Scarlett Comes Home


This morning, we brought Scarlett home from FHO surgery. We are so happy to have her back– even though she is acting a bit crabby and dramatic, we’re blaming it on the meds. Scarlett’s surgeon told us her leg was much worse than he thought and prepared us for a long road of recovery. First though, our princess gets to relax– for a whole week!

dog after leg surgery

One day after surgery. Still feeling those strong pain meds & not too happy.

In FHO surgery, they shave off the “head” and “neck” of the leg bone- where the leg connects with the pelvis- and put the leg back into the correct position. Instead of replacing the head of the leg bone, it is left to strengthen and develop scar tissue and muscle that acts as a replacement. Depending on size, age and physical rehabilitation, dogs can recover 60-95% (and currently, Bethany is showing us that percentage may be 100%!).

dog surgery wound, dog surgery

Another shaved leg…all our pups are going to have the same scars!

dog, dog bed, hiding

Go away guys!

Though her recovery will involve the same steps as Chelsea and Bethany, Scarlett’s will take longer because she’s an adult and weighs more than 50 lbs. We’re not worried about it but we can tell this is going to be no walk in the park like Bethany’s– for instance, she has not put her leg down once since we got home. Still, if Scarlett is one thing, she’s a tough little cookie and she’ll be just fine! She also had her rotten canine removed; thankfully the other one in question has sealed over and is fine for now. When Scarlett’s FHO surgery rehabilitation is complete, she will finally be 100% healthy. WOOHOOOOO πŸ™‚

Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement and support during this crazy time and a special thank you to everyone who contributed to Scarlett’s ChipIn! We’re sorry we haven’t been more active in reading and commenting– our lives have seriously gone to the dogs lately πŸ™‚ We hope you all have a terrific rest of the weekend!

♦Read more about FHO surgery in our Surgery & Rehabilitation section♦

dog outside, dog post-surgery

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’ll be hanging outside, where I like it πŸ™‚

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18 responses to “Scarlett Comes Home

  1. Such a brave girl. Sounds like she’s in good hands with plenty of experience. Cupcake and I will continue to say prayers that Scarlett makes a full, quick, recovery.

  2. I hope Scarlett will soon be feeling much better. I feel so sorry for her, she looks so helpless on the pics. Have a wonderful sunday πŸ™‚

    • Thanks angelswhisper, so do we! That pathetic face is just so sad, I don’t know how much more I can take lol! She seems to be feeling a little better today…no growling at her siblings…

  3. Poor Scarlett she sure don’t look none too happy but give her time and she will be back to normal…dogs are very resilient..my love and caring thoughts to you all

  4. Awww. That photo of Scarlett in her bed says it all doesn’t it. Bless her little heart! Hope she makes good progress. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Flo. Isn’t that picture sad! She’s been moping around since she got home…we hope she starts feeling better soon…and realizing she actually still has 4 legs!

  5. Glad to hear she is back at home and best of luck to her for a great recovery process.

  6. Chancy and Mumsy

    So happy sweet Scarlett is finally home. Heal well sweet girl and we hope you will be up and about enjoying very soon. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Thank you Chancy, Mumsy and Crew πŸ™‚ We can’t wait until she is feeling better! Hugs and nose kisses to you, we hope you have a great week!

  7. WE are oraying for her! Sorry for not visiting lately, been a long busy spell but we are back now. πŸ™‚ A big collie hug for all of you! We are sorry another one of your babies has to go through this. But, they will feel so much better!

    Your friends,
    the collies and chuck πŸ™‚

    • Aw thanks for stopping by! We completely understand, we have been very busy ourselves with all the pups surgeries/rehabs and trying to find Bethany a home– we know how it is!! Thank you for the kind words- we are happy she will finally soon feel better!

      We continue to pray for sweet Trevor! xoxox!

  8. Hope she is feeling more herself soon. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you browndawgs, us too. It is sad to see her moping around, hopping like a tripod and being mean to her siblings! Hopefully she starts getting better soon– for everyone’s sake πŸ™‚

  9. That is awesome news! She sure doesn’t look happy in that first pick, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be all roses and smiles either. πŸ™‚ Hurry up and heal Scarlett, we’re looking forward to your adventures.

  10. We’re pulling for you, Scarlett! It’s no fun to be in the recovery mode, but soon you’ll be up and running around.

  11. Hope all heals well for you Scarlett!

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