Thanks for asking for an update. She's doing better, but still driving us crazy, though not as nuts as earlier.
She will get her butt up the stairs for dinner and treats with only minimal times having to go out the doggie door, bust through it and run up the stairs. So we figure it's a mental block/"baby me" issue. It's probably our fault somehow, by maybe having unknowingly made a game out of going up the stairs, you know?
I was real proud of her yesterday after our walk and she got lots of lovins' for it. I went upstairs to look at the mail, etc., and she laid down in the foyer to rest on the cool linoleum. I wasn't trying to get her upstairs at all (she's got fresh water on the porch for just this reason) and the next thing I know she's up the stairs next to me! She didn't even do the "doggie door" routine.
Then I remembered that she had left her "after dinner toothpick" (which is a little rolled-up, chicken flavored rawhide) on the bed and was going for that. Either way - she came up the stairs on her own and it's a step in the right direction.
She's such a good girl in every other way that we have no reason to complain about this one quirk.
I'm sorry to hear about your health scare, vaknitter. Hope all is well. I have to say that everytime my Sunshine is laying with her head in my lap and softly snoring while I'm knitting away, I think about when I won't have her anymore. Because of that feeling that we know is inevitable, we don't take one second for granted that we have her and have promised each other that we'll try REAL HARD not to get mad at her for the stair thing. I don't care if she ever walks the stairs willingly again. I'm working out. I'll get all muscled-up and carry her 83 pound mass up the stairs if it comes to that. I love pasta.....so carbo-loading should be no problem, right?