Harley



Harley - 12 Aug
Update on Harley - 25 Aug
Pic of Harley - 26 Aug
Update on Harley - 1 Sep
Pics of Harley - 16 Oct


Harley

Thu, 12 Aug 1999 15:22:13 +0000 - from Jacquie

Hello we are new to the list so I thought we would introduce ourselves. My name is Jacquie, I have 2 boys 14 and 11 (11 today!), then we have Harley who is my MinPin, he is just over a year old, and last but not lest there is Dodger my 6 month old. Dodger is a mixed bread...(mutt for short) he is MinPin and ??? I don't know wiener dog I think. He is our entertainment though.

Harely had an accident a few months ago. We don't know what happened. He was out back and somehow broke his elbow joint [in 3 places] on his left front leg. We think he was jumping up and got it caught in the chain link fence. I don't think chain link fences are safe for little energetic dogs. It was a very expensive operation to get it fixed. More than I could really afford. I wish I knew about you all then. People at work told me I was crazy for putting so much money into a dog, and that I should just put him to sleep. But then the owner of my company told me to do what ever it took to help him and she would give me an advance. She told me she would take what ever amount out of my check that I could afford no matter how small, every month until it was paid off. She told me she was a dog owner and loved her dog, and would do the same if it were her dog that was hurt.

So Harley has been through a lot. The operation, the confinement after to keep him still, the lamp shade he had to ware to keep him from licking at incisions. And when it looked like everything was going to be ok, somehow again we don't know how, he dislocated the joint. I think it happened one day when I had him in the back and he started digging with it. I don't know.

Now the Vet wants to wait to see if the joint fuses together. If it doesn't then he says the most humane thing would be to amputate the leg. He said even if it does fuse I still might think about it anyway. He is going to have arthritis in the joint, and with the leg being in a bent position it might leave him open to more injury. So I feel so bad for him. I don't want to see him go though any more pain. And everything he went through seems to be worth nothing now.

I think he is going to be ok even if he loses it. He is very happy and healthy other than the leg. He plays and runs and jumps. He play fights with Dodge all the time. He has no pain as of yet. We love him very much. He is so smart and funny. He loves to do funny things and have us all laugh.

I look forward to hearing about your dogs and getting to know you all.

Thanks!

Jacquie, James, Nick, Harley and little Dodge

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Update on Harley

Wed, 25 Aug 1999 20:54:49 +0000 - from Jacquie

Ok, I was going to wait a few weeks before doing it. But My son called me from home today when I was at work. He told me Harley was in a lot of pain. I called my sister, she work at the vet's office and made an appointment for tomorrow morning. I am scared. But I think it is best for him.

I have to tell you how proud I am and amazed with my 11 year old son. When he called me he said Harley was shaking and his leg was swollen and looked like it was bleeding (really it is red and bruised but bleeding was his description). When I called my sister I told her what Nick had said. She told me to put her on hold call Nick back and ask him to check his color. What she meant was check to see if he was going into shock. She had taught me how to do this over the phone when Harley was first hurt. Well Nick must have seen me doing it before and I think I remember explaining it all to him before. I put her on hold and called him. I told him Aunt Margo wants you to check to see if Harley is going into shock. And he said to me, I already did and he is fine. I was shocked I asked him how he checked, he told me I pushed on his gums and counted to 3 and they turned pink before I got to 3. I am not to surprised that he remembered how to do it. I am amazed he thought to do it. He loves his little dog and was very worried about him.

So I am taking him in, in the morning keep us in your thoughts and prayers

Jacquie

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Pic of Harley

Thu, 26 Aug 1999 19:10:31 +0000 - from Jacquie

Harley is heavily sedated and the vet says everything went good. He will get to come home tomorrow night. Thank you everyone you all helped me so much. I sent a picture of Harley, he smiles all the time you can see in the picture. I will send you another when he is pain free and smiling again!

Jacquie and the boys

Harley

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Update on Harley

Wed, 1 Sep 1999 18:21:26 +0000 - from Jacquie

Hello everyone...hope I am not driving everyone crazy with Harley updates...I know when I read something posted I always want to know the out come...so if your interested read on! :-)

Harley is doing better every day is a 100 percent improvement! He had his bandages off yesterday. I have to be honest is it a big incision! Kind of scary looking. It is about 5 inches long. Starts at the top of where his shoulder blade use to be and ends at where his arm pit use to be, and has a curve that is in the shape rounded L. And of course he can reach the end of it with his tongue so it is back in the DREADED double underlined by me, Elizabethan collar. I hate that thing more than him I think!

He gets his stitches out next Tuesday.

I was sitting in my car, with Harley, waiting for James my oldest to get done with Football practice. When A lady walked up to the car. She asked me if this was the Freshman practice. She had a shocked look on her face when she saw Harley with the lamp shade on his head (that is what I call it) and a missing arm with this Franken stein stitching on his side...she said thank you, and quickly moved on! It didn't bother me to much. It is shocking to look at when your not prepared...and I love him no matter what anyone else thinks. It just made me feel bad for handicapped children and their parents. Harley had no clue that he may have been a shocking sight to this woman, but a child would have. Don't know where that came from...everything that is happening to him is giving me a new perspective on a lot of things!

Jacquie and the boys

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Sat, 16 Oct 1999 21:35:50 -0700 - from Jacquie

Harley

Here is a picture of Harley after surgery. He is doing much better now. He is as hyper as ever! More so maybe if possible. One bad thing is he had a regression with being house broken. It is my fault I think after the surgery he had been in the Kennel for so long. I brought him home and he was standing in the kitchen just going like he couldn't hold it anymore and I said poor baby...mistake! Well we are working on that again. It is OK because I have my little dog back. I cant believe the things he can do with only 3 legs!

Well Harley says thank you to all of you who helped us through this very hard time...

Jacquie and the Boys

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