Some of you may remember almost a year ago that our Izzy broke her hind leg. We didn’t see exactly what happed but the short story is that my wife tossed a ball into a clearing and Izzy came back with the ball and a broken leg. The surgery was expensive and the recovery was long and had a lot of complications.
Here are pics form the original break.
Once she recovered from the surgery and aftercare all seemed well and she has been back to her regular self. We had a full release from the surgery center, everything heals great and she was good to go. Fast forward to this past weekend and we were playing on the river. I tossed a few sticks into the river for the dogs to retrieve and were all having a grand ole’ time. When it was Izzy’s turn at a stick she was heeled on the river bank waiting for my “fetch” command. As soon as I released her she leapt off the bank and into the water. She was yelping before she hit the water. As soon as I got my hands on her I knew it was bad.
We got her in for x-rays this morning and they confirmed the worse. She had broken her other “good” hind leg in the exact same spot as the previous leg. This new break was worse than the previous.
After talking to our vet and the surgeon and exploring all options the overwhelming census was to euthanize her. There was obviously something wrong with her bones or genetics that caused her legs/bones to be weak. Repairing the second break would put pressure on the previous repair most likely leading to additional injuries in the future. She was a hard charging ball of energy. There was no slowing her down.
It hasn’t totally set in yet and I’m in disbelief that we lost out beloved Izzy this am. She was a vital part of our lives and member of our family. We have a lot of great memories from the short 5 years she was in our lives. We love and will miss her terribly.