Friday, January 01, 2016

A Small Pop In Winston's Back

Sadie and Stella start 2016 the right way by not even making it to the yard to wrestle, they barely made it past the FJ before they started. It must be the warmer than normal temps, it was 0° last year, high 30's today.

We barely stayed awake past midnight last night. I did anyway, all the hounds slept most of the night including Winston. At one time he was in the snoring stage and I take that as a very good sign. The good signs seem to be appearing more and more ... very encouraging.

The day started with the same routine as yesterday and really about the same time. Sadie came into my bedroom whining loud enough to wake me ... just to let me know that Winston was whining to go outside. It was 4:44am. It was about a second after I took the gate down and he started marching to the door while dragging his legs behind him. A "stop Winston" got him stopped so I could prop the door open and put the t-shirt sling under him to lift his hips.

He came back inside and went straight to sleep. That lasted another 3 hours when all the hounds let me know that it was time for their breakfast. When I put the gate down, he sat on his blankets wagging his tail ... a small bowl of water later ... we are "sprinting to the yard.

So now it's 730am I am still feeling I need more sleep but this time I took a chance and put him in the center of the bed. Here is where the next 'good sign' of improvement happened. As he sat up after almost 3 hours of sleeping, there was a small pop in his lower back ... like a chiropractic adjustment. Once again when he saw me getting out of bed he went to the edge of the bed ready to get off. He waited until I lifted him and carried him to his blanket.

Same routine to go outside dumping both tanks ... came back inside and went to sleep until Stella began howling to be fed lunch. His next laser treatment will be tomorrow around 1:30pm. I am thinking with the reduction of swelling around his spine, the small back pop today, more tail wagging these past few days ... this next laser treatment could be really good for him and speed his recovery even more.

With his legs up off the ground as we walked outside at 10:30am, I noticed a little movement with each rear leg in a walking motion, not just dangling free. His left paw was in the normal position while his right paw was somewhere in between the normal and hanging straight down.

As you can see Stella and Sadie are ready for their first day in 2016 to stand on alert with Winston.

One of the blog readers has a real interest like myself, in old steel bridges. So with all the rain we've had this past week along with the photos of the field across the highway flooding .. I decide to take a photo shoot break and see what was up with that bridge with flooded fields ... and to give him an update.

Here is where I talked about that bridge last May, along with some photos:  Click here:

I didn't get far today.

The first photo is the same road last May 2015.

Here is that same road to the bridge today on 2016 Jan 01.

Bridge Is Just Past That White Sign
Here is a current photos from late this afternoon of that field of yellow weeds (flowers).

Sometime around the normal "anytime after 12 noon", if Stella is sleeping she will wake up to let me know it is time to eat. They just had their breakfast at 7:30am so not quite 5 hours and they are wanting to eat. Even Winston was sitting in his gated area today wagging his tail while Stella begged to be fed. For the first time ever I was able to capture Stella howling ... it's a soft howl ... a bloodhound howl ... and I think it's her bark also. I have never heard Sadie bark ... ever.

Her ... "I want to be fed call"
Sadie seems to be looking at her wondering what the hell is she doing???

There were 3 things today that showed more improvements. They keep coming and that's a great thing to see.

  1. While holding him up by the t-shirt harness, he peed in a squatting position (his normal) instead  of sitting on the ground.
  2. While holding him up by the t-shirt harness, I let him walk to anywhere he wanted thinking he had to poop. He walked all the way through the field to the tree line straight back from the house ... then pooped while standing with me holding him up by the harness instead of in a sitting position. That's a pretty long walk with only his front legs. I carried him back to the house after that.
  3. At the time I was bringing his bowl of food to him he was trying to do his patent 'mini hop' on his front feet. He does that when he is excited. 
I know for those readers that are not pet owners it might seem gross to talk about this type of stuff, but it's part of of owning a dog and in this case a dog that is in recovery from a back issue. He continues to do the best he can to get better. Basset Hounds are a stubborn breed and loyal ... Winston is no exception.

It was a beautiful first day of 2016 here in the "tropics" of Southern Indiana.


  1. Yep, y'all go a little water down there at the moment. . .

    I've been meaning to get photos of the 1932 through truss bridge that carries US90 over the Colorado River in Columbus TX and all this talk about bridges reminds me that I'm running out of time. A new bridge is to be built starting this month!! Fortunately the old bridge will be left in place but the view of that bridge with the nearly identical Union Pacific bridge just upriver will be spoiled by the new bridge which will be right in between them.

    (For a few years now I've a a vague idea of photographing every bridge across the 850+ mile Colorado River (The one in Texas, not that 'other' Colorado River) but haven't done a damn thing about it yet.)

    1. 2016 can be your year!!! Fill up the gas tank, charge all camera batteries, pack some food and click away!!!

    2. Greg: Of old bridges and of new bridges. Here in the San Francisco bay area, we recently completed the new west span (Oakland side) of the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Bridge; and sadly demolished the old west span. It's history now. Go and capture in photos the history of the new and old US90 bridge while you can for future generations.

    3. East span ... it was the EAST span of the Oakland/San Francisco Bridge that was replaced ... sorry ... got my compass directions mixed up :(

  2. Steve: Glad to read that Winston is showing improvement! Go, Winston, go! Happy new year 2016 to you all.

    1. Thank you. He is snoring right now at 7:30pm. I hope the next week brings some good changes and each day gets better. Not sure how much more lifting my back can take ... lol

  3. East span ... it was the EAST span of the Oakland/San Francisco Bridge that was replaced ... sorry ... got my compass directions mixed up :(