I am Walter and this is my World.

I am Walter and this is my World.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Walter is so glad to be home, even though we're only staying a short while. He made a new friend, a Pembroke Corgi named MILTON!! I know he's not a pug...but wow. Cute butt award!!

Meanwhile, even though Walter still rolls on his ankle and "knuckles" when he walks without his shoe, I am noticing a definite improvement in how often he walks "correctly" too. (Not on Dorsal side.) He will stand and eat food now with leg held the right way. Could he be feeling more? His leg is still very weak and we're working on new exercises to strengthen the upper "hock" part of his leg. We've also increased his glucosamine and chondrotin, which promote joint health. I'm using "vibration therapy" on his pads, where I massage them with a vibrating massage gizmo.I also massage his hindquarters and back, by the nerve roots.

I'm also looking into a possible nerve grafting procedure using the cutaneous saphenous nerve (Yes, I've learned a little bit about neural anatomy during this time!) Basically, it's where a neurosurgeon takes a part of another, healthy nerve and grafts it to the injured site. The nerves, which grow like coral, will branch out and hopefully reconnect.

one problem, the only surgeon who has done this procedure is in England. So, naturally, I'm going to England.


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi heather and walter!
oh how cute!
emmitt's cousin is a cardi corgi named moe.

they are the best of friends too!

m & e

Anonymous said...

Very cute! :)
Not staying long? Where are you off too next?

Pearl said...

Ohhh I just LOVE corgis! They are on my list of non-pug-dogs-that-i-love!

I was just looking at that picture on the sidebar of Walter resting after surgery. That feels like just yesterday to me. I remember all of the unknowns and the emotions are still kind of raw. Can you BELIEVE how far he has come? Hugs to you, Heather... you're the best pugmom ever.

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

It's ok he's not a pug! It's still a cutie! We all need to diversify our lives! =)



Jennifer Sneed said...

Love the picture. Corgis are so cute too. Glad you are having fun Walter and Heather!


Jennifer and Maxwell

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Hey Heather and Walter!!

Walter, Your new friend Milton is just too cute!!
Both of you together are a riot!!
So happy to see you up and about playing and making new friends!!

Loves, Josie Izzy Anakin

agent99 said...

Hey Wally my traveling friend! Boy, does that guy have short legs!

Thanks for the support for the hooomans wedding. We were afraid she'd spend our kibble $$ on frou-frou dresses and stuff!
It's great to hear from you - we miss you and your funny stories!

Don't be a stranger!

Gen & the Foo

Puglette said...

your little friend is so cute. i just love corgi pants, the fluffy bits on their hind legs. glad to hear you keep making progress!

The Devil Dog said...

Milton sure is cute. Why are you staying home only a short time. Are you going to be doing a bunch of fun traveling? Or just traveling?


Wilma said...

That is one cute corgie! I love those short legs.
The blog should be called Walters miracle mom. It was a miricle you came into his life. Glad to hear he keeps improving.

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Wow, so much going on! A cute new friend. And a possible trip to England? The longest flight I took with a pugger was with El Guapo to Hawaii. He slept in my lap the entire time.

Give Walter lots of kisses for us!
Shannon and the Gang

Winston (smilingpug) said...

England eh? Wow, maybe Walter will get the chance to tea with the royal family while he is in England.

BRUTUS said...

Wow - Wally goes international? That surely is news! We don't know how you do it, Heather, you are one dedicated momma! You certainly have pleny to write about after all your journeys, trials, heartbreaks & joys with Walter!

Michelle & Brutus

Yoda & Brutus said...

That photo of Milton and Wally is adorable!

Wally is an inspiration - we are so glad that he continue to show improvement :)

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Anonymous said...

Oooh just saw the updated ppost! How fun! I can't believe how far Walter has come.

And I definitely can't wait to find out more about your trip to Europe with him!

Freya's Human said...

Hi Heather and Walter! I'm so glad Walter is starting to walk properly. And OmG the corgi Milton is too cute! Makes me think of Freya as a baby.