There he is, resting comfortably and peacefully in his crate. In Southern California today it’s rainy and cold so it’s the perfect occasion for the whole pack to be inside lounging and doing nothing. I’m so very grateful Rufus is crate trained. We never used the crate as a means of punishment so he only has positive associations with it. One friend wrote, “it’s harder on the human than the dogs to see them confined in the crate.” And I believe this true. Rufus, from everything we can see, is perfectly content in his crate. I’m also a good dad because I take his crate to the living room, the kitchen and to my office so he is always part of the action and right in the middle of everything. I think that inclusion really helps us both. The girls are very curious but respectful. Each time Rufus is let of the crate to pee and poop, the girls immediately rush over to inspect him all over. They especially like to smell his back legs, and I think they can tell something is not completely right.
Rufus continues to poop and pee like normal and his appetite is good and strong. He can still stand and walk on his own. His walk is a little wobbly, perhaps like how a drunk person might walk after a late night of fun, but at least he can still do it. Monday is our second laser light treatment and we have received some strong recommendations for a chiropractor and acupuncturist. We remain optimistic, and thank you all for the kind words and encouragement. We’re choosing to remember happier days and times, and can’t wait to get back to them (as seen in the video). With a little luck and strong resolve to the crate rest, we’ll hopefully get through this latest challenge together. Wishing you and yours all the best. Hug them hounds tight for us, and remember if you or someone you know is experiencing similar back problems, please visit our friends at Dodger’s List. They’re an excellent resource and wealth of information.