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Abi's Having Surgery Wednesday


It is a cold and rainy morning here. Just as it's been for days. 

I had to take Abi to her vet this morning. She's been hopping around on three legs for several days. She's torn her ACL in her left back leg, and will be having surgery to repair it on Wednesday. 



Poor Charlie was so unhappy when we left early this morning. He was confused that he was being left behind. 

Abi will have to be careful for six weeks after the surgery, and how I will keep her inactive is a mystery. She is one busy girl. She likes to jump. 

But the vet said having the patio will be good because she can't run far after a squirrel and reinjure it. However, Abi is normally not too interested in squirrels. Cats, yet. It is Charlie that goes crazy over the squirrels.

Both of them are 9 years old now. Charlie has a bad back. And often during the night I hear him groan, which means "come help me get on the couch on the blankets." Why he just won't stay in the warm bed with me and Abi I don't know.

They're both even having trouble getting up the doggy steps I've had since they were pups. Sturdy wooden stairs with carpet. So I'm spending much of my time helping them both get around and up and down.

The vet was still a bit teary-eyed because the woman ahead of me, who I'd seen rush out crying, had to let hers go. I don't know how those vets do it. But Dr. Wendy is so compassionate and caring that I imagine she cries with them every time.

I'm thankful that wasn't in the cards for us. I do love my pupsters!

So Wednesday, please be thinking of my little Abi.
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  1. I jotted Abi's sweet name in my prayer journal so I won't forget. I will keep you and Charlie in my thoughts and prayers, too. Times like these are tough for all involved! I don't know how vets do it either, but I am so very thankful for them and all that they do for our furbabies. Take care.

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    1. I was possibly prepared for maybe a cast or something on her leg. But surgery? I wasn't quite prepared for that. But we'll get through it. With all of you out there supporting us, especially. Thank you.

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  2. Bless your heart and Abi's too. Everything will go fine, Try not to stress. As for keeping her still, it's like having a 2 year old who doesn't listen. What can you do.

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  3. Hope Abi's surgery goes well and will be thinking of Abi on Wednesday!

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  4. Poor, sweet Abi! Will be thinking of her ((and you)) during the days to come.

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    1. Thanks Heather. I know you have a lot on your plate.

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  5. This brings tears to my eyes. How upsetting. Poor Abi! And Charlie, too. I feel so bad for you. I don't pray very often, but I'll definitely be praying for all of you Wednesday and beyond. Thinking of you...

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    1. Thanks Gayle. They are like our children, and we worry about them. But I'm sure she'll be just fine.

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  6. Oh ~ poor little Abi!! Please give her a gentle cuddle from me ~

    To keep her safe, there is only one way to contain her ~ with a kennel. She may cry and whine, but you must to it to protect her after surgery.

    Been there; done that.

    I'll keep the both of you in my thoughts ~

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    1. And I gave two great ones away when I moved here... Just didn't have the room and they were pretty big.

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    2. There are wire crates for pets that collapse when not in use. They are easy to store because they don't take up much space. Hope all goes well with Abi's surgery .

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  7. Oh my gosh. Glad there is a fix, but like you I wonder how one keeps a pup still. Maybe during the healing she won't want to be frisky. I will keep you all in my thoughts that all goes well. Our pups are our kids! We worry. Sheila

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  8. Poor Abi! My friend's pitbull just went through the exact same thing although she's pretty young-just 2 years old. She is so hyperactive that they are keeping her on sedatives for the 6 weeks so she can heal.

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    1. I may have to ask them to do that. Abi is pretty active.

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  9. Oh wow, I am so sorry about Abi. I hope all goes well.

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  10. Thinking of you and Abi and sending wishes for a fast recovery for Abi!
    Jemma

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  11. Oh my prayers are with the three of you. We have 15 dogs here on the farm and I hate it when they are in pain. Glad you all have each other.

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  12. I hope everything goes well for abi. Both of you will be in my thoughts.

    Kathy

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  13. I will be praying for each of you. We love all of our fur babies too and they are so precious. Blessings, Carolyn in Fl.

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  14. Brenda,
    I cringed when I read this....this surgery was my dog's demise....be sure to keep her QUIET afterwards...it is srucial to the success.....praying all goes well....

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    1. Now I'm worried! I will do my absolute best.

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  15. It's so hard when our babies are sick. They can't talk or understand us, so stuff like 'don't chase the squirrel' just doesn't cut it. Maybe she will be a little more mellow after the surgery. At least enough that she can heal properly. Poor baby :(.

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  16. Hoping for a quick recovery for your sweet pup!

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  17. Healing thoughts and good wishes for Abi's healing..stay calm, you know she reads your mind...

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    1. I know. I'm staying calm. Just hard to watch her hop around like a little rabbit.

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  18. Dear Brenda, sounds like you have a very compassionate vet and will do all she can for Abi and the days after. As you know I have a 7 yo Morkie, named Ziggy. keeping him quiet isn't always possible either! Ziggy wants me to Abi know he's sending her love and puppy kisses!

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  19. I will keep Abi and you in my prayers. My fiend has to have one of his dogs put down on Monday. It has diabetes and is suffering greatly. It would cost him $1,000 month for medication for the dog and of course there is no way he could afford that. So he is spending a quality weekend with the dog. So sad when we have to do these things.

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  20. Brenda I'm sorry to hear about little Abi!! I'm sure everything will go well on Wednesday and she will be back to her old self in no time!

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  21. Poor girl, I will have her in my prayers on Wed!! Try not to worry, which I know is hard. Big Hugs!

    Linda

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  22. I'll be thinking about you and Abi on Wednesday!

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  23. Oh poor Abi....will be thinking of her and you on Wednesday! ;)

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  24. I had a dog with a torn ACL. You are lucky that Abi is little. She will be easier to move. I had to keep mine in a small space in order to allow it to heal. After that I was just careful so she wouldn't reinjure it. Best wishes.

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  25. Wishing Abi much love and fast healing. Poor thing... must be awful to be in pain. xo

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  26. Brenda I'll be thinking of Abi for all to go well and prompt healing. Sweet little one. Give her a little puppy kiss from me. My heart goes out to all animals when they are in pain. Take good care.xo

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  27. Brenda, I agree with Bobby, the way to keep Abi quiet is a kennel. I have a fur baby named Romeo, he is a toy poodle, we have been together since 2003. He is the light of my life. He suffered with a severe back strain and I had to keep him quiet for almost a month. I purchased a kennel and although he did not understand it, the pain meds kept him quiet and then he became used to it. I now keep it open and he thinks it is his den and loves it. I made a quilted cover for it and tied it on and it keep him nice and warm with fleece blankets piled up for him to sleep on. He actually sleeps better in in than on the bed with me which is where he slept all his life until the injury. I will pray for your dear little one, I know how had this must be on you.
    I do not know how to post without it saying Unknown Google, so will sign off as Patrice.

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  28. My little yorkie, Dixie, just injured her neck with a compressed docs. No more on the couch or bed that she jumps off. Put Abby in a crate with blankets and she'll do a lot better. Poor sweetie.

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  29. I'm so sorry to hear what Abi will be going through. Miss Molly is 8 and as much as we all love our fur babies and treat them like our kids, they just don't understand what we must do to them to keep them safe. I have to agree with a few others about a kennel. If you feel this might be the best way, you might have to consider buying another crate, one that can be folded for storage when they don't need it.

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  30. Oh poor sweet tiny Abi!! I had ACL surgery a few years back and I don't envy her one bit! It's going to be tough to keep her still without a crate - it may be the best idea for your little sweet baby. We will be thinking of you all on Wednesday - xo

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  31. When I saw your title, my heart skipped a beat - the worst came to mind. My mind went to kidney problems, heart problems, etc. I was actually glad to read torn ACL. The recovery will be challenging for both of you but should not be life threatening. Certainly when our babies hurt we hurt.

    I will be thinking of you and the babies.

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  32. Oh, no! When I read the title, my heart sank. Bless her heart. I'm sure Abi will do just fine, but I will be praying for her and you until she's well again. As far as Charlie goes and why he won't sleep on the bed with you and Abi, it's probably because the bed hurts his back. I had a cat that used to sleep in the bed with me, but after he hurt his back, he started sleeping on the couch as well. When I asked the vet about it, she told me that my bed is probably too hard and it was hurting him.

    Georgia

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    1. Thanks for telling me. Now it makes more sense. He didn't always do this.

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  33. I am so sorry about lil' Abi, and I pray she will have a quick recovery. Brenda, you probably need more prayers than she! :) Hang in there -- keep all of you cozy and calm, and before you know it, all will be back to normal!
    Best wishes,
    Peggy

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  34. Sending good thoughts your way Brenda for little Abi. I hope she will have a easy recovery. I think this will be harder for you Brenda than Abi. Take care and hoping for a good outcome this week.
    Kris

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  35. Poor sweet little girl...your pups are so cute and so tiny...I don't know how Vets do it either Brenda...Our Dr. Susie is a Godsend to us...I no longer have to make sure I have $100.00 in my pocket to pay the vet when one of my dear kitties has a problem..Susan is one of the rare ones these days who is in it for the animals and not how rich she can get...When she had to put down our precious calico we were about crazy and a couple of days later we received a sympathy card in the mail from her and her staff...Sorry to go on but I always brag about her just because she deserves it...You take care of yourself too Brenda..I truly understand how much the pupsters mean to you...Please keep us informed...I also would crate her for awhile..hard to do I know but she will get over it and be better for it...Hugs to all three of you..

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  36. Sending prayers to you. It's so difficult to see our babies go through this. And I've been that woman leaving the vets in tears before.

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  37. Poor little Abi! Brenda it's hard when our little fuzzy faces start to age. We were so fortunate that Chloe Dawn really didn't have any health problems except for the last few months of her little life. How I miss her. Well, I pray little Abi soars through her surgery and recovers quickly. Thank you for your thoughts and concerns for my little Carter. She is doing so good right love. Sending you a big ole hug.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  38. Perhaps your vet can loan you a wire dog cage rather than you having to buy one. Sedatives make some animals loopy. Abi may forget her surgery and try jumping or she may have a paradoxical reaction , as my poor kitty did , and become oddly animated. Are you able to sit on the floor at all? With draperies closed no bird TV for distraction, and me sitting on the floor there was no need to jump. I am so happy Abi is in good hands. Our hearts are with you both.

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  39. Hoping for great results for your precious pup!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  40. I hope Miss Abi comes out of her surgery a new girl free of pain. They do become members of our family.

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  41. Poor little Abi. Will be thinking about both of you on Wed.

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  42. Oh, I hope Abi is okay. Our fur babies are so important.

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  43. Both me and little Tia wish Abi all the very best for her operation. It's such a worry but I am so glad that it wasn't anything more serious such as the previous one. I admire any vet's stamina with what they have to deal with and their empathy is second to none. Take care.

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  44. Oooh Abi... I'm hoping she's feeling better soon. :o(

    Tania

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  45. Hugs and prayers for Abi...and you and Charlie as well...

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  46. Brenda, I know how much you love your pupsters. I hope that Abi will do just fine with her surgery and have a speedy recovery! Hugs!

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  47. I'll be thinking of you and Abi on Wednesday - I hope it all goes well. It sounds like you have a wonderful, caring vet!

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  48. Oh no, Brenda. Poor pup, poor you!! You're both in my prayers.

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  49. Keeping both of your sweet pups in my heart and prayers! I truly hope everything goes well!

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  50. Oh, I am sorry to hear about Abi! Poor little thing! Hopefully she will just want to rest and get well afterwards!

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  51. Poor Abi! I hope that the surgery fixes her problem and she will be good as new soon. I know how difficult it can be trying to keep your dog still when they want to be so active. She probably won't feel like being too active at first anyway though.

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  52. Brenda, I've been offline, and I'm just now seeing this. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and Abi.xxoo

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  53. I'm so sorry to hear about Abi, Brenda. I know you must be very worried about her. I will say a prayer for her on Wednesday. xo Laura

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  54. I hope Abi's surgery goes well, and she is up and about soon. xoxo Su

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  55. Awww, I'm so sorry. ..poor Abi. Will be praying for y'all. ..I know it will be difficult but hope all goes well. Keep us posted! Love ya! !

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  56. Brenda, I am so behind and didn't know your baby had to have surgery. Bailey has been limping for weeks and I'm taking her in on Monday. I hope it isn't her patella which is so common in these dogs. I bet she will have to have surgery, too. She still runs like the wind, but has a hard time jumping up on the furniture so I usually help her. Hope your baby is better soon!

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  57. I just want you to know that my dog Laci, a pit mix, did the same thing to one of her legs about 5 years ago. She also had surgery and has recovered well and runs all over the place like nothing ever happened. So I am sure Abi will be fine!

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