Thursday Barks & Bytes & Thoughtless Thursday
For the past day I have been moping. I had some unfortunate news yesterday and it just kind of snowballed. Sigh. I know there are so many folks with much bigger problems in the world but I am a firm believer in feeling through what you need to feel through, so I spent yesterday feeling sorry and sad.
For a few months I’d noticed Cairo had been limping. This–though alarming–is not always an indicator of something horribly awry, so I checked her foot pads, monitored her activity and diet closely, had her in to the vet (my first thought was pano) and we cautiously watched her since she is still a puppy and they do go through growing spurts where they can be a little limpy.
Well, it didn’t improve much.
We made an appointment with a specialist and they told me what I pretty much already knew–she has OCD. OCD is a joint disease to which large and giant breeds are predisposed. This article explains it pretty clearly. In a nutshell she needs surgery and is no longer a show or breeding prospect. Being that she was a replacement for another dog that didn’t work out and the fact that she is such a pretty girl just added to the heartbreak. It happens, but it is no less devastating a diagnosis. I am not a wealthy person and my first few forays into importing stock for my program have not been easy.
The good news is that with surgery Cairo can have a normal, pain-free life although she will be at risk for arthritic issues later in life. Aren’t we all, though? She will be able to jump and play and hike and be a normal dog. So it is truly not a devastating diagnosis from a standpoint of her life, which really is the important thing anyway. I adore that hurricane of a puppy, so she will most likely stay with us and be an obedience and therapy dog. She definitely has the temperament and working ability to excel at both.
Having just arrived at the Specialty Center
Looking out the window
Yet as we sat there in the lovely exam room with colorful walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, I just felt sad. I’d carefully chosen the breeder I had based on what I wanted to bring to my program. Seeing these things in Cairo and losing them, well, it stinks. Oh well. Like I said, I moped yesterday and today is a new day. I scheduled Cairo’s surgery and she will be able to be a happy, healthy family dog for the rest of her days.
Now for the second sucky part.
The surgery is not cheap and I’m trying to save for several upcoming trips, so one of them had to be eliminated to pay for Cairo’s surgery. That trip ended up being the family trip to California this summer. Suck, suck, suck. The kids and I were so looking forward. The last family vacation we took was about 4 years ago and the oldest boy is nearing the end of high school. I really wanted to tour some college campuses in San Francisco with him, plus just generally share a place that is very special to my heart with the kids. Bummer. If I can make a miracle happen I will, but with all that is coming up, it is not likely. I’m not one to give in until defeat is on top of me, and even then I still try to make a way, so perhaps we can do something closer to home and less expensive. Maybe we can do the Tennessee hiking excursion? A camping trip to the mountains? I don’t know. I will see what I can pull off, but with everything else we have on our plate right now, it may have to just be what it is. Disappointment is a part of life, and that is a good lesson for the kids.
Cairo needs surgery. It is what it is. There’s no way I could take a trip and not fix Cairo’s shoulder. I mean, look at this face:
Sweet puppy girl, 9 mos old
We are happy to take part in two of our favorite blog hops today! Click on the above links to be taken to Thursday Barks & Bytes, hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like A Dog, and the Thoughtless Thursday blog hop hosted by Ruckus The Eskie and co-host Love Is Being Owned By A Husky.
For those of you who are new to blog hopping, it is SOOO much fun! You get to meet many like-minded animal lovers and read their blogs. Don’t forget to leave a comment, like a post, and if you have your own blog, link up so that we can visit your blog, too!