I get asked this question a lot.
It’s going good…
Let me explain.
When I brought her home she looked like this…
Pitiful, right? I thought so too.
It started out by just carting her around to the bathroom or to lounge in the sun because she gave me sad eyes.
Then she started pushing limits like climbing onto the couch, ever so slowly, ever so pitifully, without permission but with the saddest puppy dog eyes asking, “Are you going to kick me off, mama?” Of course not, darling.
She started climbing into bed, ever so slowly, ever so pitifully, without permission resting her head on my shoulder sighing, “Is this okay, mama?”. I guess it’s okay, baby, since you couldn’t go walking today with Analaigh and me.
She started nudging my hand while I was forcibly holding her still for a 10 minute icing session saying, “The least you can do is pet me, mama.” Of course, Rosiebear.
But then, the good news, she started putting weight back on that leg. She started walking herself up and down the stairs…whenever the hell she wanted instead of waiting for me.
Then she started jumping up on the bed any old time she felt like it instead of when she had permission.
She started jumping on the couch any old time she felt like it instead of when she was invited.
And after she got kicked off the bed she’d go out and jump on the couch hoping I wouldn’t notice. The little sneak.
She stopped making eye contact with me.
She stopped deferring to me.
She stopped listening to me.
She turned into a BRAT!
So – she’s getting better. (YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!) Each day she’s allowed a little bit of exercise time and she’s on a strict diet of deferral.
Next time (dear god, I hope there isn’t a next time), I will endeavor to remember that emoting is a human past-time.