What a week it has been so far! I’ve been pretty quiet this week because I’ve been very upset about a little set back we’ve had with Beans. He broke his other leg on Saturday night.
We were sitting on the couch together and before I could stop him, he jumped off and landed straight down on the good leg and tripped. He immediately started yelping like crazy, and my initial thought was that he re-broke his bad leg or hurt it even more.
My husband picked him up. I had to walk away. When I came back to see him, I took a second look and asked, “What’s wrong with that leg?!” And I realized the other leg was broken…
This is devastating to say the least, but here is how I think this all happened. When he broke the first leg, a few days prior, we were at the beach with other dogs. He took a tumble, yelped a little, limped for like 30 seconds and then went on his merry way. I think he fractured the leg that day. Then 2 days later, when he took a wrong step, it broke so easily because it was already messed up.
The reason he broke the other leg too is one, just bad luck, and two because he had been overstraining that leg for the past 4 weeks by putting a lot more weight on it. And also because he put ALL his bodyweight on it when he landed on it.
This week has been really taxing on us both. Beans is doing pretty well considering all that has happened, but he can’t really be alone. We both have to work, though, so during the day, we put up a baby gate and confined him to this very small hallway/room we have. When we’re home, one of us is either holding him or sitting with him on the couch.
He also can’t sleep alone. His legs are too long for him to sleep in his crate, and if he left him on some blankets on the floor, he tries to get up. So we’ve been sleeping with him in bed. But because we don’t want to crush him or his legs, we’ve been sleeping apart and taking turns sleeping with him at night. We have gotten very little sleep up until last night.
I wasn’t ready to share this info until I knew what we were going to do and until some of my emotions had subsided. After considering our options, we’ve decided to take Beans to a vet that our breeder recommended as the Italian Greyhound leg specialist who she has used in the past in West Virginia. He will do surgery on both legs with either pins or plates to hold the bones together and then keep Beans there for 4-6 weeks or until he is cleared to come home.
This option sounds kind of crazy to me, even as I type it out, but I’m trusting that it’s the best one. Our other options were to pay significantly more to have the surgery done up here (one place quoted us $4000 for one leg), and then have him back right away after surgery.
The prospect of not having Beans for a while is sad, but we think it will be better for us all. My husband and I won’t have to make sure he is okay while we’re away from the house, and we will also get to have a life. If he was recovering here, I’d basically want to shut down my life for him to make sure he could heal properly.
The night we brought him to the ER again (because of course it couldn’t happen during regular vet hours either time), I was super emotional. I was positive they would say surgery was a must. It was so hard watching my best friend be in pain and feel confused & scared.
However, the Lord really brought me a lot of peace this week. I was able to get lunch with a girlfriend the day after it happened and really open up about it. My work week hasn’t been nearly as crazy as it usually is. There is a presence loud from the Lord that is just saying trust me about all of this. I feel so dependent, but in a good way.
My husband and Beans left this morning. Beans should be having surgery tomorrow.
I sure am going to miss these snuggles for a while, but I trust that it’s all worth it. See in a few weeks, Beanie Boo.
Questions for You:
- Have you ever had to be apart from your pet for an extended period of time?
- What one thing would you miss most about your pet if they were not around?