As you can see, Elgin is taking it easy after his second round of chemo. He continues to astound us and the neighborhood. He is now pulling me around the block on our browndog walks. He is so robust, that I have to look for physical signs that he’s wearing himself out… he blushes pink around his eyes and his tongue curls up when he pants (he always pants really hard, so I can’t use that as an indicator). He also starts to “sink” when he’s fatigued… he hops, but his back end gets lower with each hop, like he’s in quicksand. After my workout at the gym yesterday, I can easily imagine how his leg must be burning!
This week the weather here was incredibly hot, over 100 on a couple of days, and so after our walks, I broke out his pool and let him lounge in it for a while. I think it must have felt funny on his incision because he hung his bum out over the side while he was laying in it. It was pretty funny looking.
So after the second round (which took 5 hours!) he had no loss of appetite, no lethargy, and just no signs of side effects at all. Elgin is daily returning to all of his previous mannerisms… plus a few new ones. While he can hop up the stairs on his own, If Gary is around he will put his front paws on the step, and pause, while looking back over his shoulder with his eyes only-not turning his head, to wait for Gary to pick up his back end and put it on the step, and they make it up the stairs in this way. You can’t tell me dogs are dumb. This one’s got it all figured out!
He sleeps with us on our bed (good reason to upgrade from a queen to a king) and instead of laying nicely parallel between us, he has begun to lay perpendicular at the end of the bed… I imagine if someone took an aerial photo, we’d look like the pie symbol. What takes the irritation (almost) out of this, is that he lays on his leg-less side. He’s begun doing this little by little, now, after 5 weeks post-amputation. We imagine his body was pretty tired of laying on just one side all the time. The bed must be soft enough that the pressure doesn’t hurt so much on that hip socket.
Now he’s trying it more on other, harder surfaces. He never lays long on that side, but it’s good to see that he is apparently not in ANY pain anymore.
He is a little aprehensive when we leave him alone, and this manifests in him licking. He has always licked his front legs when he’s nervous, and now he licks his hip/incision too. But it’s not obsessive. Thankfully. Poor guy, after being babysat attentively for 5 weeks, he’s uneasy when he’s left alone. But he’s getting over it.
One last picture; here he is, in his favorite sleeping position on the stairs. I always joked that it looked like he had a bad wreck on the stairs, but now that his leg is missing, it’s even funnier! (Yes, I’ve been accused of having a warped sense of humor… I guess it’s true. 🙂