Update on the Lucky Dog


It was a long, stressful day here in St. Augustine, but when I went to pick Max up at 6PM, he was awake and ready to go home.  He looks like he was run over by a truck – which he WAS – but he ate his dinner, took his meds, and is resting here in our room.

I took a couple of photos of his wounds, and you can see them below.  The vet told me on the phone that he had a really bad haircut, and my response was I don’t care! He’s ALIVE!  I still feel that way, but…

He has The.  Worst.  Haircut.  Of.  His.  LIFE!  but it’s O-K.  He heard my voice when I went in to get him, and started softly whining.  Dr. Jones came out and said he must have heard me come in, because he had been totally quiet all afternoon!

Needless to say, I was shocked to see him when she finally brought him out.  However, I was thrilled to see that he was interested in greeting another dog waiting to see the doc!

Dogs are such stoics – he may feel like he’s been run over by a truck, but he doesn’t make a peep.  He’s walking slowly, but not limping.

I am feeling really grateful to have him back safe and (somewhat) sound.  I hope in a day or two he will be almost back to his old self.

WARNING:  THE PHOTOS THAT FOLLOW ARE PRETTY GRAPHIC!  (Just keep in mind that he is OK, and all his hair will grow back!)

photo of Max resting after his "accident"

Poor baby. Resting somewhat comfortably at the end of the day.

closeup ohoto fo max's wounded head

Closeup of the head wounds.

photo of Max's left side

Ouch. Road rash from being dragged on the pavement.

My curly boy looks like hell, but he’s still here.  Thanks to everyone who commented on the “Lucky Dog” post.

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About Maureen Farr

I am a graphic and web designer – and the publisher of the print version of Arts Guide, a free guide highlighting the arts, dining, events, and more on the coast of Maine. In addition, I am a visual artist working in mixed media and encaustic, as well as creating found object jewelry. I am currently at work revising a short novel that I wrote as a participant in the 32nd Annual 3-Day Novel Contest.
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27 Responses to Update on the Lucky Dog

  1. hank says:

    well there, fella. you don’t look all THAT bad, considering. hell i wake up feeling that way most sunday mornings…

    lucky, and way fucking smarter now. he’s always been a fast learner. now he knows why you want him on the leash, and he knows about roads, cars and trucks, better than many dogs ever will!

    xxoo you both

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Let’s hope he learned from this one! once he’s on the mend, we are going to work on paying more attention to ME when I ask him to. If he was a cat… I’m thinking this would have cost him at least three of his nine lives. grateful to everyone for their love and well wishes. xoxo back atcha.

  2. Wow, poor baby! He looks terribly rumbled up–give him a gentle hug and kiss for me. Glad he’s okay. Love, Cin

  3. Marilyn Wheeler says:

    Thanks for the photos. It doesn’t look too bad, but maybe he’ll need a hat. You two will have a different sort of attention from folks for a while.
    I wonder what he’ll learn. It started with him being his exuberant, joyous, silly self, and then…
    You’re troopers (or is it troupers?), the both of you! Warm hugs from chilly Maine!

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Marilyn – I think it’s troupers. I’m thinking a swashbuckling bandanna a la Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. I’ve been wanting to dress Max up as a pirate and call him Captain Max Sparrow. thanks for the hugs.

  4. Karen says:

    Oh come on now, the shaved head look is totally cool! I am glad to hear/see that he is alright. Last time it was TumbleWeed, now Max… PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL! Safe travels, my friend.

  5. Diana Logan says:

    Ohmygod. Maureen!! Oh, this was way too close a call! I can only imagine the horror of seeing our beloved pooch Max on a collision course. What luck indeed that it wasn’t worse. Do they have tests for concussions in dogs?

    Ohmy. Please tell Max we’re all thinking of him here at Camp Logan. I’m so happy I was able to see you a few weeks ago! Love to you both.

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Thanks Diana. I’m keeping a close eye on his behavior, and he is pretty perky this morning. Aside from looking like hell, he is as alert and curious – and mobile – as pre-accident. I’m happy we saw you too. And glad it wasn’t any worse. xoxo

  6. Buzz Masters says:

    Maureen! I had no idea! Thank goodness he is all right and healing!

  7. Hug and kisses–feel better soon, Max! Love, Maya

  8. Steve Murray says:

    Holy smoke! Poor Max. Glad he is ok and hope this has been a learning experience for him. It is said that good judgement derives from experience and experience often derives from poor judgement. Anyway, I hope this will turn out to be the most stressful part of your journey.
    Regards,
    Steve

  9. Janet says:

    Momo and Max! Wow, I’m really glad that Max is OK. Maybe he can wear a hat for a bit? Just joking! Lucky dog, indeed!! Love to you both, Janet

  10. Karen D. Frangoulis says:

    As I scrolled down & began looking at poor Max’s stitches, I said, “poor baby” & then saw you’d typed that below. Always such a scare. Years ago our miniature poodle (a very fast runner) ran into the street & needed stitches. The vet (in CT- a very caring person) said, “I don’t think he’ll have a scar.” It was the last thing on my mind. Its wonderful Max survived! What a stressful time you’ve had, Love to you both. -Karen F.

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Thanks Karen. Yep, a scar or scars are the least of my concerns. I am so grateful that he’s alive, I wouldn’t even care if he ended up with white hair where he was injured! it would be a good reminder of our close call. love to you too.

  11. Joni says:

    Max! Max! Max! I’m sure he will learn from this experience. So sorry it had to be so harsh, but glad he is ok. What a love! Both of you enjoy the remainder of you trip. Should be past all the difficulties now….Joni

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Joni! Thanks for this comment… He’s definitely on the mend – and I sure hope he learned something. I sure did!

  12. took tthis long to look ouchy wow wow oooooooogly yuck
    loolie n sleepy boy r sending a 3 paw salute to our agressive frnd max you dummy
    stay outa city life we r on z beach baby hersh is awimmin n loolie is a pool girl

  13. Gandalf says:

    oof! ouch! Hogan sends sympathies! [9;58AM]

  14. Missy says:

    Thank you for sharing Lucky’s experience! I’m not sure how long ago this happened, but I came across your article while searching for similar situations… my blue heeler was hit head-on 2 nights ago & I didn’t think she was going to make it, so I started searching Internet for success stories & 2 days later this is the first one I’ve found! The pictures are graphic but very helpful to compare… so far my girl is recovering great! Nothing broken or bleeding, just lots of swelling & road rash… best wishes to Lucky!

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Hi Missy. This happened in February of 2012. Lucky isn’t his name – I was referring to him being a lucky dog! he is Max. He recovered fully, and as far as I can tell no scars or anything. I hope your girl heals completely. It is the scariest thing that can happen. I will tell you that it took him about 10 days or so to feel well enough to get up on the bed, or not need a little assistance into the car. We will send lots of loving thoughts your way for you and your girl.

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