Oreo is doing just fine. He is playful, energetic, and eating normally. No crying, whining, listlessness.
I had Misty scheduled for an acupuncture treatment today. I decided not to cancel and bring Oreo instead. I figured his body may be out of whack from when he hurt his leg a couple weeks ago, and he might need some relief from the stress in our house.
Well, the good news....Oreo's emotional points weren't too bad. I hope that means he's feeling ok about Misty being gone.
The bad? Well, Oreo's body was all contorted. Even his tail. Must have been the way he was compensating when he was injured. Both his shoulders weren't feeling so good. Our doctor told me to see how he does on the peanut tomorrow. If Oreo's better as a result of her adjustments and acupuncture, I can bring him to agility. If he's still having some trouble, we'll have to wait a few weeks.
Also, Oreo has some scar tissue built up in his toes, due to the injury. She wants me to do range of motion exercises with each joint in his foot. He's having trouble extending the joints. Who knew you could do range of motion for all those little bones?
Boy, good thing I brought him to the appointment! Oreo really has no respect for his body. He uses it to the point of abuse. Obviously, he learned that from his grandfather, not me.
Overall, I've been trying to keep Oreo (and myself) busy. Oreo and I are still "working the plan". It is difficult lately to work on his fears, because most people are in hibernation mode. Neighbors stuck in their house, no one is out walking about.
I have continued bringing Oreo to the large cemetery. It is an awesome winter walking place. Roads are plowed, but without road salt to burn his sensitive feet.
|this is my favorite part of the cemetery, I love how the pine trees make a canopy|
Since we're not encountering too many people on these walks, I've been working on our skills in the wide open areas, which usually have Oreo's head spinning like secret service. I'm trying to encourage him to keep his focus on me, not the perimeter.
Here we are doing sit/stays:
Although Oreo prefers to work on recalls:
We have a follow up appointment scheduled mid February with our behaviorist. I'm looking forward to hearing what new ideas she has for Oreo.