Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm Curious to Know....

Weather for Vancouver, BC, Canada
27°C | °F
Current: Sunny
Wind: NW at 16 km/h
Humidity: 45%
Thu 31°C | 18°C
Fri 29°C | 17°C
Sat 24°C | 16°C
Sun 23°C | 15°C

HOT. HOT. HOT. Well, summer has finally hit big time here. It's been sunny and hot this week but looks like today will be close to, if not a record breaker with a high of 31 C (that's 87 F)! So the portable air conditioners have been running in the family room and the bedroom to try to keep things cool for the dogs in a couple of rooms even though the rest of the house gets really warm and stuffy (we're south facing and the bright people who built the house only made one small window that opens in the front living room -- >> no air movement !!!)

The other dogs get their walk at the neighbourhood park about 6:30 am when it's still nice and cool and then come back and have their breakfast. Sam gets his walk after breakfast (about 8:00 am) and it is a little warmer for sure. There are a few shady places at the park but for the most part it is quite open and sunny. Sam gets to walk without the other dogs right now because he likes to take his time. He gets strapped into his wheelchair and away he goes.
Being part spaniel, Sam has lived a big part of his 5 1/2 years with his nose on the ground. And being in the wheelchair is no different. He wants to check everything out and is in no great hurry to do so. Other times he takes a break to check out the view or watch the birds.
"Birds??? Where?? What do I miss more? Chasing the birds and sometimes those ducks that sit in the grass? -- don't worry. I'm on leash and only get to go a few feet before I have to stop. OR scratching my ears--- AHHH"
The other thing about walking Sam now is how many people stop to look at him in the wheelchair. He is a curiosity. Many people just look. But many ask questions:
  • What happened to him? (ruptured disc and spinal surgery... aside from that don't know how or why it happened )
  • How long will it take to walk again (don't know, it varies for every dog... but Sam is definitely motivated)
  • Did you make the cart? ( gosh no... thank goodness see Eddie's Wheels)
As for Sam, he just takes it all in stride. We can honestly say that, aside from not being able to use his hind legs, he's pretty much his old self again ... strong willed (read: stubborn at times), fiercely independent, great appetite for for food and for life, and pretty happy. He's not worried about what he can't do. If he wants to do something, he tries. If it works, great. He'll keep doing it. If it doesn't work, oh well, let's try something else. I'd say there is a life lesson in there somewhere. Thanks Sam.


  1. LOVE your wheels Sam, you look great in them, and so happy too!

    Mum got a little teary in the beginning seeing you do agility, but your happy smile in your Sam-Mobile made her smile too. Don't worry, we KNOW soon, you will be back competing in the Dog Olympics, and not Paralympics!!!

    Also, I hear ya about the heat, I feel like I live in the oven. Our duplex faces south too, so it gets hot and stuffy inside and we DON'T have an Aire-Conditioner.....

    Love nibbles,
    Miss Sunshade

  2. We read about Sam at Sunshade's blog! What an amazing boy he is and so very handsome!
    Go Sam!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch