Monday, January 9, 2012
The Glass Pointer
LuLu is injury prone.
First was her mishap with barbed wire up in Montana, on her first run since getting her from Nolan Huffman, my trainer. That accident came perilously close to severing her Achilles tendon, and sidelined her for part of the trip.
Second was the opening weekend of pheasant and quail season here in Kansas. She ran headlong over a cattle guard and fell in up to her chest at full speed. Although she narrowly escaped breaking bone or ligament, she received a deep tissue bruise and subsequent cellulitis, which necessitated an extended rest on the sidelines.
And yesterday -- on what is likely my last upland hunt of the season -- she decided to tangle with a porcupine after pointing the damned thing. All of my dogs have been stuck by these critters, but none as severely as LuLu. Some of the barbs (typically an inch-and-a-half long) are buried more than an inch in her nose. I was able to pull many of them, but the rest she's not letting me go near. Presently, she's at the vet getting them extracted (along with my hard-earned cash).
Amazingly, none of these injuries slowed her down. She's a gladiator-tough dog (even by bird dog standards) and I am happy and proud to hunt with her. But dang.
Not quite two years old, I'm hoping that I can chalk this up to a young dog learning the ropes. I can't afford a decade of this!
Update: Mrs. Scampwalker picked up Lu from the vet, and she is resting comfortably, sans 18 porcupine quills. Apparently there were several inside her gum and palate. I'd have never gotten them all on my own!