All of the dogs who have walked with me over the years (mostly my landlords dogs) have learned the hard way, and the harder way about BARBED WIRE FENCES.
Eventually the rabbit runs and the dog goes full tilt chase, the rabbit goes safely under the fence… the dog does not.
Stitch had his first fence lesson and it was a painful one. When he slammed that fence at a billion miles an hour my heart froze, the impact and ensuing yelp was loud. I saw the left front paw twist in an ugly way.
He cried in pain all night and the next morning I took him to the vet. I needed to know if it was broken. Untreated a broken foot or ankle could have left him lame for life and he is a young dog still learning the world out here in the high desert.
Going to the vet is not easy for someone rural, disabled and car-less. I needed my landlords help. They have 4 vehicles between the two of them. First they had an argument about whether Stitch needed to see a vet. Then the argument turned to which vet might be cheapest…
It takes all of my patience dealing with these folks but in the end they helped me.
On the way in to town I was told he was going to be proved right and this trip was not needed.
I told my landlord I was grateful for the ride but the 12 year old urgency with which he needs to be right was the least helpful thing about him and that my concern was getting an x-ray and caring for Stitch. I didn’t care if he was right or not, I cared if my dog was going to be lame forever when it could easily be prevented.
Stitch will be fine. It was not broken the x-ray showed, but they triple wrapped/immobilized the ankle and gave me two weeks worth of pain killer for him.
Four days later my landlord insisted on removing the brace/vet wrap. I am so tired of fighting with these assholes I allowed it. GIVEN A CHOICE I would have left it 3 or four days longer.
I needed a loan to pay the vet bill which my landlord was kind enough to cover for three days till my check came in. I paid him in full and for the gas to town that he thought I should pay, never mind all the favors (unpaid) they ask of me. If I charged them a dollar a dog walk to exercise their dogs they would owe me thousands of dollars. Taking their dog on the walk everyday probably COSTS ME $20.00 a month in high value training treats (chicken, hot dogs, cheese) but their dog now comes when it is called.
I suppose I should be more grateful but life next door to them is like one long trip to the dentist.
Sweet Stitch will be fine. The injured foot does touch the ground a bit now and then. He mostly still gimps on three legs.
I will see about stopping the pain killer (Remedil) tomorrow… He is down to the last 3 doses and for 200 bucks I thought maybe I could snort it?
I don’t give a damn who is right or wrong in this matter. I CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE DOG. Is that so hard to understand?