Joyce, yes, my back issues are diagnosed and being treated. Degenerative disc disorder, narrowing of the nerve openings, a touch of arthritis...have had epidural injections with varying relief, use a t.e.n.s. unit, take meds, etc. Basically, getting older. Sigh.
I get a lot of pleasure from 'the puppies'. They are siblings, 5 1/2 years old but still so playful, each weighing in at approx. 85lbs each. Tyson, my daughters' dog used to sniff constantly at my daughters' right eye. Turns out that is where her tumor was, behind the right eye! Since her surgery, no more sniffing. Micah gives structure to my day. Morning exercise, afternoon exercise, feeding, etc. Most nights, one or the other is curled up on the rug next to my bed and I feel very safe!
The cats that I had before getting Micah mostly 'tolerate' her presence. Tigger, my epileptic, visually impaired tiger striped loves to rub up against Micah every chance he gets! My daughters' cats on the other hand will curl up with either one at the drop of a hat! Her orange 'Hemmingway' (extra toes) thinks he too is a pitbull and will be in 'the dog yard' with them at exercise time. He loves to be under the steps and swat out at them as they pass by chasing the ball!
All of this has helped my neighbors see the breed in quite a different light than what most of the media portrays. The fact that these two ignore the other neighborhood cats completely has made particular impact on one of the 'cat ladies' here. I took great pains to teach them 'leave it' and 'ignore it', not just for cats but also the squirrels and rabbits around here. Apparently, the message works for other creatures just as well...Micah and I were out for a walk a couple of years ago when suddenly a huge turkey vulture landed on the grass about 10 feet from us and Micah just sat down, seemingly just as mystified as I was!!!!!!!!!! Then, it beat it's tremendous wings a few times and soared up onto the chimney of the house across the road! Awesome!
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, multiple wrist surgeries, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cysts, whiplash, bursitis of hips, grade 5 right shoulder separation and torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus