Monday, November 7, 2011

Easton is off the DL - for now

Easton has been on the DL (disabled list) for almost 4 months now. After being blind sided by an illegal block to the back by a misguided mix-breed linebacker, much to his disappointment, Easton has not participated in any full contact running and fetching since the incident. Until yesterday! I'm happy to report he has returned to his "just adopted" retrieving condition with an extra dose of enthusiasm.

We headed to our secret off-leash area, 4 blocks from home, hoping no one was there so we could conduct a controlled work-out for the NFL scouts. Golf ball retrieving for about 15 minutes went very well. His enthusiasm was sky high and his running looked good. Eventually we had company sharing the field. Thank goodness it was a responsible owner and her sweet, balanced dog. Holly is a 5 year old Labradoodle who is a wonderful playing companion for Easton. Kathy, Holly's Mum, brought the chuck-it and a tennis ball. That's all it took to wear Easton out. He went full bore for about 20 minutes, but then I had to cut him off. We took a long, slow cool-off walk home. Easton was one tired, but satisfied boy. 

I know how much he misses playing. He has the play drive of Devo, but has not been in any shape to ask his body to do the things his enthusiasm demands. We'll continue to walk every day and are still going to swim therapy every couple of weeks. We brought the Costco dog bed up from the garage hoping he would use it after his workout. As you can see from the pictures, he took full advantage of the opportunity to crash in style. Both Cosmo and Devo would sleep together on this bed. It's the perfect size for one Big Red! He never showed much interest in it before, but I think he's coming around.




7 comments:

Finn said...

Sounds like a good day. Glad he was able to get out and move around a bit. Look at how nice that bed looks too! Enjoy the nap!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Golden Happy for you Easton. OH and you found a secret place ... Golden Laughs! golf ball retrieving. Precious memories on that bed ... Happy Golden NAP, Easton. Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

Miley said...

Hooray for Easton and secret places!! Love the pics!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Good for you, Easton. Glad you're back to your former self again!

:o)

Meeka said...

Good news indeed.
Looking forward to seeing pictures of you and your secret place.

Homer said...

(Whispering)Psst Easton, let me tell you a secret. The best place to sleep is the human's bed. Better if you can get under the covers too! Go on, give it a try and you will not regret it!

Love,
Homer

Thor and Jack said...

We're happy to hear this. Great pictures!
Thor and Jack

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