Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happy Hope, Sad Hope

Hope is doing well after yesterday's surgery--perhaps a little too well! When I came home at lunch today she came sprinting down the hall and sprinted out the door like a maniac. I had to tell her to settle down several times while she was outside because she was bouncing and running all over the yard. When Chad got home tonight he said that she was actually trying to instigate a wrestling match with Fresco, so maybe her pain medication is doing too good of a job!

Last night when she finally arrived home at about 11 p.m., she was still a little out of it and was clearly in quite a bit of pain. We put her up in the bed right in between us (where she doesn't normally get to sleep) so that we would be able to better monitor her and prevent the licking of stitches. Initially she just laid there and groaned and whined and fidgeted, so we knew she must really be hurting. The funny thing is, while Celtic was sacked out and sleeping through Hope's misery, Fresco was pretty much inconsolable. Normally we put him in his bed at night and he doesn't get up until the alarm goes off the next morning. Last night when it was time for bed he was pacing around the room panting and acting bizarre. He kept trying to jump on the bed with us, and when that wasn't accepted he would just lay his head down on the edge of the bed and stare at us or crane his neck around to try and sniff Hope. Fresco's typically oversensitive nature would clearly not allow him to relax while someone else was hurting! Although it was annoying because we were trying to sleep, at the same time I couldn't help but think it was really very sweet of him! Thankfully, once Hope stopped her groaning and went to sleep, Fresco soon followed!

So Hope is feeling much better than she was last night and seems very happy despite the fact that her bum is full of stitches. Speaking of her bum, although I won't gross you out with a picture of her actual incision, I have to share this picture of her shaved backside. The way the vet cut her hair is totally hilarious. It looks like eyes and a nose to me.

Although Hope seemed pretty happy today under the circumstances, she had a few sad moments as well. When she was left home alone she had to endure the humiliation of being a conehead, which transformed our happy little dog into this!

1 comment:

Beth said...

We are glad to hear she's doing so well! Hope is SUCH a big puppy I can only imagine the size of that one! ha!