Things aren’t going so well for Bucky right now. He managed to get to his leg a week ago, and has a small wound, and it isn’t healing. The rehab folks took an x-ray today to see if the pins have moved or other things are going on…his leg is still swollen more than three weeks after surgery. Based on what she saw, the rehab vet is concerned that Bucky’s hardware (inside his leg) is infected. So we are headed back to the surgeon Tuesday (today by the time you see this) to see what she wants to do.

I don’t have any skill at reading x-rays, but here is the inside of Bucky’s back leg right now.

Bucky resting after his PT visit today; Gracie checking him out.

The only good news for the moment is that Bucky is actually putting weight on the back leg – the one that had surgery- when he walks. He doesn’t put it down when he is just standing, but when he walks he is actually using it, so perhaps there is still hope here.

This whole process is definitely exhausting and more than a little discouraging at times. With all the months we spent working with Leelu’s challenges, and now Bucky’s, I think when Bucky is off to his forever home we won’t be fostering dogs again for a good long time. Cats and kittens yes…but we’re going to take a good long break on dogs. Gracie needs that as much as we do. Sharing me is not Gracie’s best skill.

17 thoughts on “The Fosters: Bucky, Two Steps Back

  1. Oh dear…..poor Bucky (and poor you!) it sounds like he will be wearing his cone for quite a while to come. If there is infection again there may be surgery again. So sad for all of you. Nice of Gracie to visit Bucky in his enclosure. Sending Bucky and you a hug AND sending Bucky POTP!

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

    1. Thanks, Pam. We are very anxious to visit with the surgeon today to see what’s up. This guy can’t seem to catch a break.

  2. Oh Debra-this is unfortunate news. Hoping you get some answers from the surgeon today and can formulate a plan, for Bucky’s recovery, moving forward. Bucky is so lucky to be with you!!

  3. I saw the title and didn’t want to open the post. Poor guy. My heart goes out for this guy and he’s so young too. Pain is all he knows. Hugs all around. I can understand your exhaustion. I am nuts when my cats aren’t well. Bucky is lucky to have you. BTW that x-ray looks downright scary.

    1. Thanks Kate. I’m hoping things are better than they seem when we see the surgeon today. One can always hope.

  4. This poor little guy…but still I am glad he is with you. That photo of Gracie standing watch is so cute. I hope things turn out well.

    1. Gracie was mostly making sure Bucky stayed in his crate!! They aren’t the best of friends. Hoping for news we can use at the surgeon’s today…paws crossed.

  5. Oh my dog, poor Bucky. And poor you all. My heart goes out to ALL. And, of course, POTP from Ducky, Bogie, and me. Hope the surgeon can help the poor little guy today!

    I remember how exhausting it was dealing with Callie’s 2 CCL surgeries and lymphoma, Shadow’s pulled groin muscle and renal dysfunction, and Radar’s heartworm treatment. And not just physically exhausting either. I’m sending a giant gentle hug your way, Debra. Hope it helps at least a little bit. And kisses to Gracie for being such a good sport. 💞💞

    1. Thank you, and the news was better than expected, so woo hoo! Will get a blog out on that for tomorrow at the latest.

  6. So sorry to hear this news and hope and pray it’s just a temporary setback. Bucky is a sweet boy and will make someone a lovely companion. Bless you and Marley for helping this sweet little fella make a come back. Taking a break is understandable.

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