I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is Ruffin is officially the healthiest person in my house. And I came in a distant second. The bad news is all about Bessie.
Bessie has been limping for the past week and because of her penchant for jumping up and catching the ball when I throw it to her outside, I suspected she may have sprained her ankle or her foot. Those things usually work themselves out with nothing more than a few days rest. But not his time. I became concerned when the limp didn't go away so I took her to the Vet this afternoon and got a physical exam and some x-rays.
Bessie has a partially torn ACL in her left rear leg but the x-rays showed she has Hip Dysplasia in her both hips and her right hip is in the worst shape. In the words of the Vet, Bessie's hips are a mess.
Bessie will be placed on pain medication for as long as necessary but I won't put her through surgery for the ACL with her hips in such bad shape. She may be able to go on for a few more years until her quality of life becomes the most important issue.
This also changes all of my plans, too. Even though he is blind and has just survived major surgery, Ruffin is in very good shape. I am hoping to have him around for 3 or 4 more years. Now it doesn't look like Bessie will last that long so my plan to adopt an adult Rottweiler to keep Bess company has no purpose. I will notify all the rescue groups that have been looking to discontinue their efforts immediately.
You know what they say, when it rains it pours. Right now that is both a literal and figurative description of my life. But you know what, my two Rottweilers know how to deal with it. So while the weather outside is lousy they go take a nap. Daddy will take care of everything.
This past week I've been watching old man Ruffin. He has been taking naps during the day, after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner and he has been laying in the most awkward positions. I started thinking he was falling off the bed except that its only 3-inches high to start with. But actually, this is how he has been plopping himself down when he goes to sleep.
I love this big lug and as far as I'm concerned he can sleep anywhere he wants, any way he wants.
And finally, I gotta mention the weather because three days after the first day of Spring we got the biggest snowstorm of the entire Winter. Six inches of the sloppiest, wettest snow you can imagine. The backyard looked prettier than the front yard so I took these photos from the kitchen window. Bessie went out and found an old yellow ball and managed to play by herself.
That's it for now. I need to do mores research on getting Bessie's legs fixed.