About 6 weeks ago, Oak the setter puppy and Tex got out for some time on birds. We had a great time and here are the pictures.
Tex getting on a Chukar!
Oak is a sweet boy and is progressing fast.
Teasing Tex with the dead bird you can’t see.
Nice puppy point!
Oak ain’t too happy about getting stickers plucked out of his ass.
This bird’s stock is plummeting fast. It did not end well for him!
Nothing unusual happened during the hunt, but afterword Tex was lame on his left rear wheel. I thought he had a sticker in his paw but could not find anything. He was ok after a day or so and we did not think much about it until he came up lame again after a romp at the dog park. A trip to Colorado Canine Orthopedic confirmed that he had torn the doggie equivalent of an ACL.
Holy Crap! He had to have TPLO surgery. This highly invasive procedure breaks his leg, re-aligns the joint and then bolts everything back together. It is amazing that someone figured this out but the bad news is that he is out of commission for 12 weeks! That puts him back in the field in mid-december. More bad news is that it cost a mere $3,600. I could have gotten 4 new dogs for that, but I could never look in Tex’s beautiful golden eyes and tell him that he is done. We love our dogs!
Tex is now 3 weeks into recovery. He is doing great and will be in the field and almost good as new before Christmas. The worst part of this is restricting a high energy shorthair to only leash walks for 2 months. He very well might lose his mind.