Sunday, September 13, 2015

Found a Lily

On Monday John and I and Blue were headed for the mountains to go hiking. I wasn't paying attention and suddenly John hit the brakes really hard. Good thing his car's brakes don't lock up. There was a dog in the highway running straight toward us. We pulled over and I got out and called her, and she ran to me and rolled over on her back. Then she jumped right in the car and rode in my lap to a couple nearby houses. They weren't missing a dog. There aren't many houses out there, so we turned around and went home, then drove into town to check for a microchip.

I thought she might have a dislocated hip, but on closer inspection her knee was enlarged and the entire leg was very atrophied, so it wasn't something that needed emergency treatment on a holiday.

She did have a microchip, not registered to her owner, but to a shelter in Alaska. They were closed for the holiday. I didn't reach them until Wednesday. They told me her name is Lily and they left messages for the owner, but neither of us received a call back. So I think she's been dumped.

She looks bad.
When I started feeding her she got really sick. I switched to boiled chicken and rice but she still had diarrhea for 3 days. She's better now.

 I took her to the vet and it looks like her femur was broken just above the knee, but the knee works, and she does use the leg at a walk. The break is healed. So my plan is to walk her and keep her using that leg, and do some stretches. I think I already see improvement. I'll also start her on a joint supplement.

She gets along well with the other dogs. We may keep her. But 4 dogs in a tiny house...






7 comments:

Kate said...

Awww, sweet baby! Lucky she found you guys!

Kate said...

Glad you found her and hope you're able to keep her - she seems very sweet - and smart to have sought you out.

T.L. Merrybard said...

Gosh she is thin! She had a lucky day the day she ran down the road to you guys, and it looks like she was due for one! :)

Brenda said...

Poor babay. I am glad you are willing to give her a home. She looks like she could be a Beagle mixed with Whippet, Italian Greyhound or Greyhound. Yes, she's super thin and that might contribute to the Greyhound theory, but her body design also suggests it. Good luck, she looks like a sweet dog.

Laura Lee said...

She sure is skinny, so lucky that you found her, just in time it sounds like too. Hope you can keep her, she looks pretty happy :)

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

I'm thinking she's a foxhound whippet mix. But who knows! :) She is a cuddler just like my India was, and she was a whippet mix.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

I'm thinking she's a foxhound whippet mix. But who knows! :) She is a cuddler just like my India was, and she was a whippet mix.