... 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.