It's been just over 3 weeks since Etty's fractured vertebrae was diagnosed. And in some ways things are a lot better, and in others they are still very hard.
She is much brighter now she has become accustomed to the head cast, to the point she now believes that the crate rest is unnecessary and she should be involved in what everyone else is up to ;) Explaining to her that she has to be calm and quiet is getting significantly more challenging! :D
We are playing training games to help keep her busy and active mind occupied and this is both rewarding and heart-breaking at the same time. Because since talking to further specialists it seems that rehoming her to a quieter, only dog household would be the safest way for her to live a long and happy life (without the risk of being bumped or knocked by other dogs). Something we are obviously both keen to have happen and sad to consider at the same time :(
Multiple dog households aren't for everyone, but I do love the rich and varied tapestry of dogs that surround me on my journey through life. I enjoy them individually and as a group, watching their interactions and funny little moments add joy to every single day.
One of the hardest parts of Etty's injury is keeping her crated away from the other dogs who have become her family. Because not being able to explain why she's being kept apart makes it difficult to see her understandable frustration.
The lovely thing about sharing your life with dogs is the life lessons that they bring to the table. And even at her young age, Etty has a few important ones for our family right now.
- Be grateful for the small things - the quiet moments of eye contact with a loved one and spending time together. Sometimes catching her gaze makes me want to cry because she looks at me with such an intense and knowing look. She is an extraordinary little girl and we have been very blessed.
- Mental limitations are far more restrictive than physical one - there are NO humans I know who would be so active and keen to move around with a broken neck! But she isn't living in fear of what might be, she's simply living :)
- Focus on what's happening now rather than trying to second guess what's round the corner. Yes we have some difficult decisions to make in the next few months, but Etty's here now and we should enjoy the little firecracker in all her glory right here, right now :)
Thank you for all of your well-wishes and kind enquiries after our little girl. They mean such a lot, and we're so grateful x
Here's a short video that perhaps helps explain why she's become so important to us all in the short time she's been in our lives. Enjoy :)