Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Weird games

Hi hi hi, Ojo here!

My person has been doing weird games with me recently. This one is called Ice Pack! (I don't know why, it isn't cold at all. My person says it's practice, but I'm not sure what for.)

In the game called Ice Pack, I lie on my side and my person rests this thing on my leg and I get to eat kibbles. That's it! This is an easy game!

(The look on my face is because I am waiting for the next kibble, not because this game bothers me at at all.)

We're playing another game where my person holds Bad Leg and moves it around. She says this is also practice.

In other news, my Surgery is scheduled for April 18. I don't know what Surgery is, but my person says it will be good in the long run. And I like running, so this sounds good to me!

And speaking of running, I haven't been doing any. At all. I must wear a leash at all times when I am outside of the house and I may only walk slowly for a few minutes at a time. This is very annoying. I would like to run! I would like to go further! I would like to go longer!

How are you doing, friends?

Monday, March 18, 2024

Update on ME

Hi hi hi, Ojo here! 

Here is my update on ME! My bloodwork was good and my person put me on the wait list for surgery. I still need to have something called a chest x-ray to make sure my body isn't growing any lumps in my chest or tummy. But if that is good, I can have the surgery.

(I don't know what surgery is, but Vet says I should be able to run again if I have it, so I think I want to have it!)

Thank you friends who wrote to share stories about CCL injuries.

My person has decided to do the surgery for ME, if we can. This is because I do not want to slow down! 

I am starting to take some steps on my bad leg, but I would rather RUN by hopping on my good leg! 

I don't know why my person doesn't want me to do this. I would rather HOP FAST! Why must I walk slow? 

(The people are worried I will make my good leg go bad too if I hop too much on it. But I really, really want to GO FAST!)

In other news, Nature is making Sun and Very Warm, so I lay on the deck and watched the world! This was very nice.

Also, my person took me for a Walk at Picnic Table! I only get five to ten minutes Walk at a time. I spent most of my Walk today sniffing Picnic Table! 

(My person was happy because this made me go slow and use both my legs. I am supposed to do this so that I don't lose muscle.) 

(I was happy because there were FOOD smells!)

Meanwhile, Pepper is being a Very Good Friend. I haven't seen him since the Bad Thing, because he is very bouncy and he gets me running and sometimes he bangs into my body. 

But he has been very helpful because I can't take my person out on Walks right now, so he has been doing it for me. Not every day, because he has his own family to take care of, but he has been making sure that my person is still getting into the forest and climbing mountains, and this makes him a Very Good Friend.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Something Bad

Dear friends, something Bad happened. A few days ago I was standing on the side of the trail sniffing some interesting moss when suddenly my leg stopped working.

My person took me to Vet. Apparently my CCL has broken. I don't know what this means, except that my knee hurts and my leg is very wobbly. My person says this is like a ruptured ACL in a human. My CCL is entirely gone. 

My person felt very horrible, but Vet said it wasn't her fault. Vet said I have cartilage buildup in my knee which means this has been wearing out for a very long time. 

When I fell a few weeks ago it may have made it happen sooner (although I was walking and running normally again!), but Vet says this bad thing was going to happen anyways. I have played and ran and zoomed and jumped and explored very hard for my entire life! Vet says my body is wearing out!

I am about twelve years old. We are waiting to find out if I am healthy enough to have surgery. If I don't have surgery, Vet says I will still be able to heal up enough to walk for a kilometer or two as long as I go slowly and rest after. I am already starting do some small steps on my bed leg, although it is still very wobbly!

The bad part is that I'm not allowed to go on Big Hikes anymore. All I get to do is sniff in the yard or on the street.

Also, I have to lose three pounds! This means diet! I am getting very little food in my bowl (this is sad), but I am getting kibbles all day long in food puzzles and for lying still and staying put when my person is moving around. So that part is good!

The other good part is that Nature is making Sun and Warm right now.

This is ME in Front Yard. The sun feels very happy on my fur. I am rolling in the grass! I still feel happy! I am still ME!

Dear friends, I don't like getting Old. I would prefer to stay Young, thank-you-very-much. 

Then I could lie in this sunny patch forever...

(Do you see my leg is sticking up? That is my bad leg. I can still move it! I can still roll around! I can still ask for belly rubs! It's just that my leg is rather wobbly...)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

I am helpful by going in pictures!

Hi hi hi! Ojo here! 

Last blog post I shared with you that pictures mean cheese! This means that every time my person bends down to take a picture of something, I go right in front of her!

Like this!

I'm sure she wasn't trying to take pictures of the spring flowers in our yard, right? I'm sure she was trying to take a picture of ME, right? She must have just forgotten to put ME in front of the camera, right?

It's a good thing I am so helpful!

(These plant bits are poking my bum. Why are we doing pictures here, anyways?)

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Spring pawtrait time

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

On our Walk today we found these yellow flower things! My person decided it was time to do some pawtraits of US!

These were on a Big Hill in a Big Field. Big Field on Big Hill has many little critter holes in it! They smelled so interesting! All the spring air smelled so interesting today!

Okay, I must admit to you that my leg is still a little sore. I will confess that I walked into the yellow flower things and then I lay down to rest. My person thought this was a good chance to do some good pictures.

Since pictures mean cheese, Pepper joined me for picture time! We don't just say cheese, we eat cheese! More cheese, please!

Friday, March 8, 2024

Good Walks

Hi hi hi! Ojo here! 

My person takes ME on Many Good Walks. Often Pepper gets to come too! Pepper says that he likes our Walks!

Right now my Walks are too short. I wish they were longer, but my leg still hurts and my person says I need to rest. (I don't want to rest on Walks! I want more Walks!)

My leg is getting a bit better. I hope my leg gets all the way better soon so I can do proper Walks again!

Pepper has been very nice to ME while my leg has been sore. He Walks beside ME and keeps ME company, and we do lots of sniffing together. 

This Walk is almost done. Pepper wants to know if we can do another Walk soon? (I want to know if we can do another Walk soon?)

Monday, March 4, 2024

I love SNOW!

I love Snow!

I love Snow!

Did I mention that I love Snow!?!

Do you love Snow, too?

Saturday, March 2, 2024

And then BREAD fell from the sky!

Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

Yesterday I had a fall. I went on two Walks and I had Too Much Fun. At the end of Second Walk I tried to jump into the back of Car. But I fell.

Today my leg is hurting.

My person still took us on a Walk today. She went slow, and then faster when I went faster, and then slow again.

And then...

BREAD fell from the SKY!!! Can you imagine?!?

First a big piece! And then another big piece! Then two smaller pieces! And then even more! 

It was focaccia bread and it was very tasty! One piece almost fell on my head!

When we looked up, there was a Big Raven eating bread in the tree. Wasn't that nice of the Big Raven to share with us?

My leg didn't hurt as much after that. I think the falling bread must have helped.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Another day, another Walk!

Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I get to go on a Walk every day! Pepper comes with me many of the days.

Do you have a Walk planned today?