Update on Kip

March 10, 2010

This morning Sarah called me.  She was crying and trying to tell me what was going on at the vet’s.  I called the vet to obtain a little clearer picture of what was happening with Kip.  Dr. Rose said that Kip had some movement in his feet and legs this morning.  Because of that they placed him at 90% likelihood of success.  He wanted approval to run a mylegram so he could see the spine and determine if there is a ruptured disk or if it is something else.  Dr. Rose has Pems so was pretty taken with the charming Kip.  He’s from the University of Minnesota and over the course of his vethood has performed more than 100 back surgeries of this type — he said, “Corgis and Doxies”.  I could hear him shaking his head over the phone.

Sarah and family cannot bear to let Kip go, so plan to follow through with the vet’s ultimate recommendations.  Sarah misunderstood Dr. Rose this morning and thought he was telling her that Kip would have to live in a crate for the rest of his life — so now that’s cleared up.  Kip is a solid little dog and I know he’ll weather the surgery and adapt to the crate rest (not happily).  No more jumping off furniture and barreling up and down the stairs, but he’ll still be the sweet bed buddy that we all love.

More when I know more . . .  Still shamelessly begging for good thoughts for our little guy.

Kip Oct 2009

A later update:  5:30 New Mexico time.  Kip is in surgery.  He had one herniated disk and two bulging disks.  The doctor is still expressing a likelihood that Kip will make a full recovery.  I’m off to Chase’s CD class, but will call Dr. Rose on my way home and find out how Kip is, and how the surgery went.  Will update everyone again later tonight.


  1. Taryn says:

    Sending many, many good thoughts! May Kip have a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!

  2. Claire says:

    Sending nothing but the best thoughts for Kip and his people. My best wishes and prayers for a successful surgery and complete recovery.

  3. C-Myste says:

    I’m sending those positive thoughts that direction too.

    Poor Kip. Poor Kip’s family.

  4. Amy says:

    What a sad story! Kip and his family are in our prayers for a speedy recovery both human and canine. He has a very sweet face:-)

  5. Holly says:

    Still praying…

  6. Laura M. says:

    Sending good thoughts out for Kip and his family and for grandma Penni.


  7. Janet says:

    I’ve been worrying about Kip all day. Looking forward to hearing a good report after his surgery.

  8. Alden says:

    Oh Penni! Oh Kip! I’ve been behind in blog reading (nasty flu bug). You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Loved Chase’s Journal update, and his beeeutiful picture/ad in the CWCCA Bulletin. Watson was very proud to see his daddy in print.

    Hugs to you, Kip, and Kip’s family.

  9. Megan says:


    My heart breaks for you and Kip’s family right now. But take heart, if Kip is anything like Cenny, (and looking at the twinkle in his eye, I’m guessing he is) he will recover and go onto live a long happy life! When Cenwyn came to us he was about 6 months post surgery. He had quite a hitch to his get-along and was very wobbly. But he had a positive outlook on life and didn’t seem to even notice that his back end didn’t quite work right. After a year of farm livin’ he was running with the big dogs, literally, and recovered about 90%. And he never once lost his zest for life.

    So when you and Kip’s family are feeling down and discouraged, think of Cenny and realize that they and DO recover from these things.


  10. Jean from NM says:

    Prayers, prayers and more prayers . . .

  11. Kathy says:

    Sending boatloads of good wishes for Kip and his family! I know how worried you all must be and will keep him in my thoughts for a 100% recovery. He’s such a sweet boy!