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Just like every other day after work for the past 2weeks(I live and work at private sportsmans club) I get the pup out for a walk,off leash. 10 wk old Shadow is great,except for some puppy stomach issues last wk. that I was pissing and moaning about.
So here we are walking down our private gravel road, no cars, no problems getting ready to go across the bridge and it happens,still can't believe it.
About 10-15 in front of us a moth,butterfly,whatever, starts flying around a couple of feet off the ground. Bam, there goes Shadow. Now here's the bad part.
The moth is at the edge of the bridge abutment,Shadow is trying to get to it and there she goes,off the edge and I hear the yelps. I'm over the edge in a second to get her saying please, please, to whoever and hoping she's alright.As soon as I get to her I can tell that's not the case. Something is definately wrong and I'm pretty sure I can feel the break in her leg.
On to the vet still thinking please,please don't be too bad.Why didn't I have her on the leash?
So here I sit(with my stomach still in knots) watching and waiting till she needs something and here she lays. Quiet,except when she had to get out to pee.
Fractured tibia and possible factured fibula.Vet said she should recover fully.
We'll see the othro specialist tomorrow and get the rest off the story.
Don't usually spew on the sites but had to do something to kill the time.
 

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don't beat yourself up too much. sh!t happens sometimes (I've seen and had my share!)

put it behind you and move forward. your going to give Shadow a great life and Shadow will not blame you for this.

Get well soon Shadow.

Can't sleep regards.
 

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I agree with obx4me,,,, It happens. She could have been on the leash and choked on the butterfly. If you have animals this kinda stuff happens. You never get used to it. It's a unfortunate side aspect of having these animals in our lives.

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Take heart. A very similiar thing happen to my Hudson (now retired). Same leg as I recall. He went on to have a very productive career.
 

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I know it's hard but don't beat yourself up! Stuff happens! I took my eyes off one of my Granddaughters to help another and she tried to do the monkey bars by herself (too young to be able to support her own weight that way) and she fell off and broke her arm! Talk about Guilt! And that's a kid that I had just told to stay off the monkey bars if I wasn't holding her - and she was old enough to understand what I was saying and old enough to ignore what I said! Your puppy had an accident. You feel like [email protected] You love her enough to feel guilty and that is what is important.
 

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Aww...poor lil thing! Don't beat yourself up over though as others pointed out, we can't exactly keep them in a padded cell safe from the world. My avatar dog Pander got stepped on by a horse at 8 weeks--it was a horrible injury; severed tendon, toe broken in 2 places and I had to refund the deposit of a duck hunter that wanted to buy her as the vet thought she'd have a permanent limp. Amazingly within a few days she wasn't even lame on that foot and even better, no one else wanted her either so she stayed with me where she is everyone's favorite of my 6 dogs. Just spend the time bonding with Shadow and before you know it she'll be as good as new--they heal amazingly fast at her age.
 

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That leg will heel quicker than you think.
 

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Don't blame yourself accidents happen. A friends' pup did the same jumping off their deck right in his own backyard. Take solice in that you are doing the right things to help her heal.
 

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As others have said, accidents happen. Makes it worse when you have a pup that is ready to explore and take on the world! We have a "no fear" pup here right now and as well as trying to jump off the deck (deck edge was fenced off with only an on / off spot available), jump down the stairs (the one time the babygate wasn't across and she "escaped" up the stairs) and "flinging" herself at her mom .... I am amazed how well she has "bounced" to date. There is no slowing her down and I find myself holding my breath more often than not!

Hopefully positive news from the ortho specialist, the leg heals quickly and she is up and back to normal soon!
 

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My boy Sam, the dog in my avatar, was chasing the cat in the house at about 10 weeks old. Yes, you guess it - he fell down the stairs and broke his leg too. He healed quickly and has been sound ever since. There will be accidents with a retriever. They are way to curious and too energetic to watch life from the couch!
 

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My pup broke her tibia at about the same age. They put on an external fixator device and it was removed after only 13 days. The ortho vets told me that pups that age are "bone growing machines". I, too, was a mess and beat myself up when it happened. One wise friend told me that even the best of mothers can't keep the circle of protection intact 100% of the time.

Your pup will be just fine. Mine is now almost two and a half, runs field trials and there is no slowing her down.
 

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On May 2nd, an accident left my 8 week old pup with a broken rear femur - same leg and everything. Yesterday the pin was removed (one month later). He was in a splint, but everything has healed just fine. They heal quickly!

Best of luck.
 
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I'm so sorry, prayers for a speedy recovery. Don't ever trust them even now I would imagine when she's not caged you should keep her on a leash even in the house. Mine was recovering from shoulder surgery we let him lay in the LR on a leash the one time I took it off for a minute & someone rang my bell and he jumped up and ran to the door something we were trying to prevent, it only takes a second.
 

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Sorry to hear about your Shadow! Not your fault accidents happen, and like everyone else says it will heal quick! Best of luck moving forward with your pup!

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Don't worry she will be good as new in no time. Gives you more "quiet" bonding time and more spoiling time! Get well soon little explorer!
 

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Get well soon Shadow. Like everyone keeps saying, accidents happen. It only takes a split second and unfortunately you cannot watch them 24/7. I wish I could with my dogs, because they are like my kids and I cannot stand to see something happen to them. Don't blame yourself. Shadow will heal quickly and be back to that curious pup once again!
 

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Hey thanks for the thoughts and well wishes.
Got word this afternoon that the surgery went well, better than expected.1 plate.Everything looks good so far,should be bringing Shadow home tomorrow.
Any thoughts and ideas to help keep this critter in line during the 1st 6 wks or so would be greatly appreciated.Last I heard there won't be any exterior splint/cast.It's up to us to keep her from jumping,running or anything else that could mess up the recovery .We're commited to doing whatever we have to but a little nervous at the same time.
Thanks again,Vinny
 

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Man, that's going to be hard. Keeping a pup from doing anything is almost impossible. I know people that have kept them in their crates for many hours a day to keep them confined when injuries have happened. It sucks, but it is what is best for them in the long run.
 
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