We saw Dr. Greenwood on Thursday - Heisman's "Big Daddy" Massengale came up and went with me to the vet, since Harding was in New York on business. Heisman is so lucky to have such an attentive grandfather. He carried her EVERYWHERE! Heisman really wished that she were not an 80 lb. dog - she LOVES to be carried. Her tail was wagging the whole time. We got to NVS and she sat in the car with Big Daddy until they called her name - then Big Daddy carried her all the way from the car into the exam room so that she wouldn't have to walk on the slick waiting room floor!
She got all 21 staples out, but ended up getting 4 stitches - a "net" win, we think. The area that I thought looked "a little" gross turned into a gaping, bleeding, DEEP hole once the staples were removed, so Dr. Greenwood added 4 stitches in that area - necessitating ANOTHER trip to Clarkston in 10 days to get the stitches out. I asked about the clicking, and he wasn't worried AT ALL, but Mommy still is. It sounds gross and happens every time she puts her leg down. Supposedly (from OrthoDogs) it is only scar tissue or an internal suture, but I hope it goes away soon!
Depending on when Heisman gets these stitches out, we start physical therapy very soon at Caring Canine. We can't wait to meet these people as they have already been so helpful on the phone! I will have to take my Flip camera so that we can get some awesome footage of Heisman in the underwater treadmill and doing all of the other fun activities at physical therapy. Hopefully, we can get her surgery leg strong before the CCL on the other leg completely gives out!
Thanks for all of the thoughts and prayers. We are still doing great!