Home again!

Chelsea is back at home! That in itself is a miracle! She looks pathetic. 1/3 of her body is shaved, except for the tail, and she has a 2″ incision on each leg. We had a rough night, and she cried off and on. This morning I think the morphine patch kicked in and she actually walked about 4 steps. After a breakfast of baby food, she’s watching Texas Ranger with me on TV and doing well, all things considered. That’s right Texas Ranger is one of her favorite shows. The UPS man even prompted a bark probably because she had just finished watching a karate scene! This is one smart dog.

Her mother is the one you should all worry about. Yes, that would be me, good old mom. I wish you could have seen my face at the vet when they brought her out yesterday. I took anatomy in college, but it obviously didn’t include dog anatomy. I thought her knees were the part of the leg you see below, by the tip of the tail. Well, guess what? Dog knees are up by the thigh area! I honestly had no idea! All this time I’ve been wondering how on earth they could operate on such a tiny little area and then they bring her out with two huge old incisions on her “thighs”. Much to my husband’s dismay, I actually said “those are her knees?” I wonder if that’s the first time the vet ever got that question. I’m sure she mentioned me at the dinner table last night.

So if there are some dummies like me out there I’ve included a short course in dog anatomy. The ankle bone’s connected to the knee bone, the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone…right?

It will be awhile before I can take any glamor shots of Chelsea. That poor little behind needs some fur to grow back.

To all of you who have emailed us, Chelsea and I Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. Yes, I think I know where her little heart is so don’t worry. I’ll take good care of her.


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  • Vicki - So glad she is home and doing well. Thanks for the anatomy lesson, I don’t think my dog has knees being a Corgi, I can’t find them anyhow
    Hug the bald bottom little doggie for the Bunny Club

  • Sipiweske Quilts - Relieved to hear everyone is home and doing fine. Educated me on doggie knees! I wouldn’t have known – I’m a kitty person – wonder if it’s the same for cats? I’ll need to check that out now, plus where the heart is actually located – I’m a dummie there! I have no idea. All the best in the upcoming days. – M.ReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - Well, I’m glad she’s home with her mom, that’s where our babies should be. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Chelsea.
    Very cute story you present on the anatomy of dogs. I like your humor.
    It sure helps during stressful times.ReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - That’s crazy. I had no idea those were ankles. Well you’re not the only one. So compared to their knees, where are their hips?ReplyCancel

  • jkboller - Oh, sure can relate…my doggy Maggi is going in for surgery tomorrow morning to have a small tumor and mammary gland removed. She had been spayed before her first heat as a puppy, so it’s a total surprise because I thought it would prevent such tumors. Well, caught it early since I’m constantly rubbing this beagle dog’s tummy!

    I hope your doggy is doing better with each passing day!!


  • Barbara - I’m so glad Chelsea is home and doing well. :DReplyCancel

  • kristeenm - Poor Chelsea. I hope she gets the rest she needs and is up running around soon. What a sweetie.

    Get well soon Chelsea.


  • Gretchen - Best wishes on a speedy recovery for Chelsea and an easy recovery for her mom from worry and nursing. My thoughts are with you both!ReplyCancel

  • yellowfarmhouse - I’m so glad to hear that Chelsea came through her surgery. I love the picture from the post before this of her sweet little legs. That’s a hoot that she like Texas Rangers. Give her an extra hug from me.

    Hugs – karenReplyCancel

  • rohan9ca - you’re a good mommy! I hope she recovers quickly, the poor little punkin!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann/Ca - So glad she is home and comfie in her own spot with folks who love her. Their resilience is amazing so I know she’ll be working those knees (where ever they are) in no time.ReplyCancel

  • Pam D. - Wow.. so glad she is home with you, and recovering..
    lots of hugs and kisses for your baby… dogs are so quick to recover!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Boon - Well done for taking such good cre of her. You must be shattered.
    The anatomy lesson was very useful.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hope Chelsea feels better soon! I know you are giving her lots of love. She is so special. Hopefully this is your last trip to the vet in a long time.

  • Beth - Hey, you’re not alone, I thought those were the knees too! Who would have known those are ankles! I still can’t pictures what they consider her knees! LOL Well, I’m glad she’s home recuperating with her mommy, I bet she’s sticking to you like white on rice huh?ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Oh my gosh, I am so glad she is home safely. She looks so tuckered out. But I am sure she is happy to Mom watching out for her and sharing TV time with her.
    Well, you are not alone…I did not know that those are not the knees either. I suppose it is the same on my cats. I’ll have to inform the family. Thanks for the anatomy lesson and get well Chelsea!

  • Lynne in Hawaii - If those are her ankles, what is that where the paw attaches? I am so confused. Glad to hear she is doing better.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so glad she is home and doing well. It is so hard when a ‘fur baby’ is hurting. I know I would take their pain on myself if I could. You are right, keeping up with her is a great ‘problem’ to have. I hope it all goes well. RoxieReplyCancel