Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey... Annie Style

What a difference a week makes. 

Last Thursday when I wrote this, I could not have asked for a better outcome. She's a little rough around the edges, but Annie-the grey hair causing dog is home, and that's what matters the most! 

The kids watched this movie over & over and, even though Adam used it to make me fell better, I got less hopeful every day.

Myla was here from Friday to Sunday & Adam was out of town so I was pretty tired. I was in bed by 9:30. At 10:38 the phone rang & I thought it was mine so I jumped up. Not my phone, Adam's & it was his mom. I'll be honest, the first thing that came to mind is "Oh no! Something has happened to John." He answers, listens & says "No shit!!" That was all I heard. I LOST IT. A week of scared & sad was over. As tired as I was I knew it wouldn't be a brilliant move to drive out to get her (although that's what I wanted to do) so we decided to wait until Monday. And what a loooooong day it was.

Tuesday brought a day at the vets. I felt bad leaving her again, but there was no help for it. Janie had pulled more than 100 ticks off her back, neck face & belly. But they filled her ears too. Enough so that the vet was grossed out right along with me. I took pictures, but I'll spare you those. She is now on some "super" antibiotic to help with the odds of tick borne illnesses. Eye drops for her gooey eyes, cream that goes in her ears for the itch and swelling from the bites, benadryl for itching and swelling cause there is plenty of that. Poor baby girl.

They also found "puncture wounds" on her neck. My first thought was SNAKE. These, after cleaning and a little shaving, ended up having a matching set under the other ear too. So no snake. Either a dog or a coyote had her by the neck at some point. 

She is not chipped, but that will change. One Saturday, when she's recovered a bit we'll take her up to lizzi & rocco's  & I'm sure she'll even get a treat out of the deal.

I'll explain the super great tag & system that got her home later this week.

So for now I'm going to go snuggle with this sweet girl & be thankful. Now, not just that we are her people, but that she's back.  

Tick bit belly. You can see where there are patches of hair gone too. 

Puncture wounds on one side of her neck. There is a matching set on the other side.



1 comment:

  1. I am just SO EXCITED this all worked out. I can't believe the puncture wounds!? Poor girl, I'm sure she had an adventure she soon won't want to repeat. Give her hugs for us!