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Friday, July 24, 2009

Just Not Our Week

Photo- Kim Aston

I am so frustrated this week .... as previously posted our darling Chinook did something to her shoulder/right side and came up lame during the show @ Lombardy. She's had 2 days of crate rest, several times a day with ice pack sittings, no stairs, short potty breaks and meds to help and seemed just fine this morning. Again, a pee break before show time and don't we find she's got a bit of a limp, now and again, only now her left side. Closer inspection we find she's got a little sore between two of her toes!!! What the heck???!! How did this happen, when? what caused it? The walk to ring side was OK, but as soon as she had to move out I could tell she wasn't moving right. She was also busy looking at the ring side spectators, doing little hops so it was hard to tell just what was up. Being the only one in her class, it meant not as much ring time, but when it came time for Winners Female, I could certainly tell she was being affected by it.
Once shelties had finished we were able to examine things more, and sure enough it appeared that the sore had broken and was oozing a bit. Again, the one sheltie exhibitor that is a vet took a look at her and sent me home with instructions.
I tell you ... what else can go wrong this week?! Poor thing, she's now got to lay on the ice pack on her one side, have her foot held in an Epsom water bath, an antibiotic on the sore, then wrapped up and an "E-collar" on to prevent her from 'bugging' at it, and more oral meds to help with any infection. Am just hoping that an evening of TLC, and treating it early she'll be able to show OK for these last 2 days of this show circuit.
Life with dogs is never dull. Am hoping the mail tomorrow will surprise us and we will have her 4pt win photo from her 1st show.


Cool Design Shelties July 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM  

Sorry about all this. Hope she soon will recover - poor little thing. Giv her a treat from me - a good steak will probably help her, it's good medicine :o)


Laureate July 25, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

Sorry to hear. She is so pretty, she'll finish in a flash once she's healed.

BTW, I think you took that picture!


Shelamo Shelties July 25, 2009 at 9:01 PM  

Thanks for the compliments Kim ... yes, you are right! I did take that one.



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