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Put the Kettle on....

Half way there..... 
Mar. 6, 2010 5:08 am 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2010 4:10 pm
Three weeks ago our 17-month old black lab (Suzy) came up lame.  She started limping and holding her left rear leg up.  So, off to the vet we went.  The diagnosis:  A partially torn ligament.  The treatment:  Keep her quiet for 6 weeks, no running or jumping, Rimadyl and Glucosamine with Chondroitin twice a day.  Sounds easy, huh?  Yeah right.  How do you keep a 17-month old lab quiet for six weeks??!!  How do you keep any lab quiet for six hours; let alone six weeks??!! 

The first week really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Suzy was hurting and didn't feel like running around.  Then she started feeling better.  Trips outside on a leash are becoming torture.  Not just to her, but to us humans, too.  Of course they are getting better for us - the weather isn't below freezing with a foot or two of snow anymore!  We live in the middle of a woods and own about 3 acres.  Our dogs are used to going out and exploring the woods and the creek that runs through our property.  Our 11-year-old lab (Missy) is starting to "brag" to Suzy how she's allowed to still run free and check out all their nooks and crannies.  Suzy is beginning to get restless.

By the end of Week Two we got settled into a routine.  If we let Suzy outside without Missy, we can let her go without the leash.  She walks around and does her thing without running.   We have to feed her before she gets the Rimadyl so now she gets "extra" meals.  Of course if you feed one you have to feed the other.  They have no idea they're getting the same amount of food daily, they just know they are getting fed more often.  I think they like that!  But, then, who knows a lab that wouldn't like food more often?  Once they got into a brand new 50-lb bag of dog food and ate about 10 lbs of it before we realized they'd been in the basement an awful long time.  They still wanted dinner that night!!  Anyways, we have finished up Week Three and see light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm not sure if the vet is going to recommend surgery or not, that remains to be seen.

Missy is a trained hunting dog and we got Suzy to train to take Missy's place upon her retirement.  I've already decided if this injury is going to prevent Suzy from being able to go out and hunt, then she'll become my "stay at home" dog and we'll just get another puppy to train! 
Mar. 6, 2010 7:03 am
Taking care of a sick baby can really take it's toll. I'm glad you baby is getting better. Mag
Mar. 6, 2010 12:36 pm
Poor Suz! It's not easy at all when you have two!! I know from experience...lol! I think Suz will be just fine in the long run and you're a great mommy to them, Ann...I love reading about your hounds! And thanks for the great review of my recipe..I appreciate it!
Mar. 6, 2010 12:45 pm
Glad to hear Suzy is getting better. Your girls are beautiful! We have two labs also and last year Jackson (profile picture) broke his leg while he was running after Bradley, our chocolate. He tripped into a hole while running at full speed - compound fracture - I still have nightmares of the sound he made when the bone broke. Like you, we were supposed to keep him quite for 6 weeks - almost impossible. The first 3 weeks were easier than I thought but after that he wasn't in any pain and didn't even realize he was in a cast so it was hard to get a puppy - he wasn't even a year old - to slow down. Hopefully Suzy will be back to 100% soon and won't need surgery.
Mar. 6, 2010 3:39 pm
It is tough to keep her down. And today was Day 1 with "their boy" (my son) home for Spring Break. They are both used to rough-housing with him. We had to go out all day so Suzy would rest. LOL. Suzanne, Did Jackson heal up as good as new? Hope so! WW: you are welcome for the review I did. They really were good and I will make them again! Thanks Mags for stopping in and commenting.
Mar. 6, 2010 11:16 pm
Jackson had emergency surgery last year and had two metal rods and screws put in - one year and over $4,000 later and he is as good as new. You would never know that he broke his leg! Actually he seemed as good as new in about a month. Not even a limp! The really sad part was the surgeon we had asked if we needed time to think about if we wanted to go ahead with the surgery. He said that so many people would rather have the dog put down or the leg amputated than having to pay the money for the surgery. My dogs are my kids so for my husband and I there was no thinking this over we just wanted our boy better.
Mar. 7, 2010 4:45 am
I'm glad to hear Jackson is good. He's a so young to have such problems! I know what you mean about him being your kid. My pets have always been part of our family. I could't imagine life without a dog! When my daughter got married, her and her husband had both never lived a day without a dog in their house. Their landlord told them no pets, but then before they moved in he said a cat was OK. After a few months he saw how well they took care of the cat that he allowed them to get a small dog. They got a cocker spaniel and all is well in their house now. :-)
Mar. 7, 2010 9:25 am
I have always been an animal lover, but have only had cats. When I moved to Holland I was missing my family and friends back home so my MIL thought it would be a good idea for me to get a dog to get me out of the house to meet people so my in-laws gave me Bradley, our chocolate, as a surprise. I fell in love with him the second I saw him and then we adopted his brother two years later. Now, I couldn't even imagine my life with out them. Maybe my house would be a little cleaner, but I do love my boys. I'm glad that your daughter and her husband were able to get a dog - cocker spaniels are great dogs too!
Mar. 7, 2010 10:51 am
Your MIL sounds like a wonderful person!
Mar. 7, 2010 11:30 am
Yes, both my MIL and FIL are wonderful people! I consider myself very lucky - oh, and their son isn't too bad either! :op
Mar. 8, 2010 4:10 pm
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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