Shepherd, 4, author of multi-million selling GSD Rescue, From Rags to Royal Cannin and the smash-hit sequel Settling In: The Story of a Shepherd in Pastures New was taken for attention to his right front paw this week after sustaining undisclosed injuries.
Jack Shepherd was not available for comment today at his £120 luxury kennel, agent Nick Palmerley refused to answer reporters’ questions and we’re having great difficulty cracking his voicemail.
A spokesman at the Betty Ford Veterinary Clinic near the writer’s North Yorkshire home said: “We can confirm that Mr Shepherd attended on Tuesday evening with a minor injury. Our client received a light sedative and a small procedure was performed. He left in good spirits the same evening and thanked the surgical team and attending nurses for their attention. He is progressing well and there is no reason for concern.”
The spokesman would not be drawn on the nature of the injury, but a clinic insider said: “Jack ripped open his right front dew claw whilst chasing a cat in the garden. The claw was removed and the area cleaned. He’s fine and was sitting up joking with 2 labradors and a chihuahua an hour later. He was an absolute gentleman – just like an ordinary dog really.”
A passer-by who fancied a few quid and says he saw Shepherd leave added: “he walked calmly out to the waiting car with his chauffeur, jumped in the back and was driven off. You’d never have thought there was anything wrong.”
If true, this wouldn’t be the first time that Shepherd has encountered difficulties with cats. Last year police dog sources report that he was cautioned for chasing a cat across the garden from the pond down to the vegetable patch, and in front of the conservatory to the fence where it made a lucky and nimble escape.
Celebrity vet’ Trude Mostue didn’t say: “Dew claw injuries are relatively easy to sort, they just need trimming off and as long as the owners keep the area clean bathing with salt water twice daily, the claw should recover in a couple of weeks.”
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