It’s been an interesting start to 2014 for us here and not for the first time the weather’s played its part. This winter hasn’t yet been particularly cold, but it’s been horrible as we are constantly beset by stormy gales; no sooner does one week of rain, floods and wind end than we’re in to the next with more of the same. Fortunately for us, we haven’t suffered any real damage here, a few slates off the roof that’s a nuisance to sort out but not major work, but for many their homes are flooded, their power is off and chaos and aggravations never seem to end.
Our little home town was temporarily cut off on Christmas Eve by a combination of floods and fallen trees and last night two of the four roads in and out were flooded and impassable. The weekend forecast doesn’t look very promising with strong winds again and yet more rain. But right now the sky is clear and we’ve just got back from a short morning walk round the soggy park.
We’ve been making the most of the little buggy that we’ve been loaned so that Susie-Belle can get out and about with us and yesterday she had quite a decent length wander in the park once we’d arrived. Her leg seems to be improving well and she is hopping a lot less and holding it off the ground rarely these days, so we’re hopeful she’s over the worst now. We were told it would be 8-12 weeks of rest and we’re now in the 7th week of that, so we’re looking forward to this now being the downward run to her being out and about again freely with us. But, we know she’ll miss her wheels……
Monday saw Renae in at the vet for an operation to repair a hernia. I noticed a lump about a year ago and we had it checked out and it was thought at that stage to be a simple fatty lump, a lipoma and we decided to leave it and keep an eye on it. Recently it started to get bigger and our wonderful vet, Kam, who we trust implicitly with the care of our girls, advised operating as she thought it felt like a fatty hernia. So, in Renae went on Monday, Kam was right and she repaired the hernia and the large amount of fat that had pushed through. Kam is a great surgeon and after a groggy, subdued evening on Monday, by Tuesday it was hard to notice anything had been done, she was her usual energetic self. She’s on lead walks for the time being, we took her back yesterday for a check on the wound, which is healing fine, and we hope she can get back to her normal running about in the next day or so. She seems like nothing has been done, amazing.
So all in all, Twinkle is the only one who is 100% fit and well and she seems to be rising to the occasion of being sparkling top dog right now, every day she makes steps forwards with her confidence. She is definitely less nervous than even a month ago, let alone when I think back to the spring last year when she first arrived with us. She will now allow us to gently stroke her if she’s ready and in her bed; she runs to greet Michel when he comes home and pushes in for a stroke and attention, something we never would have imagined would happen within a year of her time with us. She now stands at his feet when he’s in the kitchen and if he hasn’t paid attention to her will gently nudge his leg with her nose. Again, never did we think that would happen. Her transformation is slow, but steady and although she still has many issues, they are dropping away by the week. It’s truly rewarding to see the changes she is going through.