This weekend was a roller coaster to be sure. On Friday, Dad called me around 8:30 or so to tell me that Mom’s oldest bulldog has torn her stitches and that Mom needed help. I headed out there as quickly as I could, not sure what to expect. I hadn’t even known that the dog had been fixed earlier that week, so I really had no clue what was going on. When we got there, the scene was pretty bad. There was blood everywhere, and the poor dog had vomited two or three times. Mom was understandably upset, so we both tried to get her calmed down and assess the situation. Then, we saw the dog. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but it was at least 100 times worse than I had anticipated, and I hope I don’t have to see anything like that again anytime soon.
The vet got there not long after we did. He rushed the dog to his truck and did surgery on her for 2 1/2 hours. She seemed okay that night, after he got her stitched back up, so I went home and was in bed by 1:00 AM. The next morning, I had to attend graduation, so I got up early, drove to the Expo Center, and sat through the ceremony, all the while daydreaming about the nap I was going to take that afternoon. I got home from graduation about 1:00 PM and ate lunch. About 3:00, Dad called to say that the bulldog had just died and asked if I could come back out and bury her. We think she threw a blood clot into her lungs. Hopefully, it wasn’t a painful death because she had already been through enough.
I headed back out to the farm, where I dug the hole and buried the dog. Mom was pretty sad but okay. She handled it much better than I had expected. Once we got that taken care of, we made it back home around 7:00 PM. Needless to say, I was pretty wiped out. The worst part is that this dog was one the sweetest and most loving animals you could ever hope for. She was really a sweetheart and a good dog.
Today, I’m tidying up my office before heading out to the farm to work more on the drainage ditch behind the building. My goal is to have the drainage problem completely fixed by the end of this week. Then, I can get back to repairing the front wall and cleaning up the inside. I’m excited about getting to focus most of my energy on the farm.
Remember, there’s big news about book three coming soon, so check back regularly for the announcement.