Monday, August 16, 2010

Off Her Feet

Katie had the opportunity to swim last week in a friend's pool. I wish I could swim her everyday. Swimming is such a great way to exercise her without having to put weight on her problems.

Her right hind foot appears very painful to me. As you know, Katie recently dislocated the outside toe and we are asking her to live with it. The injured toe is not a canidate for correcting or amputating. Today, as Katie worked on her cavaletti exercises, I thought the middle toe next to the injured toe was starting to appear dislocated as well. All of the toes on that foot continue to break down. But despite how it appears, Katie is unchanged in her motivation and zest. She does all of her exercises and does not appear to be in any pain.As a 12 year old greyhound, Katie seems to feel great and looks awesome. Even after swimming, she was ready to start spinning around my friend's yard. Such a good girl!

14 comments:

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I think you'd probably know if she was in pain just because she wasn't her normal self? Perhaps the toes are worrying you more than her? I hope that's the case seeing as there doesn't seem to be anything more you can do for her than you already are. Poor you, I know what it's like to worry and feel helpless and we can't stop it!! Good luck to you both. Wish I could help:-(

jet said...

it's amazing how a body can adapt and how stoic dogs can be... an extreme example - I saw a dog out in the desert with a pack of other dogs, broken front leg flapping in the wind as it ran! It moved too fast to be caught :PPP hope that didn't make you squeamish. She still loves life, and she aint going to quit it yet!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yikes about the broken leg dog. They really are amazing aren't they? I got over my freak out a week or so ago and have stopped worrying about Katie excessively. She certainly isn't worried about anything other than a late meal.

Kathy said...

Glad you were able to swim Katie. She's such a good girl.

Sandy ~~~ said...

Swimming is so wonderful...for all species! I have seen it do wonderful things for horses too.

Katie is an inspiration to all of us!

Sue said...

Katie looks smashing for her age. I hope her foot doesnh't cause her any pain and she manages to have many more years.

Sam said...

You sound so much more upbeat in this post than in the last post you made about Katie - I am glad she seems to be doing OK. Keep your spirits up, both of ya! It does a world of good!

houndstooth said...

She looks great for twelve years old! I wish we had access to a pool to swim ours in. Katie sure looks like she's having a great time!

whygreyhounds said...

Katie looks like she enjoys the swimming and does look great for her age. As long as she is happy that is all that matters. :-)

Hiking Hounds said...

She looks great, I'd never guess that she's 12! Do you think it's just age that is causing the toes to dislocate? Have you seen those dog boots, Thera Paws? If she does start to show pain I wonder if those would help? It is amazing how dogs seem to be able to adjust to injuries that would cause a person a lot of pain.

Cait said...

Any chance you COULD find a place to swim her every day? We found a local state park which allows swimming from the 'day use' area (but is not an 'official' swimming area) and I've benen taking Kaylee every day. That way you're not stuck with invading pools every day but you could mix it up some?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Cait, yes, I've got access to several places to swim Katie during the summer. One place is at a lake with a dock that I can walk around and feed her treats from as she swims around it. The problem is Katie. Katie won't ride in my van. So taking her swimming requires a special trip just for her. The lake spot has a very long, bumpy driveway that is too much for her. If she just wasn't a dork about traveling, I would definitely get her out several times a week.

Cait said...

Oops, forgot about the van thing. :P (Well, I didn't FORGET, I just got mixed up on which 2/3 of your dogs were the anti-vanners. :P

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yeah, can't believe I have 2 anti-vanners. Such a pain!