Midwestern prairies are a sight to behold this time of year. I’ve been enjoying them more than ever because Maggie has to be walked on leash during her rehab, so I’m always looking for new places that are interesting to both of us.
We are lucky to live close to a prairie that is a symphony of color in late summer. I took these photos on a lazy, hazy and not-so-crazy day when Maggie and I went on one of our leash walks..
Here’s Maggie on the path, to give you a sense of the scale of a forest of flowers. Some of the flowers are actually over my head.
These next photos are of bottle gentian, a flower made extra special to me because you don’t see it very often in the wild.
This last one might be my favorite photo of the bunch, even though it is of a lowly thistle. I just love the “bee becomes helicopter” on the top left.
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: Maggie saw specialist Dr. David Edinger last Friday to get a diagnosis of her lame back legs. Films show that both her knees have a small amount of fluid on them, but the drawer test for a cruciate tear was negative. However, her knee angles are steep enough that she is the kind of dog Dr. E says is vulnerable to cruciate tears, and it is possible she has a very small tear in at least one knee.
Of course, there are lots of other tissues in her legs that could be causing her trouble. I have several options, and I’m choosing to take the physical therapy route for a month and go from there. I just can’t bring myself to do even exploratory surgery on a dog who is no longer showing any symptoms. Of course, she’s been restricted to a leash for 3.5 weeks now, but still.
Today we saw the brilliant physical therapist, Courtney Arnoldy, and have a treatment plan established: Two 20 minute leash walks/day, a daily session on the balance board and one other exercise to strengthen her right hind. Actually, I have been through this enough that I got the balance board out already and started Maggie on it last weekend. We’ll go back in two weeks and re-assess.
So…. I have to scratch Maggie out of the WWSDA trial and the one next week at the Jefferson Sheep and Wool Festival. But maybe maybe maybe she’ll be sound by October and can run in the last trial of the season in Cambridge, WI and then go to the Patrick Shannahan clinic a few weeks later. Please cross all your paws. I’d ask you to sacrifice a goat, but that seems a bit harsh. But then, I’m a bit desperate.
I know that so many of you have been through this–don’t hesitate to share your stories. The rest of us are here to listen, learn and sympathize.