Hot weather, swimming and now what?

The FHO surgery and summer in the desert makes it hard to get enough exercise for Chuy.  The best we have been able to do is put him in his water tank for therapy early in the morning and again in the late afternoon. It has gotten to the point of all he wants to do is go in to cool off, no more of that exercise stuff!  Thinking about exercise, the sidewalks are too hot to go for even a short walk, so hot you can actually fry an egg on them.  Being a Tripawd and having the FHO surgery, taking Chuy to Petsmart or another store where dogs are allowed in out of the question.  The floors are slick and he falls down frequently.  We want to avoid having another surgery at this point.  What do we do?

He likes to try to run in the backyard, so we get out the laser pointer.  WALAAA!  He chases the dot all over the lawn.  If we use it, only after dark, it is cooler out and he still gets some exercise.  He still falls on occasion, but at least it is on the lawn (softer surface) and he will get up and try again.

Can’t wait until the weather cools off.


Yay!  The weather is finally cool enough to go for a walk in the early morning.  Mom put my ruffwear harness on me and I started running around the house like a nutcase.  When she finally got her stuff together, (keys, leash, water), I was already waiting at the door.  We got outside and I thought we were going for a ride, so I stopped at the car door I usually climb into.  Mom said “No Chuy, let’s walk!”  Off we went.

Now, this is the first long walk I’ve been on since my FHO surgery in May.  Before my surgery, I could go about 2 blocks and then I would need to rest.  Today we all the way around the block!  I stopped once to bark at a man in his driveway and once to rest.  The only other time I stopped was to read my pee-mail or leave pee-mail for a furriend.  🙂  Mom gave me water to drink as we walked or when I would stop to sniff something.  All in all, it’s been a grrreat day!

When we got home, I jumped on Daddy and then took a nice long nap!  It’s evening now and I’m just full of energy again.  I can’t wait until tomorrow.  I get to go see my PT Jeff and go swimming!!!!!