It Only Looks Good on Bunnies

Do you think anyone will be able to tell? Hmm, on top of the droopy face, the red eyes, the bald patches, the bum knee... Nah, you're good. I'M SO ANGRY!!

For a while I have felt guilty calling Toby “Bitey Dog” when it was really his brother’s moniker, but Toby finally put forth the effort to make it his.

Dogs do so well at hiding their feelings sometimes that you can miss their signs of pain.

On Friday I leaned over to ask if I could help Toby reach the treat that he had pushed behind he furniture, and he exploded in a furious attack. Twenty four pounds of muscle and anger (and teeth. Let’s not forget the teeth) launched themselves straight for my face. This was so out of character for my pup that I was completely caught off guard.

I managed to get him into his kennel so I could assess the situation. He immediately fell asleep. I ended up with puncture wounds on my cheek, lip and nose. Also, my top lip had been ripped apart like a rabbit’s. Gross. Trust me, the look is only cute on bunnies.

Tuesday was the earliest I could schedule an appointment with Toby’s vet, and she told me that he “did not mince words” when she tried to examine his left knee. Also, he somehow managed to gain 2 pounds in 6 months. Oops. Looks like the shutdown got to him too.

The combination of extra weight and already wonky knees left my boy in incredible pain. Me getting near his treat on Friday sent him over the edge. I didn’t know that, though, and spent the weekend afraid of my dog. Now I feel guilty that my little boy needed comfort and understanding, and I kept him at several arms’ length.

Toby got sent home from the vet with pain medication and guidelines for a strict diet. By this afternoon he was feeling so much better that he was driving me nuts. He is evidently hungry too because he keeps stealing my things in order to trade them for food. I can tell that the next two pounds are going to be really tough on both of us.

As for me, I am hoping to be able to drink from a glass again someday. For now I have to use the ultra-super-mega Verboten drinking straws. (I wouldn’t be surprised it Greta Thunberg comes ’round at night and beats me up.) For some reason I don’t bruise purple, I turn yellow/green. It looks I have smeared mustard all over my face where Toby hit me.

Despite the unpleasantness, I am glad that I finally understand Toby’s pain and was able to get him help. If we’re lucky, the medication and the weight loss might help him to feel good for a long time to come.

Cairn terrier sleeping in kennel.

Go away. I don’t feel good.

(Don’t you mean “well”?)

(Do you want to get bitten again?!?)

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25 Comments

  1. DEAREST SWEET LADY.

    I FEEL SO MUCH FOR YOU. I UNDERSTAND THE PATH.

    I LIVED WITH A REACTIVE DOGGIE FOR ALL HIS YEARS. HE NEVER TURNED ON ME… IT WAS THE OPPOSITE,,, HE WANTED TO KEEP THE WORLD AWAY FROM ME. BUT TRUST ME…. YOU WILL TRUST TOBY AGAIN. IT TAKES LOVE AND SOME WORK. BUT IT WILL BUILD AN UNBREAKABLE BOND.. YOU ARE HURTING I KNOW. ITS REALLY GOING TO BE OK.

    HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  2. Oh noes, oh noes. This is very bad news. Once a terrier has acquired a taste for human blood it is a confirmed (wo)maneater and cannot satisfy its demonic cravings with anything other than more flesh. Toby has become the Jaws of Terrier Terror. Truly he has taken the mantle of โ€œBitey Dogโ€ and placed that garment of shame on his narrow little furry shoulders. The fat little destroyer of domestic tranquility is now an aggressive dog! Max is unsure if he should shun the Tobester for ruthlessly attacking his DogMom, an egregious offense and violation of the dog code that states clearly that food providers be protected. We are will to withhold final judgment pending a weight loss and recalibration of attitude but the Tobylerone needs to understand that this is a one time abeyance; future actions involving dog violence will result in his be banned from silly dog blogs everywhere. Fair warning!

  3. Oh Toby, I’m so sorry your Mom just didn’t understand what you were trying so hard to tell her. Perhaps a good book on dog body language is in order? I think you should ask Santa Paws for two copies, one for her and one for you to eat.
    Seriously, I’m so sorry this happened. Try supplementing his food with raw baby carrots , and Charlee Bears for treats (look like oyster crackers, barely any calories.) Also, my vet said we could give plain rice cakes – throw them in a bag with some roast beef and they’ll take on the smell and flavor.

  4. Oh, gosh! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m so sorry to hear this. Poor you! and Poor Toby! He must’ve been hurting badly to lash out and say, “Leave me alone.” ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I wish you both well. Hope both of you are healed soon. And that your trust will return in full measure.
    Coop hasn’t had doggie treats in years…but he does get individual pieces of his dog food as “snacks”. He’s as happy with that as he ever was with doggie treats.
    All of our love to you and to Toby. We don’t want either of you to be in pain.
    (((HUGS)))
    Gentle PATS and RUBS

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