To manage Aidan and Luna in the same space, we need to separate Luna in a vestibule for her morning breakfast and keep her there long enough until Aidan and Grizzer have finished their larger meals. Luna is still on a reduced diet to meet the goal of 100 pounds before winter and we are seeing the effect that the weight loss has had on her mobility. She is far more active and showing less instability in her back right leg. The other benefit of Luna needing to wait in holding until the other retirees are done with their breakfast is that staff get the opportunity to do some body work on Luna in the smaller vestibule. She is less distracted and more willing to sit for longer sessions. Staff are also seeing the effects of this extra work; She is building muscle mass and her tail has more freedom of movement. When we had our first consultation with a Practitioner about Luna she had significant concerns about her sacrum (tailbone) being locked down; Without spending any time with Luna she said “having her tail locked down like that is not only painful, it keeps her nervous system stuck in “alarm” mode. With her hip weakness, she may display defensive aggression because she is not stable’. To those of you who knew Luna as a pup and throughout her time in the Exhibit Pack, this statement is spot on. So, the more body work we can do to relieve the tension of her sacrum, the better for Luna and those who live with her.
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