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Old 01-01-2013, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wanted to say Hi and tell my story real quick. My Wife and I just got our 2 boys a 6 month old German shepherd male. He is a big baby already 60lbs and the vet says he is on his way to be 100 lbs. he adjusted and bonded to me very quickly. We picked him up 12/29 and by the next day he could not stand it if I was not in the same room with him. Now for the sad news... not even 24 hours from bringing him home we were outside so he could go potty and a dog barked and spooked him he went to the end of his leash and then jumped straight up in the air doing a back flip. when he did this I heard a POP and he was in a lot of pain. turns out he broke his back leg.... so after x rays and meds he goes in tomorrow for his $2000 operation. they are going to screw and possibly plate the leg. we felt so bad for him... but one of the frustrating things is this happened Sunday night, Monday he was going into the vet for his wellness checkup and I had 30 days of free pet insurance on him that would be activated then. of-course I now have a huge bill and 30 days of insurance that will pay for something else if it happens, but not the pre-existing leg. The only way we could afford to pay for this was with the care credit, and me cancelling a surgery I had scheduled for my foot ( I can live with the pain a while longer I guess) Anyway Max has already been a wonderful addition to our family and we look forward to a long happy life with him. I am just sorry he has to be in pain for a while. on the funny side when we got him out biggest concern was potty training him since we have a 4 year old we are trying to teach him to get up in the night and pee and a 2 year old we are trying to potty train as well. we laugh about that now, and as far as our dog Max He limps to me now to carry him outside every time he needs to go. it did not take him long.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh my gosh! Good luck to Max tomorrow! And good luck to you whenever you get to get your foot surgery! We all know how that goes.

I had my chocolate lab one month and she broke her toe (what dog breaks a toe). That week (right after Christmas also) off we went to a veterinary orthopedic specialist. Feel your pain. Again, good luck. Please provide updates.
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Wow, what a story! Hope the surgery went well.
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Wow, that is really a freak accident. Thanks for sticking with him an geting him what he needs tho.

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Just wanted to post an update. Max is doing great he had screws and a plate put in his leg. He has a cast right now (will have it for a total of 10 days) then the cast comes off. he will of-course have to take it easy for 8-12 weeks. he already wants to jump and play so it is a constant battle to keep him from doing something to hurt his leg. if I may put a picture in your mind of something funny.... he does this thing with his cast. it looks like someone putting their head on a baseball bat that is standing upright on the floor then spinning around in a circle. he plants his cast in one -spot then spins around and around on it. I hope that make since, it is funny to see but of-course you have to stop him so he does not hut him self. anyway all is good so far I will keep updating as things happen.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Aww, I'm glad Max made it through surgery ok. I don't envy you having a puppy that needs to be rested. The picture you painted with him and his cast is very funny, maybe you can get a video of it and post it for us to see.
Good luck with Max and kep us updatd with his progress
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