Shadow’s sprained his paw. The same paw that was injured the day he had come to live with us.
If there was any residual weakness, it was imperceptible. All his wounds and his injured paw had healed pawfectly over the last few months and he has been a very busy, bouncy pup.
In fact, too busy and bouncy for his own good, I think.
I mean, does he have to growl at that leaf rustling against the window pane and stalk that tiny little inconsequential fly on the remotest corner of the ceiling?
For Dog’s sakes, they are not intruders!
We would know. We are Labradawgs, the official sniffers of Dogdom, aren’t we?
He always insists on checking each and every sound or movement till he has satisfied himself that the perimeter is clear!
I try to ignore his distress calls, especially when they are at snooze time. But then, you can’t really let your puppy brother get into trouble, can you?
What if there really is an intruder?
Most times, I make the perfunctory check and go back to snoozing while he continues his investigations!
So it is little wonder he has sprained his paw again!
We don’t exactly know how it happened. It may have been last evening, when he was after that old lizard that lives behind one of the pictures on our living room wall.
I tried telling Shadow he is just wasting his time.
Mr, Liz NEVER gets down from his lofty abode. However nicely and however many times you ask, he just doesn’t like to make friends.
I know, because I have been trying to convince him (without success, obviously or you would have heard of it!) to get down for nearly two years now.
But Shadow wouldn’t listen to me.
Sigh! Why do Puppies always think they know better?
And then of course, there was this squirrel this morning.
Shadow zoomed past us right after it, flying over a huge big hole, landed on a pebble bed and almost fell over himself!
Not to be deterred, he immediately bounced back on his paws and zoomed off after that squirrel again!
I was in hot pursuit too but as usual, it just climbed up a tree! How unfair!
Anyway, Shadow came back a little tired and we noticed he was limping.
Mummy was terribly worried and fussed over him no end. But he himself seemed absolutely unbothered and after his bath and breakfast, was up to his antics again!
We are worried on his behalf.
We think he should rest his paw and not bounce about or play much. After all we are much heavier than him and might just injure him inadvertently.
But it is very difficult to convince him to sleep or at least, sit and read. He insists on keeping himself busy!
Right now, he seems rather glum that we have decided to snooze instead of taking part in his numerous games.
We don’t like to see him sad.
But then, it is all for his own good.