The week between Christmas and New Years proved to be eventful not just because we were lighted of much of our stuff. (Gives a whole new meaning to the 100 things project huh?)
Thursday of the week, Lucy and Bentley got into a major fight, and Lucy bit through Bentley's ear! Jake and I were outside, but on the other side of the house and we just heard this screeching. We ran around the house to see that Lucy had Bentley pinned and wasn't letting up. We ended up making an emergency trip to the vet for stitches. Now let me say that I think this was our fault. There had been a lot of stress around the house, and I believe that dogs can sense the mood of their owners. Plus Lucy had been showing us signs all morning that she had pent up energy. She was bringing us toys, and looking longingly at the leash, but we were too preoccupied to do anything about it..... Our Bad.
Friday evening, New Years Eve, we decided to stay in rather than go out as we had originally planned. I'd had about as much as I could take and wasn't ready to leave my hurt dog or my house alone for the evening. At bedtime we let the dogs outside to pee, and then they wouldn't come back in. Jake went out to get them, and Lucy spit out of tuft of hair..... He came in and said "Well, I think they got a cat" There are a million strays in the neighborhood so it's not that surprising.
Well Saturday Lucy started limping and was really lethargic. It wasn't better by Monday, in fact it was probably worse, so we scheduled another trip to the vet. Turns out she'd been bitten by that cat and now had an infection in her leg. She was pumped full of antibiotics and by the time I got home from work, she was like a whole new dog. Still limping a little, but totally different energy.
Two weeks later, life is sort of looking back to normal. Stitches has been removed, and both dogs are off their meds. Everyone seems in good spirits. I think we just needed to get the last of the bad juju out in 2010, and now we really can look forward to a new year. There have been positive steps already.