Jack Jumps Fence. Spike Gets Beat Up Again.

Two weeks after Spike got beat up, she was recovering nicely; and Jack was unable to open the new latch Greg installed. We thought everything was okay.

On Jan. 21st, Greg and I left the house together to go to Oshawa (around 2.5 hours from here) and came back to a beaten up Spike, and Jack in the inner dog yard. Spike was on our bed and it was clear that she needed to go to the vet for stitches. Jack was hanging out in the back yard.

We’re not sure what happened. Either:

A. There was a ruckus with the inside dogs (Spike and Mira), thus exciting Jack and causing him to jump out of his pen and then jump into the inside dog yard, or

B. Jack jumped out of his pen and then into the inside dog yard, causing Mira and Spike to fight.

Whatever happened, we were extremely embarrassed to go back to the emergency vet in Peterborough. Spike has a cone and a drain, and is once again on antibiotics and pain killers.  Mira is sporting a scratch. She didn’t need to go to the vet, but she’s on antibiotics.


Mira and her Scratch

Mira and Her Scratch


Jack spent the night on his chain last night, and today we attempted to Jack-proof his pen. We’re hoping he’s just a jumper and not a climber. If he’s a climber then we’ll need to add additional fencing.


Jack on Chain

Jack on Chain


Jack's New Fence, Featuring Moose

Jack’s New Fence, Featuring Moose

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Gate Openers

Meet Moose and Jack.

Moose and Jack

Moose (left) and Jack


Moose and Jack are gate openers.  Either working together, or solo (we think it was probably Jack, but you never know), the boys figured out how to open the latch on the gate, and were letting themselves out into the main dog yard.

Greg updated the latch, and hopefully they won’t figure out how to open this type (see below).

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Pay Back Sucks. Spike Gets Her Ass Kicked.

We’ve had some shifting around in the hierarchy of the female insiders. Perhaps it’s over our new un-neutered inside male dog, Floppy (who has an appointment to get fixed on Monday Jan. 9th).

Spike has asserted that she wants to be Floppy’s girlfriend, as well as the Queenie of the insider females. Maude also likes Floppy.

Whatever the reason, Mira and Maude attacked Spike last night right before dinner, and Nikki joined in. Maya stood in the sidelines cheering them on and Floppy was confused about it all thinking “Should I join in? Wait, that’s my girlfriend.”

This was a fight where they were latched on. I pulled Mira off and she jumped back on. I was screaming loudly, so Greg (who was in the dog yard) could hear me. Thankfully he did hear me and came running up. By the time he got there, I had gotten Mira off and locked her in a pen. Maude had stopped attacking, and Nikki was the only dog on top of Spike.

We quickly assessed Spike and saw that she needed staples or stitches. Greg voted we take her to the emergency vet instead of us stapling her, which was a good decision on his part.

We put Spike in the car, finished feeding the insiders and outsiders, and at around 7:00pm made the 1.5 hour drive to the emergency vet in Peterborough.

Turns out Spike had 2-3 broken vertebrae (the doc called it certebrae– which I’ve never heard of) and the wound on her abdomen went all the way through to her diaphragm and punctured a hole causing a sucking chest wound.

We left her overnight at the emergency vet and will possibly pick her up this evening, depending on how she is doing. She’ll need to be kept quiet and inactive for around 2 weeks.

Spike 5 days after fight

Spike 5 days after fight



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Maya Gets Demoted :(

Around 1.5 weeks ago Greg and I were hooking up sled dogs to go for a run and we heard a commotion from the insiders. Spike, Myra, and Floppy were attacking Maya. We broke up the fight and Maya had a couple of puncture wounds– one on her leg and one one her thigh. She could have used a staple in the thigh wound, but it was small enough to heal on it’s own– so I left it and administered oral antibiotics for the week.

As a side effect of the fight, Spike believes she has moved up in the doggie hierarchy and poor Maya has demoted herself to the mud room. She used to be a couch potato, but hasn’t been on the couch since the fight and she barely comes inside to join the family.

Hopefully she’ll reintegrate herself soon!

Maya in the Mud Room

Maya in the Mud Room

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