Well, this is it. Tomorrow Merry goes in - bright and early - for her knee surgery. Honestly, of all the dogs I've had in my lifetime, this gal takes the award for highest maintainance! Sheesh, some "free" dog, huh? My daddy always told me "there is no free lunch...." Well, she's the sweetest dog on the planet, so she's worth it. My one big worry is that they will call me right at the pre-surgery scans to say the knee isn't the real problem, but that it's only a symptom of a greater issue - very bad hips. At which point, our only real option would be to have her put to sleep. I worry about this because her only surviving sister from puppyhood had this problem, and was put down at only age three. With all that's been going on in our lives, I don't know how we could deal with a blow like that. Kiwi would lose it for sure. As much as I am not looking forward to 2 weeks of confinement and 6 - 8 weeks of slow rehab, it totally beats the alternative! We really need this sweet girlie dog in our lives for many years to come!