Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

Last Saturday I went to my friend's annual Halloween party. While I'm sure a good time was had by all, I think I might have had the most fun. I was a social butterfly and a singer and dancer to boot.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Miracle dog is back in da house


Coming home

The surgeon decided that although she has multiple fractures, Cali's little skull is very stable and will not require any surgical stabilization. Her head is going to be a little misshapen, but as long as the good part underneath in intact, I can live with it.

Cali is coming home this afternoon! I am a little scared about having to take care of her by myself, but happy to have the doggy critical care unit off the payroll. I will take some "after" photos to post.

They are so good to her at the hospital. She did not like being in the kennel, so they moved her to a large dog bed, almost a mattress with a little fence around it. She is much happier. Last night one of the vet students spent most of the night on the bed with her studying. Cali is eating up the attention like the canned food they are giving her.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

She's a stinker

My dog Cali is a real stinker. This is the same dog who had surgery twice this year to fix her torn ACL. On Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. she shot out of my car and with her sister (Zoe, who is normally a girl scout of a dog) in hot pursuit ran into the street directly into traffic. She was hit by a pickup truck and it was the most horrific thing I have ever witnessed. The truck stopped as did his workmate who was in a second truck behind him. The second guy and I carried an unconscious Cali, heavily bleeding from the mouth and nose and put her right back into my car. Poor freaked out Zoe was shoved into the house. I was completely convinced that Cali was not alive and the other guy thought so as well. The guy who hit her apologized a million times and I kept telling him that it was not his fault in any way that avoiding her would have been impossible. I shakily drove as fast as I could to the emergency vet clinic. During the drive Cali regained consciousness and due to the bleeding I could hear her loud and ragged breathing. I kept calling back to her "Keep breathing Cali!" This is the human first aid training that I've had, and I'm not sure how useful it is for dogs.

Now, days later, she has been transferred to the Vet teaching hospital here in town and may undergo surgery today to repair skull and jaw fractures. She is walking (which she didn't do for two days) and delighted to see me every time I go in for a visit. She wants OUT of the kennel and needs to be much more careful with her messed up head. She is in love with the student assigned to her case and everyone at the hospital seems to like her. She is far from out of the woods but I am amazed at her spirit.


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