Charka was missing for 5 days. He came back very thin and very hungry and likely dehydrated. Obviously he had not eaten while he was missing. I checked him over carefully and saw some bites and missing fur, but nothing really major. I gave him a shot of long acting penicillin and let him stay in the porch as much as he wanted to, so he would not tangle with anything again. Harley came home that night Charka was missing, but with a terrible bite or slash wound to his foreleg. It is mostly healed now. Charka was not so lucky.
For the first while Charka was basically Charka, wagging his tail and following me at heel around while I did the chores. I checked him every day, smelled him, in case he had a wound that was infecting, but he was fine.
But then, a couple of days ago, his fur around his throat was wet. I checked him again and was shocked! He had a 3 inch deep gash opening up. It looked like a clean cut, as though some one had taken a sharp knife and slit his throat a bit, but there was no blood.
Then yesterday the gash opened right up and it was about 2 inches into his flesh under his jaw and went clean around his neck. I am not familiar with devices that would cause this and asked my hunter friend, who immediately said he was caught in a snare trap. How he got out, I don't know, because if someone approached Charka, he would have torn them apart. Maybe that is how he got the gash.
Charka can be tied up, so he was used to the feeling of something restraining him around the throat. But if a person came near, he would have desperately pulled away. Maybe that was his demise. He would have torn that person apart if he could not get away. Charka is that sort of dog. He is a teddy bear, so sweet natured and very gentle, but he cannot be made to do something he does not want to do. He is very wary and suspicious of things. And he has an uncanny ability to know when something is up.
I tried to get him into the truck, but that dog , who is normally at my side, took off and was nowhere to be seen. Today, my son got a livestock trailer and brought it over, but Charka would not go near it. I called two vets. Neither of the closer vets will come out for a dog. The vet in Vermillion said she would come out and sedate him should I not be successful getting him loaded, but the cost is very much. It is travel time and her hourly rate.
And Charka needs surgery. The skin and flesh that is cut is rotting and needs to be removed, then he needs to be stitched. The stitches will have to be self dissolving stitches or I will face the same ordeal trying to load him to get him back to the vet's . The cost will be astronomical, but I am not the sort to even consider shooting my friend. I know he would give his life for me protecting me from a predator. Would I not give him his life?
A rescue organization is trying to find someone to come and help load him, possibly sedate him first. If that fails, I will have no choice but to ask the vet to come out and sedate and load Charka. Maybe I should start a gofund Charka ? At any rate, he needs your intentions and prayers. Please think kind and happy thoughts for his complete recovery. Please.