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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Our Wally's Having Surgery

Just thought you'd like to know.
 
Wally's had trouble with his left knee since he was about four months old.  Scared the dickens out of me the first time we came home from a romp in The Great Outdoors and he could barely get up after his nap.  I was certain it indicated hip dysplasia, my worst fear.  That's about the time it shows up if it's going to, from what I've heard.
 
Although he seemed fully recovered by the next morning, I took him to the vet for an exam and x-rays and found out his knee joint was a little loose.  No evidence of hip dysplasia.  Whew!  However, I was told his condition would probably worsen over time and he'd eventually have to have surgery.  Well, that time has come.
 
 
 
 
Halfway into his last run his knee went past the point of no return and he's not been able to put weight on it ever since.  He's been referred to a specialist and is scheduled for surgery next Thursday.
 
Don't let the photo above fool you, though.  It makes him look like an old dog, but at seven years young, Wally is very much just a big puppy.  He wants to wrestle and run and play and can't figure out why there's no longer any morning and evening bouncy ball.  Honestly, I'm glad the day for surgery has come while he's still got the spirit of youth in him.
 
 
 
 
 
Things have been pretty quiet around here.  No silly stuff, Wally.  Sorry.  I'll keep you posted.  Thanks for your time and your positive thoughts.
 
 

32 comments:

  1. Aw, I am sorry sweetie Wally must endure surgery, but grateful something can be done to enable her m tp enjoy his active lifestyle. Has the vet suggested how long Wally will require immobility? Poor LuLu will be perplexed and worry for him until he is back to normal. Sending healing thoughts and get well prayers, love de

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  2. Sigh... I wrote my comment and it disappeared! Hoping dear Wally is soon up and at 'em without pain! Lulu will be perplexed and anxious, and Wally will be confused and wonder what he did to deserve this! Don't you wish we could whisper sweet assurances to them for understanding? Sending healing thoughts and get well prayers, and a gentle hug for Wally's mom. Love, de

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  3. LOL! And now that I published my 2nd comment, my first comment appears! What can I say? XXOO

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  4. Prayers for Wally, my favorite Golden!! I really missed updates last year and then when it was his birthday he has some white hair on his face but still as handsome as ever!

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  5. Hugs and prayers for Wally...and you and hubby too

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  6. Prayers and hugs for the whole family. Please keep us posted.

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  7. Leslie,
    My dog had a similar surgery and was good as new afterward. Best wishes for you and Wally. Hope he is romping around very soon.

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  8. It breaks my heart that Wally has to undergo surgery but I know he will be better than new once it is over . I have already started prayers for him and will continue until he is recovered . Our fur babies are just like children and we worry about them just as much . Maybe even more because they are so dependent on us . I know he will have you guys and Lulu nursing him back to health and lots and lots of prayers . Try not to worry! Hugs!

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  9. If ever there was a dog in good shape for surgery it's Wally. All your care and play have made him strong and resilient. He'll bounce back like the good athlete he is. My thoughts will be with him all the way.

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  10. Awwww, poor Wally. I know he will sail thru his surgery and recovery because of all the exercise and good health care he has had all his life. Still, my heart goes out to him and his family. I'll be thinking of you all. Hugs, Linda

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  11. Awwww, poor Wally. I know he will sail thru his surgery and recovery because of all the exercise and good health care he has had all his life. Still, my heart goes out to him and his family. I'll be thinking of you all. Hugs, Linda

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  12. Awww. . sending up prayers for Wally. Even though I know it's not serious and he'll be okay, this still brings a tear to my eye. Sorry that he's not able to run and play right now, but know that he will be able to and be better than ever after his surgery. Will be waiting to hear the news.

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  13. So sorry Wally has to have surgery. Sending hugs and prayers for his recovery. It's hard when our babies are hurting, but I'm sure he'll be good as new soon.

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  14. Poor guy, like you said it is good he is going through it while he is still young, he will have an easier recovery I am sure, do keep us up to date on his progress, hope it is a quick recovery for him :)

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  15. We were so sorry to hear about Wally's surgery - but I think you're right it's best to get it over with while he's young. I'm sure he will have all the needed love and attention and will mend quickly. I'm sure Lulu is a sympathetic partner!

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  16. Leslie,so sorry to hear about Wally. My thoughts and prayers are with you all next thursday as well as on the road to his recovery. He will be back to his ole' self before too long. Keep up posted. Hugs,

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  17. You all will be in my prayers. Can't wait to see that sweet boy romping again with his sister. You'll have to take a video once he's back good as new!!!

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  18. Awww, I'm so sorry. You all are in my prayers as well. Wally will be running about in no time I'm sure. I know how hard it is for you and Rich though. Our babies are so precious and Wally and Lulu are the best. Hugs to you all.... XO

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  19. I don't know that we'd have our Gus without Wally. Hugs to you and to Wally. We'll be thinking about you all.

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  20. Oh poor Wally. Give him a couple big ole' ear scratchies for me. Always hard when our babies aren't healthy! Darn it...hoping for a speedy recovery.

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  21. Oh My... I'm with you about having it taken care of now while he is still active and healthy too... Wally is a smart boy and will be better for sure... Extra love for Wally and LuLu too I'm sure she wants her FUN brother back too.
    Let us know how all is going will you...

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  22. Oh, no, Wally! I hope your surgery goes smoothly, and that you are back to playing with your family really soon. Hugs and kisses to you!

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  23. OMG, after following all your posts, I feel like he is part my dog. Hope all goes well with the surgery. Sending loving prayers for you and Wally. I will be thinking about him on Thursday.

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  24. I've been thinking about Wally. I hope all went well with his surgery and that he has a speedy recovery. Hugs ...

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  25. Poor Wally. I sure hope all is going well for him and you,Rich,and Lulu too! Big Hugs!

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  26. I do hope your sweet boy is recovering well!! It is scary, is t it? Our Beulah was diagnosed with hip dysphasia last month and so far we are managing her wig medications and some swimming. But it is something I'd dreaded hearing. Will be watching for updates and saying a prayer for all.

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  27. leslie, i love your blog! my prayers are with all of you and my very best wishes for wally' speedy recovery!

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  29. He doesn't look old at all, he just looks like he hurts. Oh sweet Wally. Leslie I know you are worried but he will be okay. Take time to help him recover and keep me posted. Big hugs!

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  30. Always share your news of Wally and Lulu with a friend and we are both anxious to hear about how Wally made out with his surgery. Such beautiful dogs you have. Thank you for sharing their lives with others.

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  31. Look at how many of your followers love Wally and Lulu. Your Children are special people for sure.

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  32. Leslie, I am so sorry I did not know of Wally's surgery until today. After I changed e-mail addresses all the blogs I subscribed to were gone & I had to resign up for them. I am so glad though that Wally was able to have the surgery and will be catching up on your post now that I have signed up for updates again. Please give him a hug for me.

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