate as I can no longer contain his enthusiasm. He is grabbing anything in sight and what used to be normal is SO EXCITING. a FLY! a clean SHIRT! different SHOES! i open the CURTAINS! He is bored bored bored and his frustration is rising. I was hoping to keep him a little more out of the crate but he is only out at night and a few hours a day now. Otherwise he paces and wont settle I am freaking out he has/ is using the leg too much.
I had to go back to work since mid Wednesday because they are too overloaded agh. And while watching him sleep the 4 hour stretches at a time makes me feel better, as I am sure it's the best thing for his body right now, when I come home he is like a pepsi bottle with a mentos thrown in! :O I have had to use sedatives both times after coming home after a long stretch of time and tonight I am going to try with out. We just finished a 20 min training session ended with a frozen Kong. Cut up cheese, sausage and some sticky yoghurt seem to be the favorite so far. Peanut butter, strawberries and blue berries get ignored when frozen. He is surprisingly picky sometimes...
The incision looks great, the staples are almost hidden by the new hair growth and the scabs are already dropping off. He has not cried out in pain, as far as I can tell, since last week and he seems to be putting a fair amount of weight on the leg. He also now includes both legs in his stretch when he gets up which is cool to see. It's all weak and wobbly though, shame.
I thought training would be my answer to survive all this but gosh he is 1000x more frustrated than usual. He has always been bad and I have had to be careful to reward frequently and keep things slow and simple because he gets bored and frustrated really really fast. Now it's like the frustration has tripled. Usually I would get a good ball session in before training to help but yea. I just take deep breaths lol. He gets so frustrated when I ask him to think AT ALL that he tries twice then throws his head back and grabs the closest object haha. It's irritating but I know he can't help it right now. It is pretty funny too. For example, I am teaching him to place an object in a basket. well. It sort of turned into him FLINGING IT into the air/ over his head. Quite impressive really. Sometimes it actually DOES land in the basket. Very amusing.
Some things I have noticed:
He is shaking a lot the last 2 days. Not like tremors, but as if shaking off water. Every time he gets up and a couple of times when we go outside and stuff. It's not his ears because he is doing his whole body. To me it seems like he is SO EXCITED and ready to go he is trying to "shake it off." When he does this he looks at me with that naughty twinkle in his eyes and I have to watch out for immediate impending zoomies. I grab his harness.
After a week of perfect stools for the first time since I have had him (the antibiotics?) he had a half mushy very pale stool. I think it was the very large raw bones 2 days in a row. I hope so. I was thinking any medication symptoms would have shown up by now. Tomorrow is the last day of all medications anyways. It was so nice to see solid stools we have been fighting it so long
His knee on his THR leg seems to be pointing very far outward. Just something I noticed, it's probably because he is not putting proper weight on it yet. I have no idea.
His legs are so skinny. I think both of our muscles are withering away. I can't wait to get out hiking again and rebuild our strength when this is all over!