Doggos

'tis easy to read her thoughts.
Mud, stream, more mud, boggy field, stream and more mud.

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And just so she’s not left out, Maddie.

Those eyes!

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Posted a photo of our five-year-old Springer, Luna the other day, but she’s only one of three. We also have her daughter, Molly (now 10 months) and our soft lad, Neville - he’s not the dad, which will become apparent in further posts, but I digress.
Today has been possibly our worst and most worrying day of having dogs.
Last night, the happy lad was bounding around a field, when he suddenly cartwheeled, yelped and sprawled on the ground. He got up, but couldn’t put any weight on his front-right paw. Thought he’d sprained it, so sat with him for about 10 minutes, then tried to start off for home. Paw still no good, so carried him towards the nearest road (so I could ring my wife - who was out with the girls with her cousin and her two Dalmatians - to come and pick us up.)
Fast forward to today and he’s now a paying resident at one of the large vets who have an osteo-specialist with a badly broken elbow. At lunchtime today, before x-rays and an MRI scan (honestly!), it was 50/50 between plates and amputation. Several hours and many tears (mine and Claire’s) later, the phone call we had been dreading came - “he’s going into surgery tomorrow morning, but the specialist is going to plate his elbow as, even though it’s a bad break, Pablo’s confident that the operation will be successful”.
He’s ringing us in the morning before the op to talk us through what’s involved and recuperation etc, but all I can say is, if you have dogs, get them insured. They’re such an important member of the family and I’ve been churning over what I could have done differently last night and I’ll never forget the look on Nev’s face - a mix of pain, helplessness and “can you fix it please” and I couldn’t.
Vets may charge like a wounded bull these days, but Jeebus, they’re worth it.

If you got this far, thanks for reading, if it’s tl:dr, no worries.
Anyway, here’s a couple of pics of the fuzzy little bugger


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Sorry to hear that Simon - fingers crossed all goes well and he’s up and about in no time. :crossed_fingers:

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Poor lad, hope he recuperates well Simon.

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Best wishes, I hope the outcome is good.

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Hope all goes well.

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Poor wee Neville. Fingers crossed the op goes well. Please keep us posted.

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Best wishes and good luck.

:broken_heart:

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Poor chap, worrying times, i hope all goes well :crossed_fingers:

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Hope it all goes well Simon.

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Hope all goes well.

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Thoughts and best wishes for an unremarkable recovery for the furry child. tlc, treats and cuddles coming your way Neville, I’m sure you’ll soon learn how to milk your attention.

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Best of luck Simon

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:crossed_fingers:

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Thanks gents, appreciate all the good wishes. I suppose it’s really hit me because he’s “my” dog and I feel responsible for what happened. Not to say our girls are any less important, because they’re all equally the family’s dogs, but he’s a bit more “special”


And special, he certainly is…

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Just a quick update - the op was successful and we’re now the proud dog-parents of a bionic Neville :partying_face:
However, he’s got to go back in 6 weeks for a follow-up to see how he’s doing as they did a scan on his other elbow (with our permission and that of the insurance company) and it turns out he has HCF and will most likely need surgery on his left elbow too.
Good job we’re in the middle of major house renovation which includes the installation of a wet-room… :grimacing:

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Well, he’s home and happy, notwithstanding having to wear the “cone of shame” for the next week or so. 6 weeks crate rest and only allowed outside on a lead to answer the call of nature. We’ve got to carry him down as there’s a no stairs rule - shame really as the garden’s on 4 levels and he weighs 21kg…


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Poor lad, he’ll be bored to tears. You’ll pay for it when he’s fully mobile. :grin:

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He looks pretty sleepy. I imagine it’s all been a bit of an ordeal and he’s exhausted. Hopefully he’ll settle into his new routine and recover quickly. Please give him a wee cuddle from me.