The only real downside is that now Emma is going to have to stay incarcerated with Ramsey all the time rather then trading off babysitting duty. In essence, I now have two donkey confined to stall rest for the next two months. I do hope that in a few days, they will relax more and once again feel safe enough to allow a little distance.
Meanwhile, they are now more inseparable then ever. Prior to his trip to Cornell, Ramsey had been developing a lot of independence and it was not unusual to see him and Emma at opposite ends of the field. I tried to let Emma out for a bit this afternoon, but this is as far as she got...
"Why won't you open this gate and let my kid out? It's a beautiful Fall day, we should be OUT."
"I'm sorry Em, I wish I could, but he has to stay in and heal."
"I guess that means I'm just going to have to have my morning nap in the sun right here."
"At least I have my baby back."
"It sure is hard being an only-donkey. This is MUCH better"
We're in for the long, hard part now. Ramsey is getting twice daily meds, needs his bandage changed every other day, he has to be hand-walked four times a day for the next two months and the stall has to stay clean and absolutely dry all the time. He goes back to Cornell in four weeks for a checkup barring any trouble before then.
This is reminiscent of a time almost ten years ago when my, then, 8 month old border collie had to have shoulder surgery. The vets sent him home and told me to keep him quiet for 8 weeks. Those are two months best not remembered. Still, Tanner and I made it through that, Ramsey and I will make it through this. I hope.
If there is a silver lining to this, it is you my dear readers, friends and neighbors. You incredible people have sent me $5000 towards Ramsey's vet bills which are just shy of $7000 right now. I simply never imagined such a thing. I would never have known that my animals, my little stories, and what to me is an ordinary life, would touch so many people from all over the world. Who knew?