Welcome to Mickey's blog, a blog about a dog who has been there for me and made me smile even when I thought I couldn't any more. A dog who was sent to me by a loving God who knew I needed him as much as he needed me.

Mickey's story is much like other adopted dog's stories. Left at a kill shelter at only six months because his owners didn't want him any more. He waited and waited, but because of his age and because of his energy level he was never taken home and so awaited his death. But Mickey was one of the lucky ones, the rare few who are rescued by those non-kill shelters to be given more time to find their forever home. After waiting patiently for over a year, we finally found each other at a Petco in Austin.

Five years later, Mickey is my companion, best friend and and athlete. With elite and master titles in multiple Agility venues, he competes all over the state, traveling from hotel to hotel. Not only that, he's a Canine Good Citizen and loved by everyone who meets him.

Unfortunately, the unthinkable has happened. And though its fairly common in working, athletic dogs, I was devastated and distraught. Mickey was diagnosed with an ACL tear/rupture on April 3rd 2009 and after a long weekend of research and studying the procedure, he was admitted into Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital for a much needed TPLO surgery by Dr. Kerpsack.

*I'm not a vet and and in no way am I liable for any information on this blog. Please contact your local vet for information on medications or treatments.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Day Two


Well, I have a confession to make. I'm a bad mother I know, but seriously, it just seems cruel! I DESPISE the "e" collar. Poor Mickey can't move in his crate with it on and when he is outside of his crate he panics and starts running into walls and throwing his head around. I've heard there are other types of "e" collars that are less traumatic for the dog to wear, so my search today is for one that maybe Mickey will not freak out in. He has to wear it for 14 days! And it was all I could do to keep it on him through the night. As it was, he woke me up once at 4 am in the morning, and then he woke me up much earlier than I wanted to wake up this morning. I'm sure his leg was hurting, he couldn't move or stretch it out with that collar on inside of his crate. He has a large crate, for his size, but the stupid collar makes him look ten times his size and shrinks the crate size to almost nothing. But, for right now I'm letting him keep it off while he is on a leash walk and also while he's in his "second" (really, Kyra's crate, my other aussie) crate downstairs while I read, write, blog and watch TV and I can watch him closely. Trust me, I don't want him to pull any stitches, and he's scared to death to try I think while I'm sitting there because I correct him. It probably itches. Poor thing.

He's doing better though, I think. His leg shakes when he's standing, but he is putting a bit more weight on it today. I've been ice packing it after every walk to keep the heat and swelling down (which seem to be more today and bothering him more.). Thankfully the pain killers have him a little drugged, so he's not super excited to do much of anything. After being out of his crate for maybe five minutes he's desperate to lay down again. I don't blame him.

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Update ;

I found it! The cure! A collar that's called a "Bite Not Collar". It's on order to be shipped over night, but because I ordered it kind of late, I don't think it will be here until Saturday, Day four. I'll keep you posted! Here is a picture of it, and a link to the actual website.

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