Puppy Surgery Recovery: Week One

It seems a bit unfair, but my veterinarian gave me pages of study material for Penny’s recovery yet didn’t ask Penny to read a thing. This was okay, at first. Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

The vet wanted Penny to keep still, and with plenty of meds in Penny’s system, my pup was happy to oblige

Things got a bit dicey when I failed to have Penny collared at all times and Penny failed to see the need for her stitches.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

While I probably deserved staples in my head, the vet put a couple in Penny’s incision instead. I kept Penny entertained with a comedy routine, which she loved. But maybe that had something to do with the high dose pain medication

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

Over the weekend Penny recovered her strength via solar charging

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

And plenty of well-earned cuddle time

As anticipated, Penny’s recovery has presented us with a bit of an issue. The good news is that Penny has her energy back. The bad news is that Penny has her energy back. I followed Penny’s transformation post-surgery by looking at her eyes. They went from medicated-eyes, to exhausted-eyes, to groggy-eyes, to rested-eyes, to alert-eyes, and finally to something I call “Penny-eyes.”

“Penny-eyes” is a phenomenon which occurs when her batteries are overcharged and she needs to romp at full speed.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“Penny-eyes” are sharp, mischievous and often paired with an energetic ear wiggle

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

Even other dogs recognize “Penny-eyes.” That’s why Penny’s pal Tripp is giving her the “Hey Penny, why don’t we talk about this” look in this old photo

I’m giving Penny plenty of walks, but it’s kind of like telling a NASCAR driver they can only drive up and down your driveway. Sure they can do it, but they won’t be happy about it.

To split the difference, today I started to give Penny some off-leash time on my back patio. I now have to act as the zoomie-police and quickly step in when she tries to rev up and sprint.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

Supercharged and ready to romp

One week in, and I’m happy to report Penny is back at full-steam. Unfortunately, she’s not allowed to go full steam ahead for another seven days. Week Two could get interesting!

31 Comments

Snorts. See the problem is us anipals don’t know those words “Slow Down”. What exactly do they mean? We don’t have that speed – just fast, faster and zoom of light fast. I admit it – I have them myself. A pig has to fly… a dog has to zoom. What can I say except here’s to a speedy recovery Penny! Maybe you can come over and camp out in my big bed with me in my room. We can watch Netflix together 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

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