Monday, August 2, 2010

It's Actually Happening...

Before... On our way to the vet this morning.

Blissfully unaware he was about to be neutered.

Home sweet home!! Sans an item or three... ;-)
After... Notice anything different??? Yes that's just a bandage on his leg he's finally hardware free!!! I am still processing it all, but as you can imagine, I'm SO thankful and relieved!! The neutering and the pin removal went off without any problems. Dr. Mary, vet extrodinaire, said she actually had to really concentrate to find the break on the x-rays his bone looked so good. The next two weeks we'll have to work [hard] to keep Leo more low-key as now the wounds and bone have to heal from having the pins in. As long as he doesn't do anything too stupid (yes, we have a bit of a challenge ahead!) he can go back to being a normal, bouncy, playful, and [most importantly] healthy puppy.

Two weeks. I can actually say there is an end to all of this, I am actually beginning to believe that we are almost done. I haven't been able to think about the end for so long because I had to focus on keeping Leo from injuring himself and mainting his hardware to prevent infection. All of that is paying off now and I am starting to breathe again. Yes, Leo is a dog and I know some people would think it strange I spent so much energy on his recovery. To be honest, if it had been even my roomie's dog with the pins in I would've done the same thing. However, factor in that Leo is going to help someone someday in a way that I cannot comprehend and my sense of responsibility was heightened. I believe that I owe it to Leo's future partner to do everything in my power to ensure Leo will recover and come back 100 percent from this injury. Because if it were me needing a service dog I would hope that my service dog was given the best care in the world. I couldn't in good conscience allow Leo's leg to not recieve the best care that I could dish out. And so I gave Leo's recovery every ounce of enegery I could spare, sometimes to my detriment, but, the importance of what his recovery means for his future partner always won out.
I have no regrets at all. Though I think I should've taken a chill pill or two during this process. Would've smoothed a bump or two [or ten] over for me. ;-) Here's to two more weeks!


Sarah said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful recovery! Awesome!

Habebi said...

Sarah- Thank you!! Sooooooo happy and I can actually feel knots in my chest beginning to release. What a good feeling this is!

Sara Louise said...

We are so happy for you here!! And I showed he picture to Fifty of his healed friend in Oklahoma :-)

Caitie said...

"Sans an item or three" hahaha, so funny! Honestly, you are so strong for dealing with his injury by putting it into perspective how your constant attention will help Leo's future partner. Raising a service dog seems like one of the most selfless things I've heard about. Congratulations to you for doing such a great job!

Habebi said...

Sara Louise- Merci!! I hope you and Fifty are doing well! Thanks for all your support and good vibes! They made all the difference in the world for us. :-)

Habebi said...

Caitie- You are so sweet! Thank you for the kind words. Being a puppy raiser has been intense, more so because of Leo's injury. However, I think it will be so worth it in the end as I'm doing something that will really change someone's life someday and that thought is what keeps me going even when things get rough.