Lame

26 Oct

The cry of pain came just as I was finishing up my dinner prep. I dropped everything and rushed into the living room where I found Richard hobbling on three feet.

“Oh Little Man,” I cooed, “What happened?” Of course, he didn’t answer me – basset hounds can’t talk. So I gently got him to lay on a blanket and felt the rear leg he was favoring. No signs of anything broken or swollen, and I could move his leg, but any attempt to stand on it brough more pitiful cores of pain.

A similar thing had happened once before. We were at the park and Richard bounded up the stairs after visiting with his friends, to middle aged men who love him and give him treats. AS he topped the last step, he couldn’t put his weight on one of his back legs.  He limped for a few steps then seemed to walk it off.

This time, though, he didn’t.

Is it the same leg?  I wondered to m myself, wracking my brain for a clear vision of the memory. Nothing came.

I carried him to bed where I hoped that, after sleeping through the night, he’d be back to his old self. Every time he moved that night, he cried. Neither of us slept well.

The next morning, I was thankful for the six-foot leash I have because I was able to loop it around his back end for support when he went out for his morning constitutional. As we made painstaking progress down the sidewalk, I resolved to call the vet as soon as they opened to see if I could get him in. I was loathe to leave him alone when I went to work, but had no choice.

I called the vet and got a drop off appointment for the next day.  It meant I’d need the morning off because drop off hours are 8-10 and I couldn’t guarantee I’d make it to work on time. Then, I started my search for a sub. My favorite sub has been hired to teach half time in my building, afternoons only. Alas, she had her own appointment that morning. Knowing no one would take a half time job, I put in for a full day sub and contacted our secretary.

“Thanks for keeping me in the loop,” she replied to my news. “Did you ask J?”  J was hired in mid-September because of large class sizes in PE and 8th grade. She wasn’t even on my radar, but, when asked, she accepted.

Richard spent Wednesday at the vet, where his examination was inconclusive. As I had, the vet found no obvious injuries. They gave him some anti-inflammatories and suggested a sling for his hind quarters as an alternative to the looped leash. I ordered one when I got home, but also slit a cloth grocery bag at the sides to tide us over until the new one arrived.

Richard is walking on all four feet now. He’s still wobbly, so I continue to use the sling. He wants to jump up on the sofa or climb up on my bed, so I have blocked them off while I am at work. He looks at me with sad, confused eyes. In a few weeks, I hope he can have free range of the house again.

6 Responses to “Lame”

  1. arjeha October 26, 2021 at 7:11 am #

    Poor little guy. It is hard when our pets are in pain and can’t tell us what is wrong, Hope things work out for him.

    • Adrienne October 26, 2021 at 7:54 am #

      He’s doing better. Slow and steady wins the race.

  2. Cathy M October 28, 2021 at 5:38 am #

    I hope Richard is on the mend. It must be hard to not really know what is causing this. I’m sure he will be happy to be able to be back on the couch soon.

    • Adrienne October 28, 2021 at 5:40 am #

      He is much better. I am lifting him on and off the sofa and am gaining muscle!

  3. Lisa Corbett October 30, 2021 at 4:17 am #

    Poor Richard! It would be so much easier if he could talk. I’m so glad I don’t have to find my own sub! We have a computer system that does it for us.

    • Adrienne October 30, 2021 at 6:27 am #

      We have a computer system too. the problem is that there aren’t enough subs. We have an unfilled job almost everyday so are forever getting emails asking us to cover. No one wants to put that on their colleagues, so we do our best to prearrange .

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