Musings and Meanderings. MM
| 17 January, 2012 07:40
For my first blog of the new year, a sad story with a not-so-sad ending.
Last weekend, I got back home after a long weekend visiting kids in New Jersey. It was a great weekend, but I have to admit, I was looking forward to getting back to my winter studio routine, starting a new printmaking project and walking to work with my best friend, KiKi.
As soon as I opened the back door to the house, KiKi ran up to me excited and whimpering. About an hour earlier she had been attacked on the street by a pit bull twice her size. The story goes like this:
My brother, Jerry, usually house-sits for us when we are out of town. He takes good care of KiKi and takes her on long walks. That day, as he turned a corner not far from our house, a big, black unleashed dog was standing in their way. Jerry and KiKi, not troublemakers, usually cross the street or head in another direction when a situation like this pops up. This time they were not given a chance. The big dog pounced on KiKi and locked it's jaws on her neck. KiKi tried to disengage and even fight back but without success. So, my brother stuck his hand into the big dog's mouth to pry him off KiKi's neck. This all happened within minutes and, if the dog's owner hadn't showed up at that moment, it could have gone on and got worse very quickly. The end of this sordid story is that the dog's owner grabbed his dog's collar and took off. My brother's hand was bitten and bloody as was KiKi's neck.
both recovered and okay now, a week later, after trips to the emergency room and vet's. For the few days following the event, they were both traumatized. We did contact the police, who found the dog and owner and, thankfully, the dog's records showed up-to-date rabies shots. Jerry's bandages came off yesterday and he is healing. I bought KiKi a dog sweater (designed by Martha Stewart) to cover the patches shaved from her neck and back where the vet treated her puncture wounds.She doesn't seem to mind wearing the sweater and even gets "how cute" comments
from passersby. Things are back to normal. Everyday is an adventure. So it goes.