Monday, August 12, 2013

Soldier Has a Vet Appointment

Soldier goes to the vet this afternoon and I am nervous. He's aggressive toward men and our nice vet is a man. He will also fight to the bitter end to avoid being touched or given a shot. I have no idea what happened to him in the past, but now it is serious because of his back injury. 

You can see by the way he walks here that he is not OK. He has carried on like this for a year and nine months. On pain pills, a strong will to live, and plain old-fashioned courage. 

We have trained him with a muzzle we had left over from our Doberman days; an old-fashioned one with a cage so he can breath OK. His daddy has taken him for walks with the muzzle on for a couple of days now. Soldier panics at first, but he's getting better. This morning they were gone a long time. We'll walk him again outside the vet hospital, hoping to tire him out. Even though he's 13 years old, this probably won't happen. 

So, I guess I'm asking for good thoughts sent his way. And mine, please ~ I may need it the most.


  1. Hi Inger .. definitely thinking of you ... poor Soldier and poor you both .. so agonising ..

    My thoughts for the best outcome .. Hilary

  2. Sending good thoughts to you, your hubby & Soldier (& the vet)!!

  3. vet appointments stress me out - no matter which dog or for the horses. i do hope he will manage, okay! for your sake as well as his!

    i'm taking thelma to the vet for a recurring ear infection. she got away from me once in the vet's parking lot off the freeway. scares me to this day to take her...

  4. Hoppas det reder sig med Soldier!!
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  5. I pray for you now for peace and for Sampson tooo

  6. Best wishes Inger, let us know how things work out.

  7. Oh, Inger, it is so heartbreaking to see a dog struggle at the Vet's so in one respect I am glad your honey took him. As for you, "consider yourself hugged" many times by me...:)JP

  8. Some vets just have a way with problem dogs, hope yours is one of them.

    I found a super vet office, 27 miles away, more expensive but well worth it. But they are in a major shopping center. It's funny tho when I come out with 2 dogs on leashes they know exactly which truck in the parking lot is theirs, and it's been one place Bella has been well behaved. Now Dollar however will have her leash wrapped around me more than once.

  9. Only good thoughts coming for Soldier. At least he is brave and aggressive at vets, Mighty is a super wuss that squeals when touched by the vet.
    Good idea tiring him out as much as possible. Really hope all goes well and he is not stressed too much.

  10. Positive vibes being sent to you and Soldier. I do hope everything will be ok. Please keep us informed. Good luck

  11. Does he have German Shepherd? They have hip problems because of their natural build.
    I hope the visit goes OK. Poor little puppy. They are all puppies to me, regardless of the age. He is such a good looking dog. He doesn't show any age yet.

  12. Poor Soldier. How terrible to be so traumatized.
    Good luck!

  13. I'm sorry to see him walking with such pain! I hope the appointment went well. Do let us know!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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