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Bumbling Along – Fun With Neurological Deficits

If we get through Lilly’s recovery without me or Tom stepping on and breaking one of Lilly’s feet or without one of us taking a nasty fall ourselves (after tripping over Lilly), it’ll be a miracle. Truly. best dog blog, champion of my heart, cartoon of guy falling down stairsThe beauty of having a dog trained from a young-ish age in agility is that when YOU move, the dog MOVES. It’s a bit like dancing, where you come to anticipate your partner’s position, speed, and direction.

Agility handlers jokingly refer to dogs who won’t “work at a distance” as “velcro dogs.” In other words, you have to be RIGHT THERE to ensure the dog does as you request.

Lilly never has been *that* clingy in the past, but these days … whew!

Right now, in Lilly’s recovery, it’s a bit like having a 35-pound, furry boat anchor velcro’d to my right shin. She clings to me, to Tom, to Ginko, to walls for dear life at times because her balance still isn’t great.

You’d think after nearly 2 months … I’d have adjusted to Lilly’s new movement patterns and habits, but I have not. Apparently, I am NOT the quick learner on our team.

That means we often:

  • Crash into one another
  • Step on each other’s feet
  • Trip
  • Stumble
  • And, sometimes tumble

Tom jokes that we might have to consider making Lilly a bubble-wrap suit, but I think she might need steel-toed boots if I don’t learn to assume she is always under foot.

So, if you continue to send us mojo, please add NOT tripping over each other to the list of requests. Thanks!


Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Living Large - March 22, 2012

You’ve got the mojo from here in the south, Roxanne. I continue to send positive thoughts to Lilly everyday!

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable - March 21, 2012

Sounds like Lilly is doing a great CAT impression! So sorry to read that she’s still struggling.

Pamela - March 21, 2012

I hope you’re walking around barefooted. Just in case…

Shanel - March 21, 2012

I love this and very interesting article! Thanks a lot for the shared post here…

Bassetmomma - March 21, 2012

Gee! Just another hurdle, literally!

Jana Rade - March 21, 2012

Here is the mojo for not tripping over each other. (((hugs)))

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