|Wolf and Bandit having fun running in the leaves.|
It started off as any ordinary day...a fun Autumn afternoon of Wolf and Bandit enjoying some fun playing together in the backyard. We still can not believe it has happened again. While running around playing in the leaves with his sister Bandit, Wolf suddenly went down, screaming. I was out there with them, photographing their fun, and I still can't believe it happened. One second they are playing and running together, and then I am at his side trying to figure out what happened. Did Bandit crash into him? Did he step on something? Did he twist and sprain something? And then that little nagging voice whispers "CCL." Now I hear a lot of talk about odds...but seriously, what are the odds that four out of my five Huskies would have some degree of tears to their cruciate ligaments? Three of them from the same bloodline.
First off, we had Chloe, who if you recall blew out both of her knees over a year ago and underwent double imbrication surgery. (Chloe's story HERE). She is Wolf's full sister. Then Gibson, who is Wolf & Chloe's older brother, partially tore his last winter, and since he is a canine epileptic (Epi-dog), I opted for Conservative Care Management/Treatment with the use of a WoundWear A-Trac Stability Brace. (His story is HERE). He successfully came out of the brace this past spring, however, he is always under watch because nothing is a guarantee.
Our Harley, who is the only one to have come from a reputable, official breeder, tore hers from a slippery, crazy, swirl in the snow. (Harley's story HERE). Hers was a partial tear in the rotating section (from chasing her tail like a lunatic in several inches of snow after diving off the deck ramp...at eight years old!) She just came out of the braces (so far successfully) this summer. She is not from the same bloodline, and we can accept statistics that she is an older dog who could get this type of injury.
But three others from the same family? We have to look at genetics here. An irresponsible backyard breeder. One has Canine Epilepsy and tears a CCL. Another blows out (shreds) both knees and requires emergency surgery. Another one is deaf. And then Wolf. Two years ago he had a nasty (thankfully benign) growth removed from his elbow that was originally thought to be just a simple bunch of papillomas. Once in surgery, he had such an ugly, oddity growth, my vet in all his years had never ever seen such a thing. And now he has a full tear of his right cranial cruciate ligament.
So, Wolf went in to our vet this morning and was sedated as he was in great pain today for a full exam and x-rays. He is now back home, still groggy (see above), and resting next to me as I type this. He will be outfitted with a WoundWear brace, and in two weeks will be re-evaluated by our vet to determine if he, too, will need surgery. I do not know what the future holds, whether the brace will be enough, or if he will require the surgery. All I know is I want to help him and keep him as pain-free and comfortable as possible.
Here's where I go off on irresponsible backyard breeders. They need to be shut down. Period. No exceptions. Thankfully, the people responsible for Gibson, Chloe, Wolf, and Bandit's line are now shut down. These irresponsible backyard breeders do not see the results of their poor handiwork...we do...all of us who have opened our hearts and homes to puppies and dogs who may have questionable or unknown lineage. If you don't know the story of four of our FiveSibes, in a nutshell: a client owed my husband money so we asked for a puppy, knowing we would give it a wonderful forever home. When we went to pick her up and saw the horrible conditions, we left with three. I just couldn't leave them there...and sadly, they all have health issues. But...they are forever mine, they are forever loved, and they are forever safe.
|Happily playing right before "it" happened.|
As I am typing this post, Harley, Gibson, Chloe, and Bandit are howling out on the back deck for Wolf...and this is Wolf, still partly groggy answering the call of his family:
I pray Wolf will soon be on the road to recovery, whichever way the path takes us. Your prayers, thoughts, and pawcircles are so welcoming and so very appreciated. I will keep you up-to-date on how he is doing, and will try to catch up with as many of you as I can in between his napping and rehabbing.
Stay well and stay happy, our dear furfriends.