Saturday, July 19, 2008

Physiotherapy for the dogs? ... and Vocabulary Enrichment

Hi, All:

I pray all is going well for you, and that your summer vacation is heating up, too! So far this summer my family has had the privilege of attending two equestrian schooling horse shows, and now today, our Church's VBS (Vacation Bible School) wrapped up with more than 70 kids attending the whole week. A fun time was had by all, I believe. And what an awesome group of youth to work with. I pray they all learned how to Listen Up! for God's messages a little bit clearer this week!

On top of all that so far, my family has also been deep into physiotherapy work with our little Yorkie-poo, Tucker. His right front elbow is healing very nicely. The pins and screw have stayed where they belong and the bones are mending well. It's his flexibility and muscle tone that really needs work, and for that, guess what we do?

We take him to doggy physiotherapy if you can believe it. Some will be rolling their eyes at this, I know, but around here, in my family, pets are like children and you do what ever you have to to make their life better. For Tucker, in this case, it's physiotherapy, because if we can't get him to use his leg properly then it will have to be removed. Considering the investment we've already made in having his joint surgically repaired, physiotherapy seemed like a no-brainer to us when the doctor gave the directive. I must admit, though, both my husband and I were expecting exorbitant fees for this type therapy, but thankfully, we were pleasantly surprised. When you compare it to the surgery cost, it really is not badly priced at all, and well worth the effort. I highly recommend that people not shrug this type of work off without first checking out the actual cost.

We've been taught several exercises to do with Tucker at home throughout the week, between sessions, and then when he's in his half-hour session, he gets therapeutic ultrasound and laser therapy done, and spends time in the underwater treadmill, as well as doing some floor exercises with the trained therapist. Since we have a pool, part of his daily work-out regimen is to swim to help build muscle. He's responding quite well.

Next week we go back to the OVC (Ontario Veterinary Clinic) to see Tucker's orthopedic surgeon, and have x-ray done once more. We're anxious to see what improvement his doctor notices. Our little Tucker is still quite a joy to have around and continues to do his work-outs with fun and his usual attitude thrown in their too. Just like having a baby all over again. So glad he isn't a human one, though!

So that's my Tucker update. Hope you enjoy the pics, and that your weekend is marvelous! Smile lots, everyone!


Vocabulary Enhancement:

I've chosen this weeks word from a study I've been doing to prepare for my upcoming blog course: Applying Business Practices and Principles to Your Writing Life. You'll have to stay tuned to see where the word of the week comes into play in that course. (Hint: It's early on in the study.)

I've heard this word many times, and often thought it was an interesting one, but one that may have gained a connotation or two that it didn't deserve. So I did some checking, and discovered that given the true definition, I really like this word a lot, and it deserves to be understood and defined correctly.

Moxie, is the word we'll discuss today.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition for moxie is: 1: , Energy, Pep 2: Courage, Determination

The American Heritage Dictionary definition for moxie is : 1: The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.
2: Aggressive energy; initiative: "His prose has moxie, though it rushes and stumbles from a pent-up surge" (Patricia Hampl).
3: Skill; know-how.

My favorite definition for what I'm wanting to use the word for is: "The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage." Don't we all need at least a little moxie to fulfill our role in life?

What sentences can you come up with using the word moxie?



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