When I think about the many pets I’ve had over the years, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how thankful I am to my parents for their example of what it means to care for a pet. As a child, I remember when we had three cats, one dog, four rabbits, and a parakeet – all at the same time! There were sundry goldfish and a couple of hamsters that made their way through, too
In the middle of a hot summer night, I heard one of our cats, Blackie, being mauled. It was a horrible sound. My parents rushed him to the vet who did everything he could over the course of a couple of days, but Blackie didn’t make it. Blackie gave his life so my young cat, Radar, could escape and live.
As Radar aged, he developed kidney issues. Working with the vet, my parents and I did whatever we could to make Radar comfortable, but then the day came when there wasn’t anything more that could be done. It was a very sad day.
There were other sad times, but they weren’t without trying to give our pets a fighting chance. Those childhood memories helped form how I cared for my pets – with love and compassion, doing what was necessary to help improve quality of life for one of God’s creatures; one that had been entrusted to my care.
So, too, with Kona. She’s such a joy! Actually, she’s the smartest dog I have EVER had. Today’s adventures showed us how resilient our sweetness is.
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Kona graduated today to the next phase of her home physical therapy – from ice to heat. She seems to like the change. Her PT consists of range of motion exercises to help with muscle memory and bone growth. While we follow a schedule, Kona – on her own – is putting herself through her range of motion exercises. She doesn’t even realize she’s doing it – or does she? Hmmm……
Another pawsitive today is her getting up to let us know she has to go out. It’s encouraging to see her beginning to get back to her old schedule. Now, if she will only be as cooperative tomorrow with all of the rain that’s heading our way. She HATES steady rain. If it’s light, she’s okay, but anything more than that…she gives us that “you’re joking, right?!” look.
Her leg doesn’t appear to be as swollen as it did yesterday, and the incision site appears to be improving as well. Kona even came out to the kitchen this evening while I was cooking supper. She didn’t stay long, but she came to check things out.
Tonight’s challenge, as it has been each night is the wimple – aka: E-collar. Since we’ve been close by her throughout the day, she hasn’t had to wear the “cone of shame” except for at night.
Each day we are one step closer in her full recovery. I know…it’s still early…but anyone who knows me knows that patience isn’t my strong suit. I have no doubt that God has provided me this opportunity to help me grow closer to Him. For that, I remain thankful for the gift of Kona.