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.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog blog

“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.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

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”

  1. Awww – poor Eko. Hope he enjoys being spoiled rotten for a few weeks now. That’s got to hurt but, dogs being dogs, they never think it’ll stop them. Figuring your place may get the worst of this, without the normal exercise. Wishing you luck on that front and sending lots of get well wishes to Eko.
    You could call him Third Wheel (three’s always a crowd).

    • Anything not strapped down in my apartment is likely to be destroyed after three weeks of cabin fever Eko – should be interesting to say the least. Third Wheel is a great nickname – I’ll use that one on date night with Emily!

  2. My, what a handsome paw you have, Eko!! Glad that you’re okay thought. Will, you might just have to strap Eko on your back during day time for next 3 weeks to stop him from using that paw!!

    • I’m sure by next week he’ll be roaring to go, so Hop Along Crabbity sounds about right when he realizes that we won’t be going to the park any time soon!

  3. I’m glad everything is going to be OK, the R & R might be a little difficult to enforce but I’m sure you’ll both make it through just fine.

    A name you might want to consider is Gimpy, it’s a nickname I use for Dottie our 7 yr old black lab mix when her arthritis acts up and she starts hopping around.

    • That’s two votes for Gimpy! I like it. And you’re right – enforcing the R&R is going to be quite the challenge.


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