Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Early season set-backs

I recently returned from Northeast Oregon. Returned from my hunt early - not something I would usually do.

I ran out of dog. My old dog Jesse is a little long in the tooth and I left him home to keep my wife company. Tommy is in South Carolina in training. So I took Ted and Cody, the six month old puppy. Long story short, we hunted opening weekend but by Monday Ted's foot began to swell and looked really nasty.

To the vet in Enterprise, Oregon (Jereld E. Rice, DVM). Neither of us could find a wound, but it looked a lot like a grass awn in a middle toe. Ted was fevered and the foot was red and swollen to almost twice normal size. The vet prescribed Cephalexin and Rimidyl and said it would probably take 10 days or so to heal, but to come back if I saw changes. 

Two days later I let Ted out of his crate to pee, and he decided to go hunting. After Pete and I spent a couple hours looking for him, he showed up at the truck looking contrite, and without his bandage on his foot (I had found most of the bandage downhill and about a mile away earlier in the search). I cleaned his foot and flushed with saline solution and while doing so noticed an entry wound. Back to the vet, where he did some deep cleaning and removed parts of a cheat grass awn. "Give him 10 days", said the vet. 

So I hunted with Pete behind his setters, Silk and Rosie and focused on running Cody every day and had a good time watching him learn about chukars and Huns. This was really the bright point of the trip. 

But after suffering some back pain in the mornings, shooting poorly when I had opportunities and falling while fishing the Wenaha and ruining my digital camera, I felt I was snake bit and decided to head home to regroup and plan for hunting later in the fall when Ted's foot heals up. 

I did enjoy Pete's company, we had some great campfires and ate and drank well. But even I know when to quit.


Gary Thompson said...

A man has to recognize when the cards are stacked against him, and he should also have the wisdom to know that the scales will level in his favor at some point down the road.

I hope you're dog heals up properly.

Craig Peters Warrens, WI 443-206-1091 said...

We had a great trip this year Mike. But also some real downers to deal with like you. All I know is these dogs we got are without peer! They were terrific for us. Keep on keepin on and it will get better for you, Ted's family has proven to me it has to. Next year make it a trip to the woods!

Andrew Campbell said...

Mike: sorry your trip to Oregon wasn't quite as fulfilling or successful as might be hoped! but better to quit in the short-term than make a bad situation even worse.

all best

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

I'm glad you care more about your dog, than hunting. Foot injuries can get nasty. Hope Ted will recover completely.

Shawn K. Wayment, DVM said...


I've ran out of dogs before feels like a good ol' fashion butt whoopin'! Sounds like you enjoyed yourself anyways! Have a great rest of the fall!


Jim McCann said...

Hell gettin' old, Mike! :-)

Your new pup will more than make up for the lost hunting. You hunt more than any living person anyhow. Hope Mr. Ted mends well and soon.


Jim McCann
Fairbanks, AK