|Not her best picture, but she was too excited to stop for pics.|
Luckily we have an excellent holistic vet. She recommended slowly getting Izzy back into the a walking routine. My job was to give her special treats for leashing up and getting out of the house. After that, I was to let her lead how far she wanted to go. For weeks that meant we walked to the end of our driveway and got the mail. She was okay leashing up when I told her we were getting the mail, but not a walk. Slowly she started leading me around the front yard and we did that for several weeks. Our vet has also been doing chiropractic care of her since she has had a Hiatal hernia since she was a puppy and it gets out of hand when I go long periods without chiropractic work. In addition, she is treating her for a cough. The cough and hernia go hand in hand and could definitely be a reason she hasn't wanted to walk.
On October 11, she woke up and nudged me to walk. I sarcastically told my son we were going on a "walk" and I'd see him in two minutes. But surprise, surprise! Izzy took off and just kept on going! We did our usual 45 minute walk around the neighborhood and she has been ready to go every day since then! I am a happy girl.
*Being patient with Izzy has also been a good reminder to me that we have to be patient with our own bodies. Sometimes there is more going on than appears.