We’re back. Late Tuesday night Karen and I flew into lovely Luton and were greeted by the kind of cool and fresh weather we’ve really missed.
Our last few days in Dahab did not quite work out as we’d anticipated. We dropped out of the diving course after realizing that we were not enjoying it. In part this was that, although Karen was now officially on holiday, work still interfered.
One evening we were called out to look at a ‘Bedouin dog’ whose left hind foot was badly mangled. Karen soon decided that the foot (virtually split into 2, with bones sticking out) could not be saved. The choice then is simple – you put the dog to sleep, or you try to amputate.
Karen, Karin (AWD) and local vet Dr Amira made the decision: amputation. Although it was the foot that was damaged, the amputation had to be done in the middle of the thigh, to prevent the dog from attempting to walk on a remaining stump. Although conditions were not ideal (especially regarding instruments and anaesthetics), the room in Dr Amira’s shop was cool, which was a blessing. Dr Amira gave Karen a hand, while I did my best to monitor the anaesthetics. This was also an educational exercise, as Dr Amira had not performed a successful amputation before. It was hard work, using small clippers to cut through the bone, and it was bloody too, but eventually Karen sewed up the wound and we carried the dog to Karin’s car, warning her that she could be in for a difficult night.
The next day we heard that the dog seemed to be doing well. The following day we went to Karin, who lives in a wadi, to check progress. Karin keeps a lot of dogs, and we were amazed to see ‘our’ dog mingling with them, looking fit and healthy only 30-odd hours after losing a leg. It never ceases to amaze us how quickly these guys adapt, and simply get on with it. We left him with Karin in the safe knowledge that he will be fine. As the original ‘owner’ (owner, in this area, is a very loose term), a Bedouin, will not want him back, Karin will find a new home for him. Another positive outcome.
From this side he looks like any other dog…
…but from another angle, all is revealed. The wound is healing fast and well.
Over the next few days I’ll post some other photos from Dahab.