This is an overdue update on Big Mama Scout, and an equally overdue *thank you, thank you, thank you* to everyone who sent sweet notes about her via email, comments and tweets last May when she had her amputation surgery. All were very much appreciated! Dog/animal people always know just what to say!
As you can see in a glance below, she's doing remarkably well (just as you all assured me she would)! For the first month, when she was in severe pain, this decision felt very selfish - and I was a wreck. As she began to resume her normal routines, her crying subsided and she became more mobile, the uncertainty of our choice fell by the wayside; relief and gratitude took over! I wanted to wait til her hair was fully grown back before I posted pics of my best girl, which took all summer. She has a permanent sort of whirly-burly curly-q that sticks out where the major part of her incision was - everyday I ask her, "What happened to your leg Scoutie Girl?" - she just burrows her head into me as if to avoid my trite inquiry for the 1000th time.
Today, we were romping in the backyard, when along came you-know-who to ruin all the fun. George is cute and all, but he is totally like a bratty little brother who always has to be included and barges in like big baby for attention. My BFF calls this T.G. - 'Tention Getter.
Above: The Stand-Off, Scout wins, she flaunts her trophy and flops to annoy George.
Below: He can't take the taunting, so he begins divet-making velodrome laps - doing fly-bys on Scout to get her to drop the ball and chase him. 100 lbs of skinny, speckled crazy legs is a sight to behold!
Above: She looks up to see what his ploy is this time. George gets the ball and dashes off!
Below: Scout stays centrally located in the yard; she bites George's back legs everytime he goes by (this is how her breed herds cattle, btw). George does the infamous doggy butt-tuck to roars of laughter from the crowd!!
Above: George deeks & dodges to avoid La Diabla waiting in the wings to get a nibble of him as he goes by.
Below: The crowd has grown by now - we all begin cheering for poor George as Scout closes in - he loves to be chased, and she is relentless.
Above: "Lookout George, she's right behind you!"
Below: Scout feigned interest momentarily, George dropped the ball - whoosh...she swooped in, grabbed it and now stands stoutly victorious as George makes one last feeble attempt. Nope, she gave him the business...
Below: ...and the melodramatic panting begins. Good boy, Georgie Porgie Pumpkin Pie - maybe next time the 3-legged Diva of Doom will let you win! And this, my bloggie friends, is how we now Scout is going to be just fine!