BruceandtheBuachaille

A few of you have been in touch to ask how Bruce is doing. Because of a horrible bacterial infection (which was beginning to affect the bones in his foot) he had his thumb amputated a week ago. The wound seems to be healing up well, and since our vets sent his thumb away for microbiology, we’ve discovered the exact nature of the infection. He’s now on an antibiotic that will hopefully finally clear it up. I won’t share a picture of him at the moment (he’s a bit sorry for himself in his cone) but here is a happy shot of him in front of the Buachaille, during one of our photoshoots for the last book.

Tom and I are both much better and hope you are enjoying the festive season. I’ll be back shortly with a look back at the past (very exciting) year, and a wee look forward to the next one!

89 thoughts on “a note for friends of Bruce

  1. My friend’s lab had a similar foot infection. Heal well Bruce! My lemon-of-a-pug (two foreleg surgeries, one broken hip, one eye surgery (keeping the eye for now)) stands (despite it all) in solidarity with you.

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  2. Glad to hear Bruce is doing better. And a comment on the new blog format: I may have missed this, but I am finding it hard to get to “the bottom of the page” to “turn” it or leave a comment. On a particularly commented-on entry, it takes a long time! Is there an easier way to manipulate entries that I’m missing? Thanks–

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  3. Dear Bruce,

    So sorry to hear you’re wearing the cone of shame. Be sure to ram your humans’ shins with it often, and you’ll feel better. I wore one after my knee surgery – I had torn a tendon, but now I run around as well as ever. Get well soon!

    Your friend,
    Rudy

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  4. So sorry to hear about poor Bruce’s troubles, and VERY glad he is on the mend. Please give him a kiss and some skritches from Seattle. Best wishes for the New Year!

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  5. So glad Sweet Bruce is doing better 😊. It hard on us human patents when our fur babies are under the weather. Best for the new year!!

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  6. All the best to you! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, you have inspired all of us. Looking forward to reading your blog in 2016!

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  7. Hello Bruce from Grizzabella. Even though I am a cat, I still wish you well. The cone is the worst. When I was a kitten, I mistook a cactus plant for a stuffed toy. I ended up with cactus needles in my belly and had to go to there vet EMERGENTLY. I was in a cone for three days and the rustling noise it made frightened my sister Elsa so she kept hissing at me. Talk about adding insult to injury. Anyway, get well soon, and I look forward to your next blog post.

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  8. Poor Bruce, poor you. So glad you are all on the road to recovery. May the new year bring health and happiness, and lots of gloves on the trail.

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  9. My 3 labs and I are sending healing prayers to Bruce from the Carolinas. Can’t wait to see him back out on the beautiful Highlands again. Cheers to a healthy and happy New Year!

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  10. I do consider myself a friend of Bruce and am so glad to hear that the news is not so bad. I was quite fearful for a moment there. I hope you all are feeling 100% soon.

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  11. We have found manuka honey spread thinly on infection helps also, it needs to be the proper stuff ( we in nz hope you can get it in Scotland) . Anyway it cleared up a very nasty post infection wound very quickly. Nothing else had worked, might be worth a try for Bruce. All wellness and happiness to all of you, Ann

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  12. A kiss for Bruce’s poor foot from across the sea. Do you know Henry le Chat Noir? Perhaps he is Bruce’s polar opposite. Henri says even though he has no opposable thumbs, he yet opposes everything. I think that Bruce, though now lacking a thumb, eagerly anticipates everything life & his family bring his way. Happy Hogmanay to all!

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  13. I am so glad everyone is doing well! Hopefully Bruce won’t be in the cone of shame very long, I was dreading reading your post fearing it was bad new, so glad it wasn’t terrible news!
    May the new year bring health, happiness and all things woolly and wonderful!!

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  14. Mate! Tough times indeed… sounds to me it won’t be long before those rabbits in the hills will be living in fear again! Till then The Woodster aka Woody sends his best!

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  15. I hope Bruce heals thoroughly and quickly. Those cones are awful for EVERYONE! We discovered the “donut of despair” (an inflatable life-preserver type ring that attaches to the dog’s collar) worked very well and was much easier for our lab, Olive, to negotiate around the furniture, in and out of her crate, and through the dog door. It was also much gentler on the backs of our knees!
    Thank you, Kate, Tom and Bruce for the past year’s inspiration. The Best is Yet to Come! Happy New Year.
    kim

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  16. Aaaw poor Bruce! hugs to all of you. Our pup, a cocker spaniel, had a terrible time with his cone. We replaced it with a blow up travel cushion pinned around his neck – much better as it can be inflated to just the right tightness to prevent him from reaching but comfortable enough to walk & sleep with! But then again, the wound was on his nether regions and Bruce’s is on his front paw? Maybe it will work for Bruce too:) Hope it heals quickly & completely!

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  17. Maia/Aussie sends her very best wishes to Bruce for a speedy recovery. Maia recently was confined to a leash due to an injury. She counsels Bruce that if a leash happens to him, that usually means life is getting slowly better and not the reverse. So stay hopeful! Free runs are a’coming.

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  18. Hi Kate,
    Hope you’re feeling all better yourself now and ohh poor Bruce, I’m so glad to hear he’s on the mend…our own boy Bernard had to have a lump removed from his paw and our vet rang us late Christmas Eve with the results, sadly not the news we wanted…for now we’re trying to stay positive and spoiling him something rotten. Huge hugs and behind the ear scratches for Bruce x

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  19. So glad to hear that Bruce is on the mend and that you & Tom are recovered from your troubles as well. Certainly calls for a special bone for Bruce and Tom’s yummy cakes & a wee dram for the two of you on New Year’s Eve. Hugs to you all for the New Year!

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  20. So relieved that the source of your woes has been discovered, Bruce! Won’t be long now and the blasted cone will be but a memory. And very glad that your humans are also on the mend. All of you will be starting the new year in fine fettle, I hope! Cheers and Happy New Year from the rainy Pacific Northwest!
    Liz in Seattle

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  21. Hellow, Bruce, please be good while wearing the cone of shame! Your humans have been having a tough time as well. Hope all of you are well for the New Year.

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  22. Sounds like everyone is feeling better ~ Yea! Hugs for Bruce (good you didn’t post a pix of him in one of those cones – he’d be SO embarrassed!) Happy Holidays!

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  23. Ooo…Bruce…I hope you fully recover very soon! Me myself am getting verry old now. Can’t make long walks any more and I’m loosing my fur, beeing a labby its rather sad… I hope you can make long walks again in a couple of weeks. Paw,Colin🐾

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  24. I’m so glad to hear all of you are getting better! Thanks for the Bruce update. I agree with the commenter that he needs extra cuddles from his internet friends.

    Happy New Year!

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  25. I am so glad Bruce is receiving such good treatment and care. How wonderful you are! Cones too shall pass. Looking forward, as always, to your next post and sending all best wishes for the New Year.

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  26. Glad to hear Bruce is on the mend!!

    After seeing him in all his handsomeness – he has a twin living in Hamilton ON — named Levi!

    Best wishes to you all for 2016!

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  27. Nothing like Microbiology to find the correct antibiotic!! YEA I am so pleased. Thank you for letting us know. He is such a sweet dogger!!

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  28. Oh how worrying… I’m so glad a solution has been found and hope that the antibiotics will do the trick and he can get rid of his cone soonest. Happy New Year to all three of you, best wishes, Caroline

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  29. Our Doberman had a toe surgically removed and once it healed up, she still ran like a big dog for years. Hoping the same will be true for Bruce. HEAL, Bruce! Happy to hear you and Tom are on the mend, too.

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  30. Very happy to hear that Bruce will be on the mend with the new medication. Glad you and Tom are better too. I’m enjoying the book and Tom’s recipes, debating which to try. Snowy and messy here (Very northern NY). Winter finally arrived in a big way. Might cast on for a bunnet hat too.
    Best wishes for the new year!

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  31. Hey Bruce, Kate and Tom,

    Bruce glade to here you on the mend! Remember, those Cute Little Lasses Ya Chase, all love a strong braw Beastie like yourself and nothing shows that better than a few “War Wounds”. They do love to nurse Braw Warriors like yourself. I know your feeling a bit down and on the frustrated side, perhaps Kate will fix you some tatties sprinkled with a bit of cheese. We can hardly wait till you up and running around. Make sure Kate and Tom behave as well and get plenty of rest, or else you’ll tell the fine Doc. to fit them with collars as well…LOL! Our Best From Your Friends Across the Water!

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  32. I love the miracle of modern medicine and antibiotics! Sending healing thoughts to Bruce that the antibiotics will do the job and that he might get back to his search for g(love).

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  33. Ooh nasty and difficult, what a shame for Bruce. Now all the best for Bruce and congratulations to yourselves for remaining so caring in long and trying times! Take care.

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  34. Awww poor Bruce. I hope he has a nice treat to make himself feel better.
    Glad you guys are feeling better. Give Bruce an extra cuddle from all his internet friends.

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