Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cap Takes a Wrong Turn

I don't know what got into Cap yesterday. He's older 'n dirt, almost blind, purt-near deaf, but once in a while he gets inspired to act like a puppy, and that almost always leads to trouble.

Mom had let him outside for a bit, then opened the door and called him in. Suddenly he burst through the door, bouncing like a bunny, and tried to spin around. He went one way, his feet went the other, and splat! It was a pretty spectacular wipe-out, and not the first time he's flipped on the floor. He hopped right up, but this was different. He started hobbling around on three legs and wouldn't put his back foot on the floor at all.

This meant a quick trip to our favorite vet. Now, I have to tell you, Cap's a funny terrier. Biggest wuss there ever was. He has no pain tolerance at all. None. Zilch. He stubbs his toe and cries like a baby. So it was rather strange that the vet couldn't find anything wrong. All the twisting and flexing, poking and prodding produced not one flinch or whimper out of the old boy. Still, he won't use his leg. It's a mystery. Then he got a shot, which did make him yelp, and some pain pills to get him through the weekend. We all felt like it was just a bruise. My Boy gave him a Zanies toy, which Cap is busy de-squeaking. With his lack of teeth, it will probably be a week from next Tuesday before he finishes it off.

Meanwhile, we're watching him through the weekend to see if he gets any better. If he's not trotting on all fours again by Monday morning, we're heading back for some x-rays. The vet said he may have ruptured a ligament (like football players do), and to check him for that he will have to be sedated. With his age, Mom does not want to do that to Cap if we can help it. So we're all keeping our paws crossed that Cap gets better on his own and doesn't have to have any risky things done to him on Monday. Until then, he's being waited on like royalty. Lucky dog.


Eric said...

Yikeses. Poor old Cap.Wish I was there Tell, I'd be waiting on him paw and foot too. What a grand old doggie, bouncing like a bunny. Hope for all us foxies in the future then eh Tell? And Cap if anything hurts you yap out loud about it. Nothing wimpy about that.

In the meantime tell him take it take it easy. Doctor Eric prescribes steak dinner (medium rare cut up into fine slices) with fries and peanut butter ice cream for afters every hour on the hour. That'll take his mind off his poorly paw. Then paws crosses (mine not Cap's) he'll be as right as rain on Monday.

Let us know won't you Tell? Wiry love Eric xxx

裕以 said...

It's great!!..........................................

Gus said...

Well, I will join the line of wirey fellas volunteering to wait on our venerable brother Cap. Tell him we all are sending good vibes his way.


Asta said...

I think Cap looks like a handsome young pup in those picttoowes..I wish i had his fwesh colow at my age(and I'm only thwee and a half) anyway, poow boy, I think he desewves the woyal tweatment if he's huwting..I'm suwe you would get the same(but pleez don't huwt youwself..I couldn't stand it)

I will cwoss my paws and pway that he will be pawfectly fine by monday..I'm sending a twuckload of smoochie healing kisses

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a bummer, Cap! We're sending you lots of AireZen! We hope you feel better really soon!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Noah the Airedale said...

Crikey poor Cap. We hope he hasnt done anything serious to his leg. We'll send some aire-zen for him right now.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Dewey Dewster said...

Ya know Cap looks beautiful fer an old fellow......must be that he gets good care....glad ta hear he's on the mend....

Dewey Dewster here....