Sep 282009

No, I didn’t suddenly get very small and grow pointy ears. This little dog is Cheyenne.

cheyenne at the veterinarian's

Unfortunately we dogs sometimes seem to find ourselves in places that are meant for cars and trucks – and definitely not dogs – and when that happens, it’s not too good for us dogs.

My little friend, Cheyenne, is half Miniature Pinscher and half Jack Russell and little Cheyenne was hit by a truck.  Her survival was really amazing.

Cheyenne got a splint put on her broken leg, just like I had. Cheyenne also had her jaw wired and her pelvis broken.  I’m going to say that Cheyenne doesn’t feel very good right now.

But the good news is that she is alive, and got really good emergency medical care, and that she has momma and a grandma who want her to get better!

Cheyenne is only a puppy.  And there are so many things going on around her that she doesn’t understand. I think that in this photo, she is saying “Just love me!”

If I could, and if she were feeling well, I would give Cheyenne a big lick – my way of saying that I want to be her friend!


 Posted by at 5:05 pm

  19 Responses to “meet Cheyenne – a little dog hit by a big truck”

  1. Crystal,

    You said that each vet says something different.

    Can you give an example or two of what conflicting messages you’re receiving?

    And Crystal, if you can allow yourself to see it through your tears, everything will be okay!

    Also, Crystal, if you want to send me a photo of Cheyenne (healthy is fine!) my parents and I will make a post for her and we can talk about Cheyenne through that page. You would send the photo to me at joey AT dogsdontlookbothways DOT com.


    • The Vet Hospital told us she would need to be caged to restrict movement for 3 weeks. They were the ones who watched her through the first night and then told us to carry her to “our” vet to see if they could save her leg.

      Her vet has a few doctors. One told us she need to restrict movement and if she walks, because of her pelvis brakes, to use a towel around her waist. One told us to let her rest but don’t let her jump around from couch or do steps. One vet said three weeks of soft food because of her jaw brake. The other said 24 hours of soft food and then go back to normal. Another time they told me to restrict food because of her needing to go to the bathroom. One said to mix her meds with her food the other said not too. See I called and talked with them about 5+ times a day plus visiting her while she was recuperating at “her” vets. I always had questions because I am soooo scared I am going to mess up. My daughter looks for me to help and I NEED to be able to give her that support. We wanted her home so bad but we are so scared.

      I have only seen her stand once and that was to fall into her momma’s lap. She sits up to see who is walking around sometimes. ((( I have her by my feet so she won’t fall off the couch and she sleeps with my daughter at night – we have her on a kennel pan – the pan that goes in the bottom of the kennel – layered with towels and a pee pad, so if we have to move her around the house to be watched we are limiting her movement by being carried and not hurting her))) Don’t understand why we need the leash because she is not even walking.

      When we take her out she stands a bit and when we bring her in we rotate her from side to side so she won’t have to stay on just one side. We had just gotten her “re-house trained” and now this. During the day I try to make sure she goes out every 2 to 3 hours, but for some reason at night she feels the need to pee in my daughter’s bed. Thank God for pee pads. I don’t understand why this is happening either.

      Her pain meds say 2 times a day as needed for pain. So I make sure she gets that in the morning and right before bed. She only every now and then licks the splint when she is awake. Should I slack off on that? I miss seeing her wag her tail…

      They didn’t give us anything to cover her splint, and from what I have been reading online most have their splints changed every 2-3 days. I wonder if we should be doing the same. There are times I feel so lost.

      One thing I am thankful for is that I came across your website. I goggled dogs with splints hoping that someone would have documented their experience so that we could learn from it. Thank You.

      • Ohhh… not to mention Cheyenne has now started whining all the time… could that mean she is in pain?

        • Crystal,

          Cheyenne was hit by the truck only one week ago. She is a puppy and she is not free to move around. Life is strange for her now. You just have to keep showing her and telling her that she is not along and that everything will be okay.

          Also, she is going to feel some pain from her broken leg, broken pelvis and broken jaw, but the doctors have prescribed pain medication for her. Maybe you can talk to her doctors about medications to bring down the inflammation. That might also help relieve her discomfort.


      • Crystal,

        The hardest thing for you right now is going to be to follow the doctors’ instructions. You want to see Cheyenne’s tail wag, and momma wants to have Cheyenne in bed with her. Those are feelings. But can you put them aside right now? They may not be what Cheyenne needs right now in order to get better.

        Jessica, do the doctors know that Cheyenne is sleeping in your bed? If the doctors said to cage Cheyenne for three weeks, then you need to do that. Maybe if you buy a little bed for Cheyenne with sides, and put Cheyenne in that bed on the floor at night, you could sleep down there with Cheyenne. But putting Cheyenne up on a bed where she might fall off (or jump off) is not what the doctors want. Have you thought of the possible consequences? That could hurt Cheyenne even more than she is hurt right now. Whatever feelings you have about having Cheyenne on the bed, you have to put those aside. Out of love.

        My doctors told my parents to either cage me or keep me in a bathroom. My parents didn’t want to do either and they talked to the doctor about that. Instead, my parents bought dog gates to keep me in a restricted area. My parents would come to me when they wanted to see he. I slept alone at night. (Luca slept on the floor by his mom’s bed and if you look at photos of Luca, you can see he has the lead on him even inside.) It was difficult for me to see my parents walk out of the room, when I had to stay in it. The restricted life was difficult then but in the end, in the end, I don’t even remember, frankly, what those first days were like! I do know that I’m happy and healthy now.

        Cheyenne and your daughter and you will have to learn to follow many rules and abide by many restrictions in the coming months. Cheyenne is going to have to learn that her activities for the next few months are going to be very restricted. You and momma are going to have to set the stage for that – and for Cheyenne’s whole future. Cheyenne will be better off for it. So if you are going to follow the doctors’ instructions, you don’t need to- and should not – move her around the house to be watched, right?

        Let’s see what else. First, I think it might help if you asked the doctors to put the instructions in writing. This gives you something to read, if you are not into watching baseball games on TV, but it is something that you can refer to again and again and that Cheyenne’s mom can read.

        It looks like Cheyenne is getting her pain medication and if she is only now and then licking her splint, then that seems okay. If she starts licking her splint more, or if her bandages become wet, then you must get her back to the doctor’s to change the bandages and have dry bandages and to find out what is the source of the irritation.

        Questions: Did her doctors give you a dreaded Elizabethan collar? Maybe not, because of her injured jaw. The dreaded collar is supposed to keep her from licking her splint or paw.

        My doctors at the big animal hospital told my parents to bring me in for a bandage change once a week. You can look at Luca’s posts to see what her doctors told her. Of course for me it became more often because I was licking my bandages and chewing on the splint so my parents kept having to take me for unplanned visits.

        It is important to keep Cheyenne on the pain medications as long as the prescription calls for it (unless you notice digestive side-effects, which you’re not). How long is that? What Cheyenne needs right now is to not be in pain. In its time, Cheyenne’s tail will wag again! And you can take it from me, a real veteran tail-wagger!

        Now about Cheyenne’s eating and the conflicting doctors’ instructions. How are you managing to get the pills down Cheyenne’s throat? Is she able to eat with her jaw wired?

        In the beginning, when I was getting used to eating after my three teeth were pulled, my parents put my pills in little pieces of bread. I love bread so I would eat the pills. As I got more comfortable eating dry food, my parents just gave me my pills outright. It didn’t work to put them in my food: I would just eat around the pills. And my parents didn’t like putting them in my food because they couldn’t be sure that I would eat all of my food. I don’t always like to eat and this was especially true then, when I was feeling so low. My dad wasn’t afraid to just open my jaws and drop the pills at the back of my throat and that is what he did! I think this is why you are getting various opinions about how to feed Cheyenne her pills because of the situation with her jaw. I’m not sure how Cheyenne is eating if her jaw is wired. You and your daughter know how Cheyenne is eating. But either way, you have lots of ways to make sure she gets her meds as scheduled. Do what works.

        Now about the leash. The doctors told you to put the leash on when she goes out. Cheyenne doesn’t need to wear the leash inside. (And of course that means that you’re going to stop putting Cheyenne up on the bed, right?)

        Finally for tonight, yes, I think it might be a good idea for you to get those plastic bags!

        I hope this helps a little,


  2. Crystal,

    Thank you for the photo of Jessica and Cheyenne! I will need permission from Jessica to include the photo of her on my blog. She will need to send me a comment or email giving me permission.

    Thank you,


    • Her name is not Jessica… it is Valerie… i will have her email ya after work tonight…

      • Crystal,

        Thanks. I’m so sorry. I know that names are very important. It’s like when my mom says “go to dad” I know just whom to go to. Or when she says “go to Vivi” I know just whom to go to. So I know names are important.

        It will be nice to hear from Valerie!


    • Yes, you have my permission to use my picture.

  3. Oh no, another injured dog. My heart goes out to poor little Cheyenne. It will be hard and stressful, but with love and attentive care, your puppy will come through this just as strong on the other side.

    Good luck!


    • awwww… Thank you Lena. Right now I feel so lost. When she whines all time I don’t know what to do…

      • If she’s getting pain meds, she’s probably whining more for attention than anything. She’s a puppy and is much more needy than an adult dog. Try as much as possible to get a routine going and stick to that routine every day.

        Have your doctor (ideally whoever did the surgery as, in my opinion, they know best) write down all instructions for you. Follow them completely. Seriously. I was a bit lax on a few things over the past 8 weeks and whenever I was lax, we paid. Listen to your doctor. If they say no movement, then NO MOVEMENT. If they say wear the Ecollar, then WEAR THE ECOLLAR!

        For meds the dog won’t take use cheese or peanut butter (not bread).

        Good Luck.

        • Lena… you will not believe this but just this morning I could not get her to taker her pain medz (even dipped the bread in ranch sauce)… so I stuck it in a piece of cheese and she ate it right up… I wondered in the back of my mind if she should have cheese but I would of given her anything just so she would stop her crying… breaks my heart.

          Think I will try the peanut butter tomorrow. Thank you for all the advice. = )

          • Crystal,

            It is excellent that Cheyenne ate her meds in cheese. My vets have recommended cheese and bread too. (My personal favorite is in bread but I’m not fussy…I’ll take either!) Use what works for your dog. Given that Cheyenne’s jaw is wired and sore, now doesn’t seem to be the time for peanut butter. If she ate the meds in cheese, and cheese works, then stick to cheese.


  4. My daughter’s bed is in a corner, so when Cheyenne sleeps with her she is in the corner where she CAN NOT fall out. We have discussed NEVER leaving her unattended while Cheyenne is on the bed or couch, for any reason.

    When she is home with me she stays on the floor, but my daughter is a full time college student and works nights. So when Valerie comes home they lay down together.

    Every day I have noticed Piggy (Cheyenne) getting more alert. She is now always whining while awake. No matter what we do. Last night everyone took a turn holding her just to see if they could calm her down. She licked her Uncle Joe (he’s 11) and just kept on whining. She kept whining until her Nana (me) woke up and talked with her. Piggy was licking at her splint so I thought maybe it itched so I started scratching her legs, tummy, and behind her ears. It seemed to calm her down and she fell fast too sleep after about 15 minutes. Could she be irritated because her hair is growing back? They had to shave her back side.

    If we could use a gate I would just to keep the cat (Pumpernickel) way from piggy. Piggy wants to chase her. But our layout at our house, it is not possible.

    OMG I never thought to ask them to write down their instructions for care. When she was fixed 3 weeks earlier they give us the instructions. I am soooo going to call them and ask them to do that for me.

    As far as the Elizabethan collar goes, I called and asked about it, they told me to come pick one up. But won’t that make Piggy uncomfortable? Or even cause her more pain? Let me explain Piggy’s jaw. Her bottom jaw was broken straight down the middle, parallel to her legs. From what I can tell all they did for that was wire it. The wire can be seen under her tongue, coming out of her mouth down the side of her jaw and twisted together like a bread tie. The wire is really sharp and she accidentally stabs us from time to time. Well everyone but granddaddy, she doesn’t like him so much. The doctors said we could put and eraser on the end of it to help from it getting snagged on blankets and such, but I would have to hold her jaw and push to get one on. I CAN’T DO THAT.

    You mentioned tail wagging… I thought I would never see her do that again. But just the other day when Uncle Joe came in from school she was all over herself to see him. If I would have let her she would have dragged herself to him. Yes that’s what I said DRAGGED. Piggy has now learned how to drag her whole body around the living room. Like I said earlier she wants to chase Pumpernickel. She will whine the whole time.

    All her medicines are liquid except the tramadol. Which her granddaddy told me to put in bread when I could not get her to take the first one, which I had mixed in with her food. I could not bring myself to open her jaw because I feel I will hurt her. As far as eating she has not missed a beat since the vet told us she was not eating. When the vet told us she would had to eat to be able to come home, we asked them to hold her feedings until we could be there. Piggy would eat for us but not the vets. That was one of the sweetest things I ever seen. My daughter feeding this broken and bruised little baby with her jaw all wired up, using a tongue depressor one little bite at a time as fast as she could go. I knew she would be able to come home then. It’s the little things now that make us ecstatic. Like the first poop. Or drinking some water (which I put a bullion cube in so she would drink) Piggy use to eat dry food but now eats “Cesar”. It looks like a stiff pudding and every meal time now she is inhaling the food. Then falls quickly to sleep.

    Piggy stood up yesterday and pee-ed in my floor. She thought I was going to be mad at her and she limped (dragging her leg) behind the couch before I could catch her. I had to put her in the kennel and it broke my heart. But I was more scared she would hurt herself. She whined and whined. I told my daughter when she came home that the vet was right, if we take her out even if we think she can’t, she might, and she NEEDS to have the leash on her. I am thankful that I can get Uncle Joe to take her out. We tried a bread bag on her splint but it didn’t work to well. The vets said that if we put a bag on it not to leave it on too long because it will heat her leg up. What do you know about that? I noticed you used socks. Did that help keep your splint clean and dry?

    Cheyenne = Piggy (she grunts like a pig when you hug her, or she use to) Can’t wait to hear that sound again.

    THANK YOU for all your help and listening…

    • Hi Crystal!

      Wow. This is giving me and my reading skills a lot of practice!

      First, I hear you about Cheyenne in the bed in the corner. Cheyenne needs to become accustomed to a completely new routine. At some point she’s going to start to feel better and it’s going to be more and more difficult to control her. Better for Valerie to sleep on the floor with Cheyenne than to do it in reverse. That’s doctor’s orders. Let me tell you, I love my doctors. I would follow them anywhere (unless there was another dog around, and then I’d follow the other dogs).

      We dogs will not be irritated because our hair is growing back.

      There is surely some discomfort. Everything is new. But Cheyenne will get used to that. She already is! And little by little the discomfort will go away. If the licking the bandage continues or if you see that the bandage is wet, she must go to the vet. If she likes her vet, it will be a treat for her. More likely, she is whining to get attention. See my post about attention. Dogs love it and will get it any way they can.

      You will need to separate Pumpernickle from Cheyenne. Whatever room has a door, that is going to have to be Cheyenne’s bedroom for now: her hospital and recuperation room. No cats allowed. The door must be closed at all times. You are going to have to change and adjust many things about your life-style. The cat is also going to have to get used to many changes, including not being able to chase Cheyenne.

      You only need the dreaded collar if Cheyenne is licking her splint, which it seems she is doing. And if so, she needs to see a doctor. You can put the splint on around her, then notch it closed. No dog likes the collar. But it is necessary. If she is not licking her splint, you do not need the collar.

      Good girl Cheyenne for dragging herself around! I told you we dogs are resourceful! Remember – this is a dog that you thought was dead. She showed you, right? You need to remember that lesson. She is a strong-willed dog and a fighter dog. She is resourceful.

      It is excellent that the doctors gave her liquid medicine. Of course do not open her jaws, like my dad did to me. Remember, he only did that way after I was eating normally again. And I didn’t’ have a wire in my jaw! That was just my way of saying that you have to do what works for your dog and you have to make sure that your dog takes his medicine on time, and complete doses. About the Tramadol, seems like Cheyenne will eat right out of Valerie’s hands, at least until she eats her dose of Tramadol, then she can go back to eating by herself.

      The vets are correct. Only leave the bag on as long as needed, for her to pee. Then off with the bag. That means that you’re going to have to keep a regular pee-schedule for her so she doesn’t go at odd times, like she did yesterday. (Note from my mom: The small sized trash bags work well, with waterproof tape that my parents got from the pharmacy.)

      My parents started with the sock one night when they noticed I was licking my bandage – getting around the collar – and it was too late at night to get me to the vet. Since the sock breathed, it was good for the night. During the day, the sock was usually off. The sock went on again when I went out for my walks. This was extra protection.

      Yes, and the instructions in writing will really be helpful. I know my parents were reading them all the time and the instructions were always in a place where my parents could find them and read them if they had any questions.

      I hope some of this helps and you can relax. The more you can let go of your worries and fears, the better off Cheyenne will be. You can read my post, what, me worry? and read the point I am trying to make.

      Your pal,


      • Crystal,

        I am a dog and I really shouldn’t be telling you our canine secrets, but you will need to ignore Cheyenne’s whining. It is uncomfortable for you to ignore her, but that is something you will have to learn to do. The more attention you give her when she whines, the more she will whine. Walk away from her and shut the door. Turn on some music. Cheyenne will learn that her whining won’t get her the attention she wants.

        Right now she is learning that her whining WILL get her attention.

        Every dog has a way of getting attention. This is Cheyenne’s way. Sometimes when I’m in my mom’s office I start jumping up and down and barking to get my mom’s attention. I roll back the carpet and start to claw the floor. If I don’t stop it, my mom just says “Joey, go downstairs”. Sometimes she says “Joey, go downstairs” another time until I obey her and go downstairs. I stop my noise-making pretty quickly.

        We dogs are very good at smelling out people’s feelings. We don’t see the colors you see, but then again you don’t smell the emotions we can smell. Cheyenne can smell that she can get your attention – and she does that by whining.


  5. **

    Here’s a note I received today from Cheyenne’s mom:

    Well today I came home from work to find Cheyenne’s thigh extremely swollen and looking bruised. We called the vet, and where told to bring her in. We rushed her in to find out that her leg had fluid in it, which they had to drain. The vet said it could happen again and to keep an eye out. Cheyenne is now acting funny towards us. I hope it’s just because she is not feeling well and will be back to normal tomorrow.

    Cheyenne has become more active in the past few days ((( before I noticed the fluid ))). We have had to resort to putting her in the kennel. Which she hates and she lets us know it.

    The wire won’t come out until the 15th of this month… I can’t wait. It is getting caught on blankets, floor, couch, and even her splint. As far as the cat goes… with Cheyenne being either with us on the couch or in the kennel she doesn’t seem to want to chase the cat… so far that is.

    She has figured out that we are hiding her pain medicine in her food and now has become a VERY VERY picky eater. We tried peanut butter and she licked it up … all but the pill… bread or treats she will chew until
    broken apart and eats everything BUT the pill… Who would of thought our little baby would be sooooo smart…

    • Crystal,

      Sorry that Cheyenne is being so difficult. She is being a dog. I can’t say for sure but there is a good chance that she is not acting out because she’s not feeling well – but because she wants to trick you into letting you do things she’s not allowed to do now. That’s the way she plays the game. You have to ignore that. That is how it is with dogs. Remember with all her whining, that was another way to “get” you. So you have to know your dog.

      Not sure if Cheyenne was in her dog crate during the day or if she was left free and unattended, free to jump up onto and off of sofas and beds. That could and would account for the bruising and then the swelling up.

      Now here is a message for Cheyenne. Would you please pass it along to her? Thank you.


      I’m sorry that your leg has gotten so swollen and you need to go back into the hospital – just when you were starting to feel more active. Well, you may not like it there but the doctors there will take very good care of you and make sure that you don’t get hurt and into trouble again. Your doctors and family will have to work together and you will have to go along with it, like it or not. I’m a dog too, Cheyenne, and that’s just how it is. You will be happier that way, and live longer and healthier that way.

      Also, in taking you back to the kennel, your family is doing what you need, and maybe not what you want. You’re lucky that they’re doing what you need right now, and not what you want. Maybe one day you will know that.

      As much as I hated the Elizabethan collar, and every dog hates the collar, maybe you will need to wear it when you come back home until the wire is removed from your jaw. You will learn to live with the collar, dreaded as it is. It will only be for a short while. You all have to put feelings aside right now and just do what is right. No dog would choose to wear the collar. That’s why we have parents and owners and doctors – to make us do what we need to do, not what we want to do.

      Dogs are very good at avoiding swallowing their medication. I was. Fortunately for my parents, my pills were bright pink so that if I spit one out, my parents could find it on the floor and give me one in its place. The only thing that would work was to put it in bread or, later, after I started stealing my parents bread, to just put it down my throat. My parents would then hold my mouth closed and tickle my throat until I swallowed it. Well, while you’re in the kennel you will be taking your meds, for sure! I’m sure the doctors there won’t give you much choice about it.

      I’m also glad you’re not trying to chase the cat. And I hope the cat is not trying to chase you. RBut right now, you should be following the doctor’s instructions and be in your crate especially when you’re home alone. The dog crate is your sanctuary.

      I hope you get better soon, Cheyenne. But you and everybody will have to work together to follow the doctor’s orders.

      Keep in touch!

      Your pal,


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