O.K. I’ve come to the conclusion, we can’t win to lose. Just as Dunkel’s injured toe was finally healing we find ourselves with two more injured dogs this week. One of the incidents was as unbelievable as the freak accident that took Kawlijah from us, only this time we were lucky enough that there were no fatalities in the kennel.
A few days ago, Buckwheat and several dogs were all playing together. They have this little game of doggie tag that they play every night, where they all chase one dog around, then they’ll take turns and all chase someone else. It’s really comical to watch, and they wear themselves out chasing each other over every square inch of our property.
Sadly, Buckwheat was getting chased and he ran through the middle of the dog yard. Crumb leaped out to get in on the action, and somehow, at the speed Buckwheat was moving, the Swedish snap from Crumb’s collar caught in his skin. He was running so fast that it literally peeled the skin from his chest like a banana. About a six inch patch of chest meat got exposed.
We quickly brought him in, cleaned out the wound and used a skin stapler to hold the flap in place until we could get him to the veterinarians. They got him into surgery, and $300 we don’t have later, he got all stitched up and now has a drain sticking out of the wound for the next 12 days. See picture below.
The second injury in the kennel this week came during another play session. Several females are in heat right now, and they tend to get really, REALLY bitchy with each other. We had Oaky and a few house dogs running around with us while doing some chores to get the garden in shape for the year, but Oaky thought it would be more un to pick a fight with Butterscotch. The squablle only lasted 30 seconds, but there were a lot of bites exchanged in that time before we broke them up. Oaky learned the error of her ways as Butter got the best of her. Oaky now has several holes in her ear and we are flushing the wound daily to try to keep it from getting infected.
Hopefully next week will bring some better luck our way. Until then…