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How my Suzy is getting along 3 months after surgery 
Jul. 6, 2010 7:35 am 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2010 8:05 am
Three months ago my black lab, Suzy, had surgery to repair her torn ligament.  For anyone who reads my blogs, I wrote all about it back in March and April.  Today marks an important milestone in her recovery - she gets to come out of her crate!!  WooHoo!!  Suzy has been confined 24/7 to being on a leash or being in her crate.  We set up a 4x4 pen in the livingroom so she would have a little more space to move around in.  Suzy will be two years old in October, so she is still a pup with lots of energy.  It has been really tough keeping her quiet so her leg could heal.

My son and husband are duck hunters and Suzy has been trained to retrieve their ducks and geese.  Well, guess I should say they were in the middle of training Suzy when she tore her ligament and all training came to a halt. I say this just so you can get an idea of the kind of shape Suzy was in and how active she is.  If you've never had a labrador retriever, I'll just say they are very active dogs that require a lot of exercise.  Our 12 year old chocolate lab, Missy, can still go all day.  She's a little slower, but she still has the stamina.  And, Suzy was/is a crazy wild thing, so keeping her quiet has been a real chore!

The first month after surgery we were allowed to walk her no more than 1/4 mile a day.  We gradually increased that and we are now walking two miles a day.  Her rehab has also been good for me.  I have been wanting to start an exercise program but just didn't have the motivation to get started and stick with it - Suzy has forced me to walk every day.    She has been swimming once and loved it.  I could see her "grinning" the whole time she was in the water!  We will be taking her back for more, probably this week.

When she had her surgery, we were cautioned that she may not fully recover and we may have to be content with a very nice pet, and if a hunting dog was necessary we'd have to think about getting another dog.  We had that in mind, but weren't sure about whether we'd get one right away or not - three labs would be a lot of dog.  Missy is in good shape, but she was retired this year from her hunting duties.  At her last check-up, the vet has predicted that Suzy will recover 100% and be able to go back to what she has been trained for.

This morning after her two mile walk we came home and instead of me keeping the leash on her and putting her in the pen, I slipped her collar off as soon as we got in the door.  The look on her face was mixed - she was excited to be "free", yet unsure if she should leave my side.  Suzy is "plopped" on the cool tile floor happily dreaming of swimming out to retrieve her "boys" ducks.
Suzy doing what she loves best!
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Jul. 6, 2010 7:59 am
Nursing a pet back from major injury takes more than many can/will give. Good job! What a happy ending.
Jul. 6, 2010 8:22 am
Glad she is recouperated! That is horrible to have to keep them confined that way. I have 2 labs, one mellow and one mixed one that is the 'energizer bunny'!
Jul. 6, 2010 8:33 am
One of our Shepards has a torn ligament that happened probably 2 months ago now. The vet told us that we could have the couple thousand dollar surgery or not worry about it. Since she is not a show dog he recommened just letting it go. She is getting along fine now and has more of a hoping run than a full out trot now but it fits her personallity better, she is goofy anyway. Glad to know Suzy's turned out well, sounds like she will be ready to bound out for thoes ducks this fall.
Jul. 6, 2010 8:54 am
So nice to see that she's "free" again. I hope she continues to heal and gets back to her job soon!
Jul. 6, 2010 9:16 am
Hooray! I bet she will have sweet doggy dreams today :)
Jul. 6, 2010 9:20 am
That's wonderful news! I bet she is one happy puppy!!
Jul. 6, 2010 9:25 am
(hugs) I love warm fuzzy pet stories. give Suzy a hug for me!
Jul. 6, 2010 9:48 am
Linda, I really think it was harder on us humans than her. Of course the cats would "taunt" her as they went by the pen, but I can see already they are regretting doing that - she knips at their rear-ends every time they've gone thru the livingroom since she's been free today. LOL! She still has to be on a leash outside for another month, and in October she will have no restrictions. But, yes, she is indeed one happy pooch today!
Jul. 6, 2010 9:55 am
Aaaaw - that was so sweet. I can actually see the look on her face. Congrats on the rehab - I know it was difficult on you.
Jul. 6, 2010 10:33 am
You did well for Suzy, Mother Ann!
Jul. 6, 2010 11:40 am
What a nice story. I just put down a German Shepherd last week. She was nearly 17 years old and it was devastating to our family - so I know the pain from which you speak. You're right about the three dog household.. having three dogs adds a very odd element to your pack and as much as I love(d) all three of mine, having two is much more of a natural balance. If I had known that adding a third would impact them as it did, I probably would not have done it. I would make sure that Suzie and Missy are both on chondroitin/MSM supplements and/or you look into "bone soup" for them. It definitely helps with an aging dog or working dogs that need join support. Good luck to you.
Jul. 6, 2010 2:21 pm
BellesAZ, I'm so sorry to hear about your Shepherd. We've only had to put one dog down, the others in my life have died of old age, at home in the night. Putting our golden retriever down was one of the hardest things I've ever done! Missy & Suzy's food has chondroitin in it and Missy takes the supplements as well now.
Jul. 6, 2010 3:29 pm
MotherAnn.. awww, losing them is so hard. The sorrow goes deep down. Someone asked me if I'd get another one.. "Ummm... yes!" You're not alive until you've laughed with a dog - and cried over one too. Check with your vet on the chondroitin content in the food.. it's usually not enough and doesn't digest correctly in order to really work. It's kind of a gimmick many dog food people advertise to get you to buy their food. I've used both Synovi G3 for horses and dogs and it works well.. it isn't cheap, but it has worked miracles for aging animals. Good luck with Suzy.. she will come through it all just fine. It must be a relief for you to have her at least back on the right track!
Jul. 6, 2010 8:36 pm
I so happy for your baby. Tell her happy hunting for me. Mag
Jul. 7, 2010 6:55 am
So glad she's 100% now! Tell "woof woof" from the boxer Prue who's been routing for her !!!
Jul. 7, 2010 7:12 am
Thanks for all your well-wishes, everyone! Suzy had a great day "Free" yesterday and today is a special treat; her "cousin" Maggie the cocker spaniel turns a year old so we are celebrating at local ice cream shop that has bow-wow sundaes. The dogs get a very small amt. of vanilla ice cream (about 1/4 cup) and a dog bone on top. Us humans, of course, will have a much larger serving of ice cream! LOL
Jul. 7, 2010 8:05 am
What we do for our pets.........they pay us back with unconditional love. Healthy life Miss Suzy.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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