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My daily perusal of Timehop reminded me that today is one year since we let Murphy out of crate rest after his IVDD episode. What a great day that was! As I explained in my blog post from that day, the event itself wasn’t all that climactic; he had already been healing well in previous weeks, and we had even let him out of his crate on supervised prowls around the living room. However, liberation day represented a very good outcome, one for which we are very thankful.


So, how is Murph doing one year after his paralysis? Well, he’s been tearing through the yard after squirrels this spring, running the fence line barking at our neighbor dog Snickers the ‘Doodle, and bounding through the snow. He even flat-out jumped on the couch last weekend, which is a gigantic no-no. He used to jump on the couch all the time despite our best efforts to the contrary, but his weakened back leg has made it a bit harder for him, and he rarely tries unless he is absolutely desperate for attention. We were pretty shocked when he managed it, but our stern reprimands were accompanied by silent appreciation of his feat, something that he probably couldn’t have managed months ago.

His back right leg is still weak, though it has strengthened over the year to allow him to jump more, as evidenced by the couch. He sometimes has difficulty getting up the two steps from the yard onto the deck, especially if it’s icy or piled up with snow, but that would be challenging enough for a little dog with short legs anyway. It’s sad and hilarious at the same time to see his tracks in the snow–there are three little paw prints and one longer swipe where that bum leg drags just a little bit. But despite these few setbacks, he’s enjoying a pretty normal doggy life. 

Happy Liberation Day, Murph!


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First of all, thank you all so much for your prayers and messages and well-wishes for Murphy. You’ve been so encouraging and kind as we’ve gotten our bearings. It’s been two weeks now since Murphy slipped a disc in his back, and since many of you have inquired about his progress, I wanted to provide a quick update on his current status. Reading back on my post last week and reflecting on what I wanted to write this week, I was pretty astounded by how different my perspective is after only seven days. I believe we have seen little baby steps of progress every single day, but these have added up to a huge change of outlook in the Taylor house.
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As I write this, I am on a plane over the Caribbean, returning from a warm, sunny week on the beach with family. I should be telling you about the island of Curaçao, about how I finally learned to snorkel, about the beautiful turquoise water, about how I appreciate missing the latest round of bitterly cold weather in the states, and soon I will. But this, unfortunately, is not what I must share with you today.

On Wednesday evening, after a day out exploring the island, I casually grabbed my phone to check the day’s email with the wifi provided in the apartment we were renting. I was surprised to see that I had missed multiple calls and had a voicemail. I couldn’t return the calls or listen to the message because I didn’t have international calling on my phone; I was only using the wifi connection. But when I checked my email, I quickly discerned who had been calling.
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