I think it has been 14 months since our girl Lexi became ill.
She has not fully recovered, but she is happy and mostly healthy.
She spends most of her day asleep (ok, that is the same!!!).
She only volunteers to stand up without assistance from us for food or select company.
However she has remained her same willful self: she knows exactly where she wants to be in the house and it's our job to decode her intent. Sometimes she wants to be on the ottoman, sometimes, the couch, but mostly she wants to go to bed!!! And she will bark and wiggle until one of us figures it out and helps her down the hallway. Sometimes if we are too dense or god-help-us too busy to get her started she will get up on her own and stagger back to the bedroom of her own accord. It's hyserical!!! Although we can't let her fall.
If she has to potty she usually barks until we help her out, although occassionally she just poops without warning or moving.
She barks when she's thirsty but we make her stand up to get water.
She loves to chew nylabones and "yell" at the other dogs. Yes, regained her voice about 4 months ago I think. Alas, we were hoping that wouldn't return ;-) And she loves to hear herself speak!!!
She loves cookie-time before bed most of all.
I would say that she holds 90% of her own body weight about 90% of the time.
Did I mention that she is very happy though?? She smiles and wags and yawns and "wallows" on her back and tries to nest, mostly only succeeding in ripping her bedding.
Life is weird, but good. Most of our friends don't understand why we do this, some of them have become downright annoyed with us for it LOL, but what can I say??? We love our Lexi madly. None of us would have it any other way.