Monday, May 3, 2010

Poor poor Pixie


What makes it's way out of the magic bag is for the most part good, but like all bags, it has it's dark and crumby corners that collect fluff and occasionally throw out the odd nasty surprise.

Yesterday's event was one of those, as I packed the car for a planned day in the city, looking forward to Golden Gate Park, and dinner with a friend. The Buttons happily trotted out towards the car, sensing a trip and excited, only to be ambushed by a neighborhood Labrador. Pixie barked at it, only to find her head suddenly in it's mouth (it fitted) and being shaken about. A moment later she was released and ran towards the house. I ran after her, following her trail of blood. Her screams of distress made it clear that things were very wrong, and one glance at her face made it obvious that our plans were about to change, and a trip to the emergency vet was now on the cards.

I suppose really she was very lucky. She weighs a whopping 4 lbs, compared to the Labrador's at least 70 + lbs. Her eyes were very lucky, being just bruised and not lost, but the other wounds will take some time and love to heal.

Today, she feels very sorry for herself, but I hope with each day that passes, she will rally more, and soon return to a happy button.

10 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how angry this makes me on your behalf. Labradors and Golden Retrievers should be such mellow, well behaved and social dogs. They are so damn easy to train that there is no excuse for this behavior. If there is the slightest doubt then "what the f..." was it doing out, off-leash and un-muzzled.
    I run the gauntlet almost every day of Jack, a golden who is often out on his front lawn. He occasionally wanders around to poop on other gardens and runs out with territorial barking which threatens aggression if the other dog responds. I cross the street if I see him and pre-plan which foot he will receive in his chops if he comes after us one more time.
    The owners rush to call him in, after the fact, saying: "Oh, he has a dislike for collies" One day they will have to explain to me why that is my problem? I am showing as much restraint as I know how in the interest of harmony but hence the reaction to your drama.
    I hope the owner of the Lab who attacked Pixie has apologized and paid your vets bills. Be very aware that your sweet daughter could be at risk too. This incident should be officially reported.

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  2. Thanks for the rant on our behalf!! Yes, I am happy to report that the neighbor in question has paid the very expensive vet fee, and, it has to be said, is mortified. The Labrador is now on lock down. This is the third time this dog has 'grabbed' or bitten one of my dogs, but this was by far, the worst, and sadly - the smallest dog. Pixie seems a bit brighter today!

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  3. 3rd time and the owner is still letting the dog wondering around? Something is wrong with the owner! You should threaten to report the owner to the authority. Poor Pixie!

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  4. Thanks for asking. She is doing so much better - it's healing really well, and the drain came out in the week. The stitches come out next saturday, and she seems generally much happier now about life!

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  5. Joanna, Sorry I haven't responded earlier. I did visit but was very upset. I hope Pixie is doing well now? Laurie

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  6. Thanks Laurie, she is doing so much better. The stitches come out tomorrow, and then the fur just has to grow back and she'll be as good as new! amazing really, how it can go from being so bad, to being so much better!

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  7. Hi - Matt just told me about this, I can't belive it - poor pixies and you guys, it must have been terribly distressing - chat soon xx

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  8. my goodness! what an ordeal. i'm so glad Pixie is doing better. what a fighter she is. I love all dogs, but very partial to the littler ones since we have always had little dogs. hang in there! All My Best to you both!

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