Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dare Dawg

SO, if you've read this blog for more than like five minutes, you know Pippin can be a bit - adventurous. Perhaps a little hyper. Often referred to around here as "wild man". He's not know for his grace or prowess. Or even for being a "good hunting dog". He would never be recruited for drug sniffing, bomb sniffing, or criminal nabbing. And I doubt he'd even come close to passing seeing-eye training courses as he's easily distracted and would prefer to be carried versus leading others.

So yeah, it probably shouldn't have been a big surprise when I got home at 6 tonight (after grocery shopping) and there was blood running down his leg. He was also coated in mud from the big showers we got this afternoon. He was happy as a lark except I was a BIT CONCERNED about the blood running down his leg!!!! Brent and I wrangled the dirty, muddy, hyper dog and after cleaning him up we were able to see he had cut one of the little pad thingies on his foot - the little thumb one that's on the bottom part of their leg, right above the foot. The actual tear wasn't bleeding too much though. I figure he probably tore it running up and down the fence-graceful dog most likely tore it on some limb or root or possibly didn't make a leap over one of my rose bushes in his pursuit of things on the other side of the fence.

We debated going to the emergency pet clinic on 12th - they are GREAT, but decided to keep an eye on it since he was in no pain. It was still oozy and so we kept him inside, at which point he became obsessed with licking it (licking is his fave hobby). I guess that's a natural instinct, so we let him do it some until we started worrying that he wasn't letting it clot. Geniuses that we are we have no first aid kit. We have band aids, ointments, peroxide,etc but no gauze stuff. We tried putting bandaids on it but bandaids don't respond well to Lick. I tried doubling up bandaids, but double bandaids also don't respond to Lick. We went the "distraction" route and gave him a couple of new toys to chew on which did distract him for a while.

It's still sort of open, but I've gotten him curled up on a blanket with me tonight to watch So You Think You Can Dance (I just love Katee and Joshua together!!!! Brent and I are SO going to learn their pasa dobla dance!). It looks better and isn't bleeding, so I don't think he needs stitches. He's not limping or anything, either, so I think I'll just keep it clean and keep and eye on Trouble with Four Legs. He probably won't be happy with me when I don't let him play outside tomorrow morning while I get ready!!

So yeah, that's just another evening in the life here at home with my boys! Never a dull moment..... And buying a true First Aid Kit is now on my "to do" list!


At 8:13 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

Poor little Pippen. I wish him a speedy recovery.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Never a dull moment when you are home with "the boys". I hope Pippen has a speedy recovery.

At 7:43 AM, OpenID said...

Katee rocks my socks. I wish both of the "onesie twins" could have made it. The footed pj thing in the tryout tape was hilarious.

Speedy recovery to P. Blood is always frightening when you have trouble locating the source wound.


At 12:28 PM, Blogger Anne said...

What Pippin lacks in natural dog talent he makes up for elsewhere: that pup's got excellent people skills.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger David said...

Pips knows best. Licking puts a nice saliva coating on the wound.

First aid kit will be worthwhile for him and you, don't you know.

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

I hope pippin heals quickly.
I hope katee wins next week.

At 6:43 AM, Blogger Megan Hall said...

Poor Pippen! Our equally graceful dog did the same thing recently. Gauze and tape also do not respond well to Lick. We ended up just trying for distraction when around and letting him lick it when we weren't.

At 5:28 AM, Blogger Firefly's Running said...

Poor Pippin! I hope he feels better soon.

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