Thursday, August 18, 2005

Where The Red Fern Grows

Shorty is hurt.

Shorty

He has a herniated vertebral disc. He kept waking me up last night, crying and nudging my hand as if he expected me to make it better. This morning, he could barely walk, so I took him to the vet.

Several x-rays (and $400+) later, he's splayed out on a cushion next to me, stoned on cortizone and something else.

Not only did the x-rays turn up a back problem, but the vet also found a piece of lead buckshot lodged in Shorty's abdomen. Apparently it happens to dogs from rural areas, and Shorty was rescued from a shelter in Floyd County, VA.

Poor guy.

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