I just got back from UW getting Willie measured for his Hobbles, designed to restrict his shoulder movement after his surgery for his ripped up bicepital tendon. I’m not positive that it looks exactly like this, but the photos on this link from DogLeggs are a close replicate. We also worked through some pre-surgical PT, including teaching him to balance on an exercise ball. He seemed to think it was great fun.. photos to come as soon as we can get them.
I’m curious: Has anyone out there used a similar kind of ‘hobble’ after surgery on their dog? Would love to hear your experiences.
Today’s post will be short, you’ll understand why as you continue to read.
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: It’s a beautiful, sunny spring day outside, but it’s been a challenge to enjoy it. Many of you have thoughtfully asked how Jim’s sister is doing, and so I felt it was best to say right away that Barbara passed away last night, age 57, of ovarian cancer. Her last two weeks especially were a challenge for all the family, and it is a blessing that she is now at peace. Off you go, Xena warrior girl, time to rest now that the long battle is over.
I should mention that I regret not being more active responding to comments on the last posts: I have read everything that has been written but been unable to comment due to the need to help Jim and his family. But thank you all so much for such an interesting discussion.
I’m sorry also to report that Willie, after looking great for 2 days on Panacur, has diarrhea again. One of my ewes, Brittany Spears, is very ill, and me and the vet are doing all we can to save her and her 2 three week old lambs. Life on the farm . . . what can I say?
Here’s a photo I took last night. I had moved the flock into a pasture they’ve been out of all winter (after worming them to try to fight a nasty worm that is resistant to medicine now), and the sky was so pretty I ran back down the hill to get a photo. (The sick ewe is the one on the far right.) A good time to savor the beauty of life.