Columbus the Boxer

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Dandelion007, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
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    I had checked Katie, my Boxer and thought of letting her out to go with me to do chores. She was bouncing up and down like normal. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. I decided against it since Cricket, our cat was following me. Then when I was out feeding, I heard one of the puppies keep whimpering. When I got back to the house, I went into the box to see why one was complaining so much. One was laid out on the floor unable to get up. I gently picked him up and took him inside. He was in much pain. I noticed a lump on his back. I couldn't get him to move his back feet. I called the vet. They closed in 20 minutes but if I could get him there in time they would see him. I was told if he had a broken back he would have to be put down. He turns 4 weeks old tomorrow. He is the only boy with 5 sisters. I got there with only minutes to spare. I didn't want him to suffer through the night if he needed to be put down. He started yelling out with pain as I was filling out the paperwork. I started bawling right there. When the vets checked him, he did move his back feet. There was hope. I was so happy. Since the animal hospital was just about to close, he got undivided attention. It was supposed that mom probably wanted to teach a good lesson but was just a little too rough. He was given pain medicine. I was told he just needed time to recover. He must stay away from the others. I have him in a laundry basket right beside me now. He keeps whining so pathetically. If he is touched around his middle section, it really hurts him. I only feel comfortable petting his head and talking to him.

    Thanks for letting me get some of this out.
     
  2. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh bless your heart...I understand what you are going through...that little fella is cuter than a beanie baby!
     
  3. skirbo

    skirbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww, he's so cute. Maybe she stepped on him or something. Here's hoping he feels better soon!

    Sarah
     
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Poor little guy............ They shoulda given you a tranquilizer after all you had to go through too. I hope he is feeling better soon [​IMG]
     
  5. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    Columbus is no longer in pain. I'm the only one left in pain. Of course, his mother probably feels the loss too. I watched his life slip away. I had forgotten how powerless it makes you feel. As you watch the breathing get heavier and heavier. And finally it starts getting lighter until the chest just doesn't rise anymore. Then the body just totally relaxes. He was only 4 weeks old. I guess there were more injuries than the obvious spinal injury. I know sometimes when they are first born mothers will lie on them. But he was too big for that. When I returned from the vet, I checked on her and the other puppies. She seemed to have this worried look on her face. Maybe she knew he was hurt really bad. Oh, how I wished I would of let her out to come while I fed the animals. Dear little Columbus, you will be missed.
     
  6. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    [​IMG] I'm sorry [​IMG]
     
  7. skirbo

    skirbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Sarah
     
  8. Appytaz

    Appytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so very sorry to hear about your baby! [​IMG]
     
  9. Hangin Wit My Peeps

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    Edited because I missed the next post of the op.
     
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  10. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    OHHH NO! I just seen your other post after I posted my entry. SO SORRY! That is always so hard to go through. My thoughts are with you!
     

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