Friday, May 3, 2013

Hurley, Model Patient?

Hurley has proven himself to be the model patient following last weekend's toe injury.  I was pretty concerned about all the pill-taking, bootie-wearing, cone shaming & bandage wrapping that would have to occur during his healing process but I shouldn't have been worried.  Hurley Badger Don't Care 'bout nothing but his mama taking care of him and patiently allows all of the above to happen without a protest.  I think he's just a giant baby who loves being babied by his mama.

This is Hurley on drugs.  He just sits and stares at nothing.  For hours.
We have had a few hiccups in his recovery.  First, the saddest event in the history of the Badger:  Hurley has taken to not finishing his meals!  Clarification:  he won't finish his meals if they contain any kibble. If it's 100% raw or home-cooked, then the Badger has no objections to the taste of the antibiotics & pain pills in his dinner.  I almost cried the first time he walked away from a half-full bowl.  Hurley not being crazy about food?  He must not be feeling well!  So I spoon fed him and wrapped the remaining pills in raw meat.  He was ecstatic about finishing dinner like this and now has taken to licking pills clean and waiting for his raw meat.  Spoiled, maybe?  Little does he know that the last of the pills were today and he'll be back to normal half-kibble, half-raw/home-cooked meals. And that Miss Sadie will be allowed to finish his dinner from here on out should he choose to be picky. 

Is that Hurley's dinner I smell? 

The other hiccup to his recovery happened on Wednesday.  Twas the first morning that I let Hurley out in the backyard to do his business and didn't actively watch him.  Of course, this would be the one morning where he kicked the bootie off and proceeded to somehow re-injure his toe.  Said injury produced 100 times the amount of blood as his initial injury. I could not get the bleeding to stop, freaked out about the puddles of blood all over my house and rushed him to the vet.  It's a good thing because as the vet said in reference to the pool of blood filling his bootie "Oh wow.  Just wow.  That is not a normal amount of blood."  When the Badger hurts himself, he certainly doesn't do it half-ass.

More Stoned Sedated Hurley.  He might be contemplating chewing on his antler.   Or he could just be sitting there, contemplating nothing.  We don't really know what goes on in the head of stoned Hurley.
So he's got to wear a bandage a little bit longer and this Mama will not be laxing in his supervision again.  We're hoping for an uneventful remainder of his recovery.  We've got to get through the weekend with a bandaged foot and then the next 2 weeks without him bumping it into anything.  Wish us luck!


  1. When Chamois was recovering from her toe nail ectomy, it was wrapped in surgical tape, covered with foul smelling liquid and she wore an e-collar. She still managed to get it to bleed once more. Hope yours goes well.

  2. I feel so bad for him... he looks like he needs as many extra smooches as you can spare! Best of luck this weekend with the bandages and bumping of things.

  3. Hi Y'all,

    My Human has taught me to take a pill from her hand and then get a yummy home baked treat...once in awhile I don't like the smell of the pill so she palms the treat and stuffs the pill down my throat holding it between her thumb and forefinger. When I swallow she opens her palm to allow me to get the treat.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. You're a very good dog mama, and I sure do hope the Badger is feeling better fast. I wonder what goes on inside a stoned badger's head?