Maggie found a new way to come downstairs the other day at my parents house. Actually her little sister Tani instigated it. Tani gets very excited at suppertime and tends to run without looking where she is going, and doesn’t care if she has to run over something to get to the kitchen. Mag likes to sit at the top of the stairs and wait for my dad to go down with her. She goes down by herself, but I think she wants to make sure my dad is coming. She tends to sit with her butt on the top step and her front paws on the second step. Since she is pretty little that means she is leaning down stairs. Tani zipped by to chase her toy down stairs and pushed Mag off the step. I guess she rolled down the steps (about 7 carpeted steps), hit the tile at the bottom of the steps on her side, and slid into the closet door. Of course my dad was stunned- but Mag popped up and headed for the kitchen just like she meant to do that! I kept an eye on her for a couple of days but there seems to be no harm done.
It makes me think back to when she first lost her leg, and how easily discouraged she would get when she fell or got knocked over, even many weeks past the amputation when most or all of the pain had gone away. She would just sit there and had to be coaxed to get up again. Maggie has never been good with any change in her routine, and she really had a hard time at the beginning. I talked to other people who would say- ‘my dog was her old self in a couple of weeks- didn’t even slow her down…’. Now when she wipes out she just gets up and keeps on going. Of course I would prefer she not barrel roll down the stairs, we don’t have any limbs to spare!