Injured Reserve

Putting a player on the injured reserve means that a member of your team has to take some time off to heal.  Well, guess who has damaged her cranial cruciate ligament in her left rear knee?


I didn’t mean to, hu-dad.

Yes, the one and only Queen Natasha the Evil has damaged the ligament.  We are consulting with an orthopedic surgeon for treatment options, but are currently under lots of crate rest and some pain medication.  And, the worst of all, no hikes.

QNTE promises to be a most grumpy patient, but our goal is to back to this by the time snow flies around here (which is, believe it or not, just a couple of months away).

Full speed ahead

Full speed ahead!

P.S. – As you can imagine, the hu-dad is doing lots of reading about cranial cruciate ligament damage in dogs.  If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments.  We will share our own findings and results so others can learn from them.


  1. Dennis the Vizsla on September 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    hello natasha its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am sorry to heer yoo ar on the injurd list!!! shoorly wun of yore minyuns cud do the krayt rest on yore behaff tho rite??? ok bye

  2. Carolyn on September 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Our boy, Nikko, tore both his CCLs. The first time was when he was two years old, the other tore 18 months later. We opted for the TPLO surgery because he was young and still very active, plus he’s 70+ pounds. A board certified surgeon did both the surgeries, and Nikko got through both of them with no problems (other than discovering he can’t have NSAIDS). He actually healed freakishly fast after his second surgery. I’m not sure if it’s because we had the surgery done almost immediately after he tore it that second time, or if it was the musculoskeletal support supplements I’d been giving him. Maybe both. I was told that the sooner you get the surgery done after the injury, the better. It reduces healing time and also lessens the severity of arthritis that can set in around the injury. About a week or two after the surgery, he was cleared for physical therapy. So he spent time on the underwater treadmill (which really helped expend some of his energy from being confined for so long), and he had some laser therapy. I also applied an ice pack to his leg several times a day for a while, to help reduce swelling since he couldn’t take anti-inflammatory drugs. It took about 4 months before he was given the okay to go hiking. Yeah, the recovery time (and expense) sucked, but to see Nikko running and jumping and playing again makes it all totally worth it! Good luck!

  3. Turbo on September 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Will she be applying for a medical red shirt?

  4. The Painter Pack on September 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Oh no!!! We will be praying and praying for a speedy an really fast recovery for the Queen!!!

    Mya Boo Boo
    The Painter Pack

  5. Miley's Daily Scoop on September 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Awww, we are sorry to hear this! Hope your recovery is quick!

  6. Kenneth Pierson on September 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Gah hit enter too soon, Time for the little prince’s ascension, the queen can’t stop him now!!! MUWHAHAHAHA

  7. Kenneth Pierson on September 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Sounds like its time for the little prince’s ascension.

  8. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady on September 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Oh no! I wish I had some info for you, but I don’t know to much about this stuff.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  9. Sam on September 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Oh poor girl!

    We haven’t had a dog with that particular injury, but I’ve read quite a few blogs who have had personal experience. I’m hoping they’ll be able to share their experiences.

    Good luck!

    Monty and Harlow

  10. houndstooth on September 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I don’t have personal experience, but it might be something that cold laser therapy could help with, at least in the pain relief department. I know it can help for ACL injuries. I hope The Queen is feeling much better soon!

  11. The OP Pack on September 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

    We are so sorry to hear about Natasha’s injury. If you want some advice from a Mom who has lots of experience with this, check into If you need their email, contact the Momster and she will give it to you. We hope Natasha’s recovery goes very well.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  12. Sylv on September 4, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Poor QNTE, and poor you! Our girl had this happen last year. We opted for the non-surgical route first. Here is a link to her story on our holistic vet’s page:

    Good luck and quick healing

  13. Sea Wolf on September 4, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Awwww. Poor Natasha. Hope you throw this by Sibernet too if you haven’t already. Partner of mine had the surgery done to one of his sibes. It’s involved and the recovery is lengthy and the patient needs help walking for a while too. I do hope that being grounded is all she needs.

    • Sea Wolf on September 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Mishka and Bear also send some woo wooos of get well wishes and some extra treats.

  14. Mom 'n Ice on September 4, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Mom sez: I’m so sorry about QNTE being laid up — I don’t imagine it’s easy for her to have to relinquish control for any length of time. Whenever I have a problem with Ice (and Ayla) I go to Dr. Karen Becker’s website, and she is usually able to give me the answer. Maybe try here. Hope “Tasha” recovers soon.

    Dr. Becker

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