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June 23, 2022

Onyx had surgery a week ago to repair her Grade II Luxating Patella.  The surgery went well and she is on the mend.  Onyx has been such a trooper and doesn't complain about spending a lot of time cooped up in her kennel.

We take kennel breaks and hang out in the front yard.  After a little sniffing around, Onyx plops down and nudges for love and belly rubs.  She gets a little squirrley and wiggles around on her back with all four legs flying in the air.  As the days have gone-by, Onyx's interest in the yard critters has grown.  She tests my reflexes when she jumps up, ready for hot pursuit of bunnies and squirrels.  

I suspect Onyx's interest in small, fast animals is foreshadowing her future home.  She will need a yard big enough to run, but fenced.  Without a fence, I'm not exactly sure when Onyx would stop.  She's a little Forrest Gump like.

Onyx's food will have to be closely managed.  She is at a great weight right now.  Gaining too much weight will put a lot of stress on her joints.  Keeping her light is super important for her comfort and health.

Onyx still loves attention and cuddling.  Chin scratches and belly rubs are her thing.  She really misses curling up on the couch and in bed and will be happy when those restrictions are lifted.  A home that will allow her on the furniture is a must!

We return for follow-up surgical appointments in a couple of weeks and give a progress report then!

May 24, 2022

Onyx was surrendered to a local shelter after discovering issues with her hips and knees that were cost prohibitive for the original owners to surgically repair.  The shelter contacted L.E.A.R.N. and we pulled her from the shelter to give her a second chance at a quality life.

Onyx has been in her foster home a little over month now, while waiting to get in for her surgical consultation.  The specialists completed their exam and determined Onyx has Grade II Luxating Patellas and will require surgery on both knees.  She has some arthritis in her hips but its not debilitating for her and her knees are the primary issue.  Onyx's surgery is scheduled for mid-June and she will have an 8-10 week recovery.  While recovering, her other knee will be assessed to determine if a second surgery will be required.

Onyx is a cuddler.  She loves to curl up on the couch or bed, hanging close to her people.  When she isn't cuddling, she LOVES wrestling with her foster brother.  In spite of her bad legs, she will chase, be chased, tackle, and party like a rock star.

Onyx has a future in quality control for a fencing company.  She has found all the weak spots in our fence.  She gets to the other side and just wanders around the neighbors yard and has never gone too far.  She then stands on the other side of our yard and longingly stares back in.  She sees no need in shimmying back through and just waits for us to walk back around the block or lift her back over the fence.  The fence has been reinforced and the escape issues have resolved themselves.  Onyx has been reduced to chewing on sticks in the yard and wrestling matches with her foster brother.

Onyx knows her name and recalls with some encouragement.  She sits nicely and takes treats as sweetly as can be.  Onyx could use some work walking on a leash as she pulls a little more than she walks.  She isn't generally a barker...until you have a deer jump your fence and taunt you in your own backyard.

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