Well, it's always best to start off with the bad news, right? On Sunday we were driving over to the land we bought to walk around it and see what needs to be done. We put Ziggy in the back of the truck, where she's been a ton of times before, for the LESS THAN A MILE drive. All the sudden we hear a loud yelp, turn around and see Ziggy on the road trying to stand up. We hurried back and she was bleeding and it seemed pretty clear she had broken her leg. We think she jumped out of the truck because she saw some pheasants in the field (we saw them there).
We carried her to the cab, and started driving to the animal hospital. We had a little trouble finding one--the one we called first had a 6 hour wait time, and they said the next nearest was in Salt Lake. Whaaa? So I called a different animal hospital I knew of in Provo and the doctor answered and said he'd be right over. Perfect. It was a stressful drive but we made it. The doctor admitted her and treated her for shock. He said he'd call the next day after she was under anesthesia and took x-rays. So he called the next day and told us she had broken the femur into 5 pieces and a piece was missing because it had apparently flown out of her leg (hence the bleeding we saw) and is now left somewhere on the road where she fell. He was able to fix it with metal plates and pins, but the prognosis is fairly good only if we keep her basically on kennel rest for 3 months. Yikes, she is going to be an unhappy dog! No running, playing, wrestling, jumping, etc. And then hopefully she will make a full recovery.
So I am trying to be diligent, keeping her most of the time in her kennel. I do take her out a few times a day for an hour or so, but I keep her on leash so she doesn't try to run or anything. I make her sit, but I brush her, play a few little thinking games with her and just pet her. She never wants to go back in her kennel. It is sad. But we are doing our best and hopefully these next 12 weeks will go by fast!
It actually looks not too bad...