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    Hi everyone, it has been AGES (years?) since I last posted - hope everyone is well!
    Just wanted to get on and share what happened to us today, in the hope that someone else can avoid the same thing happening. Our backyard is fenced into two - one part is the ‘human part’ with all our nice furniture and the other part is the ‘dog part’. Generally when it storms, our cattle dog x Meika will jump the fence from the dog part to the human part, it’s a bit annoying that we get mud on our outdoor furniture but we’ve never really been concerned by it.
    About 2pm today, we had a storm hit, I joked with a colleague that my naughty dog would have jumped the fence and would be on the comfy furniture. We had a staff meeting which went until 5:30 pm, and then we’re meant to have parent teacher interviews (I’m a teacher) until 7pm, but thankfully they were cancelled because of the storm still hitting us.
    I got home about 5:30 and our other dog greeted me but Meika did not. I went to see where she was and found her hanging on the fence. She doesn’t wear a collar because I am worried about her catching herself but today, as she jumped, her paw must have slipped between the wooden fence posts and got stuck, she was hanging there by her leg. She was completely still and quiet when I found her, and was soaked from the rain, I thought she was dead. She was just hanging there like a dead weight, front leg wedged between two fence posts. The fence is destroyed from her trying to ‘climb’ with her back legs, and her back paws/nails were all bloody from clawing so long. I’d say she had been there for at least a few hours.

    Rushed trip to the vets, after hours consult and X-ray and she has a very irregular heartbeat (hopefully will settle once the shock wears off) and a broken foot. She is spending tonight on fluids and pain relief at our vet, and we will speak to a surgeon tomorrow regarding surgery to fix her foot. I feel so absolutely sick that she was hanging there by only her foot for so long, but so thankful the school event was cancelled and I got home when I did. It will be very costly to get her all fixed up, and we’re getting married in 7 weeks so money is tight but it could have been a lot worse.

    Just a warning that accidents can happen, even if you think you’re doing what you can to avoid them. Like I said, she doesn’t wear a collar and we never thought her foot would get stuck - I can’t even fit my finger in the gap between the fence posts! Will (try to) attach a photo of our fence so you can see. This weekend, we will be putting some wood along the top of the fence so it’s a flat surface, rather than ‘gappy’.
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    Welcome back Kristy Maree... awful circumstance though! Glad she is okay, could have been much worse!

    You'd never expect something like that to happen, scary stuff!

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    Oh poor Meika! Hoping she pulls through quickly and well

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    Hoping meika will make a full recovery soon
    Pets are forever

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    Thank you everyone!! Thankfully the specialist had a close look at X-rays yesterday and decided that we should be able to get away without surgery. I picked Meika up yesterday afternoon so she is home. There is a graze on her leg from the fence which was looking a bit ‘angry’ yesterday, so she currently has a bandage on her leg, and is on antibiotics to stop infection, then hopefully next week when the graze is better, we will put a cast on her leg
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    Thank you everyone!! Thankfully the specialist had a close look at X-rays yesterday and decided that we should be able to get away without surgery. I picked Meika up yesterday afternoon so she is home. There is a graze on her leg from the fence which was looking a bit ‘angry’ yesterday, so she currently has a bandage on her leg, and is on antibiotics to stop infection, then hopefully next week when the graze is better, we will put a cast on her leg
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    Poor little mite. Hoping that heals up quick

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    Poor girl, thank goodness you got to her in time and she will be okay and didnt break her leg or lose her paw! It is amazing how easily animals can get stuck in fences. I sometimes find Kangaroos with their legs caught in the top wire of my paddock ringlock fencing and you wonder how they did that. I find pool fencing works well for my dogs. Flat top and bottom and nowhere to get caught. The only way they can get over it is to high jump as they cant scrabble up it.

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