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dogboy's 'Gypsy' out for the season after accident

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4:14 pm on Jan 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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little Gypsy, pick of the litter, ran full speed into a 3/4" X 4" bolt sticking out of a concrete footer.... and lost. We had just gotten back to the kennel (after being filmed in a independent Sundance film all day) I took the dogs out of the truck and turned them loose like I always do.... next thing I knew I heard the yelp and saw 5" of exposed Gypsy dog... vet said it didnt puncture the chest cavity and could have been much worse..... but it wasnt too good. She has a drainage tube sticking out of her. Poor Gypsy. She cried all night... couldnt lie down so I would find her just standing, crying.

I cancelled my race plans this weekend... need to give her pills and keep my eye on her. She won't make the Glenwood race, nor the Ashton race.... I was counting on her for Ashton. Poor Gypsy dog.

4:19 pm on Jan 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How horrible, poor little dog. I hate to think of it, must be heartbreaking...

Hang in there dogboy and give her all she needs to make her feel comfortable and loved whilst she gets better.

They'll be other races, just take care of her (I'm sure you will...)

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Dogboy,

Sorry to hear about that, sounds like she'll be ok though.

We are off to an IWPA weight pull with a couple of our American Bulldogs this weekend. Hoping to pull 3000+pounds with Big Poppa Pump

5:01 pm on Jan 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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couldn’t lie down so I would find her just standing, crying.

Hold her, dogboy, just hold her.

About ten years ago, in another life, I brought a puppy (5-6 wks. old as I recall) home that I got from someone I worked with. I named her Lady. Not the most original name, but when I first walked up to the fenced in area where they were all playing with 'Mom', all of them came over to the fence yipping and carrying on something fierce. Even 'Mom' wanted to play with me, but this one (the runt of the litter) was off to the side sitting on her haunches watching us with her little head canted to one side as though she was trying to figure out what all the activity about.

From that moment on she had my heart and I knew she was going home with me. I put her on the seat beside me, but she kept trying to move to my lap during the drive (not a bit of carsickness either) where she got her first taste of hanging her head out the window...just as all dogs looooove to do, eh? :) She and I were in heaven as far as I was concerned.

Anyway, there was an existing large enclosure on the property and it had a big house right under a huge Magnolia tree. Threw in an old blanket and she romped endlessly. No crying or any of the other normal 'adjustment' woes most pups go through.

About two weeks later I went out to the enclosure to do a training session and she didn't answer my call, so I went into her house and found her lying on that blanket. She looked absolutely terrible. All lethargic looking and uninterested in anything. We took her to the vet who said she might have been snake bit, but he couldn't find any supportive physical evidence or toxicology.

I put Lady and her blanket on my lap and we sat on the back porch swing rubbing her, lightly scratching behind her ears and generally keeping her warm and comfortable. It still breaks my heart when I recall her whimpers and soft whines.

My girlfriend and I did this in shifts for a couple of days, feeding her warm milk with some medicines the vet gave us and later more semi-solids until her strength returned.

From that day forth she would not leave my side. As she grew older and we'd go for drives she'd set between us with her head resting lightly on my shoulder giving me the occasional lick around the ear. <soft chuckle>

So, if 'ya can...just hold her awhile.

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Poor thing... can you prop up some couch cushions or pillows somehow so she can rest on them instead of standing? She'll need her rest, for sure. :(

I've stayed up all night giving a kitten with a fever droppers of water, and took care of a cat with a broken leg wearing one of those huge plastic collars (boy was she miserable), and currently have to force feed pepto bismol to a ferret with ulcers... but at least all of them could lay down and get some sleep.

Maybe you could rig up a sling for her...

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>She cried all night... couldnt lie down so I would find her just standing, crying.

Oooooh. That brought tears to my eyes. I agree with Mivox..is there any way to rig a sling so she can sleep.

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well, I'm always amazed at how tough dogs are.... no exeption this time... Gypsy appears to be completely fine (exept the massive stitches and drain tube in her chest.) She has no limp, can jump up onto the bed, etc.

Granted the first night was bad.... I forgot to say that she had an Elizabethan collar on too... that didnt help, so I took it off. Also, she was alone, which is not normal for a pack oriented dog. I didn't have her inside because she was bleeding out the drain hole... she was born and raised in the garage and backyard so I thought that would be the best place that night. The last 2 nights she has slept inside but doent like the inside so much during the day. She has very good spirits so I think as long as we stay infection free, we are on the path to recovery:)

...but she is done racing this season:(

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>I'm always amazed at how tough dogs are.

Yes more than us humans

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yeah, tough as nails.... people always talk about their loyalty but they back it up with toughness
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How's Gypsy doing?
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well, the drainage tube came out on Monday.... vet was very happy with her improvements. It was pretty amazing, after about the second day she didn't seem to show any sign of pain.... runs around my house, jumps up on my bed, etc.... if you didn't see her front-end, you would swear she was fine. But she still has two open holes in her chest where the tube was.... it needs to heal 'from the inside out' so it doesn't abcess.... she's on antibiotics 2x a day until they run out.

I think I'm going to take her to the race this weekend and let her stay in the truck instead of getting someone to watch her back here.... that way I'll know she is getting her pills, etc. She'll rest better in there too, and it's clean. If I leave her in the backyard she might get bored and try to escape, etc.

here is a picture of my little girl:
[profiles.yahoo.com...]

....she weighs about 48lbs

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Poor sweetie, that must have been tough for her (and you too!). Nothing makes me more upset than when my cat has not been feeling well - horrible for both pet and owner. I'm really glad to hear she is doing better.
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Good news dogboy, glad to hear shes getting better. Had to take mine to the vet today for possible toe break. Horrible when they're in pain and you can't do much isn't it?

Good luck with your race...

Nick

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Glad to hear she's feeling better. I'm always amazed how quick animals seem to get over their injuries.
7:08 pm on Jan 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Glad to hear your dog is on the mend.

It's amazing how dogs become literaly part of the family. You feel their pain.

Hope he makes a full recovery.

Mack.

 

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