May 15, 2011

White Dog slept later...and sounder...than usual. We took this to be a good sign, a bit of relief from stress, and time to just let her body work its own healing magic. There have been no recurrences of the limp or foot dragging but my girl has hidden out most of the day avoiding all. Following the ER vet's advice we have let WD have her space and the rest of the White Dog Army has worked very hard to create an environment of calm and tenderness.

We spent the day together, just us, and took lots of time to sit together (as much as was prudent given the situation) peaceably. Steve welcomed the bevy of supervisors as he did paperwork and I enjoyed a team effort in preparing for Michael's upcoming graduation party. Life stuff...nothing truly exciting...yet in its own steadfastness reaffirming to all.

When we went out in the late afternoon to run errands, we took White Dog with us for some special time. She was not really interested in walking at the little Park but humored Steve. The treat of pistachio ice cream made her smile a bit. When we got home, WD retreated once again to her private space behind the chair.

More and more we think that yesterday's limping episode was a manifestation of the incredible pressure WD feels as leader of The White Dog Army to keep everything running smoothly. She has been asked to adapted to not just Puff's condition and its effect on every member of the household but also to YoYoMa coming to join us and Steve's changing schedule/routine with his new job...and let's not forget Michael's ups and downs about the idea of making a major step forward in his life (graduation and a new community integration program). Through it all my girl has been a trooper but perhaps a snap or a snarl or just a plain old hissy fit would be good for stress relief.

The ERV faxed its report to Dr. Julia and I will talk with her first thing on Monday. She knows White Dog intimately and her history and will have some worthwhile insight. Our vet also knows WD's fear of the office so will, I am guessing, not subject her to any additional stress if it seems unnecessary. She will insist on doing whatever is necessary to insure our girl's health is not compromised.

The entire White Dog Army and especially myself, thank everyone for your positive thoughts and kind encouraging words throughout this entire adventure from YoYoMa's arrival through White Dog's scare. It HAS been a lot to deal with but we are confident that with friends at our side we will come through this a better pack and family for the experience. You give us strength and clarity and perspective...and most important, love.

For now all I can do is gather each of the white dogs into my arms and whisper, "As of today we are past the halfway point; it gets better from here." And to White Dog, I add a special hug and cry a little into her fur for the pain she has felt, "Thank you, Little One, I love you."


TwoSpecialWires said...

And we love her, and all of you, too.

Take very special care. Know we are here, even in our absence.

Jake and Fergi and Family

Teddy Bear said...

We are so glad Siku got lots of rest today.:) We hope tomorrow's visit with Dr. Julia goes well.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Ginger Jasper said...

Although we have never met in person it seems as though we know you all and feel so much the pain that is going on. I know that with your love and support Siku will come through this stressful time, she has gone from an only child to having siblings and she is the leader of her little pack. I am sure with your love and guidence she will settle back again and become her usual bubbly self. I and mum and dad send love and hugs your way. GJ x

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You are just such an incredible family - abounding in love all around. We hope your vet will be able to reassure you that all is or will be well with White Dog. We also hope the week is a bit more peaceful for all.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Mack said...

Hope all went well at the vet's today!!

Brian said...

Love and purrs to all the WD family and we hope all is well!

bbes tribe said...

Hope things improve soon. We will keep our paws crossed for you all.

Kari in WeHo said...

Glad to hear she got some rest


pam said...

We don't know why but this post made mommy all leaky and she kept hugging us and whispering into our furs too. Her does that a lot when her gets leaky.

Bobo and Meja

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

Seems like you pups have been doing a lot of adjusting and been through a lot of ups and downs. You are emerging as a strong group of pups, and the bond between you will be unbreakable. Keep up the great work, and when you feel stressed or upset, just let it out. Then have some duck jerky. :->

Siku Marie, I am sad to read about your limping. I hope you heal quickly! My thoughts are with you! I was very pleased to see you were able to spend some one-on-one time with your mom. Love heals all! :->


Amber DaWeenie said...

We sures luv all of you guys. Paws continue to be crossed and good vibes and Florida sunshine is on da way.

ForPetsSake said...

What a lovely post. Sometimes just being together as a pack creates that strength. That one-ness. What a great pack you have!