Monday, March 26, 2007

Denial doesn't work

UPDATE 12:30: R got Lobo up to Dr. Toby's and he confirmed what I thought. Torn muscle along the chest. Can't be surgically repaired since it's paper thin. He's putting a drain in now and Lobo will be home in a bit. Not sure about the long term prognosis...

We were supposed to be headed to Lawrence Kansas this weekend for the Whippet National lure coursing trial. Everett and Lobo both turn 5 this year and still run quite honestly and can really hang with the younger dogs. We figured that we really needed to get them to the Nationals this year...

That was before we ran them at SEGC this past weekend in 90 degree heat over way too parched ground. Unfortunately, Ev took the corners off two of his pads and Lobo took the stopper off both front feet. To make it worse, Lobo has a muscle issue in his chest that we can't figure out. He's going to the vet today so she can give it a look.

So, as much as we've all been looking forward to this weekend, especially running with all the great competition, we're just not going to be able to pull it off... We'll miss seeing y'all and really miss seeing the dogs go head to head.

We're still planning on the II this year with the Whippets, so get ready for that!!!

2 comments:

Raven said...

Ugh. I have been there with muscle tears. Al tore the lower quadrant of her left shoulder, came right off the bone. she had a bump there for 3 months until the tissue absorbed away. There is nothing that can be done to repair it; no material is strong enough to bind muscle tissue back to bone.

Is it a chest muscle across the front? Al had 3 months of leash walks, but I had to do that to keep scar tissue from forming....then after that she was able to free-run which we did over the winter, and she came back and had the best year ever....torn muscles sometimes aren't as bad as they sound.

Todd said...

I've been through a few torn muscles through the years... Nothing to do but wait. No big deal, though, just means we miss the Nats. I was looking forward to that!