July 26th 2008 7:47 am
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This is difficult for me, but I must tell you. A little over a year ago or so, Chevy was sitting in the grass seeminly enjoying the sunshine, but we noticed he never moved from there. He didn't whimper, cry, or anything. Finally, we got him up and he was limping badly. We took him to the VET the next day and found he had been shot with a high powered rifle in the socket of his leg. The VET said he might have startled someone who got a lucky shot off or someone wanted him enjured badly. His left hind leg had to be removed! I think if Chevy wasn't Chevy, I might have had him put to sleep, but Chevy is such a high spirited dog I knew he would come through and make it back to all our pets as before. It took a long time recovering, but he is back. However with only three legs now, we cannot let him off the chain and on his own. He used to run the ranch all day having his own fun, but with wild animals 'out there', we are afraid he would not have half a chance to defend himself with only three legs. The VET said he'd be fine in a fenced yard. Our yard is huge and I knew it would be great for him. Before he was 100% recovered he JUMPED the 4 ft fence! What a spirit! But knowing that and now recovered, we have to keep him chained as well. It is a very long chain but still, Chevy on a chain is so heart breaking to me. He had become a good cow dog for us so bright and fast as well as such a loving dog. He was the leader of all our dogs and now barks and howls if left alone.
We can only be with him as his loving owners and friends, but the other dogs do race off to run and roam... He has such high, high spirits and know he must be hurting inside. He still has those spirits but I hate seeing them decline. Right now, we cannot afford those electric fences but soon I hope. At least with that, he won't need to be chained up.
God bless all of you who love your pets and care for them from your heart. Who on this earth would do better?
with Chevy in my heart...
March 2nd 2007 9:27 am
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I limped around for a few days and couldn't put my hind leg down to walk; it hurt! Steve took me to my VET and he found a gun shot in my hip from a high powered rifle. After not much deliberation, Mom and Steve agreed with the VET to have my leg amputated. It was that or die of infection. I will say I am learning NEW things in getting around but that first week sure was nice to be inside with Mom. I was so babied...I LOVED IT! Mom and Steve were always there for me. They are still helping me get stronger. I now have to stay in the fenced yard though. All my brothers and sisters were outside the fence and I missed them terribly - not being able to play and tease around. So, after a few days outside I decided to JUMP that fence and I DID much to Mom's surprize as the VET said I would never be able to do that again. Well, now I have to be chained up. They are afraid I will run into some kind of trouble and with only 3 legs, I won't be able to defend myself like before. I guess they are right about needing to build up more strength, but I will, believe me...I love my life here on the ranch with all the cows and being able to go out walking and running around. It just takes time and I have a lot of that. I don't know for sure if they will let me though. Please pray that I will continue building my strength.
Thanks, Mom and Steve! I love you both!
October 30th 2005 11:27 am
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I am 100% well! I can go off with Lady and runnnnnnn and runnnnnn and just do whatever we feel like doing. I sure am glad to be back and up to my normal self ... Poor Lady, she was worried for me and I didn't realize how much. She didn't go very far from home until I was well. She's a good pal! Now, Dodge sits on the front porch and won't get off of it...I think he's scared of us. Promise, I did nothing to him...nothing....I'm just glad to be back and feeling so good!
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