What does it take to motivate me to start a blog? Colic surgery. It may take a while to even sort that one out myself. But for now it’s enough to recognize the birthplace of this journey. Today is day 1. Of my blog. Obviously. But more importantly, it’s day 1 of Savvy’s journey from surgery to all that her future holds. I almost typed day 1 of her recovery, but words are powerful and it just doesn’t sit right with me. We aren’t recovering from surgery to get back to where we were before. We’re moving forward together, through this challenging time, one day at a time. I’ve already learned, seen and felt more than I can ever express. I have no idea what the next 24 hours will bring. But, as so often happens, the most challenging situations give birth to periods of great growth and grace. So tonight that’s what Peppy pup and I are celebrating. Well, let’s be honest. In actuality, we’re crashed in the horse trailer getting ready to call it a night.
Yesterday a very exceptional and generous veterinarian at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital mentioned an estimated timeline of 60 days before Savvy could return to “work.” If, if, if and of course, if. She did just undergo major abdominal surgery for goodness sake. So here’s to the next 60 days. To the best of my ability, I will try to memorialize these 60 days in our journey. Which may or may not include random pictures of thrilling events such as first bowel movements and hand grazing. Try not to hold your breath.
A final thought to close out day 1. After 48 hours of hindquarter pain and defensiveness, I could just hang here with my sweet girl again. Sweet bliss.
This blog blossomed in the midst of a crisis. It grew into an outlet for the overwhelming feelings I was experiencing back in the spring of 2017 and became a tangible way to connect to my network of contacts that mean so much to me. Now, over 4 years later, it is re-born.