As I spoke to all of you in my previous post about the emotional dealings, of when your dog has had their leg removed. But now I'd like to talk to you about the first time you get your Dog to walk, when you are there with your Dog, and it's first day of a new way of life. My Page on Tip's goes into the physical need's and give's you some practical advice, so that your pet's home coming will hopefully, be as stress free and easy as possible.
So if you haven't read that I would suggest you have a look, as it will hopefully give you some idea's to make the transition easier for You and your Pet. Simple thing's like carpeting any slippery floor's, or tip's to prevent your Pet from chewing out the stitches. Have a look at the pages as they may have some idea's that you have not thought of, or maybe you have some tip's of your own that I could add to the list to help other people as well ?
But this Post is about how it feels to have left with 4 legged Dog, and then to return home with a 3 legged one ?
Confusing , Hurtful , Powerless, Empty , Devastating, Heart Breaking , Angry , Scared ............. All of these and any other emotion's that can be either felt or acknowledged are perfectly normal. All these feelings and more are understandable and will be felt at some time during this nightmare time.
BUT you can't show any of these NEGATIVE emotions around your Pet .............. Easy to say and very HARD to Do !!
Faking it is the way to go, and it's the only way to be around your dog !
I want you to realise that your dog does
NOT FEEL ANY OF THESE EMOTION'S !!!
Does this Dog look like she has Emotional Issue's ??
Fizz 2nd Day after her Amputation !!
The first WIN will be the moment your Dog Stand's Up and Stand's Strong !!!
My Fizzle's was Standing one mark for the Good Guy or in my case Good Girl !!
Its all psychological and the Psychologic's is not for your DOG ... It's for YOU !
Sian and Emma kept repeating how they couldn't believe it, they kept saying she's holding herself up and we are carrying No Weight !!!
She looked up at me from her sitting down breather, and I just looked at her and said
I could almost hear the well wishes that must have been flowing through their brain's.
But she was a Lady and Ladies are always polite !!
So instead this 10 Stone though Probably 8 and a half stone Rottweiler as she had her leg removed remember , just looked at me and huffed. Then she gritted her teeth, moved her remaining back leg into a better position and squeaked once as the Elastic Tape covering her Incision was catching on her shaved skin !!
This Bravest of Creature's, My Fat Lump who defied all the odd's.
She pulled herself up and stood there not moving just still, gathered her thoughts and regaining her balance.
We look at each other ..... I turn around and once again we started walking ............
The Firemen started Clapping and Cheering her ..........
( Her own little Cheer Leading Squad !! )
and that's when the tears began to fall down my cheeks.
I gulped back my tears and said " Ok Lets go Home !! "
The Bravest of the Brave ~ My Fizzle's