Mabel Update

I want to follow up on my June post about Mabel. Thanks to all of you who have been asking about her! It has been two months and nine days since Mabel was attacked, and she is doing so well. On good days we can almost forget the whole thing ever happened, but some days her wounds still bother her. The back half of her body is covered in scars that are slowly disappearing as her fur grows over them. I thought the scars might upset me every time I saw them, but instead they’ve become a reminder that God answered my prayers.

Mabel isn’t as spry as she was. She can’t jump or stand on her hind legs anymore, and she walks with a slight limp. She is as sweet and cuddly as ever and still gets wiggly and excited about all the same things—her leash, squirrels, her favorite toy, treats, visitors, and going for car rides and walks. The usual dog stuff. We took her for a hike last weekend, but she was quickly exhausted and we ended up carrying her a lot. I’m hoping that she will regain more of her mobility with time. After all, two months of healing isn’t very much when you’re coming back from the brink of death!

dog birthday hat

Mabel’s 5th birthday was yesterday, and we delivered cupcakes to the veterinary hospital with her in tow. We wanted to thank everyone at the hospital for the love and care they gave Mabel as they pieced her back together. It was the perfect way to celebrate. I also made a wonky birthday hat for Mabel and put together a little video so you can see how well she is doing. Unfortunately she mostly refused to wear the hat. She’s just too dignified I guess!

The music in this video is an excerpt from Lullatone’s song “the kind of song you make up in your head when you are bored” (best song title ever). I’ve told you before how much I love Lullatone. They recently released a new album, Summer Songs, that perfectly captures the essence of summer. “Splitting a Banana Split” is my favorite. Oh, and you have to see the time-lapse ice cream video that goes along with it!


  1. Amy

    Glad you posted this! Whenever your blog pops up in my reader, I’ve wondered how little Mabel is doing. She looks great. And happy birthday, Mabel! :)

  2. Jools

    Delighted to see how well your feisty little dog looks! I’m sure she will get her mojo back quickly under your tender care…xx

  3. Kimberly D.

    Oh, I’m so happy to see Mabel getting better! She is just too cute and it looks like she just wants to be able to use those back legs. I pray she continues to heal and get stronger so she can be back to her old self.

  4. Amanda

    Thanks for the update on Mabel. What a sweet face she has and such soulful eyes. So glad to hear she is doing well. Many wishes for her continued recovery!

  5. Michelle Nichols

    Haha I love in the video when she plops her head down on the couch like “Ohhhh I give up silly human…” I’m so glad she’s doing better! :D

  6. Lisa A.

    What a little doll! I’m so happy for you and for Mabel that things turned out so well! Prayers were answered for sure! Enjoy every single minute with her, because they are all a gift!

  7. Erica

    I’ve been wanting to ask about Mabel, but didn’t want to pry. Thanks for the update.

    She’s looking good! I know she’ll get stronger over time as she heals. :)

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