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, May 3, 2009

Day Twenty Six


We're almost to four weeks, almost to thirty days, almost to one month! I really want to get my hands on a new set of x-rays. I'm dying to see how its healing, but I know only four weeks isn't going to show us everything we want to know, and it would be a waste of money. When I know that physically he is doing really well and recovering fast. I'll just have to wait until to week six. So sad.

Everything has been going really smoothly, really nothing to report. Right now Mickey's schedule looks a little something like this.

Morning -
  • 10 minute walk
  • Breakfast
  • Icing
Mid Day -
  • 5 minute walk
  • Play time (fun safe games)
Night -
  • 10 minute walk
  • Dinner
  • ROM Flexing
  • Massage
  • Icing

Mickey's diet looks like this now, with all the supplements and then his staple food. Since he's been out of work I've had some trouble keeping his weight down. When he's training and competing I have a really hard keeping weight on, but now its the opposite! And I know that any extra weight will put unnecessary strain on that leg.
  • Nature's Variety Raw Instinct Dry, Canned & Raw Dog Food
  • Glyco-Flex III
  • Salmon Oil Capsules
  • Comfrey, Devil's Claw & Slippery Elm Herbal "clumps"
  • The occasional "greenie" or snack treat for times he's alone
Here are some cute pictures I have Mickey in his days of "patrolling" the barn before he had to be crated or leashed... enjoy!


  1. He's sooo cute and looks so proud : )
    He will be back to that in no time!

  2. Adele, are you having the x-rays done 6 week post op? My vet told me to wait at least 8 weeks or we might have to do two. I too cannot wait for seeing the progress visually! I'm counting days and weeks so inpatientely.

  3. I don't know, I set an appointment for 6 weeks, that's what they told me. I'll call back and make sure they wanted them at six weeks. :)


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