Friday, June 5, 2009

Daisy's Recovery

Miss Daisy went for a check up yesterday and the doctor said she is doing great! They removed the cast she has been in since her surgery. Her foster dad said that she is hesitant to use her left leg now that the cast is off. But, that was expected. We're sure that over the next few weeks she will begin to use her leg more and more.

Even with all that Daisy has been through over the past few months, she is keeping a positive attitude. Her foster dad says that she gets along great with his dog:-) They're all three happy just hanging out!

Thank you all for keeping up with Daisy's story and sending lots of thoughts and prayers. Daisy sends her love to each of you!!!


Daisy and Marcie

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sad and Happy News for Daisy

Unfortunately, Daisy's forever home did not work out. Daisy is a special girl and will need extra care throughout her life. Although the family had the best of intentions for Daisy, it was just not the right fit.

The good news is that Daisy had her second surgery on Wednesday! She is recovering comfortably in her new foster home in Connecticut. The ortho vet said that her left leg will be very close to perfect once it heals! Daisy will be in a cast for 4 to 6 weeks. We're so excited for Daisy!

I will post pictures as soon as I can.

Daisy sends you all hugs and kisses!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

No Surgery for Daisy

At least not for at least six to eight weeks. Daisy went back to Knoxville for x-rays and her second surgery on Monday. After driving two hours in the snow and poor Daisy vomiting all over herself from being carsick, we were told we have to wait a minimum of six to eight additional weeks for surgery on her left leg.

There was a miscommunication after the first surgery. We were told there would be a two month recovery period between procedures. However, the surgeon did not tell us that the surgery on her elbow could take three to four months to heal.

As of now the plan is to have more x-rays in six weeks. If those look good, we will schedule the surgery for the end of March.

Please continue to keep Daisy in your thoughts and prayers. While she is off strict crate rest, she is not allowed to play with other dogs or run off leash. It's not easy for such a young pup to stay calm and confined for so long.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Update on Daisy

Since Daisy had the steroid injection and antibiotic she has been doing great! It looks like this has helped her reaction to the internal suture and she shouldn't need further treatment.

Daisy will go to Knoxville for a checkup and x-rays of her right leg on Monday. If everything looks good, she will stay and have surgery on Tuesday. I will update as soon as I know more.

Thanks for keeping Daisy in your thoughts!!!

Marcie, Daisy's foster mom

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Small Bump in the Road

Daisy is having a reaction to one of her internal sutures. She went to the vet today and was given a steroid injection and an oral antibiotic. If it doesn't clear up she will need to have it removed. If that's the case, we'll just let the surgeon do that when he does the surgery on her left arm in a little over a week.

Other than that she is doing great! Only 11 more days!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Two weeks and counting!

Daisy continues to improve daily. She has the most amazing attitude. Her leg looks great! I need to post before and after pictures so you can see the difference. She is still hesitant to put weight on it from time to time. But, I imagine some of that is simply habit. Her right leg was the most painful and even before the surgery she would hop along on three legs sometimes. She is going for several very short walks a day now. We're getting very excited for her second surgery - it's only two weeks away! Please remember to keep Daisy in your thoughts and prayers :-)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sweet Daisy

The past few weeks have been very difficult for Daisy. I'm sure it would be difficult for any dog to be confined to a crate during recovery from surgery. But, I can't help but feel especially bad for Daisy because she is only a year old. She should be running and playing like other puppies. I get so angry when I think about what she has gone through and what she will go through just to reach a normal place in life. But, then I look at her and she seems to smile at me with her sweet eyes. Maybe she is here to teach me to look at the positives in life rather than focus on the negatives.

Daisy seems to have no memory of what her life was like before. She seems to enjoy every moment - good and bad. No one will ever really know Daisy's story - not what she lived in day to day. But, I believe that's how she would want it. I don't believe Daisy would want anyone to feel sorry for her or angry for anything in her past. She wants to move forward and forget her past. We will help her do that.

The first week in February will mark two months since the surgery on her right leg. The orthopedic surgeon wanted to wait a couple of months between surgeries to allow her right leg time to heal. She will return to UT on Monday, February 2, for x-rays and a checkup. If all is well and her right leg is healing the way it should, she will stay overnight and have the second surgery the following day. Please send Daisy all the good thoughts and prayers you can! We want this sweet girl to have both surgeries in her past and be able to run and play by Spring or Summer 2009!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Daisy and I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!!! We hope 2009 is an amazing year for everyone!

Daisy is feeling much better. She is a little sad from having to stay in her crate so much. But, her leg looks great! We removed her stitches yesterday. The incisions are healing very nicely. She is beginning to put more and more weight on her leg when she walks. The vet has allowed her to go on very short, slow walks that can increase as she feels up to it.

On Christmas Day the weather was beautiful and unseasonably warm. We were able to spend some time outside in the sunshine and Daisy LOVED it!

I will schedule Daisy's next appointment at UT Knoxville for mid to late January. If I understood the vet correctly we will take her for a check up and x-ray of her right leg. Assuming it is healing the way it should, they will do surgery on her left leg the following day.

We really have learned so much from Daisy through this experience. She has shown us how fortunate we are and how much we take for granted. What amazes me most is that despite her painful past, she shows nothing but love and affection to everyone she meets. My New Year's resolution is to try to learn from Daisy and face the world with more compassion and forgiveness.

We wish you all the best in 2009 and always!

Marcie and Daisy