Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western South Dakota
Dogs Name: Zipper, Cody, Shogie, Thor, Ninja, all RIP
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We had an interesting day yesterday. I'm glad we don't know any police (that visit our house) because we would have been hauled in on suspicion of murder. Gah.
Missy was out yesterday, doing her perimeter patrols, and evidently cut her left hind foot really bad on some ice. I suspect she was chasing another rabbit and wasn't watching where her feet were going. Anyway, I let her back in a while later, then saw smudges of blood on the kitchen floor and panicked, wondering who was hurt. Then I saw more on the living room carpet (Missy was on the couch). Then I noticed Missy was licking one of her feet. I got her off the couch and blood was POURING out of her foot. OK, not pouring, but it was bleeding pretty good. I tried to see what she'd done, but no way no how will she ever let me touch her feet, so all I could discern was there was blood coming from between her outside toe and the one next to it. I did manage to feel enough to see her toenails were still there (I thought maybe she'd ripped one off).
By then, I'd "looked" at her enough that she was suspicious, and every time I glanced her direction, she'd get up and move. At first, I was going around with a cloth wetted with cold water, blotting up the blood on the floor (and the couch), but she kept moving and I finally gave up. She eventually retreated to the bed (OMG, but oh well, the blankets will wash), but she kept licking the damn thing and it wouldn't stop bleeding. Finally, it did, but it took like an hour, maybe more.
When I didn't see any more blood being tracked, I started trying to blot up the several hundred bloody spots on the carpet, but I had to stop (my knees won't allow me to stay on the floor that long). Meanwhile, several hours had now passed, and Missy needed to go out again. I said OK, but BE CAREFUL, and of course she didn't listen. I let her back in a few minutes later (it was just a quick pee trip) and she'd managed to open that thing up again, and it was bleeding even worse than the first time. It looks like we slaughtered a pig in the living room. She didn't go out again until just before bedtime, and THAT time she managed to come back in uninjured, and this morning, it's closed up and she's not bleeding anymore. Sheesh. But all the blood.
I think I'm going to mix up some Oxi-Clean to dab the spots with. It might save me some time on the floor. But then there will be all these little clean spots. Then I'll have to shampoo the carpet, which I wasn't going to do until the weather warms up enough to open the windows (should be several more months yet). I guess it depends on whether I can get used to spots on the floor. Maybe I can ignore them? I dunno.
It's always something here...