My Wounded Warrior – UPDATE

Eko took a pretty nasty spill at the park yesterday and came up limping.  Eko was intent on staying to play, but we kind of have a rule around here that if you can’t move one of your appendages you should seek medical attention.


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Three out of four is usually a good average, but no so much when it comes to legs

Now, normally we find adventure, but sometimes adventure just seems to find us.  There is never a dull moment, not even in the waiting room at the vet.

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“Hello, Clarice” – Eko and the office bird were both very interested in each other.  Eko was wagging his tail and wanted to say hi, but there was a sign that let me know the bird might have less than amicable intentions

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Literally, there was a sign.

Eko and I sat on the other side of the room to avoid any further injuries.  As expected, Eko’s spill earned him an x-ray.

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The little guy fractured his toe, but luckily it’s not serious enough to require surgery

Aside from normal walks, Eko is now on a strict regimen of R&R for at least three to four weeks.  Unfortunately that is going to cut into some of our planned hiking excursions and other active adventures, but I’m sure we will find plenty of ways to have fun and cause trouble!  It’s sort of our specialty.

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Eko is happy to report that his appetite for treats and his appetite for adventure are both uninjured!

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes!  At this time I would also like to announce that we are formally accepting funny three-legged-themed nickname submissions for Eko now that we know he’s going to be okay.  Here’s my list so far, feel free to add:


2. The Hop Along Kid

3. Hop scotch

4. Foot soldier

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Eko will get some anti-inflammatory meds, some pain meds and a nice spot in front of the fire.  Life could be worse.

44 thoughts on “My Wounded Warrior – UPDATE”

    • That’s going to be the interesting part – I’m going to have to find some creative ways to let out energy without risking further injury. Should be interesting

  1. I am sooooooooo relieved that Eko doesn’t have to have surgery and I KNOW that you are too!! Better to rest now then to risk another spill when the ice and snow start. This way he should be good as new by then! I bet the warmth of your fireplace will be good for him too!

    How about the nickname of “Gimpy” 🙂

    • It was an absolute relief knowing he’s ok – I much prefer teasing him to worrying about him! I like Gimpy – or gimps, it’s definitely making the cut – thanks!

      • I’m sorry to hear about Eko but am confident you can find new mental challenges to wear him out. How does he do with crossword puzzles?

        As for the nickname, I vote for Gimp. You can use it to create clever songs like “You’re not a chimp. You’ve got a limp. You’re a gimp.”

  2. iHop? 🙂

    Glad to know it’s not too serious, but my heart goes with you both. I feel for Eko, as I felt for my dog (Eko’s size) when he tripped and lost one of his nails, poor thing! And I also feel for you, as you’ll soon learn, it’s very difficult to make them follow doctor’s orders, lol!

    • Haha, oh man, I love it! iHop is definitely going right to the top of the list. I may need to visit a doctor when all is said and done – people in my building have enjoyed watching me carry Eko’s hundred pound butt up the stairs – he still wants to sprint up them like normal. Thanks for your thoughts.

  3. So glad to hear it wasn’t too serious, but oh, Eko looks just so pathetic in that first photo! At least the bird seemed to take his mind off his pain. I like Tripod for a temporary nickname! 🙂

    • Me too! Eko was mopey for a bit, but he’s now happily hopping about. He’s even tried to hop/dash after a rabbit. That’s what I love about dogs – they have the best spirit.


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