Ace received some good news from her surgeon today — her knees continue to heal splendidly. He recommended we increase Ace’s physical activity gradually over the next month to prepare her for her return to Fort Funston and the ZipDogs. I am disappointed that she can’t return immediately to her old routine. But I also appreciate that she has recovered — is still recovering — from major surgery. I am putting together a conditioning schedule à la Rocky IV, beginning today with ten minutes of off-leash Boston explosion at the rec center’s dog run. Ace chased a four-month-old puppy in huge circles until they were both dizzy and covered in slobber-caked mud. Watching all four meaty legs gallop in unison was a beautiful sight indeed.