...and i was having such a good week! you all know my dear cockapoo tucker? of course you do.
well yesterday afternoon i took him, his sister fiona, and their best best friend petunia (an 8-lb havanese) for a walk. when we came back in, i let them run up the front stairwell to my apartment on the third floor, only to realize the pitbull-lab mix that lives next door got out and was attacking fiona. tucker was in on it before i knew it, and no matter how hard i tried to pull the dogs apart, the neighbor's dog just kept lunging. i even opened my front door and shoved my dogs inside but the other dog was resilient and before i knew it we were all in my entryway. after about a minute of sprawling across the floor, trying to separate the animals, finally getting tucker into the bedroom with the door closed, and fiona and petunia into the bathroom with the door closed (tiny petunia managed to stay out of the scuffle, and thank GOD the big dog never went for her), all the while screaming "help" until my neighbor appeared from the basement where she had been doing laundry... ahh it was scary. talk about adrenaline.
after the animals were separated, i checked on them to see if and where they were bleeding. tucker had three very large, deep open wounds on his chest and armpit area (i'll spare you the open wound pictures)... i could literally see into him... i can't even explain it. it was horrifying. i saw petunia and fiona were fine. i grabbed tucker and fiona and went to the ER vet (wasn't positive fiona wasn't cut anywhere so i brought her in case). two hours later, he was put under, cleaned out, stitched up, and now has a drain sticking out of his armpit, a half-body cast/bandage, and a cone for three weeks, and pills that will likely make him sick... poor guy was up most of the night crying (i was up with him) and even now, he's sitting next to me huffing out little whimpers as i write...
i don't know if it's the cone or the pain. i assume both.
but what a man, taking the brunt of it to protect his two little ladies. fiona's been cuddling with him since we came home and slept next to him all night. wish us luck over the next three weeks. i'll keep ya'll posted.