Minnesota veterinarian Mike Shirley surgically removed a 2-foot-long, 1.5-inch-thick stick lodged in the abdominal muscle of a sweet-natured Labrador retriever mix named Willow. Her owner, Annette Olson, isn't sure how the stick became lodged but suspects the hills and wooded areas on her 120-acre property contributed. "She's a very lucky dog, that it went along the muscle layer and did not angle further," Dr. Shirley said. "If that went into the abdomen, you'd have major issues."
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