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    Default sometimes life just sort of kicks you in the gut.

    i've always had gun dogs, as a child in Michigan it was always GSP's. Something about watching a good dog work with you just made everything about hunting a bit more...well, just more.

    My career as a commercial diver moved me from my home in Michigan to the deep south where a pointer didn't make much sense. after 10 years in Louisiana i couldn't take it anymore and entered into the duck dog world with both feet- i settled on a pup from a breeder i respected and after a long wait i had my first Lab, "Jazz" was what we settled on for a name and over the years he proved to be as good a dog as i could have ever hoped for.

    We lost Jazz in 2011 after 10 fantastic years and 1 enormous learning curve. we cried, we mourned and eventually we decided it was time to get back to it. Enter "Roux", the most frustratingly stubborn, bullheaded sack of skin i have ever laid eyes on-Everyone told me Chesapeakes were a different monster entirely and i didn't listen-BUT in the midst of it all i started to see a glimmer in that dogs eyes, i slowly started to understand the way he thought. I honestly believed that once we both "got it" he could end up the hunting partner of a lifetime. We followed Hillmans puppy program and although he came along more slowly than i thought, it was obvious that once something clicked, it clicked-you could actually see the lights come on when it was learned, when he grasped the concept.

    Roux was set up to go to Ed Thibodeaux on October 1st and everything was in place until yesterday.

    I was hooking up a bush hog to a tractor while the wife was leaving to take the kids to school-i'm not sure why i looked up to watch her go down the road but i did. I looked just in time to see Roux run out in front of the car and go under the front tire. My wife stopped with 8 and 11 year old girls staring out the window and crying and Roux let out a blood chilling sound and limped to me in the front yard. He just sort of fell over at my feet and began panting and whining. I picked him up while i had the most gut wrenching feeling going up my spine and put him in the back seat of my truck. 20 minutes later we got to the vet, my wife had called ahead and they were waiting for us. at the end of the day yesterday they were still trying to get him stabilized enough to sedate him for X-rays and surgery to begin fixing the multitude of issues.

    Today after surgery and x-rays it looks like Roux will pull through, he's got a chest tube in for drainage, his lungs a bruised horribly, his tail was degloved and had to be amputated but worst of all was his foreleg. the scapula is broken in such a way that the vet says he has no way to pin it or fix it (a vet we have complete faith in and have used for over 12 years)-his recommendation is too amputate.

    So here it is 3 hours after getting the news and we're still numb from it all-the girls are done crying and now planning on how to take care of their 3 legged dog when he comes home.

    Not sure why i posted this- I don't think anyone without working dogs can possibly understand what I'm feeling right now-of potential left unrealized. i think i'll leave it at that.

    Thanks for listening-i think it's time to sit on the porch with a glass of something strong.

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    I'm sorry for your accident but keep the faith. A lot of three legged dogs go on to live very productive lives. Good luck.
    I have learned I need these dogs much more than they need me. Tim Bockmon

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    Sorry that you had to go through all of this. Glad that he is going to make it. Happy the girls are moving on and thinking about how to raise a 3 legged dog.
    Hang in there,
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    Sorry man. Keep your head up and get that dog well.

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    I hope this comes out right... Roux now has the potential to best 3 legged friend your girls have ever had.
    DUCKDAWG'S MAC'S MAGICAL MR. OCTOBER JH -- Reggie

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    I'm very sorry Roux, you, and your family have had to go through this. The only good thing is that 3 legged dogs do pretty well. I'd bet you take him hunting in a year's time.
    Howard Niemi

    You really gotta be careful about how high a pedestal you put your method, your accomplishments, your dog on. There's usually someone who's done more, somewhere. And they may have used a different method than you did! Chris Atkinson 2013

    get your dog out and TRAIN! caryalsobrook 2013

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    ah geez, I am so sorry.

    Barb Gibson
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    also UCH HR UUD UJJ URO1 UHIT
    (golden retriever) born 3-10-07
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    Ahhh crap, you posted it on this forum because we all understand the devastation you must feel. It will be ok.

    It's amazing what these dogs can recover from and live a very happy productive life. Maria

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    Take care. Things have a way of working out! Thanks for sharing!
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    We used to hunt with a three legged hound when I was a kid. He could keep up with the other dogs, no problem... Hope your dog heals up fine... Tell your girls we called our dog Tri-pod.
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