Murph got his stitches out today, and he got to see Dr. Julinee Kratcha, the Kindest Cut surgeon who performed his amputation! Dr. Kratcha (pictured above with Murph) did a wonderful job on his surgery - the nurses I know all raved about his beautiful incision :) I can't thank Dr. Kratcha and the rest of the staff at Kindest Cut enough for all they do for not just Murph, but all of our All Dog Rescue dogs. Kindest Cut (located at Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley) provides low-cost veterinary services for rescue groups as well as for families who meet income guidelines. They do all of our spays and neuters as well as dental work and other surgeries like Murph's. All Dog Rescue wouldn't be able to help as many dogs as we do without them.
Murph also got lots of attention from the techs who were on staff today - the picture above shows him with Ashley Parmenter, Amelia Jordan, and Sophie Cross. Another picture of him with Sophie (who coordinated all of his visits, records, and extra meds) is below. Thanks to all of them as well for the wonderful care and love they show every day!!
And with the stitches out, Murph also got all activity restrictions removed, so it was off to a trip to the dog park for the first time in 2 weeks! It was icy and muddy but the weather was lovely, and Murph had a blast. He did really well even on the ice - he slipped a couple of times, but so did all of the two-legged humans and most of the four-legged dogs. He was so happy to be back at the off-leash park, and made sure to run up and greet every single person he saw. We got in a few loops of the trail before he got tired, then we called it a day and now he's snoozing in his favorite spot by the front door. It's been a long and emotional two weeks, but seeing how well he was walking, running, and playing today reinforced that he'll be better off in the long run without the flipper.