We saw Dr. S yesterday afternoon. Molly's shoulder, injured in September of last year, continues to be a little loose, but it's the left elbow that worries the vet. Always the primary site of lameness, it's the worry point now. The elbow is essentially frozen. We're doing a couple of things: upping her pain meds and trying numerous very short walks daily.
Pure Luck will be home for three months and he will be primarily responsible for the walking. If the higher level of pain meds and walks together don't show some modest improvement, there is a medication used primarily in dogs with cancer to provide long-term pain relief. It amplifies the other medicines, working synergistically. (I am quoting here. I hope I understand.)
Right after breakfast, Sam went out to the backyard, but Pure Luck got Molly's leash out. She hopped up, said "Wroo" in the throaty, morning version, and went right out the front door with him for a slow walk up and down the block. She kept the left front paw off the ground.
If we can get her to use all four legs again, we'll have more time.
(Picture taken last April at the Bernese Mountain Dog National Specialty. Thanks to photographer Pat Long for taking the extra "Wroo wroo" shots.)