Sorry about the long silence, but things have just been too hectic to take some time off and write. I did want to give you a quick update on Lucy, though, because so many of you have been asking about her.
Lucy came home Saturday morning from the hospital. She walked out on a leash, her tail all a-wag the moment she saw us. The hospital worker couldn't keep up with her! We were happily surprised because just the previous night, when we'd visited her, she'd looked miserable with red-rimmed eyes. She seemed to be in a lot of pain, which was only natural considering she'd just had a leg removed. When Desi put an arm around her she lay down and actually wailed. It was heartbreaking.
But this time she seemed to know she was going home. The fact that one of her legs was missing seemed not to make a whit of a difference. She hopped into the backseat of the car, and gave us long kisses-- something she's usually too shy to do, but then she wanted to let us know she was happy.
Of course, there's a lot of work ahead. Lucy's body still has to heal. She is also learning to get around with three legs, but right now she tires easily because the back leg is still not used to doing the work of two. Occasionally, though not often, she'll lose her balance and stumble. The doctor tells us this will improve with time.
She is also wearing one of those miserable cone collars around her neck a lot of the time to keep her from licking her surgery wounds. We are also still waiting for further results from the amputated limb, which will determine the course of her treatment.
I wanted to say thanks to all of you well-wishers who've sent in your thoughts, your prayers and more for Lucy. The one hot Nupur and her dashing Dale sent Lucy some lovely homemade treats, which came just in time for us to bring to the hospital when we visited her Saturday. She adored them. I didn't even have time to get a picture before they were gone, with enthusiastic help from Opie and Freddie, of course. :). Thanks, Nupur!
And thanks, all, for being there!