This time Internet, it was Mr. Wild Dingo's fault. He left the shoes defenseless against the perp. Two of them are his shoes. She collects them outside the mudroom for inspection of masticability. She prefers leather and animal made shoes and has avoided destroying the synthetic stuff. Nothing but the real deal for my masticator!
"Ya, um, Pop? These shoes are not exactly masticalicious."
She's doing fine, fever and infection-wise. We will never know if it was bacterial infection or autoimmune, unfortunately. And she is on another 40 days of antibiotics. After that, she's off and we monitor her. Since then, we also found she has hip dysplasia. But on top of the hip dysplasia, we found out on Tuesday that she has severe muscle damage in her inner groin, pectineus and iliopsoas muscles. Orthos suggested that from my description of her behavior from the day we adopted her up until today, it was likely she damaged it on her sled-team run (with her fosters and other dogs) and has since been compensating for it and for her hip dysplasia ever since. The ortho who examined her found her back legs in atrophy. Amazing, since she used to do so much agility (she's not allowed to do agility now). He also found extreme pain in her inner groin. So much so, he jerked back his hand when he softly touched her inner groin and her head whipped around in pain. She would not have bitten him, but he didn't know. He noticed her front paws gaited perfectly, but her back paws and legs skewed in, no doubt to help deal with hip dysplasia. In other words, she's squeezing her inner groin muscles to deal with the uncomfortable hips.
The orthopedic surgeon had one more thing to say about Juno: "I've examined numerous Siberians. I've never seen one as well-behaved as Juno. Even the nicest, sweetest ones are not as compliant as she is. She walks exactly at your pace, never pulls her leash and does exactly what you ask her to do." YAWN. Like we haven't heard THAT before.
Seriously though? I've never had a Siberian Husky. Juno is my first. I'm learning all sorts of things about their character. But all these doctors remarking on her behavior just cracks me up. I never thought anything about it except: "Of course my dog is behaved. Of course she will do as I ask. Of course she will not misbehave, bark or lunge at another dog. Of course she will heel, turn, sit, down as I ask." Like its a big deal? Apparently being obedient seems to be incongruous with even the best-behaved Siberians! (Thundering Herd, I know you're plotting to capture Juno and teach her your ways. We have her under lock and key.) I eventually fessed up to the Ortho and told him about her masticatory addictions and he was glad to find out she wasn't perfect but hoped she would never be in the ER to fish a shoe out of her belly.
Her physical therapy involves this:
I'm so not kidding. The Juno-Mind Trick is her PT. She has to do 5 repetitions of sit, to the Juno-Mind Trick, to sit, to stand, three times per day to strengthen her butt muscles. Juno also gets a few massages daily on her inner jodhpurs (thigh muscles) to loosen up the tightness and she also has to walk on cushions so she can work proprioceptive training of her muscles. She's scheudled to walk the underwater treadmill at the physical therapist's next week. I wonder if they'll have her perform the Juno-Mind Trick on some pilates balls?
ANNOUNCING WILD DINGO'S FIRST CONTEST!
Wild Dingo has some breaking news that has been about to burst for a month now. Instead of just blabbering it here on the blog, I thought it would be fun to host a guessing contest. I will be dropping 3 to 4 clues all next week and announce the actual news on Friday.
The Prize: The winner will receive one or more of the clues shown next week as a prize. In addition, the winner will receive organic doggie treats which will probably not be part of the clues.
That's it! Have a great weekend. Put your thinking caps on by Monday!
No cash for the treat jar but you'd like to show the love? No problem! Connect with me on LinkedIn and endorse my creative writing skills. Let me know how the pups and I can love ya back!
"Your project is guaranteed to meet superior Siberian standards or I will fatally masticate it. You have my "woo" on that!"
"I keep your project safe from crows, coyotes, and flies. I prefer to be paid in salmon treats and tennis balls."
"I manage the treat jar & the staff's daily payroll of cookies and bones. The staff is excellent at math and let me know when I come up short."