An accident waiting to happen – Lemon update

First, a month ago, he tore his groin by flying up a dune after Dylan out at Winterton-on-Sea. He cut it by sailing over a low bit of old fence between the dunes and the beach. He did well to find that, considering there’s only about fifteen foot of this fence in about seventeen thousand acres of beach and scrub. I had to nurse him a mile back to the car. Later I returned to have a look at the fence, to see if it was barbed wire. No, it was soft wire triangles – my best guess was that he’d hit the one metal post that supports it (the rest of the posts are timber). I was advised that he’d been pretty lucky – he’d just missed severing the main artery that runs there, which would have spelled curtains, goodnight Vienna and farewell cruel world. As soon as he came back from this injury he fractured a bone in his ankle simply by getting down with his bad self, by running circles and cornering too hard. This took place out on a football pitch. I had taken him there deliberately, as there are no obstacles or hazards anywhere in sight, for his first run back from the lasceration. I could not believe the bad luck. He has certainly stepped into Ollie’s shoes in this respect and, after about twelve weeks, is already up to the limit on his annual medical insurance policy. It’s lead exercise for him for a couple of months ahead. He’s a lovely animal and a very relaxed patient, which is just as well: ‘It’s not the first time this lad’s seen a vet,’ both our local veterinarian and his new specialist said. His new specialist also said that the fractured ankle bone is a very common injury in running dogs. That was until he’d fixed it using two screws, one more than he’d anticipated. When we got back to pick Lemon up the specialist had revised his opinion slightly. Now he was saying that he’d ‘never seen one like that before…’ and now he was saying that he, ‘couldn’t imagine how he’d managed to do it.’

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24 Responses to An accident waiting to happen – Lemon update

  1. Geraldine says:

    Welcome back! I started to read this with great trepidation, remembering Ollie, but thankfully the news is not as bad as that was. Lemon obviously has a great lust for life, I hope he watches where he’s going a bit closer from now on. He really is a beautiful dog, I hope he will be fit and well again soon.

  2. calvininjax says:

    With his record of injuries, is he attracting any interest from Stoke City?

    Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  3. I’m sorry–poor guy! He’s in the same boat as my granddaughter who did in both arms falling off a swing and has both arms casted. She and Lemon both had surgery and both will be on restricted activities for awhile. Lemon looks bewildered. I hope he’ll up and around soon.

    Kate from Oregon

  4. RAF says:

    That dog looks just like Jack did after MCF leant his 5 chins on him at 5 aside and broke his wrist!

    H

  5. Susan Coldock says:

    Keith and I read this this morning – poor lemon and poor you and Trezza. What is he doing ???? Thank god you had some insurance, he will just have to be a good boy now until it builds up again. Love to you all – sue and keith

  6. Dianne says:

    Hi Stephen Sympathy both to you and Lemon – I’m well familiar with that sinking feeling when you realise yet another vet visit is necessary! Just totted up I’ve visited a dozen times since Christmas with Josie our Border Terrier. Sadly, she lost the fight 2 weeks ago, she would have been 14 today. We miss her so much but at least she lived to enjoy most of her old age unlike poor Ollie.

    Love your books, especially “Walking Ollie” and “Along Came Dylan” I think it’s that dry Stoke wit that makes them so enjoyable. I grew up near to Chell, just the other side Sausage Tunnel in Sandyford!

    Wishing Lemon a speedy and complete recovery – he’s a handsome boy, has the stunning looks of his step bros!

  7. Stephen Foster says:

    Well. I think he is continuing as he started, probably – he did do an injury to his ear on your front door just before we got him, didn’t he…?

    He’s the classic rescue lurcher mix of lucky/unlucky – he was a millimetre away from rupturing an artery with the first injury.

    He will be alright in the end (*touches wood, crosses fingers, doesn’t walk under a ladder…*)

  8. Stephen Foster says:

    Thanks Dianne, and sympathy to you too. I suppose at least you know ‘full term’ is coming, but I bet it doesn’t help much.

    I am Chell too – High Lane. Last time I was up there I somehow managed to find myself staggering out of the Hazelhurst Arms at about 3 in the morning. I don’t know how that could have happened.

  9. makemeadiva says:

    Sorry to hear Lemon’s been in the, quite considerable, wars. These dogs are not for the faint-hearted are they? The Dude has just completed 2 weeks of lead walks for an ankle sprain on the hard ground. Their lust for life is exhilarating, but when it goes pear-shaped it’s sickening.

    Get well soon you Lemon.

  10. Stephen Foster says:

    Not for the faint-hearted. Indeed.

  11. Victoria says:

    Oh Lemon !

  12. Stephen Foster says:

    Oh Lemon! Indeed too…

  13. Pauline says:

    Change his name Stephen. Lemon by name, lemon by nature.

  14. Patty says:

    I am so truly sorry to hear about poor Lemon’s escapades, i.e., costly injuries. He is such a beautiful boy, and I know you both love him. We’ve spent the “farm” on Drzl in a year ourselves, so we can certainly empathize with you on that one. I believe he will improve as far as his antics and accidents go as he matures and ages a bit. He’s not too much more than a pup. My heart aches for the suffering Lemon has, and is, enduring…..but also it aches with you and Trezza as you continue to love and care for this high energy dog! God bless.

  15. Stephen Foster says:

    Hmm. That’s a point Pauline.

  16. Stephen Foster says:

    Thanks Patty, he’ll come good in the end; he’s currently showing how easy it is to leap around while wearing a splint + the number and variety of tricks a lurcher can do using only three legs.

  17. Victoria says:

    All this of course means you will HAVE to do the ‘Living with Lemon’ book – just to pay his vets bills …………

  18. Patty says:

    Yes, Victoria! I agree wholeheartedly!!! Wonderful suggestion.

  19. Patty says:

    Stephen, does Dylan treat Lemon any differently now that he’s temporarily three-legged? Is he kinder and more gentler towards Lemon? (I think I know the answer to this one.) 🙂

  20. Stephen Foster says:

    He notices the injury and he IS kinder and gentler in fact. Unless there is food involved…

  21. Patty says:

    That’s speaks volumes for dogs, and animals in general. They do have feelings for those they care about. I believe they are capable of many emotions, including a form of love……unless food is involved of course. Very good boy, Dylan!

  22. Dianne says:

    Totally agree Patty. Since Josie our dog died a month ago, it’s obvious our two cats, Jazz and Silvie, are missing her as much as we are.

    At lease once a day, Jazz will prowl around the house meowing, and Silvie has taken to sleeping in Josie’s basket.

    Whoever coined the expression “dumb animals” hey? Got that one wrong didn’t they?

  23. Oh dear! Poor Lemon! Hope that he is fit and well again soon. Big love to him. Xx

  24. Lin Hawkyard says:

    Karen pointed me toward your blog – so sorry to read about Lemon. As someone else posted, he needs a name change. They always live up to their names, didn’t you know? Faiza, Dylan’s aunt, sends healing licks and gentle paw pats for a speedy recovery.

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