July 22nd, 2012, 03:43 PM
Back at the emergency vet today. Best they could tell Ruby got bit by a coyote. Fortunately she is up to date on her shots. She has quite a few stitches on her leg.
July 22nd, 2012, 04:19 PM
I should set up a practice near you. I would be rich! Hope she heals up quickly.
July 22nd, 2012, 04:30 PM
No kidding. This one is a special case. She was living on a State Park for quite some time and no on could catch her. She is definitely a study in duality. At home she is great big baby on the hiking trails she is absolutely fearless. My best guess is she is about 18 months old. When I first got her she would literally have trembling fits if someone tried to pet her. For some reason she was always OK with me. Also, none of my three dogs has ever had a problem with food, treats ect. No food aggression whatsoever. They will actually eat out of the same bowl. From day one they slept together on the bed (they do leave me a small sliver on the left hand side). But......she just cannot stay out of trouble. Stanley was the same way. He's had two snake bites, 12 stitches, one time he was chasing something through the wood and jammed a stick in the corner of his eye.
Originally Posted by HeatherTheVet
But...they are really good dogs.....at times. I love them dearly and want them to enjoy being dogs which means tolerating a lot of poop rolling, dead fish rolling, and general mayhem. They just have to not chase the neighborhood cats (they actually like them), not be aggressive to other dogs (no problem there they have yet to meet a dog they don't like), and be friendly (no problem there after Ruby realized everyone tried to pet her wasn't going to hurt her). It has just turned out to be a more expensive proposition than I would have anticipated. To his credit Hugo only has one snake bite. He's kind of the couch potato of the terrible trio.
Anyway, the boys (Hugo and Stanley) just adore her. As soon as we got back from the vet they all jumped into bed together.
Thanks so much for making me laugh. I'm pretty depressed right now.
Last edited by stanleyk; July 22nd, 2012 at 04:32 PM.
July 22nd, 2012, 04:50 PM
Get well soon Ruby.
July 22nd, 2012, 05:07 PM
Rescuing a dog is a wonderful experience. Frustrating at times, but very rewarding when it goes well. Roddy had 6 homes before I got him. He was 7 months. He is devoted to me. If we sleep anywhere unusual or if I am upset he sleeps between me and the door, on the bed, touching me. I can take him pretty much anywhere. He comes to work with me and hangs out behind the reception desk. He loves the water, even if there is ice on it. He was very unruly to begin with but very quickly settled in to life with us - rules and love. Up the field with him today was a joy, throwing the ball into the long grass and watching him hunt it out. I have a picture on the phone, I'll see if I can stick it up later.
I'd better get out and get diesel in case the bridge closes - the wind is picking up!
July 22nd, 2012, 05:27 PM
Little B has brought us all great joy. I haven't had a dog since I was a teenager and had forgotten how loving they are :) He was found at 3 weeks old, roaming around in a traveller's field with a pack of Lurcher dogs. They said that he was probably the runt of a litter. My daughter had been visiting the local RSPCA for a while just to be able to pet the animals and she saw him and fell in love. Soon we had all been to visit and my husband was equally smitten and so home he came with us at 10 weeks old. At first he was very timid but soon found his feet. Since then he's been in and out of trouble and Heather would certainly have made a small fortune from the vet's bills we've paid!!! He's now about 9 months old and still learning. His exuberance is uplifting and he's great when we're feeling low. My father in law died earlier this week and we've had a sombre time but the sight of Little B when we arrive back home brings us all such happiness :)
July 23rd, 2012, 06:18 AM
It's so hard when they go.
Originally Posted by Penfan2010
July 23rd, 2012, 07:57 AM
THANKS!!!!!! She's on her way back to the vet this AM to have her wound checked and get a some medication. The vet at the Emergency Vet was kind enough to tell me it would cost 1/3 as much if I got it from someone else.... I think they felt sorry for me. This was my second trip to them on a weekend this year. Poor thing she just has had such hard luck. She is getting better. When first got her off the park she was terrified of everyone. She's good with people now but she probably needs to tone down her enthusiasm on the hiking trails a bit.
Originally Posted by Ripleysbaby
July 23rd, 2012, 08:02 AM
Ed, I am so sad to read about Ranger's passing. I feel for you and your family. Ranger was clearly a beloved and dear friend with a heart of gold. Thank you so much for these pictures.
Originally Posted by Penfan2010
July 23rd, 2012, 08:20 AM
stanleyk, you need to adjust Ruby's exercise regimen for the sake of your wallet. I'm glad she's healing, but the Emergency Vet is somewhere you never want to go. Even if you alter your schedule to avoid the times when your regular vet is closed it could save you thousands. I took our 2 to a couple local dog parks every day so they could go off leash and run free until our Lucy (the one that looks a bit like Ruby) got into a brutal fight with another dog. The fight ended the other dog locking its' jaw around Lucy's throat. It took what seemed like an eternity to separate them..... I nearly had to break the other dog's jaw. She had a couple nasty deep puncture wounds that we needed to clean out every day for a couple weeks until it healed.
Our exercise schedule is definitely a lot less fun now....we walk the city streets, or walk (on leash) along the lake on a beach. We also fenced in the yard so there can still be some running to get out the crazies. But caring for animals is expensive enough without emergency visits. Sure they'd have more fun if they got to run off leash more often, but I rest well knowing that the love and care we give them is more important than them having the top level of fun. Heal quickly Ruby!
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