They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab…And I Said ‘No, no ,no!’

When I’m feeling overwhelmed by life, I watch this video of Charlie and it makes me smile in 2 minutes.

Charlie had hip dysplasia and had a big operation for it when he was a puppy (triple pelvic osteotomy).  He could not weight bear for 8 weeks after the surgery.  We had to keep him in his crate for most of the time as per the surgeon’s instructions.  Imagine you’re a dog, and you wake up one day being unable to walk! We had to lift him outside to do his toiletting.  It was an unbelievably stressful time for us.  But Charlie took it all in his stride, no pun intended.

This video was taken soon after the surgeon gave the ‘OK’ for Charlie to start weight-bearing and suggested hydrotherapy. The hydrotherapist-lady in the video was absolutely wonderful with him, as you can see.

In the video, Charlie reminds me to take life step-by-step.  He reminds me to persevere even when things seem dismal.  His beautiful face and wagging tail remind me to remain optimistic.

Charlie ended up making a great recovery and can now be seen in parks all over Melbourne, running to his heart’s content.  And he did it by taking things step-by-step and facing the world with courage.

What has your dog taught you?

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5 thoughts on “They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab…And I Said ‘No, no ,no!’

  1. 1annecasey says:

    Go Charlie!! Monty teaches me to be ‘in the moment’ every minute of every day, and to be grateful for all those special moments.

  2. Very true. Sometimes I get so busy I forget to breathe. And then Charlie will take a deep breath and settle into his bed, reminding me to ‘stay in the moment’ and BREATHE.

  3. Oh, this is so wonderful! They do have a way of helping us to keep everything in perspective, don’t they? What a brave boy, your Charlie.

  4. Thank you, I’m so proud of him. He’s been through so much: hip operation, haemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bowel obstruction. The worst was when he had ‘cold tail syndrome’ – after coming back from boarding kennels, his tail couldn’t wag anymore! Luckily it’s a benign condition, but it gave us a fright and it was awful to see him without his constantly wagging tail for a few days! Now every time my husband has a ‘man-cold’ and whinges, I tell him to look at Charlie for inspiration on how to deal with illness 😉

  5. Oh my gosh, he has been through a lot! I can’t imagine what a toll that’s also taken on you guys…I know when Juno gets remotely sick or just ‘off’, it breaks our heart because it breaks their spirit! ‘Cold tail syndrome’ like ‘swimmer’s tail’ from being in cold water? Juno got this once and her tail didn’t wag for about 3 days – it’s apparently also pretty painful for them. We were heartbroken! Oh yes, haha, I hear you about the ‘man-cold’…I’ll have to remember to remind my husband to take inspiration from the dog next time he gets sick 😉

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