Just back from the vet-bad news, now hopeful news. Annie was limping yesterday, and today, wouldn't put weight on her back leg at all. I took her to the vet after work, and he felt that her hip was probably broken. It is VERY icy in the yard, and I'm guessing she slipped.
It was too late in the day to give her anesthesia for the x-ray, so he gave her a shot of pain meds, and let me take her home. She has to go back in the morning for x-rays, and possible surgery.
HOWEVER-he said that it was possible that she just had a bad sprain, and that the pain meds might relax the muscle enough to settle things down, and we would know in the morning. He said that if she started walking on it, we would take a "wait and see" approach.
He was SO good with her. He gave her a quick exam before checking the leg and hip. He confirmed my suscipion that she's almost completely blind. He thanked me several times for adopting her, saying he had a special place in his heart for Aussies. She got her shot, and blood drawn for pre-op testing, and he let us go home.
Annie, all goofy from the pain meds fell asleep in the car. We got home 2 hours later, I carried her in the house, and put her down, and she promplty hopped up and started walking around...on all four legs. I took her outside to do her business, and she ran across the yard. Trying to keep her from running around is going to be my big challenge of the night. Cross your fingers that it's just a sprain!!!!