I took this photo of Claude the blind Great Dane and Tyler the deaf English Pointer this morning in Widget's House. We had just finished feeding everyone breakfast and then turned them out again for some romping and play time before bringing them back in. (It was 12 degrees this morning so they're not out for long in that kind of weather.) Tyler was already on the bed when big Claude came lumbering in the back door, headed straight for the "sofa" and plopped down.
I realized I have been remiss in not posting any updates on Claude since coming back from WSU's veterinary teaching hospital. We have been managing his Wobbler's Syndrome medically, following the treatment plan given us by the neurologist. Somewhat to our amazement, Claude is doing a LOT better! He's not slipping and falling nearly as much as he used to, and he seems to have a better idea of where his feet are. He also doesn't seem to be as uncomfortable as he was. He still has a great appetite and now that the medical management is working, he also has some of his old spark back.
Coincidentally, Claude's neurologist, Dr. Fred Wininger, called this afternoon. He happened to see Claude's photo in the People magazine article while traveling earlier this week and wanted to check on how Claude was doing. He was pleased to hear that Claude was responding well to the treatment, although we know this will not be long-term. Still, it's a huge improvement over how he was just a few weeks ago, and every day is a blessing.
So Claude settled in for his morning nap next to Tyler, who -- much to Claude's relief -- surrendered the entire sofa to the big guy a few minutes later. When a Dane stretches out, there isn't a whole lot of room left!
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