Last night we were taking a walk around the block with Annie. We had her harness on her because she doesn’t like other dogs. She usually growls and then walks on. There were no dogs out, as usual. We walked on the next street over halfway down the street. Annie contorted and wiggled and somehow got herself out of her harness.
She immediately ran back up the street to where a very large dog always barks at her as we pass. Both my spouse and I have feet issues and I was walking with my cane. He ran as best he could to get Annie. She had her nose under the chain link fence in an instant and the dog grabbed her face and was biting and shaking her.
We were screaming. The owner came out and was screaming at her dog. We got Annie away and her face had a great deal of blood. We immediately came home and I gently washed her face. I could see lacerations. I called the vet’s office and their message machine referred me to an emergency clinic.
I called the clinic and they said they were only taking animals at death’s door. The bleeding had stopped and I figured I would have to wait until the morning. I slept by Annie all night. She woke in the morning with a swollen part on her mouth. She wasn’t interested in eating.
I called the vet and they informed me that they had no appointments until next week. I was very upset to say the least. I called around until I found a vet who would see her this morning. They got her in and I had to drop her off without contact. Luckily the vet tech asked lot of questions and I also wrote a long note explaining what I wanted looked at.
She was in surgery for over three hours. She has multiple stitches inside her mouth and on her muzzle. She looks so sad. She has pain meds and antibiotics and a cone for two weeks. She may have nerve damage. She may still lose 5 teeth. She cannot play fetch, eat hard food, or run around. This is going to be hard on her.
I had to remove the doggie doors because she cannot go in and out of them with the cone. I will sleep on the couch with her bed nearby because she is not supposed to do the stairs. She had some soft food tonight with her meds inside. Happily she ate it all instantly.
I am not in a frame of mind to do blogging right now. I am too worried about my Annie. She is in bad shape. I shall give her all my attention and care right now.
I will miss the support and care from here.
Better times will come.