Bird Legs

My little dog has bird legs and she doesn’t even know it. Now I have to tell her she has to have surgery on both of these beautiful little legs. Poor Chelsea jumped up for a toy, came down and started crying. She’s been limping off and on ever since. Of course a visit to the vet was called for. We’ve been there so much they know us by name. She has something with a long name called luxating patella. Why on earth they can’t just call it a slipped knee I don’t know. I think with a luxating patella you can charge more.

She has to have this surgery or she’ll go lame. It’s just killing me to do it. I would rather have the surgery myself! I made the appointment for March 12th. …a day I would rather skip. We couldn’t do it sooner because the vet needs a full morning. It’s surgery on both little legs.



Has anyone been through this with their pet? I understand it’s common with these small breeds. What’s so amazing when you own a pet, is the feeling that you would do anything for them. It’s the licks and the cuddles!

I have an area in my studio where I can sit and watch TV. It’s a rocking chair with some magazines close by. I’m all ready for her (:

In the meantime, Bitsy has recovered.

She’s very happy tucked in bed with her head on the pillow.

Nite, nite!

No we don’t treat our pets special. Get serious!

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  • Anonymous - Poor Bitsy!! I hope everything goes well for Chelsea. xxoo PattyReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - I got one for you. My mom is 85 and lives in a senior housing complex. She has a way-too-fat-yorkshire terrier. Her neighbor has been hospitalized and Mom is babysitting that lady’s little yorkie. Mom’s bed is kind of high off the ground and she didn’t want the little dog to jump off and hurt itself (why can’t the dog sleep on floor I asked her?). So what does my 85 year old Mom do you ask? She sleeps on the FLOOR with the dogs.

    So if you ever need someone to watch your dogs who will treat them better than anyone in the world, give me a call and I’ll tell Mom!

    Good luck on the surgeries and don’t worry. Chelsea will be fine, I’m sure. Bitsy looks so dog-gone cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy M. - Sweet Blog, I just found it and really enjoyed it. My In Laws had a miniature Chihuahua that had to have the same thing with his back legs and had to have the surgery too. He did pretty good, but it’s always hard to see your little guys go thru it.

    Good Luck,
    Tracy M.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Anne,

    This story certainly touched home with me. We have a one year old German Shepherd – diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia in both hips at only 5 months old. Usually this does not show up until their 2nd birthday – but she was quickly deteriorating and limping so bad, swinging her back end when she walked and such at 5 months – so our wonderful vet x-rayed her and we got the results. Long story short – she had hip surgery at 9 months – it was so horrible to think of and see her when she came home. The entire ball in the hip joint was completely removed. BUT – the good news is that here she is, 2 months later – and you would never know she had the surgery on that hip. She is completely pain free on that side. (The other side will have the same surgery 2 months from now). It really is amazing how they can bounce back and recover. Of course, she is absolutely, without a doubt, deeply and seriously spoiled now because of all of this!!! (We had nothing to do with the spoiling, I swear!!!) Chelsea will do fine, I know – and recover quicker than a wink – but it’s just so hard to watch them go through this. Good luck to you!

    Kathy Brown
    The Teacher’s PetReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am so sorry for Chelsea. Hope she is not in pain waiting for the surgery. She has a good home and lots of love to recuperate in. Little Bitsy is living proof. Looks quite comfy and cozy to me!

  • PamKittyMorning - Poor little thing. I know sometimes people who aren’t pet people don’t get it but I love my little poochies just as much. I love the baby in the bed, that kills me.ReplyCancel

  • Martha - Hello, I just came upon your blog and was reading about your little dog. I wish you the best! It is so hard to when our little canine children are sick, they are so loving all the time. We just came back from the vet this evening and have to go back tomorrow, our Pug, Zoe may have cancer. She is nine. I do not know what we will do if we hear this news, so far all the other test came back as being ok, this is the last test.
    I wish you luck with your little one!

  • txstitcher - I’ll be thinking of you all! Our Yorkie+more has the same problem and limps around periodically. I dread the day he has to have surgery. Good luck! MichelleReplyCancel

  • Vicki - I think you can tell so much about a person by how they treat their pets. You are a dear soul Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My cocker spaniel has had this done twice after the last time she went for swimming lessons. Yes I am serious and that helped her so very much it strengthened the muscles and she is 14 now and never has had any more problems. By the way this was 6 years ago. Good luck, yes they are special aren’t they.ReplyCancel

  • nanaofnc - Our pug had to have this same surgery you write about in both her back legs. You’d never know it now to see her so active. These sweet creatures take surgery better than we do, I believe, and bounce back quicker. Blessings to Chelsea and Bitsy too!ReplyCancel

  • Martha - Zoe said to tell Chelsea thank you and Thank You to you too! :) Zoe goes in at 9:30 this AM for the rest of her test, I will let you know and I will be keeping my eye out for news on Chelsea!
    Wishing you a great day,

  • Diane Duda - Oh, poor puppies!
    I’m sure they’ll be fine with you there to baby them.

    It’s my first time here…I think…and everything is quite lovely.


  • from little acorns - I hope Chelsea & her ‘birdie legs’ recover so very quickly. . . ! Then when she is back home – Bitsy 9& hopefully then Noel) can nurse her back to health. . . (oh. . . & maybe they’ll let you help too.(!)) :-)

    It looks like Bitsy is quite the happy little camper all snuggled under her quilt. And, I agree – they in the best of hands – as they have wonderful ‘peoples’ to love & care for them.

    Can you believe that it’s been a year (almost?) since you first got Chelsea? Who would have imagined how she (& Bitsy) would change your life? Doesn’t it seem like you’ve had them forever?. . . I think that’s the wonder of a dog’s sweet soul.

    Hugs & Snuggles from Bailey & me!
    xo, BrenReplyCancel

  • Jackie - I am so sorry to hear about Chelsea. I hope that all goes well with her surgery. I will be thinking of her. Bitsy looks so cute all snuggled up in bed. I am glad she is feeling better.ReplyCancel

  • rohan9ca - Oh, poor punkins!! The surgery will be awful for you, but Chelsea will feel so much better. The wee little breeds are so delicate–you just never know when something like this will happen. Hugs all around!ReplyCancel

  • kristeenm - My sweet little maltese, Nellie had this surgery about five years ago. She was so pitiful with her two back legs in pink little casts, but she recovered well. Soon she was running and jumping around. It was so worth it. She didn’t have a problem again until this past winter. She started to have problems with one of her legs, but the vet said it was her arthritis. The poor little old baby was starting to have lots of aches and pains. (she passed away in January)
    Chelsea will be her happy little self once her little legs are better. These precious little babies are so worth it.

    Best wishes to Chelsea.


  • Vanessa - Poor little Chelsea, it breaks your heart when one of your babies is sick or injured doesn’t it? One of mine broke her cruciate ligament just over a year ago (the bit that holds your top leg bone and bottom leg bone together and makes your knee work) and she just hasn’t been the same since the surgery. She is still happy, just in a more lethargic, slow way. Hope Chelsea gets better soonReplyCancel

  • Jere'e (The Quickie Queen) - I will say my prayers for Chelsea for a fast recovery. I’m so sorry Anne…I know this must be hard for you. I have to take Gidget in on the 20th to spay her. I’d too rather do it than have her go through it…since I don’t need my “stuff” anymore anyway…but somehow I think the vet would call the police to get me off his table (tee, hee). Anyway, Chelsea and you are in my prayers.ReplyCancel