Good News! Wally went to see the surgeon yesterday for his 12 week checkup. (Because there wasn't as much healing as hoped for at 8 weeks). The doctor was happy to see signs of healing on the x-ray ( they looked pretty much the same to Kevan and I !) and so Wally has 2 more weeks inside, and then can do stairs by himself (thank GOD!) but still on the leash in the backyard, and add 5 min walks as tolerated. Wally was his usual goof-ball self, and as the dr walked him away to go get the xray I think he got a better idea of how much 'fun' we've had trying to keep him 'quiet'.
So, now that the healing has begun, we can maybe think about letting him stay in a kennel for a few days and go on a little vacation. (Didn't want to leave him when he was so 'high maintainance'--it's a great kennel, but you don't want to expect them to do that much extra work-they already have to hose off his tail after he poos.)
We were really relieved he is starting to heal up.