I think Luna has a case of cabin fever. She was antsy all day and kept asking to go outside. It was freezing outside, but she was happy to go for a walk even without a coat. Mike and I, on the other hand, were not interested in anything but a quick potty break. I was feeling under the weather and just wanted a day of rest.
I'm sure what she needs is a good run to wear herself out, but that is not in the cards right now. I think I will need to take her to my parents' house to give her a change of environment. We might be able to wear her out with some obedience exercises. Until then, I'm looking forward to her next physical therapy session.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Last night was another physical therapy session. Our physical therapist had been away last week so she was seeing Luna after two weeks. She was very impressed with her progress. There is still some wobble in her back end and she needs to improve on her left front, but overall she is progressing very well. Here is Luna in the tank all by herself...
Following the underwater treadmill, the therapist worked Luna on some new equipment. Luna's favorite was the blue dome ball (seen below) which she happily stood on for treats. I'm thinking of purchasing one of these balance balls since it is something she likes and there are plenty of exercises that can be done on it.
I spent some time asking the therapist some big questions regarding Luna's future. One big question I've had is when can she be allowed to run off leash. Since she stumbles when she is distracted (and that happens so easily), the therapist does not recommend her running off leash for about six months. We can start jogging with her and encouraging her to run a very short distance (throw a toy and have her bring it back). Once she is consistent with using all four feet we can start looking at having her run in a small yard by herself. It is going to be a long time before she can run with another dog.
So the good news is Luna is continuing to show great progress and is enjoying her exercises. It's been almost two months since her accident and I could never have imagined she would have made so much progress by this time.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I had the morning off so Luna and I decided to take a nice long stroll around the neighborhood. This was one of our longest walks since her accident and I know she really enjoyed it. She had her tail up, her head held high, and a prancing step.
On our walk we met one of our neighbors who also owns greyhounds. We had met her about a week before Luna's accident, but she had heard about what happened through the neighborhood grapevine. She was very pleased to see Luna doing so well and I know Luna enjoyed visiting with a fellow grey.
We continued our walk to the local pet shop where Luna explored the sights and smells. There was a collection of bouncy balls for dogs that were modeled off of the solar system. Each ball had the planet's name written on it. I was tempted to buy the glow-in-the-dark ball that said "luna" on it, but Luna has not figured out toys yet so I don't think she's ready for novelty toys.
On our way back we stopped to take a picture in front of a local restaurant, "Luna Rosa". It was nice to have Luna out and about.