So two Thursdays ago one of my beloved dogs crossed the Rainbow Bridge, right before I was leaving town for a week. Last Thursday, while I was gone, this sweetie shows up in my carport.
As you can see, she’s missing part of her left hind, with some pretty gruesome proud flesh/scar tissue. DH wraps her up and takes her to the vet. She was so sweet and meek, never offered to snap or growl out of fear or pain. Vet feeds her for the weekend and performs mid-thigh amputation yesterday. She can come home in 2-3 more days.
I’ve never dealt with a three-legged canine before, much less one with a fresh amputation. I’ve heard that hind limb amputations are much easier for them to adapt to than forelimb loss, so that’s good I guess. I know that the vet will give us care instructions, but what can I expect on a day to day basis as she heals and adjusts? We have two steps up into the kitchen/down into the living area: problem? The vet surmises that she’s only 5-6 months old, so I’m hopeful that the adjustment will be easier for her than if she were older and more used to having the leg.
We have another dog who has been sorely missing our departed girl, and DH is sure that our current dog kept this girl company during the night before he found her in the morning. They have touched noses/met through the fence.
FYI, we are working through our rural county’s humane society to do things properly. She is technically on a 10 day hold in case an owner comes forward (posted on Facebook when we found her, no leads), but HS officer is not hopeful (she’s seen a lot in our rural county, and very little of it involves caring owners and happy reunions). At the moment we are officially her foster home, but Sunday is the 10-day mark and then she’ll be officially a family member.
And I’m sure it’s the height of magical thinking/anthropomorphizing, but I can’t help but think that my departed dog sent this girl our way, knowing that she needed us.
So any tips, advice, and extravagant admiration of this sweet girl are welcome!