One Year Later

A year ago today, this is where we were:

Post-op Moses

For newer visitors to the Soapbox, Moses underwent surgery for a subarachnoid cyst on his spine.

We were given 67% odds that surgery would result in long-term favourable results.

Now, 12 months later, though we are still in the short term period, I am happy to report we have seen nothing but favourable results.

Can Moses go back to pulling the cart?

Sadly these days are behind us.

Can Moses go back to coming on long, strenuous hikes and backpacking trips?

Unfortunately not.

But just because Moses may never be back to 100% of his previous physical ability means very little.

Is he still able to go on fun walks?

You bet!

Is he still able to play and wrestle with Alma?


Can he still fetch sticks from the river?

Like a pro.

And get disgusting with a raw bone like the rest of them?


To put Moses through the surgery was a big and expensive risk to take, but I would not go back change our decision one bit.

Here’s to many more years!

And he can still sit-stay with the best of ’em, too!

About ThatJenK
Writing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 90% pictures of my dogs; 10% miscellaneous opinions nobody asked for.

16 Responses to One Year Later

  1. barb19 says:

    I am so happy to hear this wonderful news about Moses, and that you can look forward to many more years with him. Seems like he is doing just fine. I loved all the pics and captions – he has such an adorable face!

  2. Sounds like a total success in my book! So happy for you that he has come so far in such a short time. And I bet Moses is even happier. He looks quite pleased with that bone too. πŸ™‚

  3. That’s the great thing about dogs. They never think about what they can’t do, just what they can do.

    Moses has something to teach all of us.

  4. Love the hiking photos. I am glad Moses has shown progress since his surgery.

  5. Hey Moses, Hey Alma, Jet here.

    Nice to make your acquaintance on the WW hop.

    Moses, I’m unfamiliar with your medical challenges, however, you seem to have made an astounding recovery so far. May you continue to heal and strengthen.

    Mom asked me to share that you both are extremely handsome/beautiful and your environment is spectacular.

  6. Mason says:

    Woof! Glad you are feeling better fellow doggy, we found you on blog hop! Come visit us when you have the time πŸ™‚

    ~Stinky Kisses, Mason

  7. SassyThePup says:

    Hi! New follower here! What a wonderful story! And what beautiful places to have fun and be a dog!

    Stop by our blog and follow us back when you get a chance!

  8. julesmelfi says:

    So nice to see him having fun – he’s a lucky dog!!

  9. Jen says:

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Moses has come so far and is doing great! I’m sorry that he can’t pull the cart anymore, but he can do a lot of other things!
    By the way, love the cart. My husband is building one for the boys right now and we are trying to get the correct size wheels!

  10. 2browndawgs says:

    I’m with Jen. I can’t believe it has been a full year, but then I cannot believe it has been a year since Thunder’s bloat surgery. It just seems so long ago. I am happy that Moses has had such a good recovery. You did a great job with his rehab!

  11. snoopys@snoopysdogblog says:

    Yay!! Here’s to lots more fun Moses!! Great recovery buddy πŸ™‚

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  12. Kristine says:

    Good for Moses, that’s so great. He may not be exactly the same as he was, but are any of us? After such a big surgery, I think you and he have a lot to be proud of. I am so glad it all worked out so well!

  13. Yay for Moses! πŸ™‚

  14. Kim Clune says:

    Hurray for Moses – and for YOU! We’ve had hip replacements done on two dogs and both were the best decisions ever made. To see them thrive in ways that resumed play, freedom and general well-being for years to come? The risk was worth it to reduce their inhibiting pain, and the benefit far exceeded our expectations. I’m so glad to see your outcome equally successful!

  15. Lauren @ Life With Desmond says:

    Jen, this was such a lovely post. It’s great what you’ve done for Moses, and I’m happy to hear he still has lots of fun activities to take part in. Congrats on a year of good health and recovery!

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