Words can’t fully express the glee of the staff and volunteers upon Bags’ return from ringworm isolation – it’s been a constant celebration to have this beloved boy back in the middle of the Community Room and lobby.
His return has been accented by his groovy new ride – a ‘souped up’ Radio Flyer wagon with tall wooden sides and his name across each side (as you can see in the photo below). For his part, Bags is clearly overjoyed to be back in the midst of his adoring fans, purring and throwing his little felt mice joyfully.
Back in ringworm isolation, Bags had developed a urinary tract infection (UTI), and was treated with antibiotics; happily, his UTI is now cured, and he’s on track for a healthy, well-loved summer.
When I put Bagheera in his mobility cart for the first time since being cleared, he went right in. He walked down the hall almost with a purpose. He hesitated, but then went outside and walked around for a bit. He walked around the walkway across the front of the building, then went inside, back to his little house (the crate in which he lives).
He walked almost all the way to the Memorial Walkway, but heard someone come out the side door and turned around. An associate was taking the garbage out, and Bagheera thought that looked like fun.
He went down the curb & over to the fenced-in garbage area. I walked in front of him to keep him out. He turned away as if giving up, then made a quick turn back again. He did this 2 times before giving up.
Then it was down the driveway to the front of the building (of course using the very familiar handicapped-access ramp), sniffing another couple of bushes, and back inside for a much needed nap!
It is so great having Bags and his walks as part of my daily schedule again.
Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there!