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Old 04-15-08, 08:15 PM   #1
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Rough day today

I'm in Philly for work. Normally when I travel, my two dogs stay with a friend. However, she's been traveling the last couple of weeks so I had to board them.

I've been pretty happy with my kennel in the past. They do really take much better care of the dogs than other places. They are good with giving medications, taking care of special health conditions, etc.

The dogs usually get to go to play areas during the day. These are confined areas, they are divided up by personality and supervised.

Because of other (relatively minor) health reasons, Grover was segregated into a separate play area by himself. This morning, I got some frantic voicemails from the kennel.

It seems that he wanted to play with the others, so scaled and jumped a 10-foot fence. They rushed him to the vet, but he has multiple fractures in both front legs and wrists.

His only option is to have the bones fused together with plates. He will no longer be able to flex at all at the wrists. Furthermore somehow I will have to keep him completely inactive for 4+ weeks. He will not take this at all well, especially with me taking care of my other one, Watson. His surgery won't happen until tomorrow as he is too swollen right now for them to do it.

The kennel was very apologetic, they feel terrible and will be paying all the vet costs. I am upset (especially since they know he has a history of jumping 6-foot fences) but it's not worth pointing fingers as long as he gets the care he needs. It's too late for anything else.

Everytime I think of my pup I start to cry. He's 11 years old, I've had him since I rescued him at 3 years old.

Here is a picture of the two of them relaxing at the kennel from last week. Grover is the one on the right.

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Old 04-15-08, 08:28 PM   #2
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Aww beautiful dogs, MsIncredible.

I'm sorry to hear of the misfortune but I have to tell you something that really stuck with me.

When my coyote/lab scaled a barbed wire fence, her leg got caught up and the skin was pulled down from her thigh down to her ankle. It looked like a knee high boot that was falling. She cut her artery as well.

After being all fixed up, I was very distraught. I didn't want her to walk or move. She got up and tried to jump around and I scolded her.

I was upset, and I expressed to the doctor that I had no clue how I was going to keep her from rough housing with the other dogs and running/jumping around.

He said to me: "I have to remind you of something. Us humans think too much. We will look at our injuries, concentrate on the pain and how it hinders us. We think 'poor me, how am I to function?'. But do me a favor. Look at Sooty. Just look at her. She is wagging her tail, she wants to play. She completely forgot about her injury until something reminds her of it. Because of this, they will heal faster. They aren't stressed over it like you and I would be."

You might hurt right now because of what he is going to go through. You may wonder about how he will be able to function normally. They don't think about those things. They really don't. He may have to readjust to walking but he will manage.

Try to remember that although they are our babies, they are a lot more resilient than we can ever believe.

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Old 04-15-08, 08:59 PM   #3
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I'm so sorry to hear that Paula. It must be awful to be away and receiving such bad news.
I hope Grover gets better soon.

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I feel so bad for your puppy. I hope he's not in too much pain and discomfort and I hope he gets better soon. Take care!
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Old 04-15-08, 09:07 PM   #5
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Oh that's terrible, really sorry to hear that Paula. Yeah it's gotta be tough being on the road trying to concentrate on work when you have other things on your mind. I hope Grover will be able to run again after he's all healed up. He won't be happy if you only go running with Watson.

I hope you don't mind me posting this portrait of you and Grover, you both look really good in this shot!


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Old 04-15-08, 09:13 PM   #6
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Ouch, poor baby . Hope he heals fast.
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Old 04-15-08, 09:27 PM   #7
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Poor Grover. Heal well, little buddy.
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Wow- I'm sorry to hear this- how terrible that you have to deal with this while you're away. I'm glad the kennel is stepping up, though- it's the right thing to do, and they should be commended. At first I thought they were greyhounds, but looking at the pic of you and Grover- are they whippets? Either way, they're so sweet!

All the best for a speedy recovery- for you both, and safe travels back to CA.
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Aw, sorry to hear about that Paula. It must be really tough to hear this being on the other side of the country. Hope Grover heals quickly.
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Sorry to hear about your dog's mishap, Paula. But like Siu said, Grover will not notice and think about his injury at all. With luck he will be able to recover and move around without too much hindrance.

A few year ago, one of my sister's ferret got in an accident and its left hind leg had to be amputated. She was crying and was very upset. She started worrying about how the ferret will not be able to play with the other one and such. Well, a few days later they were very surprised to see both ferrets running around and chasing each other.

So, try not to be too upset. These guys are tougher than they look.
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Sorry to hear this, Ms. I. But I think Siu already gave the best response here. I certainly can't do better than that. Give Grover a hug and scratch his ears. He'll be okay.
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XOXO for Grover. Heal up well.
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Thanks everyone for your kind words. Got in another bike ride this morning, helped to clear my head a bit too.

I'll post when I have an update from the surgery. It will be quite complicated, as every bone is broken and they are quite small, so there is not a lot for them to attach things too.

Dave, thanks for the picture of us, that's a nice shot.
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That's so sad, poor puppy. Hope he recovers soon!
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Poor puppy. Let us know how the surgery goes.
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Oh noo...hope he gets better soon. I hate sick puppy stories....
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OMG..that is really sad news. I had four retired greyhounds and one had some health issues that made me very sad, but nothing like this. I hope the surgery goes well Ms. Gio...keep us posted. Poor Grover.
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sorry to hear that, are you sure that dog isn't part goat...that seems pretty high for a dog to get over
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Good on the kennel for doing their best to rectify the situation. Bad on them for allowing it to happen.

Best wishes to both you and your baby!
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Sorry to hear about your dog, hope he recovers soon.
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Thanks everyone, Grover is in surgery now, I'll post up when I have more news.

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LOL, I think he probably is.

I have seen him jump a 6-foot fence at the top of a hill, no running start, he landed at the top and balanced there for a few seconds. He's a bit older now but still very active (well, until this accident). He also used to jump up and pick apples and plums out of trees. Considering he only comes up to my knees that is quite impressive.

And yes MTBLover, they are whippets, good guess!
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Hope Grover doesn't turn into Grouch after his surgery...
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Everything went well with Grover's surgery and he is just waking up now. They said he was an excellent patient.
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good for him, hopefully it won't be long before he's running around....
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Us dogs gotta stick together.

He'll be back!
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