Oh, Winston

  • An update on our tri-head corgi puppy, Winston! An accident and unexpected surgery was in the cards!

    Winston, Winston, Winston. Where do I even begin? Our poor little pup!! ?

    An update on our tri-head corgi puppy, Winston! An accident and unexpected surgery was in the cards!

    It was the same routine that we’ve been doing every single night since we brought him home. Right before bedtime, he’s usually so exhausted that he doesn’t want to go down the stairs himself so Jason usually carries him to go out for one last spritz before going in his crate for bedtime. However, this past Friday didn’t go as planned.

    As Jason was going down the stairs holding him, he slipped on a stair and they both fell together. Since Jason was holding Winston under his arms and fell, Winston’s hind right leg hit the stairs as they both went down. The yelping that ensued was the most terrifying and saddest thing I’ve ever heard. I don’t think I’ll be able to get it out of my head. Poor little guy ended up peeing all over the floor (probably due to the shock and pain). I picked him up and cradled him. You could see tears near his eyes. Seriously, the saddest thing ever. He stopped crying as soon as I picked him up and cradled him. We tried to put him back down on the ground to see if maybe it was just the shock that was making him yelp, but no, he wouldn’t stand up at all and just cried so we knew something was wrong and immediately picked him up again and headed for the emergency vet.

    An update on our tri-head corgi puppy, Winston! An accident and unexpected surgery was in the cards!

    Three and a half hours later and $600 poorer, it was confirmed he had fractured his fibula and was going to be in a splint for a week. How I wish it were actually that easy, but with Winston, there are no breaks to be had because the vet also told us that he wanted to send out his x-rays to a radiologist because he thinks that the fall might’ve fractured/affected a growth plate in his tibia.

    We were praying and keeping every finger and toe crossed that that wasn’t the case because that would mean surgery to repair it. If you don’t, it would affect his leg as he grew.

    Sadly, on Saturday evening, we found out that the fall did in fact fracture his growth plate (Type III Salter-Harris fracture) and we were urged to see an orthopedic surgeon immediately and to get surgery ASAP before it healed too much.

    An update on our tri-head corgi puppy, Winston! An accident and unexpected surgery was in the cards!

    Of course all of this would happen on a weekend so we had to dreadfully wait until Monday morning to call the orthopedic surgeon. We were able to get a consultation on Tuesday morning and it was confirmed, yet again, that we would have to do immediate surgery on him. We were prepared over the phone on Monday that the doctor would maybe do same-day surgery so to prepare ourselves for it. And, well, it was in fact true because on Tuesday morning, we left the office without our little Winston!

    Winston went into surgery for about three hours on Tuesday. Everything went really well. The doctor told us that the fracture above his tibia (where the growth plate is) was a little more complex than expected so that’s why surgery took a little longer. They put in cross pins to secure the bones in place so as he grows, his legs won’t bow out. Thankfully, Winston is pretty much done growing in height so there won’t be a huge difference with his legs. While he was under, we also got him neutered. And of course, with Winston, he didn’t make that easy either. He’s cryptorchid meaning he had one undescended testicle. Prior to this accident, we had met with our vet and we jointly agreed that we’d just wait on his neutering surgery because there was a chance his other testicle could drop. Well, because of this accident, we decided to just kill two birds with one stone. Why put him under twice in less than two months? So not only did he have leg surgery, he also lost his manhood ?

    An update on our tri-head corgi puppy, Winston! An accident and unexpected surgery was in the cards!

    Thankfully, the long-term prognosis for Winston is great. He should be just fine! There’s always a chance when messing with a joint that he could have an earlier onset of arthritis but the fact that we got him fixed now will give him a greater chance of a pain-free life!

    Recovery is 6-8 weeks but he’ll be on a splint for 1 week and then he can walk on it, gently (no running or long walks), after that! The reason is, they don’t want his joints to stiffen up so they want him to start using it and getting his range of motion back ASAP! All his incisions have the stitches that are inside him so they just absorb into the body. There won’t be anything he can potentially pick at with his teeth…he’ll likely want to lick his incisions so that’s where the cone of shame comes in! He doesn’t really mind his e-collar though. I mean, he tolerates it, but since we got him the soft e-collar, he uses it like a pillow :)

    An update on our tri-head corgi puppy, Winston! An accident and unexpected surgery was in the cards!

    We get to pick him up around noon today and we couldn’t be more excited (and nervous)! Can’t wait to snuggle his cute little puppy face. He’ll probably be too dopey to know what’s going on but hopefully he’ll recovery quickly! We have a huge snowstorm headed our way on Friday and Saturday (re: projected two feet of snow…this entire area will be shut down haha) so that’ll be interesting trying to take him out to go to the bathroom. Jason will just have to shovel around the clock.

    Hopefully my next Winston update will be more positive and will be about how he’s recovering and just being a puppy! This accident and surgery definitely threw us for a loop (and subsequently made us $5000 poorer, haha) but we would never trade Winston for anything!

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  • Gabriela says:

    Oh poor baby! I hope he heals well. Lucky him to have such caring parents. Best wishes to all of you <3

    • Julie says:

      Thank you so much!

  • lachiah says:

    Aww poor Winston. Could not have been easy. :( I hope Jason doesn’t feel too bad about the accident. Wishing Winston a good recovery!

    • Julie says:

      Definitely not easy but on the road to recovery! Thanks!

  • Adrianne says:

    Oh No! Poor little guy. I hate thinking about him screaming. I’m a dog lover myself. Mine tore her ACL (like a football player) when she got her leg wrapped in a leash and ran. It was tough so I know what you’re feeling. I hope he heals quickly and enjoys his time of being waited on hand and feet. :)

    • Julie says:

      Aww that sounds horrible :( thank you for your kind words!

  • Julie says:

    Aw poor Winston. I’m sure Jason probably felt awful too! I hope he didn’t break anything. Wishing for a speedy recovery and good luck with the snow we’re supposed to get. My dog loves the snow but trying to walk her is definitely a challenge when we get this much.

    • Julie says:

      Jason was fine :) thank you!

  • grace says:

    poor, poor pup! i’m glad things didn’t turn out even more badly–you could’ve very well ended up going to the human emergency room too! happy healing. :)

    • Julie says:

      That is very true! Thank you so much!

  • Traci says:

    Nothing scarier/sadder than a pet in pain – I’m glad he’s on the mend! Sending positive thoughts! :)

    • Julie says:

      I know!! :( Thank you!

  • Lisa says:

    That is the saddest thing ever:( I cant imagine how badly you guys feel. My little guy just had a stomach bug that costed us $500! I feel you – but theyre worth it!! They are our babies!! Feel better Winnie.

    PS! Thank you SO much for the ceramic skillet rec. I couldnt find the comment to reply back to you. My parents got it for me for xmas and i love it.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much! And I’m so glad you love it! I love mine too :)

  • Kelsey says:

    Oh my word Julie I am so sorry to read this!! Please give Winston extra love from me! If he needs some activity/therapy, Norman is ready!

    • Julie says:

      Will do! And thank you! I need to get in contact with you once Winston is better. We need to meet up :)

  • Maria says:

    Poor little guy! Hope he recovers soon!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Maria!

  • Jennifer says:

    Oh my goodness! I can’t even imagine. At least he looks like he’s relaxed and just taking it easy.I stepped on our little corg’s foot as he was right under my feet when I was walking around our house once (Broke a toe..which they can’t do much for so he just had to have a little sock and relax for a week). The yelping is such a terrifying sound though. Especially when their ears go back and they look SO upset/hurt. Wishing Winston a speedy recovery and hope he’s back to normal soon!

    • Julie says:

      Omg, I know!!!! The ears back and yelping is seriously so so sad!!! I’m glad your little one is doing better! Thank you!

  • Alvina says:

    His face in that last picture!!! :D

    Glad Jason didn’t break anything too (or at least, I think he’s fine. :oP)

    • Julie says:

      Haha yeah, Jason is fine :) thank you!

  • Barb Watkins Reid says:

    I feel so bad for poor Winston and you and Jason.It is so hard with our fur babies,because they can’t tell us what is going on.Wishing him a speedy recovery! Stay warm with that snow coming in?

    • Julie says:

      Aww I know. I sometimes wish they could talk to us :) thank you!!!

  • ANNA | ANNAdventure says:

    I’ve been following this on Snapchat. Poor little guy. I am happy he’s had his surgery and I wish him a speedy recovery. This has been a tough week for furry loved ones. My boss’ dog went into kidney failure the day before yesterday and my two kitties have UTIs :( Here’s to a speedy recovery to your little guy and here’s to our fur babies staying healthy and whole! <3

    • Julie says:

      Oh gosh, that sounds horrible :( I hope your boss and your kitties feel better soon!! Thank you, Anna!!!

  • Jenn says:

    Poor Winston , wishing him a speedy recovery. I know how nerve wracking it can be to have an injured dog. Mine had surgery 2 years ago and hasn’t had any issues since.

    • Julie says:

      That’s great to hear! Thanks for the kind words!

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders says:

    Poor Winston! If it makes you feel any better, our whippet had to have surgery on his back leg that involved pins and everything to keep the joint in place. Six years later, and he’s doing great! Winston will make a speedy recovery I’m sure!

    • Julie says:

      That’s amazing to hear. Thank you for sharing that :) xoxo

  • Maureen Brown says:

    Winston is so lucky to have you both as parents. He has had the best of care and I hope for a speedy recovery!

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you!

  • Nancy says:

    Winston is so lucky to have such kind and caring hooman parents!! Wishing him a speedy recovery, stay safe when the snow storm moves in!! Hugs for the little guy. :)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks so much! Yes, the snow storm should be interesting…

  • Lisa McCarthy says:

    Oh Julie-that’s just awful! The poor little guy- he’s so stinkin’ cute! I know how stressful being a doggie Mom can be so I hope you feel better when you see him and try to take it easy yourselves! Hugs!

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you :) I’m definitely lacking in the sleep department cause I worry about him all night, haha!

  • Natasha @ Salt and Lavender says:

    Aw Julie I saw on IG about your poor puppy. I’m so glad he’s going to be ok. It’s horrible when bad things happen to our furry family members :(

    • Julie says:

      I know, right? Thank you so much!

  • Raquel says:

    Poor puppy! He looks so adorable on the couch recovering. Reminds me of my fur baby Forest!

  • Diane says:

    oh the poor dear. How traumatic. We’ve been through these sorts of traumas with our dogs in the past too. Hoping he heals perfectly.

    • Julie says:

      It’s so scary and sad! Thank you so much!

  • Katherine says:

    I must admit seeing him on your snap, looking all sad made me cry. I had to go home and cuddle Gizmo. He was so excited to see me that I ended up peed on. Get well soon Winston. May you have a fast recovery. I hope Jason is OK too.

    • Julie says:

      Awww! <3 I know, I've shed a bunch of tears for him. Thank you for your sweet words and thoughts. Say hi to little Gizmo for me :) Jason is fine! xoxoxo

  • Kelly says:

    Oh no! Poor little guy! That cast is nearly as tall as he is! Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!

    • Julie says:

      I know! His short little stumpy legs, hehe – thank you!!

  • Betty says:

    I hope he feels better soon. He has such a cute little face!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!!

  • Jo says:

    My little Buddha subluxed his patellar and had surgery. The casted part was easy – the 6-8 weeks of “limited activity” is the hard part. Buddha sends little nudges and postive energy for a quick rehab.

    • Julie says:

      I’m so nervous about the limited activity…Winston is too hyper for that haha..thank you!!

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