Doctor, last night he was FINE! I let him outside, and he was out there for a while in our fenced-in yard. Nothing can get to him out there. He was out there for a while and then when he came back in, he was like this.Pretty typical, really. So, I told this dog's person that I'd like him to see a surgeon, as I wouldn't be able to fix this here at VBB Satellite Office. She looked at me, apparently shocked beyond my expectation, and remarked "Well! Someone's going to have to pay for THAT!"
Now, I am not known in my social or professional circles for having any real degree of tact. I try to be sensitive to people's needs, but generally I say it like it is for better or for worse. So I replied "yes! Someone is going to have to pay for that, and I expect that someone will be you!." She was quick to correct me. "Oh no, this wasn't MY fault! I didn't do this to him!" and I explained that I in no way intended to confer blame on her, but simply financial responsibility for her pet. She reiterated that since she wasn't culpable, she was not going to pay, and she would be contacting the breeder because the breeder had never informed her that this type of injury could occur to a dog who was "just out playing in the yard."
I'm pleased to report that, in the end, the dog received the care that he needed. I have no idea who is paying for the care, though.