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September 30, 2005

Zeke

Zeke on the sidewalk in Richmond On our walk this morning, Zeke was doing so well that he actually trotted down a short steep hill behind our house. That was a mistake on his part. The footing was uneven, and over he went.

And he couldn't get up.

His rear legs had given out on the rough terrain, and he fell over on his side. Those back legs were beneath him and pointing uphill, and he couldn't gain the leverage to push himself back onto his back feet.

I watched him for ten or fifteen seconds to see if he'd figure it out. He didn't.

So I went up and pushed on the downhill side of his hips, to give him something to push against. He got up, hopped over an eight-inch fence rail into the neighbors' back yard.

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Posted by: craig at September 30, 2005 08:33 PM
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Oh Chris. Sending Zeke all the healing thoughts I have access to.

Posted by: Misty at September 30, 2005 10:09 PM
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Tell Zeke we love him.

Posted by: handdrummer at September 30, 2005 11:06 PM
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Oh, Zekey. I want to come over and hug him.

Posted by: ae at October 1, 2005 10:00 AM
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if you can find an acupuncturist/vet, or just a willing acupuncturist, they can really help with Zeke's pain. Our little Shiva is losing the use of her back legs and after every treatment she's like a puppy for days, sometimes weeks.

Posted by: ted at October 1, 2005 10:17 AM
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Shit. I can imagine what you felt watching him try to get up and I admire the way you found to help him without taking over by just lifting him.

Ted has a good suggestion. The acupuncturist our vet recommended helped Tober with the pain in his hips. Get recommendations; there are cranks out there. But you knew that.

Posted by: Charles at October 3, 2005 07:40 AM
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Ah, poor dog. Still, it seems like his spirit is intact, and that's a very good thing.

Posted by: Rana at October 3, 2005 10:27 AM
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