So remember how Lucy was able to do this?

And then remember how she started limping after she’d run and played too hard? And how we took her to the vet to have her checked out and we were told she had Hip Dysplasia? We had to decide whether to have her nerves clipped so she simply wouldn’t feel the pain or whether to have surgery to correct the problem. It took us a while to decide what to do, but we finally made a decision.

Lucy now has some new hardware in her bones and she’s sporting some pretty ugly stitches. She had her first surgery yesterday and we brought her home today. Thankfully she’s pretty groggy today, since she’s supposed to keep still for a while.

I felt really bad leaving her at the vet, where she was SO excited to see Lindsay who’s always at the front desk. I felt really bad thinking about how she must have felt when she realized I’d turned her over and left her there so that the surgeons could inflict pain on her. It felt really lonely at home last night without my sweet, furry little pal around. But she’s home now and happy to be here with her family. She’s walking, albeit gingerly and she seems to be managing way better than I expected.

We have to restrict her activity for the next 8 weeks. No running. No jumping. No stairs. No playing! This could get interesting. Lucy is not one for sitting still. She’s curious and energetic and slightly ADHD. Can’t wait to see how she handles the physical therapy we’ll be doing with her for the next 12 weeks, after which… the other hip gets done.

Hoo boy!

20 thoughts on “Frankendog

  1. I’m sure you feel worse than she does. Ignorethebuckles is right, she’ll adapt. You made the right decision, in my mind. These few months will allow her many years of playing in the future. Even knowing all that, it’s still heart wrenching, isn’t it? :(


  2. Wow, whatta tough girl! I like to think that, although she was probably anxious being left at the vet, she knows you love her and want what’s best. They know that stuff, right? Good healing for her, then onto side two.

    No “cone of shame”?


  3. Awww. Poor Lucy. I feel her/your pain. I know people tell you it is just a dog, but it is hard to turn them over to the vet for that kind of procedure. Hard for her and hard for you as well. I’ve done it with my two and it ain’t easy. She’s going to be out of sorts for a while and I would guess she is not happy with you right now, but you did it to make her better. And I applaud you guys for doing that knowing it was NOT an easy or cheap decision. Still, it shows that you guys are committed for the long run and willing to take care of her. Bravo. But I have to ask the same question as Abby – No cone?

    I’m sure she will heal quickly and she’ll be out chasing squirrels in the yard later this summer.

    To quote Shane Falco: Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.


    • She doesn’t have a cone so far… but we may be out buying one today. It’s impossible to watch her every second to make sure she’s not licking the wound. And she clearly was sometime in the night!


  4. Animals are surprisingly flexible and heal usually faster than we humans do after surgery and such. Probably because they don’t think about gee, if I move this way it’s going to hurt -like we tend to do and so, we don’t follow through completely then on the doctors orders that we HAVE to get up and HAVE to move around and all that good stuff, ya know! Although, in her case, since she’s supposed to have restricted activity for the next so many weeks, well good luck in trying to enforce that policy! I had to chuckle too over your comment about Lucy being slightly ADHD. Probably one of her qualities that is what makes her even more endearing to you, I bet! Who doesn’t love a dog that has a silly side anyway? Hope her recovery goes smoothly for her and for you!


  5. You are a great parent to sweet Lucy. You are doing everything in your power to help her. Now, to get her to focus so you can work with her rehab. Good luck and keep us posted.


  6. Lucy is so lucky to have you taking care of her. I hope she heels quickly, and that it’s not too hard on you. It’s hard to watch our pets when they are not feeling good. It will all be worth it!


  7. You and Lucy are blessed to have found each other! Isn’t it amazing how fast a good dog can wrap itself around your heart?! I don’t know how you’re handling the licking she’s bound to do on her wound, but I might have a suggestion. When we had the Sheltie neutered, he refused to wear the “cone of shame.” We went to Wal-Mart and bought him some boys’ athletic shorts (the silky kind, in bright colors with an elastic waist). We put them on him and made a big deal of praising him. He had to be stripped to go potty, of course, but the licking problem was solved! Just a suggestion.


  8. Poor Lucy–and poor you. I know how you feel. Ralph had to have knee surgery a couple of years ago, and it may have been harder for me than for him. She will be fine–and much happier in the end!


  9. Awww, what a tough decision. Good for you guys for making the call though. How are you going to keep her from jumping and playing?? That seems impossible.


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