Little did I know how challenging this recovery was going to be. We're only a few days in and so far it's been sleepless nights, a hunt for a softer cone, daily pill schedules, and scooping handfuls of food to her mouth. My husband carries her up and down our four flights of stairs so she can go outside twice a day (oh, the joys of a fifth floor walkup in New York City).
This may sound like a lot of effort for one dog, but as any pet parent will tell you, she's worth it.
Piper is one of those dogs who lives life to the fullest. She wants to meet every single dog in the neighborhood and be their best friend. She is enthused beyond belief when one of our friends comes over to our apartment. She's a champion snuggler and the most loving dog I have ever met (I know I'm biased, but trust me on this one). I cannot wait for the day I bring her back to the dog park or on a long stroll to our (read: my) favorite coffee shop and return to have the exhausted dog snuggle up on my lap. That is what pet companionship is all about.