Thursday, April 2, 2015
If you’d asked me two months ago if I thought our dachshund Dottie would ever walk again after losing function in her hindquarters, I would have told you no.
Good news: I was wrong.
She’s been back on her feet walking for the past week and a half. She’s slow, she sometimes slips, most of the time walks like she’s a little bit drunk, but she is indeed walking.
She’s not out of the woods yet – we have to keep watching her closely to make sure she doesn’t re-injure herself, and that means carrying her up and down stairs, avoiding jumping, and doing what we can to make sure her desire to move doesn’t extend past her abilities.
We may still buy her a wheelchair for walkies, but at this time we’re holding off on that, hoping that her brief forays into the back yard and short walks through the house will be enough to keep her happy as she continues to heal. We don’t want the chair to become a crutch that slows down any further progress.