Silke and I are currently visiting friends in Germany. Yesterday our friends took us to the Felsenmeer in the Odenwald for a nice walk. We picked a tour of 9.5 kilometres which didn’t sound like that much. But Silke and I are Fenlanders and not used to mountainous terrain at all. In the end it took us four hours (including breaks) to complete the walk and we were quite exhausted at the end.
The really positive surprise was how well our dog Vader coped with this long walk, his first long tour after the surgery last year. He ran around the whole time, went up twice as many slopes as the rest of us and even bounced over the boulders when Silke went for a short climb.
Vader’s surgery and the recovery period afterwards were hard on all of us. But it was well worth it. Our little dog is fit as a fiddle, maybe better than he has been ever before. 😊
After each of his two surgeries during the past two years Silke has taken our dog Vader to the Animal Health Trust (AHT) for hydrotherapy sessions. These sessions greatly helped Vader to regain his muscle strength and fitness in a few weeks.
And now Vader has even been selected as the AHT’s patient of the week. You can find the his story on their website.
Earlier this month our dog Vader celebrated his sixth birthday. Unfortunately Vader had another year with health issues. Silke and I noticed that he didn’t seem to be enjoying long walks as he used to. Frequently Vader wanted to turn around and go home earlier than usual. When he repeatedly showed signs of pain in his lower back area Silke took him to our local vet for an X-ray. The good news was that his spine was alright. But the bad news was that Vader was suffering from severe arthritis in his left hip. As his condition was getting worse Silke and I with a heavy heart decided to take Vader to a specialist clinic for a hip replacement. We had to drop him off on a Thursday and after a weekend full of worries we got our little darling back the following Monday. The surgery had gone very well but Vader was of course still sore and a bit jaded.
Fortunately Vader’s recovery went very well in the following weeks. The final assessment by the veterinary surgeon gave him a clean bill of health. He is however still on restricted exercise and only allowed walks on the lead and as a result feels rather bored.
But in a few weeks even that will be behind us and Vader can again run around like a crazy Spaniel. 🙂