“Are you a doctor?” Li said.“I’m better than that. I’m a vet. Vets do everything: brain surgery, heart surgery, lab analysis, dislocations –”

Yesterday was not the best of days. I was in the yard trying to retrieve something Nala stole. I heard her take it but didn’t see her booty. In the yard, she was doing her zoomies with an unknown object in her mouth. I tried to take it from her. She was playfully growling. Henry thought she was growling at me and attacked Nala. He was vicious. I tried to break them apart but not with my hand or fingers close to mouths. I learned that last fall. Henry had Nala’s ear. I whacked him but he didn’t care. The neighbor behind me called the dog officer, but by the time she came, I had separated them. I knew Nala needed the vets, but Henry too needed to be checked. The dog officer took Henry. I took Nala. The vets kept them all afternoon. Both were sedated, shaved and checked. Henry had only abrasions. Nala had both ears stitched, one inside, the other outside. She had a drain put on a puncture on her leg. She had abrasions on her chest. She walked out with a cone. Henry walked out just with abrasions. I walked out with three medications for each dog and a nearly $2000.00 bill, money I don’t have. They’ll let me pay in two installments, a grand gesture.

Last night was awful. Poor Nala couldn’t get comfortable. Every time she moved, I watched her. She’d sleep a bit then move. My body was contorted around her. When I woke up, my back was so bad I had to grab on to stuff to move.

Nala is not enjoying her cone, I have to hold her dishes so she can eat and drink. We both fell asleep this morning on the couch. I was sitting up. Nala was stretched across my lap. She is back asleep with her head resting on her cone. This will be a trying week to come.

Back to the mundane! Last night it rained, a heavy rain at times. Today is cloudy and damp but warmer than I expected.

As for my dance card, I am staying close to hearth and home to keep an eye on the dogs. Both of them are discombobulated and need some lovin’.

When I was a kid, our dog Duke got into a horrific fight with a dog from down the street. His neck was bitten open. My father said he’d be fine. Nature would take care of it. Just after that my father had to leave for a few days for work. My mother took Duke to the vets. He was stitched and given an antibiotic. When my father got home, he checked on Duke and saw the healing. He said to my mother, “See, I told you nature would take care of it.” My mother agreed.

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4 Comments on ““Are you a doctor?” Li said.“I’m better than that. I’m a vet. Vets do everything: brain surgery, heart surgery, lab analysis, dislocations –””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I’m so sorry to hear what happened to your two dogs. Whatever Nala had in her mouth Henry really wanted. At least you didn’t get your finger bitten again. Had you been so unfortunate, you might have wound up with only nine digits. 🙁

    Your story about your dad and Duke’s injury made me chuckle and think about the old TV commercial for margarine. A woman is sitting among flowers and is eating a slice of bread with what she thinks is butter. The woman is portraying Mother Nature and pontificating on the virtues of butter. The voice over says to her that she’s not eating butter but margarine instead. The woman scowls and with her hand raised says, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” and a clap of thunder and a streak of lighting is heard and seen in the background. 🙂 Luckily, your father was not mother nor father nature. Sometimes a little help from the medical community doesn’t hurt.

    This morning a line of thunderstorms came through my area and we received some more rain. I won’t have to add water to my pool this week, nor water my front lawn. The predicted high temperatures today is a cool 83° under cloudy skies.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I actually thin Henry heard Nala growling and came to my rescue. It was an ugly fight. Henry had Nala’s ears which is where she needed stitches. I knew not to put my fingers anywhere near him.

      I don’t think my mother ever told my father about the vet’s. He never ever guessed. It was a natural cure!! I don’t remember what it cost back then but I think $2000 is a huge amount of money. I figure the surgery and anesthesia pumped up the bill. The drain on Nala’s arm has stopped draining. It comes off on Friday.

      I think we hit 68° today, but it is now down to 62°. I love lower temps for sleeping. We were supposed two have showers today but they never materialized. We can always use rain as I know you do.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Too bad, I hope the dogs are well soon and get along. Good luck!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit

      Henry seems to be back to normal. Poor Nala just hates that cone. I have to hold her dishes for her to eat and drink. The cone is too big on the bottom so she can’t reach those dishes. Her drain comes out on Friday but two more weeks for the cone. Poor baby!

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