|The happiest dog.|
|C'mon, lookit that husky grin - such a happy poochie.|
|Sleeeeeppy time. Okay...more like cuddling into submission.|
Kenai, you've had quite the year!
In April we were able to diagnose your issues with favoring your hind legs as partially torn cruciate ligaments - surgery to have both knees operated on at the same time was scheduled for August.
You had a blast of a summer preceding surgery with many trips to crags for climbing days - even some lake swimming!
You topped off your days prior to surgery by getting skunked for the first time - thanks, dude.
August brought surgery, and the months following were full of rehab. You set your own schedule though and I'm happy to say that 7 months out you're much happier. You still get stiff from time to time, but your range of movement has returned and you're choosing to strike out in a two-beat gait as opposed to a 4 or 3-beat that helped take strain off your recovering knees.
You've had a pretty killer winter - just as I'd planned for you to have post-op, post-rehab. You've beeb on the mountain every weekend and have ridden the chairlift more times than I can count. Everyone loves you. You receive many, many compliments on your stellar behavior.
To top off the end of your 3rd year, you challenged your BFF Clyde - an Old English Mastiff - and his sister to a bone duel. You won in that you got the bone. You lost in that you also received a puncture wound to the cheek - serves you right, you jerk. As if a puncture wound wasn't enough, you ran off and got skunked again last week - thanks, asshole - but it wasn't *as* direct of a blow as July, so I'm trying to count my blessings with that one.
My wishes for you for your 4th year are as follows: stay healthy, stay happy, grow your ass hair back from surgery - its been 7 months and we're still SO far from normal. *DON'T SHAVE YOUR DOUBLE COATED DOGS, PEOPLE! THERE IS NO GUARANTEE IT WILL GROW BACK THE SAME!*
I love you, puppy-dog.