Can you believe this?

Kirby loves the nurses at LVVSC

Kirby loves the nurses at LVVSC

Kirby went back into surgery this week on the knee that was just worked on. He tore internal sutures. What an adventures this has been!

Poor Kirby – such a skinny little leg and so much done to it. He had the cast back on for a week and now we are waiting to have the stitches removed next week. Then the rehab starts.

Kirby was very happy when the cast came off

Kirby was very happy when the cast came off

He is choosing not to put any weight on the leg and is holding it up most of the time. He is limited to his walking and cannot walk on our tile floors. But outside I try to encourage him to walk on the grassy areas or cement. But crazy boy prefers his “usual spot” on the rocks! He wobbles on the rocks to his “potty place” and balances the best he can to do his business.Then he turns right around and wants to just go home. No pleasure walks for him now.

That leg is just so skinny!

That leg is just so skinny!

Through it all he is happy and resting and only wants to cuddle.But what has come out of all of this that pleases me the most is how Benny is reacting. He is so sweet with Kirby. He is leaving him alone and not trying to play with him or jump at him and just lays down right next to him.He knows.

Benny has many of Coco's qualities
Benny has many of Coco’s qualities

He also knows that because Kirby is on furlough, Benny gets to work more and that is his greatest joy. Benny went to places that are regularly Kirby’s gigs and he is thrilled. If I could bring Benny somewhere every single day he would love it. As soon as he sees me get out his special collar and leash and vest he sits, looks lovingly at me and waits. The more he works the happier he is.

Benny will be four years on at the end of March and he has become the therapy dog I always knew he could be.

He has so many of Coco’s qualities. His fullest potential is yet to come I believe.

Sweet Kirby will continue to be my specialist but handled less by the elderly or unsteady clients. He will continue to attend school and Reading with us as he can remain still in his stroller or on his blanket and teach the children about empathy and kindness and how senior dogs are to be respected.

So as we transition Kirby to less work and more select jobs, Benny takes over the reins and is more than man for the job!