Post # 1
My fiance and I have had a german shepherd mix (Vader) for the past year and about 2 weeks ago we decided to get him a friend to keep him company so we adopted a 1 year old beagle mix (we named her Lucy). They get along perfect and they both love to play! Only problem is that the new one LOVES to run and she already got loose and ran away (but we got her back) 4 times! She is very sneaky and takes off as soon as a door opens.
SO….we bought her a 40 foot (we have a large backyard) cable wire, wrapped in plastic, made SPECIFICALLY for dogs. We talked to a sales person and he told us exactly what to do. We staked it into the backyard and hooked her up and went out with the 2 of them. Within 1 minute (seriously, 1 minute), the little one ran, pulled the cable tight, and it sliced Vader’s leg, ripping all of his skin off his back leg clean off of his muscle. When it happened I really thought he was going to die, it was HORRIFIC and he had to be rushed to an emergency animal hospital. He now has 55 staples and has to stay off his feet for a month. He has to wear a cone and he is just miserable, he even has trouble sleeping. Not to mention between my fiance and I, someone always has to be home with him, thank God I am a teacher and I have the summer off!
I feel so guilty taking Lucy out for walks when we have to leave Vader behind. I am worried that he will grow to resent her. Any advice? Anyone know how to make him feel better while wearing this horrible cone?! Thanks!
Post # 3
@emileem: Oh my goodness poor guy! How awful. I am glad to see he is okay and healing.
Have you contacted the pet store or the company that markets the line about this? Seems like a serious design flaw if it can do THAT much damage.
Post # 4
Have you considered a Bite Not collar? http://www.bitenot.com/ Might be good for when you can supervise… sometimes the larger dogs can reach around it….
Also they do make those cones in clear plastic which isn’t so claustrophobic for the dog.
Post # 5
@emileem: Oh no!!! Poor guy he looks so sad!! I hate those darn cones, my dog absolutely freaked out and hated it when he had to wear one, he would barely move! Glad you got him taken care of right away and will be able to be home with him. I’m sure you already are, but just be sure to give him lots of love and hugs and attention since he can’t come out for walks.. Maybe try to get him into a different room before one of you leaves for a walk with Lucy so he doesn’t see you go??
I’m with treejewel, definitely do some followup with the petstore/line company.. scary!! What if that was a kid by that line?? 🙁
Post # 6
@emileem: Aww, poor boy! Those plastic coated cables can cause a *lot* of damage – I got my leg caught in one as a kid with a hyper dog and I still have the scar :-/ As far as Vader goes, I’m sure you’re already doing this but I’d just lavish a lot of attention/extra treats on him when you’re back in the house with him so that he knows he’s not being replaced in any way. That face deserves a lot of extra hugs 🙁 Good luck!
Post # 7
Maybe use a muzzel instead of cone, might be easier for him to deal with. As far as what happened I would contact the manufactor immediately to tell them what happened. Don’t worry about him feeling bad, it is only temporary and he wont hold a grudge.
Post # 8
Poor Poor Puppy!! OMGEE I would be losing it on the manufacturer! Thank goodness he will have a full recovery!!
Just spoil him rotten with lots of treats and make try to make sure he is comfortable..
Post # 9
Yes, we have contacted the manufacturer and the store we purchased it at…it looks like the store was marketing it wrong!! We have already talked to some of our lawyer friends and it looks like the store may be paying for our vet bills.
@E_Lynne615: That is exactly what we said! What if that was a child?? It definitely could have taken off a limb! What we really want is for them not to sell it as a ‘dog run’ anymore!
Post # 10
Awww poor Vader! Thankfully dogs are the most forgiving creatures so I don’t think that he will resent Lucy. My childhood golden retriever had to wear a cone and my mom felt so bad about it because he too was really uncomfortable, so she looked into other ideas and they actually make cones that are fabric and can bend but are still structured. Maybe that could be an option?
i hope he gets well soon!
Post # 11
But in all reality, POOR GUY! Did they give him any pain medication? I would also think you could put Neosporin on it to keep it moist since he can’t reach it anyway to lick it. Stitches ITCH so bad when they get dry.
Post # 12
Such a cute dog! Don’t worry – he won’t resent the other dog. He probably had no idea how it all happened. I have a Beagle mix too (mixed with JRT), and oh my gosh. So hyperactive! He’s bolted a few times on us. And – I actually have a rope burn scar from a retractable leash, based on his tendency to run.
When you need to put the cone on, maybe give him a treat each time? That way he’ll associate the cone with good things.
Post # 14
Kisses to Vader!! I’m sorry this happened! I would contact the manufacturer. I imagine this isn’t the first time something like this happened. This makes me so angry. I doubt he’ll hold it against Lucy. hoping for a speedy recovery!
Post # 15
Oh, I just feel sick for him and you. Poor puppy. I’m so glad he’s going to be okay in the long run. I hope the store DOES pay for the vet bills.
Post # 16
Poor little guy :- What a heart breaking story. I am glad he will heal and that you can be home with him.