Dr. Salava told us for the second week, while the boxer healed, Val didn’t have to have her leg tied up, but we had to keep her from exercising.
I asked him, “Really? Do you know how hard it is to keep that dog from exercising?”
He said, “I know, just do your best.”
The first couple of days weren’t too difficult because between the cold, the snow and her comfy spot on the couch, Val didn’t want to move much at all. Even when we put her outside to relieve herself, if she started to run, all it took was a shake of the finger to get her to stop.
But over the weekend, we went to the farm, and that was torture for the boxer, who wanted nothing more than to run around with the rest of the dogs and chase the cows and anything else that moved.
She didn’t like that we forced her to stay inside all weekend. She let us know by going to the door and whining.
She did slip out a couple of times. The first time one of my relatives ( I promised not to say who) went peeling and slipped in the snow. It turns out she can move pretty quickly on three legs. The only reason he caught her is because she came back to see if he was okay and to lick his face.
The second time she got out was Saturday evening, and she had apparently been out for awhile, for she slipped out and we didn’t realize it. Mom realized she was nowhere around and wasn’t even close to the house. When she finally came in, she came in with a wagging tail, like she knew she wasn’t supposed to be out.
On Sunday she got out to chase a cow and we noticed she was running on all four legs. She was easier to catch that time.
She’s still limping a little, but I suspect it’s mostly for show. She’s been getting a lot of extra attention from my son, my parents and the rest of the family.
At the very least it means she’s feeling better. But don’t tell Dr. Salava. She’s not supposed to be exercising.