Friday, 19 November 2010

On the mend

Following my near death experience I had to spend 3 days in the vet hospital. I had special photos taken all over. The only problem showed up on my right hind leg picture, but it was a big problem.

Never mind the broken bone, can you see my tail? 

The vet took pictures from different sides, all while I was asleep. Who knows what else they might have done!

The lovely vet lady that fixes broken bones had to order a special metal rod to stick my bone back together, so I had to wait an extra day for the operation. Now my leg looks like this on the special photo (from 2 different views):

You can even see the staples that were on the outside of my leg. They have gone now though. There were some fragments of bone shattered that are just hanging around inside somewhere!

As Owner didn't come to see me, while I was drugged up, the hospital staff kept a diary for her. I think they were pleased that I managed to keep busy despite my injuries as I had reports such as "Drip proving impossible to manage this pm as dog keeps twisting itself up in it. Has also chewed off connector and dressing....dressed leg with no chew dressing"; "Trashed kennel and has pulled out I.V. and chewed up dressings".

Ha! - so much for the no-chew dressing!

When I went home my leg was sore - don't look if you're a bit squeamish!


Are you sure?

OK then:

I was doped up on lots of pain killers when this photo was taken. This was the day I came home. Owner slept downstairs on the floor with me for the first 2 nights, but as I tried to get up and lie on top of her in the night that special treatment soon stopped!

Now my bum definitely looks big in this one! 

Can you believe they shaved my leg, but left my bum hairy?

I decided that after I got over the stubble growth I couldn't be bothered with keeping up the whole leg-shaving malarky - how do human ladies keep up with it all? It would take me ages to do all 4!

In case you're wondering the red blob in the photo is the chewed off end of one of my kong goodie bones! 

It was a couple of weeks before I was allowed to even lead walk, and then a couple of months before I was allowed to run. That was really difficult once I started feeling a bit better! My 6 week post-op X-ray showed I had a bit of a screw loose! It's funny because Owner used to say that before I even broke my leg!

I had to go and see a lady called Ruth who is a physio-terrier-ist. She likes to prod and poke and fiddle with my leg a lot. Sometimes she makes me go swimming too - I get to play with lots of tennis balls in the pool! (I love tennis balls).

When I started seeing the physio-terrier-ist, I could hardly bend my leg, but now I am running and jumping around like anything! I still go for prodding, poking and fiddling to keep my leg flexible, but other than that I am NFM.

(Normal For Millie)


  1. Woof... that's some scar, I bet you show it to all your boyfriends :)

  2. Wow you woz even baldier than I is! I still finks you's very brave. I does luffs going to the vets, but I dont finks you can trust then wen you goes to sleeps. They's stoled me boys bits and me stopper pads wen I woz asleep!

  3. Oh yes. Big operation and recovery. Ohhh so glad you back to NFM! What a time you had Millie. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing. Think you are an extra special dog. Bless you. Love AnnieB

  4. Man, that looks like a big deal to go fru my pal. YOu must have been rilly brave. Well done.

  5. Oh, Millie...will you ever leave the bandages alone?!? BOL! Dat is some operation. I do hope you are feeling a bit better. Did you get to keep the special pictures?