3-Day Rule

DachshundWhen I worked in the hospital, a neurologist once told me there was a 3-day rule for stroke patients. The most dramatic spontaneous recovery would be by the third day. Snickers is proof that the rule also applies to old dogs. By Friday night, she greeted me with a wag in her tail and her scolding bark for having left her alone. She took me for a walk along our favorite path and set the pace, stopping only to take in the odors that caught her attention and not because she needed to. The steep hill toward the end caused her to slow but she paused to watch a black lab chasing a ball in the distance. I wasn’t sure if she deliberated taking off after him or simply drank in his youth.

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