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.