Murray is Recovering

He had surgery* on Tuesday to correct his dislocated kneecap (luxating patella, grade 3).


He’s resting a lot, and he whimpers and makes moaning sounds every so often. He’s getting around well on three legs for now though, and we’re looking forward to seeing him get back to his normal self.

* I did take a photo in which you can see Murray’s incision. I didn’t want to post it here, but it may be helpful to see for anyone that needs to have this surgery for their dog.

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  • marlene
    March 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    wishing murray a speedy recovery!!

  • your mother
    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Oh, poor Murray! Well wishes from us, and Moose says “ouch” – that is, if Moose could talk in people language! He looks so sad in the picture. I’m sure he’ll be up and about soon enough and just in time too, when you’re done helping Murray recouperate over the next 6 weeks, you’ll likely have your new little addition to keep you busy!

  • Amanda
    March 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Aww, poor guy. I thought my heart was shattered when I had my dog, Lola, spayed. Now my heart hurts for Murray. Luckily dogs have an amazing way of bouncing back :-)

  • Jessibee
    March 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Feel better soon Murray!

  • Brooke
    March 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    My cat had to have this surgery done about a year and a half ago and it was horrible! He had to stay in a crate for 6 weeks, recovery for cats is a lot harder than for dogs because they are harder to contain. But, we made it through and the surgery was a huge success. I will be sure to keep Murray in my prayers.

  • Bryn
    March 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Aw this is so sad. Our Char just had major surgery in Jan on her spine. She had a 12-13 inch incision, it was brutal (not to mention expensive). She wasn’t herself for weeks but she’s back to normal now (well almost normal… she still wobbles).

    I will hope for a speedy recovery for your Murray!

  • Anna @ D16
    March 12, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Oh, poor Murray. :( Can he take anything for the pain?

  • Lola
    March 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Wishing Murray a very, very quick recovery, with lots of hugs and kisses, and plenty of rest.
    Thankfully it’s easier for dogs than for cats… my Olívia was spayed in January and just couldn’t keep still, making her incision all the more difficult to heal, poor thing.

    He’s lovely, and i’m sure will be up to his tricks (as dogs do) in no time!

  • megan
    March 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    sending murray happy, feel-better juju! i just found out that my dog, lola, has anemia and may need blood transfusions…poor thing. it’s so sad when pets don’t feel well–i hope murray’s recovery is super speedy!

  • Rachael
    March 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Poor Murray, I hope he feels better soon. He is such a cutie. My dog has a grade 3 luxating patella, and will eventually need the surgery. Every couple of weeks when he is playing his knee gets out of wack, but 5 minutes later it’s back to normal. I am dreading putting him through surgery, but know it’s what’s best in the long run. There are photos of my little guy here:

  • Making it Lovely
    March 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks, everyone. Yes, Murray is taking pain medicine and already it seems he’s feeling better than he was yesterday. He’s still whimpering a little though.

    His other knee is a grade 2 which may eventually worsen and require surgery too, but obviously we’re hoping not.

  • Lindsay
    March 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Oh, poor baby! Hopefully he’s on the mend soon! And that he doesn’t need surgery on the other one!!

  • Amanda
    March 12, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Poor little guy… breaks my heart to hear what he’s had to go through. Hope he is feeling better soon!

  • Ami @ Elizabeth Anne Designs
    March 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    poor poor murray! he is so lucky to have parents to take care of him – i hope he’s back to his old self soon!

  • Natalie
    March 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Aw well I’m glad he’s starting to get better! Our dog had some fatty tumors removed awhile back and it was so sad to see him all drugged up! But it was hilarious to watch him ram the little cone collar thing the vet made him wear into the wall in an attempt to remove it! Hope Murray heals quickly :)

  • deanna
    March 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hugs and kisses to that handsome fella!

  • amy purple
    March 12, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    awwww poor little buddy! I hope he’s feeling better soon. He’s probably already glad he’s back home with you guys.

  • ceci
    March 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    ay ay ayy! my little one, Miga, sends some slurps for poor Murray!
    Best wishes!

  • kealoha
    March 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Poor baby- hope he’s feeling better and recovering well…

  • marcy wacker
    March 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    sending lots of love murray’s way. hope the little dude gets better VERY soon(:

  • Rosie
    March 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Oh, poor Murray. Hope he is feeling better soon. My furbaby Molly also sends some doggy love too.

  • ashley morgan
    March 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Oh poor angel! I hope he’s getting lots of kisses and extra love.

  • Bonnie
    March 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Sending get well wishes and many yummy doggie treats!!

  • audrey
    March 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    awww poor thing. what a champ he is though. My Butters has the same condition although not bad enough to need surgery yet. He pops it back into place and isn’t in pain, thank goodness.

    I’m sure Murray is going to enjoy the pampering and snuggle time he gets! :)

  • Gwen
    March 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    My little Cocker Spaniel, Gracie had the same surgery a couple of years ago and it amazed me how quickly she bounced back. Certainly a LOT quicker than I would have. She favored her leg for a bit but now she runs up and down the stairs like a young pup. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your Murray.

  • Lora
    March 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Poor Murray! I love how he is looking at the incision in your other picture as if to say “WTH?” Our doggie, Jake, had to have a toe amputated in January so we can sympathize with Murray’s pain. Here’s to a speedy recovery blessed with many chew toys…

  • Melanie
    March 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    He looks miserable :( I am glad he had his surgery…. HUGS to Murray!

  • greenwords
    March 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Get well soon, Murray!

  • Miss B.
    March 12, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    You already are a great mommy:) Go Murray!

  • Nicole
    March 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Oh hope he’s ok. We have a pugalier, genetic luxated patellas :( we’ve just spent AUD$2500 on one knee. He recovered surprisingly quickly which is good. Next knee in the future.

  • freeteyme
    March 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    poor baby! I have a silky and I was told that she could have it in the future.

  • Missteee
    March 13, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Aww… Poor little cutie! Get well soon! :)

  • Emily
    March 13, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Oh, the poor little guy! No doubt you’re thoroughly spoiling him in his time of need! He’s such a gorgeous boy.

  • Joyce
    March 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Awww… I hope Murray feels better real soon. He is a cutie!

    I came across your blog from… oh dear I FORGOT!! Oh no…
    LOL… I think I got overly excited when I saw that you live a stone throw away (well maybe a tad further) I love Oak Park! We had are wedding reception there 18 yrs ago. A friend of mine lives in Oak Park.

    Looking forward to the arrival of your little treasure too.

    Have a great weekend!

  • bungalowbliss
    March 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Sweet Murray, feel better soon.

    (You, Sir, are just so handsome!)

  • Erika
    March 13, 2009 at 8:14 am

    poor little pooper

  • jill
    March 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

    sending prayers and love for murray’s quick recovery. xx

  • Sherry
    March 13, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Work it, Murray! I’m sure he’ll be his normal self in no time.

    Sherry (& Burger)

  • Jenny
    March 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Aww poor fella! My 14.5 year old pup had surgery about a week ago. She has stitches in 7 different places so basically she can’t scratch anywhere. She was sooo pathetic for about a day and a half after the surgery. She made lil whimpering sounds all through the night but after she came out of it, she’s better than ever! Hope your buddy is feeling himself soon!!

  • DawnMarie
    March 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Poor sweet guy. Hope he is on the road to recovery and feeling better each minute. He is lucky he has such loving dog parents that get him the treatment he needs.

  • Kelly
    March 13, 2009 at 11:18 am

    poor pup! hope he gets well soon. i’m sure you’re taking terrific care of him during his recovery. :)


  • Julie Anne
    March 13, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Huxley (a collie) and Spot (a python) send their best wishes for a speedy recovery, although Spot is confused by the concept of kneecaps.

    Get Well Soon, Murray!

  • Kristin B
    March 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Murray looks like such a sweetie…how great to have so many well wishes! My heart melts to hear about dogs in pain because we all know how tough they like us to think they are! Get well soon :)

  • Joanna
    March 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Get well wishes to Murray!

  • WJ
    March 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Poor Murray, it’s so sad when pets are hurting and they’re such better patients than their people are! I hope he’s feeling better soon.

  • jaime
    March 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Our dog has the same thing, but it’s between a 1-2. When she plays hard with other dogs and does a lot of running it acts up. Keep us updated on his recovery! Do you have to do any PT with him?

  • luuvely
    March 14, 2009 at 8:30 am

    awww…here is to hoping murray gets better soooon! :)

  • Dingo
    March 15, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Hugs (gentle ones) and sloppy dog kisses to Murray.

  • Renae
    March 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

    So glad Murray is on the mend…hopefully he will be back to his old self soon. He is a beautiful dog!

  • Condo Blues
    March 17, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I’m sending good healing thoughts to Murray. A couple of months a go my dog did the human equivalant of throwing his back out and we had to keep him on “bed rest” no walks, no climbing stair or jumping on furnature. It was tough, especially when he was feeling better and didn’t understand why we wouldn’t let him do those things! but he pulled though. Here’s hoping the same for Murray.

  • HeidiS
    March 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    So happy that Murray’s on the mend.

  • vicki
    March 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I think your before and after photos are BOTH beautiful! you sure have an eye for beauty. :)

  • Marsi
    March 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Aw, poor pup! Get well soon Murray!

  • Alexandra
    April 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    What a lucky boy to have so much love and care coming to him. My dog has been recovering from something (different, horrible, won’t get into it) for the past 6 weeks and I just wanted to say that we’ve seen improvements in her health and demeanor each day and I’m sure you will too with Murray. Hang in there all of you!

  • brand-eye
    April 20, 2009 at 10:38 am

    oh poor pup!! i hope he recovers well.
    our dog had that surgery when he was 1, and just had surgery on his other leg to fix a torn ACL. and now he has another luxating patella on the knee they just fixed the torn ACL! it’s not fun, we can’t decide what to do :-(

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  • emily
    April 27, 2010 at 1:11 am

    What kind of dog is Murray? He is great looking and I’m looking for a new puppy!