Alayne took these photos of Darla and me in a physical therapy session on Saturday. The goal of her PT (Darla thinks PT stands for “pain and torture”) is to get her to use her right rear leg, which is the one she had knee surgery on in September. As I explained in a previous post, she can indeed use that leg, but she doesn’t want to … and the physical therapy is designed to get her over that mental block. In the photo above, I’m having her step over poles in a set-up we borrowed from the physical therapist at Peak. You can see her right rear foot is down. But, she soon got lazy (or crafty) and realized it would all be a lot easier if she just knocked the poles off with her front feet as she went over them:
Then we went back to having her step over 4″ x 4″ wooden posts we laid on the ground. Back and forth, back and forth. It’s hard to step over these things with only three legs, so she learns it’s easier if she gives in and puts that fourth foot down.
Next up came walks through thick, rough grass on a slope. This, we’ve learned, is the most effective technique, because it’s a natural walk but the grass makes it difficult to just use three legs, and the slope adds to that difficulty. So here we are setting out on the slope walk … notice she’s put that foot down already:
You can tell in this next photo there’s quite a bit of climb to it … a gentle but persistent slope:
Up and down the slope we went.
And yet, given an opportunity, she’ll still try to keep that leg up in the air:
Before giving up and putting it down again:
Meanwhile, at the top of the slope, Darla and therapist (mental and physical) take a break:
I know that looks like a sweet dog-loves-man/man-loves-dog photo, but in reality, she was pleading with me to get the utility vehicle and drive out to the field to pick her up.
2014 Fall Shelter Challenge Begins
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