Lady has been making some trips back and forth from the yards near the barn, back to her favorite spots in the deeper parts of Yard 5. For a brief time when she was closer to the barn, we saw her doing things like putting rocks underneath her feet, which is something she does to massage her feet a bit; it is almost always a sign of discomfort. When preparing to do a foot soak, it became evident that she was walking a bit more gingerly than she has in a while – being more cautious with her right foot, placing it on the ground very intentionally, and holding it up more.
After her foot soaks that day, Lady seemed to feel a bit better, but remained somewhat unsettled. She did not look as comfortable as she might normally be after a foot treatment and was more tentative when putting pressure on her feet. At that point, we decided it would be best to increase her pain medication to two doses per day. She is still on a relatively low dose and has room to go up, should that become necessary. After a few days, Lady seemed to return to her normal behaviors and, since then, she hasn’t shown any signs of increased pain.
Any foot pain that Lady experienced during that time didn’t decrease her curiosity about the other girls. As you have seen, she has become increasingly intrigued by them and occasionally will rumble when she hears them rumble. It’s quite cute. We all know that Lady will deal with foot pain for the rest of her life, but we’re happy to see that it is not impacting her willingness to keep growing and exploring.