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Remy, the author's German wirehaired pointer, wears a protective cone to keep him from licking an incision caused by a recent surgery to remove pieces of a tube sock from his stomach and intestine. Tyler Shoberg / West Fargo Pioneer

Some very inopportune dog owner heartbreak

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Devastated, crushed, completely demoralized; pick an adjective to describe pure melancholy and it probably fits the bill.

"He'll be laid up six weeks," the veterinarian said, "minimum."

By my rudimentary math calculations, that's more than a month. Forty-two days of watching, waiting, and praying there are no more surprises; no more setbacks.

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