Whilst out pheasant shooting on Saturday, I shot a bird that flopped over a ridge in the grass field alongside the one I was walking up. My dog set off like a rocket, sensing a runner, and she cleared the sheepnetting fence with ease, and shortly after reappeared with my bird, and jumped the fence on her way back. Seemed a drama-free retrieve. Job done.
.....unfortunately I've just returned from the vet after parting with a lump of cash to have a wound on her inner thigh stitched up. The fence wasn't just sheepnetting, it had strand of barbed on the top that wasn't visible initially as it had sagged to the level of the top of the sheepnetting, and Brock (my dog) had snagged herself on it, perhaps having her vision obscured by the bird in her mouth as she returned.
It wasn't a 'leg hanging off' gaping wound, but it was deep, and awkwardly placed, being near the top of her inner left thigh - stitches required.
Why is she lucky? A bit deeper and it could have punctured her femoral artery, and that wouldn't have been good news.....
(....and before anyone starts throwing rocks, my routine is to sit her on approaching a fance/wall/whatever, cover the top with my game bag, and assist her to avoid any legs getting stuck, etc unless it is a lowish obstacle, as she's a fair sized dog and a very good jumper; in this instance, the fence was low enough to appear not to be any cause for concern).
Cautionary tale: my dog is fine, I'm a bit poorer - but it could have been a whole lot different. Be careful with your dogs chaps!