Sorry to report our B was hit by a car. God bless the driver, she stopped in time and saved her life. We had to make the difficult decision to amputate but we are certain we made the humane and practical choice.
Finger waving and guilt aside, our dear Ella is healing nicely, and rather than saddle her with a long difficult road of healing, drugs, pain, and multiple trips to the vet, it was very important to us to maintain her sweet disposition. The skin and soft tissue were badly damaged and the vet could not give us much hope that our effort would pay off and that amputation was still not off the table down the road.
She is actually handling her situation better than us, and she is our champion. She insists on her regular schedule and habits, is alert and curious, follows the sun for naps, and sleeps in her regular spot on the bed.
When we meet people on our walks, we just say, 'sorry we can't play because we have stitches', rather than the negative, we are missing a leg and are still unsteady. We are focusing on what we have, rather than what we have not.
B strong on three pegs, and alive to tell the tale! B's rule!