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Dogs Name: Kip, Capri (RIP)
Titles: Kip Mr. Behavior; Capri Mis-Behavior, DS#15
Dogs Age: 10 years Dec. 15, 2005, 7 years Dec. 14, 2008--January 20, 2016
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Playground Equipment and a Scare
If I am walking my dogs around a playground and no one is around, I often take each dog up on the equipment--the newer type where everything is plastic coated, with gentle steps, a couple of platforms, a swinging bridge (swinging in theory) and maybe a yellow plastic slide or two. We climb the stairs, bounce lightly on the bridge (checking first for the possibility of pinched toes), and go from platform to platform--I've even been down a slide or two with Capri if it looks doable. Every playground is built just a little bit differently with different materials and different designs, and I figure it teaches them to be adaptable on new surfaces.
Never had a problem, though Capri did unexpectedly go DOWN a climbing wall once (no impulse control is her middle name).
The last one I went on had the usual plastic coated metal platforms, but the platforms and steps had regular little holes, each perhaps a little larger than 1/2 inch in diameter (maybe even 3/4 inch), all over. I didn't even notice really; Capri and I just went right on up.
On the way down, she charged down the steps and one of her toes got STUCK in one of the holes--the whole nail and pad of her front foot's outside toe squeezed through the hole and the sides of the hole gripped the thinner part of the toe above that like a vise. The part of her toe that had slid through the hole seemed bigger than the hole was!
She started screaming, and I almost did, but I grabbed her around her midriff and chest real fast to keep her from twisting and pulling, and--TG--my son was with me and went underneath the stairs to squeeze her toe back out of the hole. How I would have managed had I been alone doesn't even bear thinking about.
I was surpised to see, after all that screaming from the girl, that she was absolutely sound--not a trace of a limp or bruise.
I feel so stupid.
Last edited by melbrod; 07-22-2013 at 05:58 PM.