Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Little Allie Bug...

Sorry. I don't have any other pictures loaded on this pc of my faithful mutt Allie.... so this is as good as you're gonna get.

On Tuesday night, Allie was out in the yard playing (as usual) and I was in the sunroom watching the boob tube (not that uncommon). A loud YELP comes from her general area and I run to the door to holler for her. Make sure she's ok and all. She's not. She is walking on 3 legs, holding the 4th up off the ground and lumbering toward me into the sunroom.

I look all over her paw for a splinter or some sign of injury. Nothing. Hubs gets home, lifts her onto the bed and palpates the gimp leg - massaging, pulling, pushing. Not the first sound out of her - she's thinking "this is the life!"

But alas. She does not put the leg down all day Wednesday so we go into the Vet at 3:00. At 4:30 I am sobbing on the phone with Hubs - relaying the message that Allie has torn her CCL (human equivalient: ACL) and requires serious surgery. Serious. With a lengthy recovery.

$950 surgery. Yup. That's Allie. 2 years old - should have no strain on her limbs as playful as she is. On the books for surgery. And I am sobbing because you can't not do anything, and she's in pain and will be in pain, and it's a lot of money, and I can't bear the thought of any other alternative, and she's looking at me with her puppy eyes. UGH! Dang Mutt.

We love her. Our mutt that found us. That is about to drain our bank account. Yeah - we still love you.

4 comments:

Jennifer said...
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Jennifer said...

Lauren,

It's your big sis! :) I added your blog to my Google Reader so I can keep up with what you're doing. I just started a food blog: www.bakinandeggs.wordpress.com. Check it out!

OK, this happened to our family dog when he was younger. My parents took him to the University of South Carolina animal hospital and had the surgery done. It was quite expensive and my mom had to do all kinds of therapy with him but he made a full recovery and has lived a long happy doggy life.

Just thought I'd share some encouraging words.

christyhulsey said...

Oh, poor Allie. And, poor mama and papa. I feel for you. The vet bills can really add up...but those sweet little mutts are so worth it.

Lauren said...

Thanks you two! I appreciate the kind words. I'll let y'all know how she does!