It occurred to me I hadn’t updated y’all on Anya once we got her walking again in January. That is Anya with her tiny little son as a puppy about a year ago – before the disk started blowing.
It was a little over a year ago when her disk first started to rupture and she was in so much pain. I took her back and forth to the emergency vet almost every day to find out what was wrong. She went on drugs and crate rest, got a neuro consult, and he told me to keep with that since she was getting better. And she was doing great until she wasn’t. Just one morning I got up, and she was laying on the floor and couldn’t walk and in so much pain. I took her to the neuro that afternoon, she went into surgery overnight, they told me it was very grave that she would ever walk again.
She came out of surgery, she couldn’t walk, no response in her legs at all, and that was like that for weeks, though I kept working with her every day, working her legs, stimulating her nerves, with only occasional movement. Until the legs started to move and I worked evern harder, and then I got her in water treadmill therapy, and she started walking.
Her gait is still kinda weird, but she runs with the other dogs outside. I still carry her up and down the steps – not because she can’t go up and down them, she is just not allowed! She gets stronger, and ever now and then she’ll have a weird day, like she loses coordination, and then the next day, she is walking better. I figure those nerves will be hooking back together for months still.
So a year from when she went down and 8 months since her surgery, and she is a happy little girl. She can’t sleep on the bed with me because I don’t know how to prevent her from jumping off, so she is in a little playpen right beside me. I thought she would hate it, but she loooooooves having her own sleeping space without the other pups in her space.
It’s been a long year, and we learned so much. She talks to me all the time with these little low growls and moans, wanting me to do stuff for her. She boops me with her nose. We have developed a way of communicating I didn’t think you could have.
I worry less about her, protect her just as much and am grateful for all she has taught me and is still teaching me.
But as far as scent, I am pretty enamored by the Antica Farmacista Prosecco room scent for summer – Satsuma, Sugared Black Currant, Apricot, Muguet, Cyclamen, Passionfruit, Madagascar Vanilla, Sandalwood, White Musk. And I found a great vanilla scent of theirs, the Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin. OMG, that is so yummy. I use that one in the kitchen. It’s not heavy vanilla, just a little boozy with orange. Love it. Crisp Satsuma Mandarin, Sweet Clementine, Orange Peel, Heliotrope, Bright Verbena, Spicy Bourbon, Warm Amber, Bourbon Vanilla, Labdanum Balsam.