On Saturday afternoon we returned from the grocery store and Oliver greeted us at the door on all four of his legs.  He was so excited, he started walking in circles all over the kitchen, not dragging his right leg but actually moving it at the hip and placing his foot correctly on the floor.  We tend to see improvement from Oliver a day after his physical therapy.  They’re working him hard in the tank and when he gets home all he wants to do is lay around and rest for the remainder of the day.  It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago, Oliver was only able to wag his tail and needed us to turn him over on his bed every 3 hours.  Now, we’re lucky if we can keep him laying down for more than a few minutes at a time.

Oliver’s new shoe came in on Monday and…he hates it!  Frankly, we’re not crazy about it either but I think we all just  have to adjust.  He only wears it outside because there are metal latches on the toe to keep the straps in place.  Ollie still drags his foot around quite a bit, even with the boot, and there’s no way I’m going let him drag metal all over the  hardwood floors.  I don’t care how well it’s supposed to work.  He hates it so much that he will actually pick his right foot far off of the ground to avoid standing on it.  This may defeat the purpose of the boot, but at least it’s motivation for him to move his leg.  My hope is that when he gets more control over his leg, the boot will help him with proper placement of his foot.

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