Monday, June 4, 2012

A Big Turn Around in Six Months

It's hard to believe that six months ago today we were unsure if Luna would still be in our lives.  You are probably tired of hearing me say how amazing her recovery has been, but it's true!  She has come so far and her quality of life is fantastic.

Here is a list of Luna's accomplishments since her accident in December:
  1. She has relearned how to walk, trot, and run.
  2. She has relearned how to navigate stairs and hard floors.
  3. She has learned how to walk on a treadmill underwater and balance on a yoga ball. 
  4. She has learned how to play.
  5. She has successfully completed a basic obedience class.
  6. She has been certified as a therapy dog.
  7. She has helped me teach 4-H members about dog physical therapy.
  8. She has learned how to bark and has shown more of her personality.
  9. She has become more independent.
  10. She has strengthened her bond with Mike and me.
Whenever I share her story, people are amazed by Mike and my commitment to Luna during that rocky first month.  I always credit the people who supported us through that time.  Without the help of our family, friends, and internet cheerleaders, I'm not sure we would have been so successful.  Luna's story is a success because of the many people who supported her every step of the way.  Thank you.
First day home.

Plenty of soft items to catch a "mobile" dog.
Harness to help her get up.
First time on the yoga peanut.

First time in the underwater treadmill.

The living room during her toddling stage.
Getting the hang of physical therapy.

Walking on her own in the tank.
Enjoying walks again.
Enjoying the park again.

Enjoying life in the Garden State.

4 comments:

What Remains Now said...

What an incredible recovery. Way to go, Luna! and way to go, you and Mike!

gyeong said...

What awesome progress. Her story will be an inspiration to others.

Sue said...

Wonderful:)

Auntie M said...

Has it been 6 months already? You know, I just don't want to do LGRA events anymore. Not since that day.
I'm just so glad that Luna has come back as far as she has.
She's always welcomed at Auntie M's house.