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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation freak stuff happens, but it still hurts

I know we can't keep our dogs safe from everything. We do what we can but stuff still happens.
I have some huge white pines in our yard. They are beautiful. The branches come right down to the ground. When they are green and alive they are bouncy and springy and the dogs actually play with them sometimes. When they are dead they are hard brittle spears. Despite my efforts to make sure my yard was clear of these long dangerous branches by breaking them up into much smaller sticks or taking them to another part of my property, one was missed after the last storm.

It was a long branch with a twist that stuck up from the ground a foot or so. The other end of this spear as stuck in the ground. I had no idea this was under the trees. I did not see when my dog ran into it but he hit it at an angle that was almost lethal. I noticed him in the yard in pain in just minutes...thank God. I think with the quick trip to the emergency vet will keep infection from setting in.

I am amazed at how well my boy handled the pain. If I had a dirty piece of wood the size of a hot dog suddenly shoved into my back, I'd have been a complete mess~

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 10:25 AM
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That is scary! Very glad he will be all right.
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OMG, I'm so sorry. Try not to beat yourself up over it, as you said, stuff happens. I hope your pup will be OK.

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So scary! Glad you were there and were able to act quickly! This scares me too, I am surrounded by a large wooded area with trees of all kinds. Thank you for posting. Hope your sweet boy is on the mend! <3

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Ouch! Poor guy (and poor you!).

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Glad you boy is ok . No matter how we try stuff still happens.

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I'm so sorry. It's just impossible. We have an accident prone horse. There can be one stick in the entire field and, somehow, she will manage to find it and hurt herself on it. Take good care of your boy. Sending him hugs and get well wishes.
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So sorry that happened and glad you were there. That is pretty much one of the worst "crap happens" scenarios out there! Glad he's going to be OK.
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Scary for sure but glad to hear your boy is on the mend. Your post made me scan my own yard. We are post ice storm and I noticed one branch down that I need to remove. It may be okay but I'll move it out anyway since my 2 love to run and play out there. So many thanks for sharing and wishes for a speedy recovery sent to your fella.
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Ouch indeed!So glad he's ok!It was no fault of yours,just a freak accident.Mine and other people's dogs are in the woods and fields daily without incident.Stuff happens no matter how proactive you are
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