Right after Labor Day, 2009, we headed up to New England to visit some clients; to teach at and then attend the AHVMA annual meeting in Massachusetts; and, maybe catch a day or two of relaxation. The morning after we arrived in Maine, the cell phone rang and it was our sitter telling us he could not find one of the dogs. Needless to say, we definitely imagined all kinds of scenarios but never in our wildest dreams imagined had what finally came to pass.
When they finally found Joey, he had been trapped in the wires behind the TV in the living room, was in pain when moved, and later found to have a severely injured spine. They rushed him to a local conventional veterinarian we use for referrals (Dr. Springer at Skylake Animal Hospital) and she tended to him immediately. Somehow, he had broken his back and it was dislocated at the T13-L1 (behind the rib cage where the thoracic vertebrae meet the lumbar vertebrae). See the x-ray below.