There is no story, just a few photos of this and that over the past month.
When our friends were here we visited the cathedral in Lausanne. It was nighttime, so I didn't have to risk being kicked out. Another embarassing moment averted.
We also managed to go snow shoeing in the Swiss ALPS baby! We didn't know what the heck we were doing so we just chose a place that looked snowy, Champrey. I wasn't exactly thrilled when information guide gave us a trail map that included cartoons of a snow shoer trying to run away from a wild boar. I pretended not to see that and set out on the trail.
We started on one of the easier routes but ended up doing a middle-level route that went a bit longer. I was expecting gentle rolling fireroad like trails, but those crazy Swiss had other ideas. The trail started with a 87% climb (ok it felt like that) and across two very teeny weeny ledges with a steep drop off on one side. WTF? The crazy Swiss and their addiction to thrill. I said my prayers and tiptoed my way across them.
Despite the freaky trails, Mr. Wild Dingo and I had a blast and immediately went out and bought ourselves snow shoes and poles along with better clothing.
I managed to get in a little off-leash time for the dogs. I was hoping that since we've been here 6 months now and hopefully by now they've learned the area, they wouldn't be so cracker once the leash was off. There's Loki in the distance of the rolling hills practically screaming "Je suis libre!"
Juno on the other hand remains composed. Until she sees something move.
"Hey Big Boy, how about tuning those antennas on your head to Serius radio for some tunes?"
We found a secluded area in back of some non-residential farms that is somewhat safe to roam around. If I don't see other dogs, people or animals, I let them go.
It rocked my world to see Loki run his zoomie circles in bliss around us.
He was so happy, he forgot that his feet were wet by the river when he went to go get a drink of water.
I've also been letting them off in the more popular dog walking paths. That's Chateau Vufflens way in the back. They keep up with me pretty well, occassionally they will try to go down one of the vinyard paths between the vines, but a simple "no" heads them in the right direction with me. It's nice for me to get a break from the constant stop and go with them or with one and not the other.
I'm not as gullible as you think. I don't let them off near a band of horses. As we passed these 6 or 7 horses, Loki had just averted two off leash dogs who were interested in us (and he not so much in them) and then had to face the horses who walked toward us rather quickly, as if I had carrots or something. Not one bark. And he was very nervous. Sigh. Sometimes he surprises me.
Last weekend, downtown Morges was freezing. Even the river was lined with ice.
Swan butts are funny.
I have no idea who that whacko is holding my dogs.
And Juno is steadily maintaining her masticatory hobbies. (The Dansko's are still alive.) This is the box of very swanky cookies given to us by a nice French lady. Thankfully all the cookies were consumed by Mr. Wild Dingo prior to Juno investigating the box.
Juno's Jodhpurs Pupdate
I'm a chick. I have perogatives. I'm still not sure about whether we should go ahead with doing the hip surgery on Juno. We have varying opinions from different vets.
The gold beads seem to keep her out of severe pain but she's definitely NOT walking normally or zooming like I know she would love to do. We've now been to an osteopath who manipulates her muscles and opens up her blocked areas that has helped more than anything. In the past, acupuncture needles were put in the exact areas where the osteopath is working on her: in her low-to-mid-spine area. There is a lot of tension and pain in that area, no doubt from not being able to move properly.
The osteopath seems to prefer no surgery at all and said it is possible not have an improvement after surgery and no matter what, your dog runs the risk of "never being the same." That could be positive or negative. It sure sounded negative to me though. And she also warned that each hip takes up to 6-8 months for full recovery. So we were looking at up to 1.5 years of total recovery time. Which would be difficult for Juno as well as me.
Juno and I go back to her tomorrow for a second appointment. Today she was very restless and a little whiny which tells me she's probably in some pain probably from playing too much. She was supposed to rest and relax this past week, but that's just not Juno. She's obsessed with long walks. Though we were regulated to shorter walks, that just never happens with her as she'll often try her hardest not to turn back home.
I'll be bringing her x-rays to the osteopath tomorrow as she hasn't seen them yet and we'll hear more opinion on how to proceed. She may refer us to a surgeon for a consult. But there are so many opinions. Some very frightening. I do like all the doctors I've seen. They're all fantastic, including the primary care vet and the holistic doctors. But it's just so difficult to decide what's best. We have not recieved a surgical consult, mainly because we know what the opinion will be but I am certain a consult will happen soon. For now, it's holistic/osteopathic care and the status quo.