It was obvious to us when he came in that something was wrong. He put no weight on the left rear leg. Our vet said to give it time. The X-ray was undetermined. So we waited a few days to see if he improved. He did not.
We asked for a referral to a local doggie surgeon. When pulling up there was an animal ambulance out front. Quite comforting. A number of X-ray's later it was determined that our friend had torn his CCL, the doggie equivalent of an ACL. Apparently this is a common injury, our referred Doctor specializes in it.
Surgery was recommended with a recovery of 3-6 months. Essentially crating him for the first 6-8 weeks. Leash walks for normal dogie business for the first 8 weeks. No stairs....we have many stairs. Brian ended up carrying the poor guy in and out for weeks, holding him for his business the first week post surgery.
We were supposed to head to the island in 2 weeks. So the trip had to be cancelled. Which is where this becomes relevant to St. John and Villa Tesori. We own the home, so no loss of deposit. For those of you who have visited lately, you've seen Ginger, our Jeep, (my favorite car!) So we don't lose any deposit on a vehicle.
We never attempted to cancel airfare before. Thus the Blog. To say they were unhelpful would be a understatement. Brian books the air. It never occurred to us to buy trip insurance. Having now gone through the hassle (Brian on hold with the fight club section of United Airlines), I suggested to him that we consider the insurance next time. I got a glare and grunt, so Im pretty sure we will be buying the insurance next time.
As for Boomer (Terror of all Vermin), he is doing well. He now can be tethered on our deck. The squirrels and chipmunks he despises sprint a few feet in front of him taunting the poor guy. We are positive he is plotting a horrible demise for them.
Moral of the story, don't chase Squirrels unless you have Trip Insurance.