As I reported earlier, Mia came up lame on the opening day of our pheasant season and was given two weeks of rest. I was preparing for the worst and hoping for the best with this, but I knew that it wasn't good that she wasn't getting better. It's not good as she'll be getting TPLO surgery to repair her ACL. So she'll be out of action for the rest of this season.
To make matters worse, Abby developed a strange lump/bruise on her side after grouse hunting this weekend. I did an inspection of her and could not figure out a cause. The lump was definately filled with fluid and began to grow. So after Mia was diagnosed with her injury and resulting surgery, Abby was going to go under the knife to repair some sort of hernia.
While writing this post, our vet called to tell us that Abby is doing well after her surgery. The vet also explained that a small puncture caused this hernia! From what he could tell, a stick or giant thorn went into her side at her last rib and punctured the muscle in her stomach area to cause the hernia. It was almost 5 inches away from the small puncture on her skin to the puncture in her stomach muscle.
I know, I'm trying to figure this one out, too. But Abby will be out for at least 4 weeks.
Our trip to Pennsylvania turned out to be a great time. We were able to visit a few of our Colorado pheasant covers before we started the rest of our 22 hour drive. Once we arrived in PA, I was able to hook up with fellow blogger Rick Grimes from Allegheny Mountain Wanderings. Rick was able to put us on some great cover that produced a few birds. While in the area I was able to stop by the Lion County Supply Store where I handled a few nice SxS's and picked up some dog supplies.
Here are a few pictures from the trip.
|Looks like another hunter got here before me.|