Sunday, January 31, 2010

What dosen't kill me makes me stronger

It just hurts a little along the way.

I have lived around animals all my life. Grew up with horses and cattle for the horse training. Also had dogs and many cats. One thing is for sure when you have animals they are going to get hurt usually through some freak thing that they or you have done a million times. You never get used to it and you always feel responsible. Last week I found that out two fold. First off was Risk. Not sure what really happened slipped on some ice or ran into something. Next morning he had what is called secondary Glaucoma caused by a trauma to his eye. Glaucoma is when the fluid doesn't drain from the eye and the pressure just builds up. We tried very hard to treat his eye but in the end the specialist said our efforts are futile because he had lost his vision and it would feel like he has a giant migraine all the time. I deiced it was in the dogs best interest to remove his eye. Fortunately for Risk he has a very good attitude on life. Everything forward. Not so good for our legs when he has to wear a cone for two weeks.

Took these pics when he got home from surgery.





The stitches and the cone come off on Friday. It will seem like a whole new world after having the cone on for two weeks. Unfortunately the injury has set Risk back in his training not sure if he will make it to trial in his nursery year.
Round Two
I only take dogs in for training under special circumstances. When Jasper's owners ask about keeping him for a month to put more consistent training on him I said yes. I really like Jasper I think he has a lot of potential. The only problem is he is a handful and will need constant work. Jasper had only been here five days when he got stepped on by a ewe in the round pen. He did have bad thoughts on his mind at the time. He came back to me limping. So I put him back in his crate thinking some rest would help. The next morning he was not putting any weight on his leg so I took him to my vet for her to look him over. A couple of x-rays later revealed a fracture in his back leg. I said some choice four letter words. I immediately felt totally responsible. Running through my head how it happened and what I could have done differently. In the end I can think of nothing just one of those things that happens. Jasper's owners are away so he is staying here in my living room. My kitchen table is covered in a vast array of doggy meds.
I can only imagine this all happened for a reason.


11 comments:

manymuddypaws said...

that is super crappy, what a rough week!

Risk will recover just fine I am sure. Dogs do pretty amazing with one eye- there is a very famous border collie with one eye that does agility.

They adapt much quicker than us that's for sure!

livin life said...

Let's just skip that three "nonsense". You, my dear, have had well enough of your share for 2010. I don't know what to say...other than I am so very sorry......your reward for suffering must be your dream house or something! Stay Strong!!!!!

Handhills Border Collies said...

So sorry honey!!!!!!

Diana said...

Wow, thats a bad week. Im so sorry. I hope things get better. Diana

Mario Strim said...

Not much to say except...that licks!! Those are two terrible accidents. I think Ash and I will stay away until the bad juju on your farm passes!!February I'm sure will be much kinder to you. All the best!!

Sarah said...

oh poor guy, poor you!!!!! sending good thoughts your way

gvmama said...

So sorry. I remember when Kilt broke her toe in the pens. I felt so responsible. But, it was just one of those things. They will mend. So will you.

Kara said...

gosh Louanne that sucks. I think it's good luck that comes in threes. Bad luck just happens and to the best of people. Hang in there you can get through this easy.

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Monique said...

Sending positive thoughts your way for a return to the uneventful safety of everyday life :)

Billy said...

So sorry; I hope things are improving by now and that everyone is on the mend.