I am Walter and this is my World.

I am Walter and this is my World.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Frilly Pig, Donation Button, Water tank, Ahoy!

Updated: Home from Water World...

We went to physical therapy, and carting walter around in Laundry tubs just isn't cutting it anymore, so we had to get some serious hardware for the car.

In the tank he went, sans pamper, and he was much less weirded out this time, as was I. He went for 5 straight minutes, walking on a treadmill against a current.

Then it was spa time, when they turn the jets on and Walter sort of floats in place. He really likes this part, now that he's getting used to the loud clanking noises.

Also, after the water tank, Wally got his stitches out! The nurse was sooo good. It was one long thread, looped through his skin twenty-five times and I held walter as she patiently worked the entire thread out without cutting it. Think about that a minute...backing a stitch out 25 times without cutting it? I was amazed and grateful. We got another lesson on the physio peanut ball, and they gently (really gently) bounced walter on a trampoline, which is meant to help build back the severed nerves in his ankles so he can walk again. Best news? The vet said he looked better. THERE IS IMPROVEMENT. I want to do the "Improvement Dance" shuffle-shuffle-kick! shuffle-shuffle-kick!

Today when I had "the flashback" (the flashback of him getting hit by the car) I literally held my hand up and said, "NO!" out loud. Then I out loud listed all your names, mom, Meesh, harry Pugalicious, Pearl, Tweedles, Indy Bloggers etc...etc... until the flashback backed off and left me alone. I just have to drown out the bad thing with the good things...and there are many, many more good things (people) than bad.

Harry Pugalicious & Heather sent walter a Big Pig lookalike! WHAT? (if you read way back to the first blog posts, you'll find Big Pig was walters first love, until he destroyed the poor thing in a fit of "agressive pug love." ) and Walter has it tucked beside him now as he's sleeping. Thank you Heather and Harry! He loves the treats too! (He looks a little forlorn in this photo because I had just put my shoes on, and shoes are very bad to wally, they mean momma is going OUT, and that is not cool. After I ran out to the car, took them off again, he was oh yessssssss. Big Pig!)

Hero Alert **Bob Thompson is letting us use his AC!***

Also, to all of you who have been buying books, thank you so much. it continues to help us pay medical bills. Too those of you who have sent checks, we send you the sloppiest pug kisses aver, and to all of you who hit the donate button the day I had it up, we just ran into a little snag with Pay pal. The donations are there waiting for us, but they say we have to prove we're non-profit, not pirates etc...so I took the button down until we get ourselves sorted out. Rest assured your donations are (very!) safe, and we will work it out and let you know when we do.

Until then, if you want to send Walter anything at all to aid in his recovery, just email me at relativematter at yahoo and I will send you a good old-fashion snail mail address. We're sort of snail mail people. Not too fancy, just all pug.

thank you for your love and kindness, it is what we are all using to get through this very, very, very long ordeal. I re-read your posts all the time when I'm feeling low, and even quote them to Walter when he seems down.



Sequoia & Petunia said...

Looking forward to the PT water pictures! Go Walter! We want to cheer you on in your recovery and we love reading your updates too thanks Heather, you are a very strong Pug Mom!

Anonymous said...

Yay Walter! Cannot wait to see pictures of him swimming.
I wish I did live closer.. :(

What an awesome pink pig!

Yoda and Brutus said...

Go Walter! Looking forward to the pics of him doing his water therapy without the diaper on :)

That is such a sweet picture of him with his new stuffie pink pig.

chicamom85 said...

Hi Walter, we are visiting from my good friend Tweedles and are coming to bring you good wishes and the Power of the Paw. The paw is amazing with healing powers. I am wishing very hard that you will get well and that we can be friends.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Harry Pugalicious said...

We're glad the pig and the treats made it! Still can't believe just how frilly the pig turned out to be, but I hope there's something there that reminds him of Big Pig!

Good luck with the water tank today!

Pug hugs and kisses,

~Heather & Harry

Emily said...

What? No air conditioning? Huh??

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Trying to email you so we can get your address to send you a care package but it rejected my email to your address? Help! We want to send Walter some fun stuff!

Bob and Norton said...

Heather, I have a four year old AC that you and Walter would be more than welcome to use. I bought it new in 2005, and haven't used it since I moved into my townhouse in 2006. It works great.

I live in Shakopee and I'm a big fan of Walter.

Bob and Norton the pug

Heather and Walter said...

Bob! Really??? we would use your AC with love and return it after the heat wave! If you can email me at relativematter @ yahoo and give me your address, you could leave it outside and we could pick it up easy-peasy!

Sequoia, you too, did you send to relativematter @ yahoo...I will check and make sure it's not acting wonky.

Stubby said...

Hi Heather and Walter! I'm so glad the physical therapy went so good today. I cannot imagine having a long thread pulled out of my body. Walter is such a good boy letting the vet take care of him.

He is improving and baby steps are all that matter. It takes time to heal, just like it does to grow. Before you know it, Walter will be running circles around you.

It's great that you find such comfort in thinking about all of us when you get down. I do the same when I feel the gloomies come over me. I remember all the good times I've had with my blogging friends and the clouds start to part to let the sun shine in.

Kisses to you and Walter.

Stubby xoxo

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Hi Walter and Heather.
First of all we are EXCITED that there is improvement in Walter.
We tried to send an email to the address you posted, but it came back as unaccepted. I will try again.
I don't know if you got to read my bloggie story on Humpty Dumpty?
And how thank goodness Walters doctors did not give up on him like all the Kings mens and horses did to Humpty. There is are so many cool comments my little friends left- but one in particular was from Stubby. He wrote about he and I going in one of my magic bubbles to see Walter.
I hope you can make it to my site to read it to Walter.

Pug Posse said...

We just knew that Walter would get better quickly! He is such a wonderful little guy and he knows how much you love him!
Heather, you really need to get some video of Walter in the water tank!

Keep up the positive thought!
Pug hugs and kisses!
Vikki and the Pug Posse

Mica said...

Yay, improvement! That's fantastic news!

dw said...

Glad to hear Walter got his stitches out and that he's making improvements in his therapy. As they say, Rome wasn't built in a day, and I'm sure that applies to Walter, too. But little by little, those baby steps, those little victories will add up! Hang tough!

Go Walter!!

Anonymous said...

I am glad that his swimming is going better.. I don't blame him for not liking the diaper!

That is impressive about the stitch removal! I am so glad they are seeing improvements in Walter, pugs are fighters an so are you! We are here cheering you both on!

BRUTUS said...

Sounds like things are moving along nicely these days. Stitches out, swimming, and even a trampoline - sounds kind of fun, actually :) Tell your mom that my mom person is going to email her, so check her email later today for something from hrnchardds (it's a crazy email address & gets kicked out by spam filters sometimes) :)
Keep on healing, big boy!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Boo Bear said...

Awe.. AGAIN AND AGAIN, you give us these updates Heather and Walter and our HEARTS melt and SING that HAPPY song!! Walter is the Pug that "keeps on giving", as ALL of us pugs do!!! Just Walter, you take it to another level because of your accident and NOW miraculas recovery!! We are all inspired and so grateful for all you have done and showed us, and as a result our lives are richer and more blessed and we are ALL more grateful for you, and as a result, OUR LIVES!! Keep it up, you have quite the following Sir Walter Pug!!! Momma Heather, very very PROUD of you to YES, hold the hand up literally and STOP the maddness!! This is about NOW, and there is NO need to look back.. Walters path HAS been CHOSEN, and you/we need to focus on the continued journey!!! You are our inspiration and have changed our outlook on accidents such as yours, and it is ALL good now!!! You are OUR success story, and we ALL love you and hold you near and dear to our hearts!! Gotta go, mom wants to LOVE me up right NOW like there is NO tomorrow!! TODAY is all that matters!!! XOXO

Boo Bear said...

And if you DO want to LOOK back Momma Heather, please look back with GRATITUDE and GRACE and hold your hand up and say "THANK YOU GOD, THANK YOU WORLD, THANK YOU WALTER, THANK YOU SUPPORT SYSTEM, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! KNOWING looking back is ALL about where YOU and WALTER are NOW!!! Being GRATEFUL and knowing YOU have been BLESSED and GIVEN the GREATEST GIFT life can give.... LOVE and LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOX

The Pugs Bruno and Maggie said...

Walter we are so happy that you are comming along! We want you to hurry and get better so we can get together and play!

Stuff said...

Pug Pushes Stroller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdLVLPoRXR4&feature=player_embedded

Maybe Walter can approximate something similar?

Anonymous said...

good to hear Walter is showing improvement. we think of you and walter daily and thank you for your updates. please give walter a little belly rub from us and hugs to you, heather!

janet.c said...

Get Well greetings from Toronto! I can only imagine what a challenging and stressful time this is for you and Walter but I admire your "focus on the positive" attitute. A friend of mine recently wrote this article for the Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/article/666233 I'm not sure if any of this info might be helpful for Walter but thought I'd send it along just in case.

Heather and Walter said...

Rome was not built in a day, it's true, but Scamperland was, and it shows! we are re-enforcing it now. Yes and focusing on patience with wally.

I will try to get video. Very busy when the treadmill is on, but we'll see what we can do!

Thank you for the link Janet!

Salinger The Pug said...

We LOVE the water tank pics and so glad the little dude doesn't have to wear a PAMPER anymore!

Glad to hear he's recovering nicely and that YOU'RE doing better too, Heather!!!!


Melissa and Emmitt said...

yay walter!

no more stitches and swimming for 5 minutes!

you are the strongest puggy ever!

we love you!

m & e