Olive update – part one

Olive is doing so well! Nick and I are so impressed at how well she’s healing.  I told Nick yesterday that her being on a vegan diet is probably helping with her recovery. 😉 She’s been great at walking on all four legs (she’s supposed to start using her leg right away – that’s why we have the sling to catch her if it gives out, or it’s too painful), and is even back to all of her usual outdoor habits which is also great. Means that everything inside is working as it should.

I would say that hardest part right now would be carrying her up and down the stairs for every outdoor trip, and trying to keep her from getting too excited. I apparently hurt my left knee sometime this last week, and so it’s pretty tender and it doesn’t feel great lugging 37 lbs up an down 3-4 flights of stairs! It’s like I have sympathy knee issues or something, ha! She’s also feeling better, and so she wants to walk around the house, and get back to some of her usual routine. She has this really fun bed in our kitchen that she’s itching to get back into, but it’s elevated, and so it’s a little risky for her right now to maneuver getting in and out of it, and if she were to move too quickly out of it on her own, she could injure herself even more.

We have her suture removal and check up scheduled for next week, and I think that will also help a lot as I imagine that stitches are uncomfortable and tight. She’ll also be able to be in her kennel at night, and when we have to be out of the house, without the e-collar, which we’ll all be happy about! Not only will she be able to be more comfortable, but that hard plastic is LOUD in her kennel when she’s moving around!

As I mentioned in my last post, having Nick here, and going through this whole process with me, is invaluable. We make a really great team, if I do say so myself, and we both love our girl, and only want to see her back to her usual playful self!

I just can’t get enough of these two! All the heart eyes!!

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Santa Paws

Our favorite local pet store The Happy Hound was hosting an Christmas event this last Saturday, and we were so excited to take Olive. She’s super social, and loves to meet everyone. They had adoptable dogs, the Grinch, Santa Paws, and all kinds of treats and Christmas-y things. She met so many new friends, and could not contain her excitement. We waited in a line a few minutes for her picture with Santa Paws, and I have to say, I am so happy with how they came out. They’re so funny! Olive is so expressive, and she was not so sure about a giant dog sitting next to her.

Here I feel like she’s thinking, “What in world is that? That is NOT a real dog.” Lil Sis said she was giving him major “side eye”.
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Okay, so now she’s giving him a chance. Figuring maybe he can’t be too bad because Nick doesn’t seem to be afraid of him. 😉
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Now I think she’s thinking, “Okay, I sat here long enough. I’m ready to go and sniff other dogs and eat stuff off the ground.”
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We had such a fun time, and she totally passed out when we got home. It’s definitely super dog-friendly around here, and it’s so fun that there are so many great opportunities to get Olive out and about. It’s so great to see her having so much fun. 🙂

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park

Nick and I are slowly getting used to our area and finding all the fun things that it has to offer! A new friend from church told me about Red Rock Regional Overlook Regional Park the other day, so Sunday morning after Nick and I did our couch to 5k workout and stopped at Peet’s Coffee & Tea for a beverage, we packed up the pup and headed out to the park.

It’s only about 15 minutes from our house, and sometimes I can’t believe that I’m only 15 minutes away from the Potomac River! Having lived in the Midwest my whole life, it’s just a new adventure everyday to discover all that my new home has to offer, and all of the things I get to experience!

We did the loop that was about a mile and half. Olive was having SO much fun, and loving every minute! There were some parts of the trail that were a little crazy, but we got right down along the bank of the river. The smell was a little less than fresh, but that didn’t stop Olive from jumping right in and going for a swim! Nick and I were laughing so hard because we’ve never seen her do anything like that before! She was so happy!
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

We continued on our hike and got up a great overlook spot. It was a little cloudy, but it was still a beautiful view! (if you look closely in the background, you can see the mountains!)
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

We had such a lovely Sunday morning being outside enjoying Virginia! While this park isn’t overly large, or have any extra amenities, it’s a great place to get in a good hike, and see some beautiful scenery. So far, Virginia isn’t too bad. 😉
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

Happy Birthday, Nickerbocker!

Today is my favorite person’s birthday. It’s a bit of a bummer that he’ll be at work all day, but I DID send him to work with a dozen birthday cupcakes! (white cake with fluffy white buttercream, per his request – with sprinkles, of course!) Tonight we’re headed to Native Foods for dinner, and I can’t wait! It’s still so strange to me that I have places like Native Foods, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, IKEA, and Lush nearby! I don’t have to make a 3+ hour trip to Chicago anymore to enjoy these things. They’re all right here!

Anyway, I love you, Nick and I hope we have many, MANY more birthdays to celebrate together. You’re the best!

A man and his (distracted) dog