the pup has had to have some fairly major surgery - it turns out he has a luxating patella (on both back legs, but obviously, they can only fix one at a time). his surgical fix involved making a cut in the tibia, tightening the tendon to make sure the kneecap can't pop out of place anymore, and securing it all back together with two metal pins (ouch!!). we've had to crate-train him very quickly (he wasn't crate-trained before, and had about a week before the surgery to get used to being in his crate) - his activity levels will need to be seriously limited over the next few weeks, which is going to be difficult (he's not the sort of dog who likes to take things slowly!). plus, he's a bit of a fussy licker, so if he's left on his own for even a few minutes, he has to wear the "cone of shame" (which he loathes & detests, but it's the only way to stop him from messing with the stitches). he is a lot happier in the crate without the cone on, though...
obviously, he's going to need a lot of care & attention over the next few weeks - because they had to make a cut in the bone as part of his repair, he's essentially got a fractured leg, and needs to be watched most of the time to make sure he doesn't move about too much (dogs aren't great at remembering that they're injured!). and because my working hours are much more flexible than the RSA's, it's going to be down to me to keep an eye on him a lot of the time - which means i won't be able to be at the studio as much as i usually am (so if you're planning a studio visit, please email me ahead of time to make sure i'll be there!). i am still going to be working as much as i can manage, but the web shop will be restocked a little less often than normal, so i hope you can bear with me for a few weeks until i'm able to get back to more normal working schedule.
and to the universe, or fate, or whoever is in charge of what's been going on? i just want to say - can you give me a break for a little while? that's enough for now, thanks.
1 if you're on ravelry, you'll already know about the various ongoing problems with Knit Camp, which as of the time of this post have yet to be sorted out. i AM still planning on having a stall at the weekend marketplace; if anything changes, i will post it on my twitter feed.