I thought about not sharing this...but maybe it'll help someone. It took me 7 days to write and finish..
Last weekend I learned a valuable but embarrassing lesson. My pack has always played so well together. However, I've known that Cora can be "fun police" and loves to get in Lizzie's face. When Lizzie and roxi are rough house playing, I often am holding Cora with one hand while photographing with the other. But in my naive head, Lizzie was tolerant. Lizzie and Cora have fought twice before...minor scuffles that were more loud than anything. But both time Cora came away with a small cut that I could treat at home.
I've owned dogs all my life. I've owned multiple dogs in my house for 14 years and greyhounds for 11. I know how it all works. But I, admittedly, loved watching my dogs play and smiled thinking they were so happy together. I forgot that one important thing...they are dogs and they are a pack. And Lizzie.....could only take so much.
Last Friday..I came home from work like normal. They were excited and I let them out and went to get the groceries out of my car. I heard them playing and then I heard the play noises tune serious so I raced outside. I yelled and they stopped. Lizzie came to me and she had two punctures in her forehead and blood was coming out of her nose. I knew her nasal bone had been punctured. Cora had two minor lacerations on her shoulder. So I thought let's take them to the vet. So I took them inside. Cussing myself. I called Jason and walked down the hall to retrieve their leashes. They all followed as normal. But...apparently someone still held a grudge. In the hall a huge brawl broke out with Lizzie, Cora and roxi. It was serious and all aggression was funneled to Cora. I won't describe it...let's just say it was terrible and red zone dogs are ruthless. In that moment, they weren't Lizzie and roxi.
Once I finally got them apart and separated, the damage was significant. I called a friend (thank you Gyeong) and in two cars with everyone separated and muzzled ...we went to the vet.
After four hours, Cody had a small puncture likely sustained bc he was in the wrong place at the wrong time..two staples. Roxi..with her hound skin only sustained a gash on her ear (2 staples) and a cut on the tip that won't stop bleeding. Come of shame for two days and now I have a bandaid on it.
Cora received over 80 sutures to repair numerous huge lacerations on her neck and front legs. I won't show the 'during' vet visit photos..they are too graphic.
Luckily, I knew of a family who had inquired about a brood mama. I contacted them and once Cora was released from every 2 day vet visits and seemed to feel normal, I had them meet her. Hardest decision ever but it was for her well being and her safety. I had too many alpha females. Cora went to her new family's house today. They are smitten and I think they are wonderful. They aren't far away, have a very submissive and sweet male greyhound and three very nice children. Cora seemed to be in her element. It's been 8 days since the fight and 50% of her wounds are completely healed (sutures will come out tomorrow). Her major neck wound is almost healed. Her leg will take longer but I will continue to make 'house calls' to care for that wound. She will be loved by many in her life.
On the way to her new home, I got her 'guilt nuggets' and she seemed to enjoy those.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017
You will notice Lizzie will always be in front..