Yesterday early evening I noticed that Buddy must still be outside. In the flurry of bathing kids and readying dinner, I realized he'd been out for about an hour, which isn't terribly unusual. However, he can hear the oven open from a mile away, and he hadn't been barking at the door.
I called for him out front, then looked in the backyard. I was beginning to worry, thinking he'd busted out of his invisible fence. But no, he was just laying there in the back yard, a few front from the back porch. I called to him again, and he just stared at me. Then I really became concerned.
Running to his side, I saw a huge gash on his leg. It was about two inches deep- muscle and bone were visible, and ran the length of his leg from below his knee to his haunch. Luckily I had left the back door open, so Dell Harper heard me when I screamed for her. I told her to go inside and grab my phone and bring it to me, as calmly yet urgently as I could. She did as I bade, thankfully, and went back up to the house to occupy Deeds with a show, a keep an eye on Tommy in his bouncy chair. My big girl was such a helper and big sister. It about near sent me over the edge when she came back down to give Bud a picture she had drawn of then two of them to make him feel better.
I called our vet, who is also one of my best friends. She got the details, and headed my way. Morgan was my next call- luckily he was almost home from work. As he readied the back of my car, Tinsley and I carried Buddy up to the garage. Morgan took him straight to the animal ER.
I thought perhaps an animal had attacked him, but they were no puncture marks, and it was an incredibly clean, deep gash. Tinsley and I did a cursory check of the porch and area around the playset but didn't see anything sharp or bloody.
As I type this (Thursday night), we are waiting on x-rays and Buddy to be stitched up. Please keep him in your prayers. I am just distraught, as well as baffled as to how this happened. It's so strange.
So I'm chucking the book review and recipe I had planned, as all I can think of is my sweet boy. Please pray for him, and give your own furry friends some extra love this morning.