If you ever find yourself caring for a paralyzed dog, prepare to embrace patience. I am starting to believe that Chesney’s paralysis is a life lesson that I am supposed to learn – I admit, I have never been a patient person, but I have to be now.
Chesney needs someone to hold her water bowl and food dish – otherwise it pushes away from her and she can’t reach it. My husband, I have learned, has less patience than me because if she doesn’t immediately drink her water, he gives up and says that she isn’t thirsty enough for him to try again.
I have to be patient for the morning “poo” from Chesney – this one is an art. Watching the time and her body language and knowing when to head outside. Unfortunately, she likes to pee, and then pull back towards our house (I am certain it is because she is obsessed with our daughter, Lauren, and wants to get back to her as soon as possible) before she has pooped.
This morning I walked her to the yard (with the towel sling) and she peed – she tried to pull immediately back to the slider to come inside – I redirected her for a longer walk around the yard. After no poo, she again pulled back to the slider. I let her sit down on the patio while I ran inside to get a collar to put on her so that I can direct her more effectively (rather than the towel on her rear end) and when I get back to her (20 seconds later) I see that she has pooped while sitting on the patio.
Why does she pull to get inside when she has to poop? Frustrating to me – though I am grateful that the poop was outside and not on her bed. Patience I tell myself, patience.
Though I am happy that she has made some progress with moving her legs, I want to share a video that I watched a few days ago. This K9 is taking his last walk into a veterinary clinic to be euthanized because of his failing body. The dog being put down is at the stage that Chesney has progressed to.
It’s a reality check – I actually saw the video shortly after writing about my happiness that she could take three weak and stumbling steps. I realized that she is still FAR from where she needs to be. Patience…I need to be patient to get through this time with her.
I truly hope that Chesney gains some mobility with her back legs – I am trying to be patient, truly I am.
Last article written about Chesney and her progress here.
Yesterday: Easy bone broth – a tasty supplement to your dog’s diet. More here.
More: Woman accused of leaving horses and dogs to starve to death identified – more here.
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