I worked O.J today for the first time since his operation two and a half weeks ago. I didn’t want to overdo things, but he seemed in good form and had no objections to having his harness put back on.
Since his vet check-up last Friday, I’ve just been taking O.J for short 10-15 minute walks on his lead. Its great because he can walk a regular route around the beach and guide me, even though he has no harness on. He seemed tired at first when we were almost home, but by the beginning of this week I knew he was bored and wanted to get back to work again.
I got a lift to work on Tuesday but had to use the cane when I got off the bus yesterday. I haven’t used it in over three years, and even though I only had to walk three minutes, it was horrible. There’s an entrance into a car park just before the footpath and row of buildings where our office is. O.J always goes to the extreme left when we come to the entrance, and usually has to go right a bit to get us on to the footpath. He goes so much to the left that it almost annoys me. Pity I didn’t follow his example and do the same, because I missed the footpath and walked straight past. When I turned round to correct myself, the postman came over to see if I was okay and to ask where the dog was. We chatted for a while and he was going to the same building so I knew I was in the right place. He said he sees me every day but that the dog is so quick and confident when he’s working that he doesn’t want to interrupt.
O.J didn’t seem to mind being away from me at all until I started back at work. He refused to get into his bed in the morning when I was leaving. As if I didn’t feel guilty enough!
Today my aunt and I took my baby nephew for a walk from her house to town. We bought a few things and went for lunch. O.J was very alert and wasn’t distracted by the pram. I’ll just gradually lengthen his routes each day now until we’re back to normal.
He has lost a bit of weight in the last couple of weeks, and his appetite has just about returned to normal. He’s not exactly wolfing his food down proper lab style, but as long as it goes in and comes out the way its supposed to, I don’t care! One of the dogs did get sick earlier, and since they are both hyper and it was only a small bit, I’m not sure who it was.
My nephews are looking forward to helping me to bath O.J during the weekend. His coat is very lifeless and he’s shedding a lot of extra hair.
He has recovered well for all he has been through, and I’m very glad. Any operation is a big risk, but I think it was worth it in O.J’s case. Hopefully I will have a much happier and healthier dog from now on.