A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Riley & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad…Dewclaw

on May 8, 2015

Last night when I took Riley out, she took the leap off the porch…and fell. She seemed OK and I checked over her hind end very thoroughly when we came back in. This morning, I went to take her out and she refused to leave the porch. The sun was bright enough that I could see something was wrong — her left front dewclaw was pointing the wrong way.

Ouch. Poor baby. She wouldn’t let me touch it, of course. I took her back inside and got her out the front door (no leap) so she could do her business, then she came back in and consented to eat. But touching her paw was most emphatically Not Allowed.

So this afternoon, we headed to the vet. I had a much easier time getting her into my car than I thought I would, and the vet said he would treat her in the car. He came down to the car, I went and sat behind Riley so she couldn’t back away, and he set her up with a tourniquet so he could take care of the dewclaw…

…the dewclaw that wasn’t there. It had fallen off on its own in the car on the way to the vet. Bit of an anticlimax, but Riley’s OK and that’s what counts.

In today’s photo, you can see the dewclaw in question. It just screams, “I’m wrong!” Riley and I, meanwhile, are channeling Murtaugh: we’re too old for this sh*t.



One response to “Riley & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad…Dewclaw

  1. Poor Riley I hope she feels better soon.

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