I’m feeling a lot of anger toward a certain woman right now and her idiot husband… but mostly her.
On Tuesday, March 19th, some idiot people had left their gate open and the Jack Russel ran out., I didn’t panic, because, I thought it would just make things worse and that the JR probably just wanted to sniff. Then their Lab ran out and didn’t seem so friendly, so I called Gabi and she jumped into my arms. She had been slightly less skittish lately and now all that progress had been for nothing.
They called the dogs off me. They didn’t say sorry or nothing the horrible woman had the nerve to yell “why do you walk past when you saw there’s dogs here earlier.” The audacity! i told her it was her RESPONSIBILITY to keep her dogs in the yard… and I didn’t say this to them, but: FFS who keeps their gate open that long?!
I was surprised to find a bite wound on Gabi’s side, because she had not yelped nor has she made any sound of distress. I carried her home for most of the way home. She seemed to carried on as if nothing was wrong, but I wanted to have her checked out nonetheless.
Took Gabi to vet. The wound was only skin deep, a piece of fur and skin torn off. The vet applied some ointment and gave Gabi some shots and I got some ointment to take home… but she rubbed the would up against the car seat, so it looked slightly worse when we got home, but there wasn’t any real bleeding.
I’ve been cleaning the wound 1-2 times a day and applying ointment. I try to prevent her from licking the ointment off, but she still does it. Luckily it doesn’t seem to do any harm but I’m keeping an eye on her. She also hasn’t really gone on walks since the incident, mainly because I din’t want to avoid exposing the wound to the sun. The wounds looks much better, but her skin looks pretty raw.
I can’t help but wonder if I shouldn’t have gone with anesthesia (would I have remembered to ask for gas anesthesia instead of barbiturates?) and stitches, rather than treating it as an open wound. I can but feeling a niggle of self-blame for not picking up her up much sooner or crossing the street.
I just hope she heals very fast and very well, so that things call get back to normal.
Today I took Gabi for a walk at the spruitjie again. We have gone here many times before, but today something completely different happened. Gabi was chasing at something that was in the reeds. This is not that unusual, but she used to run into different bushes. Bushes which have recently burned down.
So… today she ran off like a crazy rabbit. Bounce, bounce, bounce, splash! She had bounced right into the stream! In the 4 months I’ve had her, I have never seen her swim. On this cold, windy, winter’s day, she had her first splash.
She ran out of the water like a bat out of hell, shivering and shaking water off. It was quite late in the afternoon and most of the sunshine had gone, so she must’ve been cold. She was also somewhat smelly.
I called my mother and told her what had happened. We gave Gabi a nice warm bath (which she wasn’t too impressed with), as soon as I got home with her. This is quite a messy undertaking and meant that I had to take a shower.
Gabi now smells clean and looks all bright and shiny. She’s snug in a warm sweater, sleeping under her blankey, exhausted after a ruff day.
I’ve been taking Gabi to the spruitjie a lot these days. She’s also taken to running into bushes, bouncing around, chasing birds and who knows what else.
Parks are much better than walking through the neighbourhood and having dogs running out of their yards. On Tuesday we walk past a primary school and got held up for a few minutes by a gaggle of ten-year-old girls, fawning over Gabi. Poor Iggy was so scared by the boisterous, though well-intentioned girls, that she hopped into my arms.
I really wish she had a little more faith in people and other dogs.
Today we went to the National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria for the 4km Dog Walk at the Gardener Expo. The walk was in aid of Wet Nose Animal Rescue and was sponsored by Royal Canin. Pets are NOT usually allowed at the Botanical Gardens, but I assume they made an exception.
Even though the Gardens are very closed to my house, we had a bit of a late start and couldn’t walk with our friends. I had to pick Gabi up once and carry at her for a bit at the beginning, because another dog scared her. She kept a good pace, even jogging at times, and practically dragged me up an uphill. At the halfway point she didn’t drink from the communal bowls, but took a sip from the water dispenser/bottle we got from the sponsors. At the finish she received a rosette (ribbon) and a plastic dog food storage container.
We sat on the grass for a while and then we met up with our friends who we visited for a while before we went home. Gabi was still playful and active, and not at all as exhausted as one would expect. I will take her to the park tomorrow, so she can run off-leash.
SATURDAY 21 APRIL
Gabi stayed at home while I went with my parents to visit my grandma, who turned 84, out of town. When we got there Grandma asked where Gabi was. Didn’t see any damage when we got back so Gabi was given treat. I planned on taking her to the park, but we ended up napping on the couch. I was wiped out from the car trip.
Went to my brother’s for lunch (his birthday was also Saturday) and Gabi went with this time. She was well behaved and after some time running around and exploring, she lied down on her mat. Gabi and I walked home, though this doesn’t far because my brother lives in our neighbourhood. Again I planned going to the park, but we took a nap because I was sleepy from the wine.
MON – WED
There were a lot of rainy days which meant staying in and short walks on Monday and Tuesday, when we could. My mom and I tried to clip Gabi’s nails, but we only clipped a few because she seemed freaked out. I think I cut the one a bit close to the life. I had a few errands to run and Gabi couldn’t go with me. On Wednesday I took her to the spruitjie (creek). On the way home I tried securing her on the front seat, but she had too much slack and almost managed to climb to the back. She did manage to climb on my lap, which kind of defeats the purpose of the seat belt attachment.
I made a cottage cheese tart (basically a cheese cake) on Tuesday evening and gave Gabi the empty cottage cheese container to lick out. She absolutely loved it.
TODAY Today we went to the spruitjie again. Gabi was very good in the Car. She had a blast running off-leash. Running into bushes, running up and down slopes, sniffing, smelling and exploring.
Tomorrow is Freedom Day, a South African national holiday, which makes it a long weekend. Tuesday is Worker’s Day and with many people taking leave, which makes it a super long weekend. Gabi and I will probably go on a dog walk with some friends.
Yesterday Gabi ate some dead little thing. Probably a lizard or something. Ewww. I then had to brush her teeth which of course she hates.
This afternoon, went for another walk in the field/park. There were some other dogs and some of them were off-leash. A friendly black Lab ran over to greet us and my little Iggy jumped into my arms. Everyone we met made some remark about how cute she is. When we were in the middle of the park with no other dogs or any fences in sight, I let her run off-lead for a little bit. I recalled her several times and each time she came. Once again she was the most excited of all when my car stopped in front of the gate at home.
I’ve been using the Colloidal silver gel for 4 days.
Note: I know that my blog photos aren’t very high quality at the moment, but that’s because I’m using my cellphone (2 megapixel camera). Hopefully I’ll get something better soon.