Murray Needs Knee Surgery

Poor Murray. His kneecap is dislocated and he will most likely need surgery to correct it.


I’m waiting to hear from the vet, but it looks like the earliest we can get him back in is next Tuesday. It’s just awful to see that he’s in pain (and has been for several days already).

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    marcy wacker
    March 3, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    poor sweet baby. hope he feels better soon. keep the good thought.

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    March 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I have been following your blog for a while and love it! I’ve never commented before, but poor little Murray made me want to wish him all the best for his surgery, he looks like such a sweet little one.

    Keep up the wonderful job with the blog and good luck with Murray! S.

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    Ami @ Elizabeth Anne Designs
    March 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    oh no, poor murray! he is so lucky that he has such wonderful parents to take care of him. i’ll be thinking of him and wishing you guys nothing but the best!

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    March 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Poor Murray… My parents cavalier had to have the same surgery. That was 5 years ago and he’s been doing great ever since he recovered. You’re probably already doing this
    but lots of chew treats or a new toy seem to really help distract them from the pain.

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    Renae Moore
    March 3, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    lots of love and hugs to Murray…I hope he heals well.

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    March 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I hope Murray recovers quickly! He sure is a cutie! It’s hard to see our pets in pain.

    On another note I just noticed that you have a smiley face in the flowers at the bottom of your screen.. How very cute. :) Has anybody else noticed?

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    March 3, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    screen was supposed to be page… I have pregnancy brain. :D

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    laura @ the shore house
    March 3, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Oh NO! Here’s wishing a speedy recovery from all of us (especially Miss Maggie) at the shore house.

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    March 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    awww poor Murray:( My heart goes out to him. Sending thoughts your way for a safe surgery and a quick recovery.

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    desiree fawn
    March 4, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I hope he’s feeling better soon!

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    March 4, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Poor thing! We are sending good thoughts his way and hopes for a speedy recovery.

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    March 4, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Oh my gosh- too cute!! So sad that he’s in pain! He is soo adorable!

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    March 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Feel better Murray!

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    Rachel H.
    March 4, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Hugs to Murray!!!


    Slappy, Pokey, Beans & Sassafras! (My 4 rescue doggies)

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    March 4, 2009 at 9:57 am

    oh no! poor murray. i hope he is feeling better soon!

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    March 4, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Oh no! I hope he feels better soon!

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    March 4, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Aw, poor pup! Hope the surgery goes well and he heals quickly!

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    brutus beefcake olson
    March 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Brutus sends his dog love to Murray! Hope he get’s better fast!

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    March 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Get well soon Murray! He looks so sad. Sounds like his condition is one that other dogs have recovered well from though, so don’t worry too much, he’ll be OK!

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    March 4, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Aw poor Murray! i hate seeing dogs be sad :( And that’s insane that you’re going to have to wait a week to get him into the vet…i’d have to agree with the other poster that said that vet would not be my vet anymore.

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    SoBella Creations
    March 4, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Poor Murray!

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    March 4, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I’ve been reading you for a while but don’t know if I’ve commented before. My dog had to have patella luxation surgery two years ago. I think, from what you are saying, that Murray is having the same thing.

    It’s really tough to not be able to do anything about their pain. Make sure they give him the pain patch the day before the surgery. I found a lot of great info about healing, keeping them occupied when they can’t run around, and general advice on Yahoo Orthodogs Group — I think that’s the name.

    Good luck to you both and please keep us updated.

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    Dee in BC
    March 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Poor Murray! He sure is cute & I wish him a speedy recovery.

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    March 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Our Murphy had that surgery when she was just shy of a year. Actually they did both knees at the same time so she wouldn’t favor one. Both knees would come out of their socket all the time. It was so sad because she would hop over to you and lean on you while you tried to put it back in place:( I am happy to say that she is now 10 and just now starting to limp if she runs too much. It is amazing how well they bounce back and it was well worth the surgery. Good luck.

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    March 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Get well Murray!

    He looks like such a sweet pup:)

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    March 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I know this doesn’t have to do with this post, but could you recommend a few places to order card racks like you used in stationery shows? Thanks so much!

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    Tammy O'Neal
    March 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Get well soon Mr. Murray! Get well soon!

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    March 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

    That just breaks my heart!

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    Rachel May
    March 5, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Sending good thoughts to Mr. Murray! What a cutie-it would be awful to see him in pain-but he’s obviously got good people taking care of him, so he should recover just fine.

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    Kelly @ DesignTies
    March 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Poor Murray :-( But I’m sure after he has the surgery, he’ll recover fine and he’ll be as good as new :-)

    Good doggie vibes from our crew to yours!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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    March 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Poor Murray! Sending good thoughts your way. My Kyla has to have surgery next Wednesday to remove a suspicious lump/tumor thing on her back. I’m so nervous about it, so I definitely sympathize!

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    March 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Oh look at that sad face…get well soon Murray!

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    March 5, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    believe your vet when they say “no activity”. I used to work in a vet clinic, and the leading cause of problems following this type of surgery (I am assuming cruciate ligament) was people who “felt sorry” for their dog and let it out of confinement “just for a while”, and the dog reinjured the leg. Pretty reliably the outcome of feeling sorry and disregarding the vet….

    good luck!

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    March 6, 2009 at 4:13 am

    aww. i’m sure you’ll be giving him a lot of attention and he’ll probably be very happy to have so much love =) let us know when he’s better!

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    March 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    You should definitely check out They make custom braces to treat injuries such as Murray’s. We had a brace made for our dog (per our vet’s recommendation), who was unable to go through surgery, and it has been amazing. She is 100% recovered. Check it out and best of luck!

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    March 7, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Oh, poor Murray. I hope everything will go well and that the recovery will be speedy.

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    March 7, 2009 at 2:43 am

    I’ve read your blog for awhile and just had to chime in. Our 15-year-old dog Bob came down with a luxating patella a little over a year ago. Being 2 weeks from having my daughter, Bob’s advanced age, and a rather unpleasant hard-sell from a vet we decided against surgery. He didn’t seem to be in pain and was quite happy running around on 3 legs while we got a second opinion. We decided to just confine him and in less than 2 months his leg was fine, no limping and so far no recurrence. Congrats on the baby and hugs to Murray!

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    amy purple
    March 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Poor Murray – I just want to give him a big snuggle! I hope he’s feeling better and doesn’t need surgery.

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    Making it Lovely
    March 9, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Thank you everyone. I wanted to give a little update on Murray…

    He’s been much better, but we’ll still be bringing him to the vet for x-rays and a further checkup. He doesn’t seem to be in pain anymore though (the pain medicine has definitely helped him), and we’re hopeful that his knee may be healing on its own. We should find out on Tuesday.

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    March 10, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    All the best to your dog! The photo is so touching.

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