Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The Good The Bad And The Puppy
After a big gust of wind and an intense storm on Sunday we lost our power. From 3:30 to midnight the pup and I wandered around in a new world: a world without air conditioning. Luckily the temperature dropped about 20 degrees and we were able to stroll around the hood with 2 buddies visiting neighbor after neighbor. A milk bone here, a chunk of ripe cantaloupe and a home grown edamame there made the hours fly by. By the light of an almost full moon we all returned to our hot dark houses for sleeping. I made one last attempt to get on line then went to bed.
The sad part of the story is that the Lab had a hot spot starting on her throat and after hours of heat and humidity and intense scratching ( while i was sleeping)by Monday morning it had blossomed into a large sunflower size spot on her chest.
As I cleaned and fluffed and filled the house with garden flowers for German girls return, the pup got sicker and sicker. Our vet had no appointments open so after a welcome back to the USA, we threw the dog in the truck and headed off for a 24 hour animal hospital in DC. By midnight we were out the door. The pup's chest was shaven and she was sporting the cone of shame, 2 different medications to take and many flushes and sprays. To add insult to injury she also has a cold complete with explosive sneezes.
By the time we returned home, fed the dog, fed the cat, accepted German girl's lost suitcase delivery it was 1:00am, she had been up for 24 hours and had a cold herself.