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November 13, 2011

A Bad Ending

We're having a bad ending to our time at home. After 2 busy, but uneventful weeks home, we are all set to leave for work again. Or at least we were until yesterday morning.

It all started early in the morning as we were preparing to haul a load of open cows to the sale barn. I thought, rather than leave the girls home alone all day, I'd let them come with us and stay in the semi like they are used to doing.
In their excitement, Carlie Jean caused an incident.
You know how she loves to run. And in her running frenzy, she tripped me. And as I fell, I dropped Paris. As much as she screamed I knew instantly there was something wrong. So as soon as I got my breath back from falling flat out on my back, I scooped her up b/c Carlie and Ella were intensely interested in what was wrong with her. Her little leg was just flopping around, so it was obvious what the problem was right away.

Because we're in ranch country, it's hard to track a vet down on a normal day, but try and do it in the fall on a weekend. We ended up just having to take Paris to Belle Fourche, SD with us and to a vet there, 2 hours away.

When I picked her back up the nurses had french braided her hair and told me they tried to match her outfit and so gave her a pink cast. She was obviously very well pampered while at the vet.

Turns out her little tibia is snapped and fractured further down so that a simple splint and cast won't do long term.
The temporary fix has made things...complicated.
She is being quite the trooper, not crying and seems not to hurt unless she turns it wrong. But she is sad to not be able to bounce around like normal, and it's hard to keep her confined but that's the only way to keep her still and quiet.

Brief little visits to her grand-people's house have cheered her and I think she's liking all the extra attention.
But tomorrow morning, we have to drive back to Belle Fourche early and she has to have pins and wires put in her leg and stay over night.
Malcolm and I may, if it will work out, stay a few more days. But a load is already lined up and if it can't be rescheduled, we'll have to leave Paris behind and she'll be staying with her grand-people for an unknown length of time.
I'm doing ok with the break, but the idea of leaving her is upsetting. I know all our bloggy friends would want to know about Paris and her situation. I'll keep you posted and fill you in on the good parts of our home time later on. In the mean time, thoughts and prayers are appreciated for tomorrow. I know she's just a dog, but for me, she's my baby, and even though I have three, Paris is my first and favorite. She has a special place in my heart. I'm not looking forward to the days to come!

19 comments:

ACountryCowgirl said...

Prayers will continue to go out!!! Poor paris and poor you. The LORD will take care of it all. I hope it works out so your load can be moved so you can be with her and have her with you. I know that would be the best!! I know they are dogs but I know how you feel and they are more than dogs to us:)

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i'm sorry for this accident! you didn't need stress at home! i do hope she does well tomorrow!

small farm girl said...

Awwwww! Poor little Paris! She looks so pitiful.

Shirley said...

Oh no! I've often thought how fragile little Merle is and how it wouldn't take much to hurt him- he's tinier than your girls- poor Paris! I hope she heals up properly, and if you do have to leave her with your folks, I'm sure they will take special care of her- but that won't stop you worrying.

Judy Johnson said...

I have heard there are a couple really good vets down there at Belle! I hope you are able to stay home a few more days.

cd0103 said...

I think it is almost harder when your fur-babies are hurt. They can't tell you how they feel. Ugh. My thoughts and prayers are with Paris.

Jake said...

Sorry to hear about your baby! Good thing is she will be right as rain before you know it. :)

Amy @ Heritage Homemaker said...

Oh sweet lady, prayers being said from Texas for Paris and her surgery tomorrow. Hoping for you that the schedule works out so you don't have to leave her at her grand-people (even though she would be spoiled rotten). Our pets (5 dogs, 4 cats and 4 chickens) are like additional kids in our family, too. I so understand!

Christine said...

Awww, poor little things. At least she looks cute with her pink cast!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Oh no! Hope the surgery goes well and you are able to reschedule your trip. Ugh.

Dreaming said...

Oh, I feel so badly for you and Paris. I know you probably died a thousand deaths when she was crying.
It is so hard to see them hurt, and so hard to keep them quiet when they begin to feel better. I hope the surgery goes well and that she heals quickly so she can get back on the road with you.

gtyyup said...

Poor lil' Paris...what a brave girl. Give her some kisses from us too. Hope the scheduling all works out~

MTWaggin said...

Oh dear oh dear!!! Pretty neat pink cast though and well sh** happens doesn't it! I'll be thinking about Paris and keep her in my prayers as will all the crestie kids here at MTWaggin. Just stick to the rehab schedules (even if she begs for different) and lots of extra hugs!

Carol in Colorado said...

So sorry to hear about Paris. Our animals are our kids in some families and are loved as much as our kids. Hopefully surgery will go well and wishing for a speedy recovery for her. Sending prayers and good thoughts for all of you. Thank you grandparents for helping out.

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Get better Lil' Paris. You've got a fan club out here cheering you on!

frugalmom said...

Thinking of you and Paris. Sending you all kinds of healing thoughts and prayers. Im so sorry that you have to be apart from her at a time like this...Im sure she will be in good hands with her grandparents.

KarenTX said...

Poor Paris! But she does look very chic in her pinki cast. Sorry about the pins and such, I'm sure she'll be right as rain soon!

Jennifer said...

Oh my! Poor little thing! We had a Doberman break his hind leg. My hubby splinted it, and we kept him still for several weeks.. Not an easy task. But it healed just fine! It is sad to see them hurt so bad!

Horses Are Our Lives said...

poor baby, But she does look so cute in her outfit and matching splint! Hope she doesn't ache for too long. The first is always special.