Today's episode is about Popeye, or as he's affectionately known around here, Pops, Popsicle, Chicken Pot Pie, and "I've Got Chicken from Popeyes".
I'll admit, I was a little nervous about Popeye at first. I was worried about how well he would adjust to life with Plié, about caring for him post-amputation, and about developing the same connection with him as we had with Plié.
Fast forward a few months...we needn't have worried.
He loves Plié - he's adored her since day one - and after a few rough days and a couple of weeks of getting to know one another, she adores him back. I think.
He was SO easy to care for post-amputation. He came to us on day five (so I didn't care for him immediately following his surgery), and by then he was already bouncing and bounding around as if nothing had ever happened. We gave him pain medicine for two days and that was it.
He loves us and we love him more than I ever thought possible. And he loves all humans, which is so fun for everyone who comes over to visit him. (His ability and willingness to love all humans is the result of the care given and the compassion shown to him by his first human mama, who I know still loves and misses him.)
When I think about love, I think about feeling safe and free to be yourself. I'm pretty sure Popeye feels safe and free to be himself with us... 😉 (And with our people - our friends Kaylee and Kara can be seen in the "holding Popeye while he feels safe and free to be himself" series.)
|Can you spot him?|
|There he is!|
We love you, Pops!