Here we go Again 23

Charlie CCL 2017

Almost two years ago exactly, Charlie was having surgery to repair a torn CCL in his left hind knee.  Well, you guessed it – we are in the same boat, my friends.  Charlie has injured his back right leg and it looks exactly like it did when he tore his ligament two years ago.

Charlie was at my mom’s house, having been dropped off with his brother on Saturday night so Jeff and I could go up to visit our friend’s, Tara and Erik.  Everything was peachy yesterday… Until we got back to my mom’s house after Father’s Day dinner with my step-dad.  We got back to her house from the restaurant first and went to go open up the side door into the yard and all of the dogs came running excitedly … except for Charlie, who was hanging back behind the others, hobbling around on three legs.  Jeff said the minute he locked eyes with Charlie, he knew he was in pain.  He just gave him this look and all dog mom’s and dad’s know the look.  That’s what breaks my heart about them when they’re sick or in pain, they can’t tell you what’s wrong or why they’re hurting.

We took both dogs home last night and immediately got Charlie settled in his crate, all comfy and cozy as much as possible.  His brother wouldn’t leave his side and all the while I just kept saying, “Here we go again, boys”.  This isn’t our first rodeo and thankfully I know what to expect this time around, but still, I can’t help but worry about my little guy.  He’s ten now, ya know?  But I know it isn’t dire, other than his bad knees, knock on wood, he’s been a healthy boy and he has many years ahead of him.

And so, now, he’s on crate rest for a couple of days to see if by chance this isn’t his ligament and maybe a sprain and it’ll improve some (my gut and past experience tells me it’s a tear, though). 

Charlie CCL 2017
Charlie CCL 2017

So by tomorrow, we should know if his leg is strained or it’s a more severe and a torn ligament.  I had a vet appointment for Wednesday but bumped that up to Tuesday and we’ll be getting a referral for the orthopedic surgeon and as soon as we have that, we should be good for an appointment with the surgeon to get x-rays and confirm what we’ll be doing with him to make him better again.  

Like I said, I suspect it’s a torn cruciate ligament just by how he’s holding it upright and not wanting to put weight on it.  He’ll probably be able to get into see the surgeon late this week/early next week and then I figure surgery will be imminent.  At this point, I just want to get the ball rolling so we can get on the healing train.  This time around, being experienced, although I’m sad about the turn of events, I know what to expect this time around and there is less worry and stress about the unknowns.  He’s going to be fine, he has some fine doctors looking after him and we’ve got a great rehabilitation team to get him back on the mend.  Even though I always secretly wanted to get back into water therapy with Charlie, this was not the way I wanted to start it back up again.

But, it is what it is and we’re taking care of our little man.  After all, we don’t have kids and these two boys ARE our kids.

Stay tuned for more.

Charlie post-op Charlie Post Op - Day 3

(these are from two years ago, not to be confused with what’s happened this weekend)


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  • Oh, I feel your (and Charlie’s) pain. I’m hoping for peace and a good recovery (for everyone). It’s odd that I also just had another friend post that their dog had to have both done last week.

  • Mary Kalpos

    Ohhh my heart goes out to you and lilttle Charlie. I hope everything is taken care of quickly and he is up and about in no time at all. Sending love your way Lindsay!!

  • Oh no!! Poor baby 🙁 I’ll be thinking of you guys and hoping for good news!

  • Oh your poor pup! I hope you get good news and that he’s feeling better soon. He’s such a sweetheart and I’m sure it’s no fun to see him in pain.

  • Omg poor thing 🙁 I’m so sorry to hear this and know that you’ll be doubly worried because you guys are leaving for vacation soon. Sending so many good thoughts and wishes to your furball and hope you get some news this week <3

  • San

    Oh no, I am so sorry… I am hoping for a speedy recovery!

  • Ohh no. Poor sweet puppy. I hope he recovers soon and is back to his old self. That poor shaved leg, I just wanna snuggle him.

  • Kim Munoz

    Poor guy! I am keeping him in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully its not a tear but if it is, hes got the beat 2 parents to take care of him. Hugs for you and more belly rubs for the puppies!

  • Oh no! Poor Charlie, and poor you and Jeff, too. I’m so sorry your little fella hurt himself. Sending prayers and all good thoughts that it’s not a tear. Please keep us all posted, okay?

  • Kim Airhart

    Ouchie!! Poor Charlie! I am so sorry your fur baby is going through this. sending much love and positive vibes your way.. XXOO

  • Thanks so much love. He’s going for a consult with his orthopedic surgeon next Tuesday and Wednesday he’ll hopefully have surgery.
    Oddly, we’ve had a few friends in the same spot and we’ve been commiserating and supporting eachother.

  • Thanks Mary. You remember last time. This time, were pros. We just gotta wait a few more days and hopefully next Wednesday, he’ll get his leg fixed. He’s resting and being so, so good. I feel like he know.

  • I know 🙁 It sucks! But we’re getting it taken care of. A consult next Tuesday with his orthopedic surgeon and then surgery Wednesday. I’m so grateful for my mom, we’re literally away tomorrow for a week camping in the middle of nowhere. I’d be lost without her help!! Xo

  • Thanks so much sweetie. It just sucks having to wait for next week. So he’s laying low in a crate; it’s like he knows this time around. We just want our little guy better. xo

  • We’re so grateful for my mom, I don’t know what we’d do without her, literally. She’s taking care of everything and looking after them both til we get back.
    Send good wishes next Tuesday/Wednesday. xoxo

  • Thank love. Now we wait, then once he’s had surgery, the healing can begin.

  • Thanks Mia! Yeah his chicken leg. He’s gonna have another shaved leg that looks like a chicken leg. 🙂 He’s doing so well resting this week, thankfully.

  • Thanks babes. My mom is taking him next Tuesday for the consult and then hopefully the next day, he’ll get his leg fixed. Our vet winced when she felt it and immediately gave the referral for the surgeon. We just have to figure out if it’s the CCL or luxating patella. Pretty sure it’s his CCL, though.
    We just got back from moms and he was so happy and mellow. 🙂

  • Thanks Kevin. I appreciate the good thoughts. It’s such crappy timing, then again when would it be(?!), were going camping for seven days in the middle tomorrow. So, thankfully, my mom is doing the consult and surgery. So well get home next Friday to a hopefully post-two day’s surgery Charles. We are trying to get cell signal with it bouncing on lakes to keep in touch with mom, but no guarantees.
    I’ll post next weekend, not to worry. Thanks again. 🙂

  • Thanks sweetie. I’ll post next week once I’m back from my camping trip how he’s doing. xoxo

  • Oh, that’s right, you and Jeff are leaving for your big camping trip. Bad timing, for sure, but you are absolutely right … it’s never a good time for something like this. Thank goodness for your mom. We will be thinking good thoughts for Charlie, and hope you are able to enjoy your trip without worrying too much. 🙂

  • So sorry to hear this. Keeping him in my thoughts and prayers and sending you positive vibes.

  • Thanks love. xox