Welcome to Mickey's blog, a blog about a dog who has been there for me and made me smile even when I thought I couldn't any more. A dog who was sent to me by a loving God who knew I needed him as much as he needed me.

Mickey's story is much like other adopted dog's stories. Left at a kill shelter at only six months because his owners didn't want him any more. He waited and waited, but because of his age and because of his energy level he was never taken home and so awaited his death. But Mickey was one of the lucky ones, the rare few who are rescued by those non-kill shelters to be given more time to find their forever home. After waiting patiently for over a year, we finally found each other at a Petco in Austin.

Five years later, Mickey is my companion, best friend and and athlete. With elite and master titles in multiple Agility venues, he competes all over the state, traveling from hotel to hotel. Not only that, he's a Canine Good Citizen and loved by everyone who meets him.

Unfortunately, the unthinkable has happened. And though its fairly common in working, athletic dogs, I was devastated and distraught. Mickey was diagnosed with an ACL tear/rupture on April 3rd 2009 and after a long weekend of research and studying the procedure, he was admitted into Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital for a much needed TPLO surgery by Dr. Kerpsack.

*I'm not a vet and and in no way am I liable for any information on this blog. Please contact your local vet for information on medications or treatments.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Day Nineteen


I admit, it's been hard for me to get Mickey the amount of attention he needs and keep him on a regular schedule. It's turned out to be a lot more time consuming that I originally thought! But I'm okay with that. Whatever it takes. This week will be much much easier. I'll be home most of the week because my family is leaving town and it will just be me and the animals at home. Which will be beyond nice. I need a break from stress. And Mickey needs a break from boredom.

Mickey is doing great, here is a short (I apologize for the bad quality) video of him doing "ROM" stretches (Range Of Motion). He doesn't seem to be affected by them much. Every once in awhile he'll flinch or pull away really quick. I just try and take it very slowly and very calmly.

Good news! Mickey's new physical therapist is coming tomorrow! She's a traveling therapist that was recommended by my agility trainer. I'm really excited, she seems perfect and exactly what I was looking for. I explained to her my frustration with the other therapist and she totally understood and explained how that was frustrating to her as well and her profession. She's worked in the horse world too, and so she knew what I was talking about when I was trying to explain how frustrating the difference was between horse care/recovery/medical and small animal care/recovery/medical. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting the video. Looks like he is doing really well in it.


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