Monday, July 27, 2009
OMG. Freaking out/happy/worried/mostly happy.....
Here's what happened. I had left walter on his "play mat" ( as pictured above) which is just some big blankets on the floor for him to stretch on, sleep in front of the fan etc... it gives him a break from his playpen and lets us change the bedding thoroughly.
I often put Walter on his play Mat, then run to the kitchen to get him a treat, water, whatever and when I come back he's right where I left him - Lots of time sound asleep.
Tonight though? Something unbelievable happened.
I put Walter on play Mat, and then halfway to kitchen stopped to talk to my mom. A friend of hers had also stopped by, so the three of us were exchanging updates etc... when all of a sudden, my moms friend says, "Well Hello Walter."
I look down...and Walter is right there at my foot. He has scooted himself all the way from the sunporch to the front hall on his front paws. He had to cross the entire living room on his own to get there! This is a dog that has not moved much more than to shift himself, and he just freaking traversed half the house because he wanted to be where the action was! It is the length of a schoolbus at least! (sorry, not good with math or measurements and rely on metaphor)
Okay, true - he didn't walk, he dragged himself like a little orangutan with front paws slightly turned inward for better traction, but we think, we think maybe he was using those back legs just a little to push himself and that tail was WAGGING. definitely certain the second surgery improved him. SOUND THE MIRACLE BELLS! Three days ago we didn't know if he'd make it thru a second surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So my munchkin is cruising around! We all had heart attacks! I was terrified he]d hurt himself, hurt his stitches, but No! not a scratch on him and no yelps or panting- just more tail wagging. I scooped him up and rushed him back to the play mat, where he seemed quite satisfied with himself and ate an entire hamburger. Oh Walter. We love you so darn much.
Tomorrow moms got a big day working, I'm on my own again, but this has given me a huge surge of energy/optimism. Thank you for your prayers everybody. Tomorrow I speak with the physical therapist and I'll give you an update.