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Old June 21, 2017, 16:51   #1
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My dog drowned yesterday

I have a 20 lb 5 yo border terrier. He loves the water, great swimmer, but being a terrier likes to bite at the water he splashes up,,, usually gags a bit and stops doing that.

Everyday in our hot summer months, late in the day I take him down to the river at the fishing access.
Long paved road visible the whole way. So I can see any other vehicles or other dogs. Usually none. He bails out at the top of the road and runs down the road sprinkling every clump of grass with his message. I follow behind in the truck, with my sore feet after standing on them all day.

At the boat launch, sand, no concrete he wades in, does his routine, exits and we continue on.

Yesterday, he stuck his foot in, waded in and did his barking biting and waded out. I was in the truck 50 ft away, window down but didn't see him get out because the water is high and the spring grass obscured seeing it.

I waited 30 seconds, but didn't see him coming up the ramp. But I did see a small partially submerged log at the ramp that wasn't there before. It was dusk and hard to see detail. The water is slow moving, calm and has an eddy right there so stuff floats upstream near the bank. I was looking at the 'log' when it rolled over. My 1st thought is it was a trash fish spawning in the muddy shallow water, but got out to call the dog and take a look.

Only when I got to the water's edge did I realize the log was my dog, Mr Bumkins. Lifeless, head dragging the bottom of the river and covered in black mud.
1st though was some poisonous snake bit him, but we really don't have them here.
But how could he drown in 2 ft of calm water??
Waded in, pulled him out. Completely lifeless. Turned him upside down opened his mouth and squeezed his chest a couple of times to pump out the water, but that didn't do anything.

Put him on the bank, head slightly downhill and starting giving mouth to muzzle. Saw that the air was just going through his nose and out his closed mouth and blowing out water, so I closed his mouth while blowing and opened it when I expelled his chest.
20 puffs into it, I looked into his dead eyes and thought he was done, but kept at it. At about 40 puffs, he started to breath on his own. Eventually he sort of came to, shaking, weak, and in a total daze.
I kept expecting him to cough up water, but he never did. After 10 minutes or so, I got him walking, wobbly. Instantly took a 2nd poop, must have been from the stress.

An hour later he was weak, still shaking and wheezing with every breath. And had blood in his urine.
Took him into the pet emergency hospital 65 miles away, they looked him all over and started him on so mega horse pill sized antibiotics to counter the muddy dirty water and eventual lung infection.
Vet said he didn't have water in his lungs but moisture, and that pumping his lungs would only cause more stress.
Said the blood in the urine was probably just stress and would hopefully clear up.

Bumkins didn't get much sleep last night, he couldn't comfortably lie down and was hard, short breathing. Today he is much better, can lie down and did some lying out in the hot sun, drying out. Still not feeling so good and not eating anything.

After a couple more tainted ones, his pee cleared up.

Will never know, but I think he was gagging, and got mired in the downstream mud and panicked. He was covered in black mud, the water at the shore was all muddy it is usually clear so he must have had a epic struggle.

The whole thing was surreal, and NOW I see how some kid can drown in an instant of a parent not paying complete attention.

Good thing there was an eddy there, or he would have floated downstream, out of view and I would have never know what happened to him.







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Old June 21, 2017, 16:58   #2
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Glad he's still alive. What an ordeal.
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Old June 21, 2017, 17:01   #3
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Old June 21, 2017, 17:01   #4
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Hope he gets well. The main curse for a terrier is that he is a terrier. They just do different stuff. Mine has some weird habits too, one of which may kill him some day. But, that is what terriers do.
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Old June 21, 2017, 17:10   #5
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Old June 21, 2017, 17:20   #6
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Do you think he knocked himself out and then went under? Hope he gets well soon
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Old June 21, 2017, 17:28   #7
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Now that's a cool story. I bet your best friend just got bester!
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Buy him a stock tank and let him stick with that.

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Old June 21, 2017, 18:03   #9
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Praying for a complete recovery amigo.
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Old June 21, 2017, 18:22   #10
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Holy crap! you saved his life! What a great story. Now you have to change his name. Lucky! Lucky he's alive...
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Old June 21, 2017, 18:25   #11
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I am also very glad that all has worked out so far.

I wish you both the best outcome as it all finally shakes out...

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Old June 21, 2017, 18:34   #12
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Old June 21, 2017, 18:37   #13
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Glad he is gonna be alright. Are you back in Montana or still in the Portland area/Columbia River?
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Old June 21, 2017, 18:41   #14
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Juanni, thank God for knowing what to do. Mr. Bumpkins has a great owner. All the best to both of you and keep us posted until you think he is 100% again.~ss family
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Amazing story, J. He's a lucky dog, lucky he had you there. I'd say no more untethered swims for that puppy.
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Old June 21, 2017, 19:49   #16
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This is the first time I did a complete 180 on someone's experiences
I am glad this had a great ending as I forsaw the latter
Real glad things worked out , I hope your friend is not plagued with complications from this
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Old June 21, 2017, 19:52   #17
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Good job saving your pup! A speedy recovery for him (and you)!

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is this all true???

The FAL files wonders. I'm starting to hope he found Jesus and can find a woman. Juanni seems to have a softer side lately.
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Old June 21, 2017, 20:06   #19
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Holy crap....glad your dog came back. Did he talk to Jesus?
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Old June 21, 2017, 20:36   #20
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Thanks Fellas for all the well wishes!!

I think he will make a full recovery, I was kind of worried about brain damage not knowing how long he was without air, but he seems fully coordinated, and still sharp as a tack (the smartest guy in Billyville lb for lb), obeys commands, knows the old drill etc,,hears well, just moving a bit slow.
Finally got him to eat a full meal tonight.
Even half dead he still mustered the stamina to chase down and tree a chipmunk at full speed late in the day.


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Hope he gets well. The main curse for a terrier is that he is a terrier. They just do different stuff. Mine has some weird habits too, one of which may kill him some day. But, that is what terriers do.
Yeah, when he disappeared and was quite I expected to find him rolling in some semi decomposed fish rotting on the bank or eating trash food that someone had left behind.
You know little boys when it is quite, they are up to something.
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Do you think he knocked himself out and then went under? Hope he gets well soon
I really have no idea, and he isn't saying.
The whole thing was just very freak accident.
How does a dog that has swam across that river, 75 yards and back in the past drown in 2-3 ft of calm water 10 ft from shore?


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Glad he is gonna be alright. Are you back in Montana or still in the Portland area/Columbia River?
Back in MT for the summer. Working on the property and projects, but not the house. Doing only stuff I can do by myself and not hiring anyone.


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Holy crap....glad your dog came back. Did he talk to Jesus?
I think he was briefly in border terrier heaven, where there is a chipmunk, squirrel or packrat behind every rock.
He looked awful serene.



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Old June 21, 2017, 20:37   #21
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Unbelievable Juanni ! great job. they usually don't pull through from this kind of ordeal. keep the antibiotics up 10 days, add a second if you have access or can.. Was it a hot day?
Heat stress could be contributing factor before he went in the water.
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So glad it went the way it did. Keep a close eye on him for dry drowning...look it up.
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Unbelievable Juanni ! great job. they usually don't pull through from this kind of ordeal. keep the antibiotics up 10 days, add a second if you have access or can.. Was it a hot day?
Heat stress could be contributing factor before he went in the water.
Yes, unseasonably warm.
He has a lot of hair and really doesn't like hot weather.
So on hot days he usually just lays around in the yard, sometimes laying out in the hot gravel (like some mad englishman), and then moving over to the shade.
I have a big yard, lots of trees, shade and sun and he pretty much does what he wants.
Always has a bowl of fresh water available.

That is why at the end of the day I like to take him out for some exercise.
But it was at dusk and had cooled down, but who knows?
The whole thing was just very weird.



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Old June 21, 2017, 20:55   #24
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Juanni for the win. Good job on saving Mr. Bumkins - I'm very thankful you had good skills and that the Big Guy wasn't ready for Mr. Bumkins yet.

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Glad you didn't give up on him "lil j". Really happy Mr Bumkins will be around for a long time!

Reread that and it doesn't quite say what I intended....Great job on giving Mr. Bumkins the assist he needed to hang around and keep the chipmonks at bay
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Old June 21, 2017, 21:18   #27
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Man I didn't see the happy ending coming, I was fairly upset reading that, so damn happy you brought him back, that's incredible!!! Extra treats when he's back up to %100!
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Are you sure your dog is not part cat?? I have heard that sometimes cats have multiple lives, like nine of them......
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HE LIVED!!!!! Man, reading this I was getting depressed and then.... !!!!!!!! Hell yes!
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Old June 21, 2017, 21:58   #30
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Old June 21, 2017, 23:28   #31
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Excellent story!! More of these please!!
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Juanni for the win. Good job on saving Mr. Bumkins - I'm very thankful you had good skills and that the Big Guy wasn't ready for Mr. Bumkins yet.

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......... this sums up my thoughts well. Glad you were there for him, bloody mutts have a way of worming into your heart...
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This is a great story and could be made into a hit movie,,, and call it "Attaboy juanni".
The dog could probably play himself but who would play juanni,,, or to be more succinct want to ?
This kind of a story makes me want a tail to wag.
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The gate was down at the Rainbow Bridge, thankfully.

Good save, man!

Carry on, Mr Bumkins.
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Old June 22, 2017, 06:45   #35
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Sorry Juanni, I hope the little guy is doing well.

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Wow,,,glad to hear there was a happy ending...

My golden.is a strong swimmer and loves the water, any water,,,even a mud puddle will do...lol
Still, she wears a flotation vest when we're out on the boat for the day. Makes a big difference how long she can stay in without tiring and me worrying...
Were both pretty happy with the 'outward hound' vest, at like $30. Its cheap insurance...
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I am very glad u were there to save mr bumpkins
Great effort buddy
We lose our dog family too soon anyway
Congrats on the save
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I admit that I didn't have the courage to read this until this morning - the title put me off.

Glad now that I did!

Juanni - you have done a good one here.

Those of us who have been adopted by a "fur kid" understand.
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"Mr. Bumkins" did a good job of picking an owner. Congrats to you both!
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You two are very fortunate to have each other. Great job J! I'm going to show this to my wife. We are both animal lovers.
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Glad now that I did!
I didn't want to read the story either. Glad to have found your happy ending.

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How is he this morning?
He is doing great!
Moves a little slower than usual, and a bit harder breathing. The vet believed a lung infection was virtually assured. And I would think his ribs would be sore from all my pumping.
So he is eating and drinking as normal and occasionally has a short, dry hacking, gacking episode. But whatever flem or whatever he coughs up, he swallows so I don't see what it is. The vet said that is what would be coming, so I am not worried.

The meds are for 10 days and I am taking him in monday to see his regular vet.

Mr Bumkins isn't allowed on my bed, but after his life after death I have allowed him to sleep on my bed to monitor his breathing....... I think he is already starting to milk his new patient privilege.



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Mr Bumkins isn't allowed on my bed, but after his life after death I have allowed him to sleep on my bed to monitor his breathing....... I think he is already starting to milk his new patient privilege.
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Old June 22, 2017, 12:10   #49
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That was an emotional roller coaster. I can't even imagine what it was like on your end. Great to see that he pulled through.

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Mr Bumkins isn't allowed on my bed, but after his life after death I have allowed him to sleep on my bed to monitor his breathing....... I think he is already starting to milk his new patient privilege.
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Old June 22, 2017, 13:24   #50
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Good ending!
The great spirit of all, gave him more time.
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