My mom’s broken ankle has really changed everything at our house. A week ago things were great, but then Mom came limping home from her run with Bailie and life as we knew it was changed for the next few months. It is very true that one needs to enjoy what you have because things can change in a split second! Over the past week, we have all learned a lot and I wanted to share with you the 5 ways we have come up with to survive this setback.
1. Huggles help everyone feel better!
Mom is the most upset about her broken Fibula. Being such an active person who can’t even sit still, it is a huge blow. For over 30 years, she has been walking or running every single morning. To have to suddenly quit her morning workouts is like giving up brushing her teeth. It is extremely difficult. We dogs feel the pain too, as we all have had the same morning walk/run routine our entire lives.
Not only does Mom miss the exercise, but it makes her really sad and frustrated. Seeing us dogs waiting at the door to go for a walk breaks her heart. We all have some short fuses and are not quite sure how to handle this new lifestyle we have been blessed with for the next few months. The one thing we have is each other. We can snuggle, huggle, and hang out. Nothing beats being together, and it will get us through. We are darn lucky the break is not all that bad! Things could be even worse, so we look on the bright side.
2. Find your new normal with a broken ankle!
Finding a new normal is pretty tough when most of our lives were based on activity. Madison spends a lot of time looking out the window looking for her new normal. Figure out what you can do, and how to best do things that need to be done. The new normal is not forever, only long enough to let the broken bone heal. Thankfully we have a fenced yard we can go out and run around in to burn off some energy.
3. Call others for help!
Of all the things one can do to help get through a broken ankle, this one is one of the most difficult! Mom is very independent and doesn’t like to ask for help. Now is the time where you need to pick up the phone and call friends and family. They will understand and help out. Others can take us for some walks, help with shopping, shovel snow, or just hang out and have some fun. People really do want to help! Don’t be shy, ask!
4. Work on Training!
Not being able to run around doesn’t mean a dog mom can’t do anything with her pups. Training is a great way to get us focused and wear us out mentally. We’ll be using low cal, but tasty treats for training. Mom already started by training Bailie and Madison to finally learn to ring the doorbell. Bailie learned to ring the bell last fall, but never used her knowledge. Now she has to ring to come back in, and Madison is learning too. Mom also plans to work on some tricks with them, as well as basic obedience. I’m years older than my sisters and am content to hang out, so I won’t have to train as much. We can all practice our nose work too.
5. Watch those calories!
We spent two to three hours a day walking, running, and doing our sports before the dreadful broken ankle. All of us girls and Mom are in great shape. We could eat whatever we wanted and never worried about gaining weight. One of the first things Mom did as soon as she got the news about the break, was to tell us we would all be restricting our calories. She doesn’t want any of us getting chubby while she is incapacitated. Madison is the exception as she is a growing puppy. Our food portions have been reduced, and snacks have been cut back too. I guess it is a good thing as we don’t want our furs to start feeling tight, but it is a bummer. Once we are back on the road, we can get back to our regular food and snack schedule. None of us, especially not Mom, want to fall into a lazy lifestyle where we overeat and gain weight.
Those are the 5 tips we have so far for dogs to survive their human breaking an ankle. My best advice it to make sure it never happens, but that is tough. Bailie was with Mom when it happened, and she feels so bad she couldn’t keep it from happening. We’ll all be back to our regular routine in a couple months, but in the meantime, these tips will help us to get through the tough time.