Dog Bite :(

dog bite

 

Last Saturday, June 1st, my daughter was being lovable as always to our dogs. ¬†She was giving our male dog a good kiss ūüôā ¬†Too bad he isn’t very friendly… ¬†He does growl to let people know to get away when he doesn’t want you in his face. ¬†Well…. someone didn’t listen to him!!

Which ended with a trip to the emergency room. He bit my daughter right there on the face. She started screaming and we came a running…. (Okay she was right inside the patio door and we were on the other side of it…. She had been going back and forth all day as we put furniture together.) She was holding her face and I could just see the blood gathering under her hand… It was horrible! I grabbed a towel to press to her face as my husband took a look. He said he doubted it needed stitches, but we would go to the ER (it WAS a Saturday night).

So we get to the ER and there was no desk or anything to sign in. You had to take a number. When they got to your number you could tell them what your problem was, then have a seat again until they could get you back to the doctor. There were tons of people in front of us with stupid stuff… like turning in stool samples, etc. If she was bleeding to death they never would have known until our number was called!!

Anyway they got us back, took a look at it, cleaned it up and pronounced nothing they could do for it. The dogs bottom teeth went into the underside of her chin (luckily the canines went on either side of her jaw) and the top canines bit right below her eye. One in the corner and the other off the far side. A few more centimeters to the left and it would have been in her eye. I guess right when he bit she either turned her head or he did, because the canine that got in the corner of her eye sort of slit across under her eye and took a little chunk out of the end.

Its been a week now and it’s almost all healed up. She will have a scar, but hopefully it won’t be too noticeable as she ages since she’s so little. At least thats what the doctor said. He gave us some cream to put on it to help it heal and with the scarring, but did say that in the future if the scarring bothered her we could always look into cosmetic surgery. I’m sure it won’t go that far…

As you can see in the picture above she was all brave and happy once again after the bleeding stopped.

Vet visit!

With us preparing to move it has come up that I failed to take the dogs in for their yearly exam and vaccination updates back in February. So a couple weeks ago I called and scheduled them for a visit.

Today was the day I took the dogs to the vet to get their much needed yearly exam (yes I know… its 2 months behind) and OMG!!! I thought it was going to break the bank. Lol! No not really but for some reason I was expecting it to cost less. It was over $180 for the 2 of them! Even with the 10% military discount it was still $165… jeesh!!

Plus I still have to go back in 2-3 weeks to get a booster for one of the shots. Then they each still need one other shot (not required) and their flu shots. Even though they are optional, I would like to keep them up to date so we won’t have any last minute surprises if we need to have the dogs boarded or whatever.

Then once we move I’ll be scheduling them each for blood work to make sure everything is going good. I really wanted to go ahead and do this today but after getting an estimate of what I was already spending, I had to pass on it ūüė¶ Thats also why I didn’t get the optional vaccinations… oh well. Payday is coming up and we’ll go get our boosters and the vaccinations we passed on then.

Hmmm let’s see… Keera has always seemed a bit “weak” in her rear legs, so the vet recommended getting x-rays done to see if she had hip dysplasia and how much muscle loss she has already suffered. She said by looking at her walking and moving around that it appears she has lost some, but not sure how much. It appeared to the vet that she had lost some due due to all of her hair she said it might be even more than we think… If she does have hip dysplasia, then we can get her started on minimizing any future muscle loss as well as look into pain relief options once she gets to that point.

What else was there?? Oh yeah! So I asked about Keeras eyes. Sometimes the white part is quite red and other days its not so bad. She looked at them and said her eye were fine. It seems quite a few dogs in Florida have allergies ūüėõ Also asked about EODs belly button. I have NEVER seen a dog with an outie and he has one. The first time I saw it, I was shocked and thought he had gotten bit and it was swollen but upon further inspection I realized it was where his umbilical cord had been attached. The vet said he just had a small hernia. Probably had it since birth. We can have surgery to fix it but since it doesn’t bother him there is no sense in it. Well unless it ever grows or seems to bother him.

What did we not ask about??
> Keera has gas that could KILL!!
> Keera has breath that smells like she eats road kill on a daily basis
> ???

The vet was wonderful!! I hope when we get to Fort Bragg that our new vet is just as good…. Makes me sad (for the dogs) that we are moving ūüė¶

Chyna

In 2001, we were stationed at Fort Carson, CO and we wanted a dog.  At the time it was my husband, me and we had two daughters under the age of 4.

My husband began looking online at dog pounds, shelters, Humane Societies, etc for the dog he thought might fit in with our family.  As he searched, he found a female dog at a local Humane Society that he thought looked nice.  After reading about her, he decided we would go see her in person.  (Now it was a long time ago and I do not remember the name of the Humane Society we actually went to.. just that it was in Colorado Springs, CO.)

Before going my husband had looked up her breed and she was listed as being an Akita.  According to the internet, Akita dogs were known as Japanese Attack Dogs and not good with people they were not raised with.  I told him he was crazy and we were NOT getting that dog.   we had two small kids and they were not going to be attacked by some dog.

So we get there and as we walked around we looked at all of the dogs. ¬†I have always been a lover of¬†Rottweiler¬†dogs, but my husband could only point out the bad things about their breed. ¬†(Yes I know… rumors!) ¬†then we finally got to Trish (as she was being called at the time). ¬†I was not impressed. ¬†Okay so I was a bit mad because I really wanted the male Rott I had already seen. ¬†He was about 3 years old and perfect (to me). ¬†Anyway… back to Trish. ¬†She was estimated to be about 5 years old and already fixed from her previous owner though they had no information about her previous owner or her story.

My husband asked if he could go in a meeting room with Trish and see how she did. ¬†I told him we would not be going in until after he was attacked (or not). ¬†So we went in. ¬†I sat on the bench with the girls and he went across the room to greet her. ¬†She did fine. ¬†No aggression or anything. ¬†I approached her but stayed back as I would with any strange dog. ¬†She was fine and the girls even petted her while we were there. ¬†Had me so nervous…¬†We left and they put her back in her cage. ¬†We walked around a bit more and still argued over getting the Rott. ¬†In the end we went ahead and began the paperwork process to adopt Trish.

We brought her home on Christmas Eve of 2000 and she became Chyna! ¬†(Yes I know… Trish is my MILs name and we didn’t think it was appropriate for the dog so we changed it…we were so into wrestling back then and the dog was big and tough like Chyna the wrestler so there was born her new name.) ¬†Chyna immediately answered to her new name. ¬†So I can only assume she liked it.

Chyna became part of the family. ¬†I guess I became pack leader since she always deferred to me and did as I said more so than anyone else. ¬†She followed me around constantly and always laid at my feet. ¬†Whoever her previous owners were did an awesome job training her. ¬†She knew basic commands. ¬†Could walk on a leash without pulling. ¬†Would only poop on walks away from her yard. ¬†Never (well one accident) went in the house. ¬†You could put your hands in her food bowl with no issues. ¬†She had a soft mouth too so you never had to worry about your fingers being bitten off when you hand fed her. ¬†She became almost immediately my dog instead of my husbands…. funny since I was so against getting her.

She moved with us¬†every¬†time we moved… from Colorado to Texas to California to Texas then another 2 times in Texas. ¬†She was a great dog! ¬†She sat right there in the seat while traveling… never tried to walk all over the place or anything while driving down the road. ¬†She did perfet the front seat, but when the whole family was in the car together she had to sit in the back seat between the girls car seats.

As she aged she began to show it… Her back legs got weak. ¬†Her bladder control went out the window… ¬†She even got to the point that in order to go take care of “business” she sometimes needed help walking into the yard to do it. ¬†We took her to a couple different vets and all they could do was offer surgery and some pills that were (if I remember correctly) like pain killers and enabled her to get around a bit. ¬†By this time she was already at least 10 years old as we had had her for over 5 years so surgery was not an option. ¬†She was tired and in pain. ¬†You could see it in her eyes. ¬†We held on to her longer than we should have… ¬†but we didn’t want to let her go.

In 2007, my husband and I both graduated from college and it was time to move again. ¬†In her condition it would not be fair to her to make sure a long move. ¬†We weren’t even sure she would even make the trip. ¬†We finally decided that we could not hold on to her any longer. ¬†We took her out one last time to Sonic to get a bite to eat (she was so spoiled I know, but it was her special treat) and then took a trip to see our local vet. ¬†Chyna knew why we were there… she almost seemed excited. ¬†The vet gave her a shot and her eyes seemed to say thank you. ¬†We had such a hard time… ¬†We took Chyna home and my husband buried her. ¬†I couldn’t even help because I could stand to see her no longer with us. ¬†He laid her curled up like she was just sleeping. ¬†An eternal sleep… ¬†There has never been another dog like Chyna.