The beginning

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Ruger’s adventure started in November as he leaped off my lap. As he leapt from my lap his left leg slipped down and got caught by my footrest’s mechanism. As his forward momentum carried him away from my chair, his leg snapped. My heart broke as soon as I saw his left foot flopping in the wrong direction. As the doctor told me his prognosis, denial set in. I truly believed his leg would heal without surgery; because as a former vet tech, I had the skills to help him heal. As the weeks and splints passed and changed, reality had to be faced. His bones couldn’t get close enough to connect and heal. I heard 3 different vets tell me the possibility of it healing. However, our regular vet, who’s known Ruger since he was a pup, told me that without a more expensive intervention, his leg is less likely to heal properly. Plus it’ll add a couple more months to his recovery. So we made the decision to go tripaw…

Trying not to blame myself for the failure of the splints. But I can’t see how it isn’t. I let him be more active than he should’ve been. He’s been such a trooper and adjusting to his splint. He hasn’t even touched any of his splints. He tries to chase the cat even though he’s confined to a short leash.

Regret is looming because I always intended to do agility with him. Now that he’s losing a rear leg, I’m not sure he can.

Now we wait to see how he does post surgery…

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