Tuesday, 5 January 2010

I'm Keeping It In Perspective..

... There is good news today and that is that in the long run X will be fine. In the short term though, there is bad news. He is going to need surgery and alot of time off running.
Looks like he tore a tendon today during our run. It's unknown at this time whether it is partial or totally torn, but either way he will not be seeing a harness again this season.
After we got back from the vet today it was too late to research some surgery options, but I will do that tomorrow. Apparently no vet in Fairbanks can do it. Anchorage has a clinic that can, but it might make more sense to fly him home with Mark and Jenny later this month. We will see...

There was no traumatic injury, just probably a misstep or some such thing. It isn't unheard of in the sled dog world, but it isn't really common either.

X is pretty much his same happy self. He doesn't seem to be in much pain, but we have him on some painkillers just to make sure. He is eating, moving around (mostly on three legs) and wagging his tail.

He will be sadly missed on the team this season, but he tells me this is just a blip in the amazing career he has stretching before him. My most 'X-cellent Dude' is a wise dog, so I choose to believe him.

Karen

6 comments:

The Thundering Herd said...

X, placed on injured reserve. Best of luck in the recovery.

Bakavi said...

bummer about X.
Will send many positive get well thoughts his way.

Anonymous said...

So very sorry to hear about X. Most likely he knows what he's saying--this is just "a little blip" and he'll be ready to run (in lead I bet) again next season.

Now that we know that X made the trip to Alaska, when are you going to divulge the names of the other Pretty Sled Dogs you have with you?

Happy thoughts to X. Keep that tail wagging! --Marcia, PA

granimar said...

Drat----so sorry to hear of X's torn tendon, know how much he wants to be on the trail and how much you'll miss him. Will hold the good thought with you and X that is judt a small blip and he'll be back stronger than ever.

JHen said...

So sorry to hear about X. Here's to hoping he recovers quickly and can get back to doing what he loves to do as soon as possible.

Chris said...

Hey guy's, it is a bugger about X , but he is right he will get over it, and be stronger for it next season.

I am sure that there a lot of other NW dogs ready to take the step and fill his booties .

happy trails
Chris