Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hopalong Hank

As I posted some Instagram pictures of Hank getting back to work yesterday, I realized that I hadn't shared his summer of woe story over here or even shared the results after his surgery.  So, in 25 words or less...


Hank had to have a toe on his back foot amputated because there was obviously something wrong with it, but we didn't know if it was a bone infection that antibiotics weren't reaching or possibly a tumor.  Turned out it was a tumor.  Luckily it was benign and Dr. Bridge was able to remove it entirely, so hopefully that's that!

He's healing up pretty well and should get his stitches out either today or tomorrow, but in the meantime they wanted him on stall rest for several days and he needs to keep his bandaged foot dry.  He's been in lock down in the barn for over a week.  Apparently that was Long Enough in his book.  

Two nights ago he walked out into the barn lot with his sheep and would not come back in.  I decided to leave him out knowing his foot wouldn't get wet until early morning when the dew settled and then I could re-do the bandage and he should be okay and at least he'd be happy.  


It was nice to see him out making his early morning rounds yesterday :-).


Other than being bored out of his head, I think the other reason he was adamant about getting back out was he knew something was "intruding" on his farm.  As I was doing morning chores, a big fox came trotting through the front field on the barn side of the wet weather creek.  

Hank woofed a warning and I looked up and saw it and then he and I went out to escort him along his way.  The fox was completely unconcerned until Hank ran down the hill and across the creek and chased it under the fence into the middle paddock and on back to the ponds.


The security guard is back on duty!


17 comments:

Linda said...

Hank is a good dog. Glad he's back on duty.

Shirley said...

Ya can't keep a good dog down! I don't keep up with instagram much so I didn't know he was ailing.Glad he's on the mend and on the job!

Michelle said...

The spirit is willing....

Lady Locust said...

Three cheers for Hank!!! Glad he's healing & may he continue to do so.

Anonymous said...

Did I miss something?

Where's June?

Diane

Marcy said...

Hank is in his happy place!

Grey Horse Matters said...

I didn't know poor Hank was having such a miserable time of it as I don't follow Instagram, Facebook or any social media. Glad he's on the mend and happy to be back at his job. He's such a sweet boy I hope he has no more trauma ahead and continues to enjoy his security guard job.

I need orange said...

Good boy, Hank! Sending good vibes that you heal up well (and quickly) from your various ouchies, and that you have a good long spell with no problems!

xoxoxo, Auntie V

thecrazysheeplady said...

June moved to another farm a little over a year ago. I think that was another IG post that didn't make it over here during that horrible summer :-(.

Cheryl West said...

Good news that Hank is back on guard and hope he is all healed very soon.

Patti said...

Stoic Hank! Sending good energy his way.

katherine littrell said...

Glad to hear he is on the mend!

MarmePurl said...

That Hank. Such a great one.

Terry and Linda said...

Since I can't get the hang of Instagram, I'm very glad you posted this here. I am a huge fan of Hanks and am sorry to learn he has been under-the-weather. I'm glad he is able to go 'back to work' productive work always makes a soul feel ever so much better.

Hugs to you and lots of pets for Hank!

LannieK said...

♡Hank♡
Good boy ~ Glad he's back in duty!

sophy0075 said...

Hooray for Hank! Good boy!

Far Side of Fifty said...

poor Hank, it is tough to get older...glad his tumor was benign. Hope he heals up okay. He knew that Fox was in the area ...smart good dog Hank:)

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