As I write this (May 1, 1999), it has been a month since the implants. Two weeks ago, I removed the neck wrap, but keep it on hand for long walks as the slow pace of a walk is more wearing on her at this point than careening around the yard.
Her strength and stability are increasing. I have come to watch her closely and notice the little things that she has begun to do again: lifting her leg to 'mark', standing on her hind legs to get a toy off my desk, initiating play with Mo and then not backing down, and jumping over a low bush that gets in her way as she is chasing those dreadful squirrels. Yes, she is improving, there's no question about that.
The last time we were in for a check-up, Dr C took her from me so he could walk her around and watch her movement. He walked back in the office with a big smile on his face and said, "She looks wonderful." He had taken her on 3different surfaces and she didn't slip or hesitate at all. She's on her way back.
The holistic vets in our area are watching her closely. What has worked for Sylvia may not work for every dog, but they feel that they now have another method of treatment to offer; one with which they have seen very positive results.
Where do we go from here? I don’t know. What goals do I have for her? None. I am setting no limits on what she can achieve. No limits.