This was supposed to be a fun post about another visit to Tammy’s farm, but that will have to be another post for another day because Paisley could use some well wishes.
Paisley loves Danica, unfortunately she plays a little too rough and can be quite the antagonist at times. We have been working on it, but she still loves to pounce on her. This is where her problems started…
First thing in the morning I usually let the whippet girls out back to stretch their legs and relieve themselves before breakfast. On Wednesday morning I let them out for about 10 minutes and then opened the door and called them in. Paisley came first with Danica right on her heels. Paisley jumped up on the deck and spun around really fast to pounce Danica – unfortunately she thought she was still on the ground, so she went to jump off the deck (3 stairs). In mid-air she realized that Danica was already on the porch and she tried to turn in mid-air. I believe that only works for birds 🙂 She landed on her front left leg and was still in the twisting motion. She crumpled and I heard a bone break followed by Paisley screaming. This all happened in a matter of seconds and I still can’t believe it happened even though I was right there and saw the whole thing. I ran down the steps, scooped her up, placed a quick call to my vet and headed out to the car. That is when I realized that I had to go back in the house, grab Danica, turn off the stove, and grab my purse before we could leave. I felt completely helpless for a moment and must have looked dazed and confused. I was holding my dog in my arms with a dangling front leg and had no idea what to do with her so that I could run back inside. Luckily my guardian angel was watching over me and two ladies happened to be walking by at this very moment…I had never seen these ladies before and our road isn’t one that a lot of people walk on – I was delighted to see them! They asked if I needed help and I was so relieved. One of them held Paisley while I ran back inside. Within minutes I had Paisley snuggled in a bed and we were on our way. I love my vet, but it was a very long 45 minute drive! Once there, they confirmed that yes indeed it was broken (not that I had any doubt after hearing it) and that I would need to leave her there so that they could sedate her and take x-rays. They were afraid that it was in the elbow and in that case I would need to pick her back up and take her to the orthopedic surgeon. Lucky for me, it was her humerus and my vet was able to do surgery and piece her back together.
Here is a picture of the x-ray…
as you can see, she shattered it. He was able to put her all back together except for one piece. She has a big pen running length wise in her bone and wires holding everything together.
She has a huge bandage on her leg to keep the incision protected and clean. Unfortunately, Paisley loves to chew on tape and bandages, so I had to modify a pair of her jammies..
This seems to be working for now.
The poor girl is very unhappy, but is being a trooper. She has to stay in her crate, except for going to the bathroom, for the next 10 days! She goes in for a check-up and more x-rays next Friday.
Please keep her in your thoughts and send healing vibes her way 🙂