It has been 11 days since our eight-year-old shepherd, Chesney, suddenly lost the use of her back legs. It has been eight days since she was supposed to be walking again. I would like nothing more than to share good news of her progress.
I would like to tell you that her supplements, acupuncture, massage, laser treatments and healing music were doing the trick. But alas, I have nothing new to report. Nothing has changed over the course of the last 11 days – aside from us learning to live with what is apparently our new normal.
There was one day last week that gave me a glimmer of hope – her tail moved a bit, and her back feet curled on my hand when I was working her legs. But then it went away the next day and hasn’t returned. She can still pull her tail close to her body (but can’t wag) and she still will pull her legs away if I tickle her toes. This isn’t new – it’s been what she can do since the day that whatever happened…happened.
This is tough – when our 13 year old shepherd (Lily) went down several years ago, we knew what to do. She went to the vet and was kindly released from her failed body. We knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that our old girl was ready to go – she told us with her eyes. This is different – Chesney is only eight and aside from zero use of her hind end, she is in good health. There was no slowly declining health…there was nothing to give us an inclining that something was amiss – nothing.
We will continue to do this as long as Chesney tells us that she wants us to – the day that she tells us no more, then we stop. In the meantime, I am hoping that my own back holds up – it has never been great, and this is taxing my abilities to the extreme. Every night I fall into bed in pain – each morning I wake up the same way. Caring for a paralyzed dog is no joke – my hat is off to each and every one of you who has been through (or is currently going through) the same situation. It. Is.Hard.
Thank you for continuing to send Chesney your positive, healing thoughts – I have lost hope that she will get better, but we will continue doing what we are doing for as long as we can.
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