Upon returning from vacation last Saturday evening, I learned of my beloved “Doodle” dog’s injury. Opening the door to plop overstuffed bags down on my entry tile floor, a familiar howl of excitement greeted me. There he was! A fluffy white head cocked to the side as if to say, “Where have you been? “Why did you leave me?”
Doodles did not jump upon my leg in order to be petted or picked-up as expected …a telltale sign. Instead, dark eyes stared wide and open, misty even…pleading in puppy-dog communication. His nose, normally jet black and moist to the touch appeared coca-brown, uneven in color. Bending down for a kiss, it felt warm and slightly rough upon my lips gentle brush. A few seconds later, Doodles limped away from me.
It was midnight, what could I do? Doodles lay upon my bed the whole night through. A few hours later, the first appointment available was made at the vet for 10:00 pm. There was nothing to be done except to make him as comfortable as possible and wait. Sunday near midnight, I learned of the extent of Doodles injury. In fairness to our pet sitter, she texted me earlier in the week to let me know that he had been running when suddenly he stopped with a short yelp. Afterwards, he started limping. It wasn’t her fault and she certainly didn’t know how serious it was. Accidents happen.
My dog-baby has completely torn most of the ligaments in his left-rear leg and blown his ACL. I’d like to believe otherwise, but most likely he will need surgery. An appointment is made to see a specialist and surgeon early next week. Until then, he’s on medication, sleeping on a fuzzy fleece bed to the side of my half-moon desk.
Normally, I take this kind of news in stride except Doodles has already had two surgeries on a different leg at two different times for the same reason. Two surgeries, two months of rehab (each), lots of $$$$ with a tremendous risk, a lot of pain, and no guarantees…ever. I’m used to living with “Chronic Conditions,” but my “Doodle” dog? Ironic it is and yet….not so much. So, here I go again, what to do?
Doodles is a member of my family. He rises with me in the dawn of morn to sit beneath my desk until the dusk of night. He follows behind me trotting to the coffee pot, not caring if my bathrobe is scraggly or that my hair isn’t combed. He cherishes a ride in my convertible and loves to feel wind whisper fluffy white fur atop his cotton candy head. Glancing at him in side view mirrors, a smile spreads across my face to see such euphoria. Each passing car toots a horn at the sight of such pooch delight!
During each and every day, Doodles sits upon my lap to watch fingers tap letters from black keys, cocking his head in wonder as they move up and down. Sometimes a fresh groomed paw will push them away, stopping the flow. When it does, I scoop him up.
With a furry body of four long legs together with tender paws, we seek an adventure in the out of doors. Together, we breathe fresh air deep into our lungs while feeling the warmth of the sun. He stops to sniff hidden scents under dark green shrubbery along chipped sidewalk paths of poured cement while walking on a leash, frayed and painted in our team of “Cardinal” red. Happy, he is.
That’s all I want for my “Doodle” dog. Happiness…and to live and walk again without an ounce of pain.