Ruki had a big adventure, but unfortunately it was not of the good variety. Sigh. Ruki is a very athletic and active dog, and since we live in a remote area we often let her off-leash to run up and down the hills around us. But yesterday she must've hit a sharp rock, or a piece of glass or metal, because she came home from a short run/walk with a bleeding paw.
Here is David and Haruki after we bandaged up her paw. Prior to this, she kept trying to stick her entire foot into her mouth so she could lick out all the blood. (Yuck)
|No, David does not have cancer.|
It was actually pretty cute, though after a bit we realized that her paw wouldn't stop bleeding and we would probably have to take her to the vet. If you have a dog then you know that this is bad news, since even having a bandage wrapped is about $100.
Luckily Haruki is okay, and after ten!!! stitches she came back to us looking totally stoned but okay. (I mean so stoned that her tongue was lolling out the side of her mouth and she stumbled towards me like drunk kids towards a late-night gyro cart.)
Here's an idea of how stoned she was:
She was not leaning her head off the side of the couch. Instead, she started looking across the living room, continued to stare blankly for about five minutes, and then her head just kind of drooped and she appeared as though she were unconscious.
Today, she's all bandaged up resting:
On the bright side, she does have that cute Halloween bandage, _and_!!! she gets to wear a big cone around her head at night so she doesn't chew her foot off. (Hilarious pictures forthcoming--it didn't seem right to photograph her in her cone last night when she was freaking her shit and generally confused.)
*Is it wrong that I laughed really hard when the vet brought her out after surgery and she looked like, well, one of my students on 4/20?