Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hodgepodge... with a gross story...

1. The first day of spring is here-do you enjoy working in the yard? Weeding, raking, mowing, planting...your favorite springtime garden chore? How about your least favorite?

I LOATHE yard work... first of all, when I touch grass or anything "green", I break out in a rash.  I try to pull weeds & have red streaks up my arms.  Ricky wont let me touch the riding lawn mower - he's convinced I'll go 4-wheeling on it or something & tump it on my head.  But the push mower?  I'm convinced that's what caused my bicep tendonitis last year.  I NEVER cut the grass, but last year, Ricky was sick so I tried to be the good wife & cut part of our grass... we are on hills & I was struggling with this mower, pulling  & pushing & trying not to let it drag me down the hill... it was the day after that I noticed the arm pain.  The combo of the hills & the mower & gravity?  Yep - has now caused me MONTHS of pain & a future surgery.

.. give me astro turf anyday!

2. What puts a spring in your step?

A pogo stick!  Of course... is this a trick question? ... no, really, I've never been on a pogo stick.  I'd kill myself...

Something that puts a spring in my step? Good, dancing, solid beat music :)  I can be on my run & feel like I have concrete on my legs, but put a good upbeat song & its like I have wings... music truly moves me...

3. Describe a time when you had to spring into action.

Ready for a gross story? ... REALLY gross story? .... dont say I didnt warn you!

We just had Zoe neutered.  She's such a little spastic dog & we knew she would want to run with the other 3 dogs, so we ended up putting her in a kennel when we went back to work.  This was like 2 days after her sugery, mind you. 

I come home, knowing she probably had to pee, so I run back to the kennel, open it up & just immediately run the other direction to get her to follow me to the door.  We run outside & I notice something dragging behind her.  WHAT.IS.THAT?  ... oh, it was only her intestines!!! HER INTESTINES PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I picked her up & held her upside down so her guts wouldnt fall out... literally & truly!  Talk about springing into action.  I grab my keys & had her at the vets office in 5 minutes - which is crazy because our vet is like 15 minutes away.

of course, I had a white shirt on that day.  She was throwing up in the car & I thought she wasnt going to make it... but I zoomed in - with blood all over my shirt, holding her upside down to keep everything "IN" her guts & just SCREAMED as I walked in the door. 

Man oh man - they were on the ball... they rushed & got her & it was within 2 minutes they said she was already in surgery.

She had sat in her kennel all day & pulled at the stitches until she ripped open her stomach.  No joke... did you even know that was possible?

They said that when I brought her in, her intestines still had color she that was good. If they were white, then all blood flow was gone & she wouldnt have made it.  I just think, if there was traffic & I was 5 minutes late, she would have died. 

They kept her for a few days... but I went home & saw her kennel.  I didnt even notice it at first when I just wanted her to go outside to pee - but it was like a slaughter house.  BLOOD EVERYWHERE... & where I ran & had her follow me?  A trail of blood from her intestines dragging behind her.

IS THAT INSANE????  But it happened.. & I'll never forget it.. & I still cant believe how quickly I reacted.

But in the end, this gross, horrible story has a happy ending... Zoe today is still a happy 7 yr old ....with all her internal organs still intact.

Zoe - the amazing 'eat through your skin' dog

4. We're having carrots for dinner...would you prefer yours raw or cooked?

.. who can talk about carrots after my other story... my appettite is gone...

5. Do you take the shampoos and other sundries from your hotel room when its time to check out?

Not really... with long hair on BOTH of us, those little bottles dont do a thing for us.  If we could have like 10?  Then maybe...

The only ones I've ever taken are from Disney Hotels... slap Mickey's face on anything & I'll take it.

6.  What's the most enjoyable team or club you've belonged to and what was it that made it so?

Its crazy... I cant really think of any team or club I've been on... I wasnt very athletic, I didnt go to college...

so I'll go with the Romper Room Club... remember that TV show?  Where you'd sit & wait for the lady to say your name because she saw you in the Magic Mirror? 

7. Is cloning a sign of progress?

Its only a sign of progress if we can clone my socks... because I keep loosing one... & to have another matching one?  That would be AMAZING... Progress in its finest!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Thank God for thirsty tow truck guys! :) 

Yesterday, I drove Ricky's car to get fixed... & driving it home, it broke down.  Was only about 3 miles from the garage that fixed it. BOO!  But I called AAA & they said it would be 2 hours before anyone could get there.  It was 86 degrees, hot & I was in a bad neighborhood.  But I had my Kindle... so I was like "bring it on bad luck"... I can read through the waiting.  But as I pull out my Kindle, a tow truck pulls up.  I asked him who he was, because 2 minutes is NOT 2 hours... He said, "I heard the call put on the list & I stopped to get something to drink & look up & you're right across the street from me - so I told them I'll go ahead & do this run first"... YES!

I told him that I know he's had a hard day in the sun, but I was thankful he was thirsty. 
he told me "you're welcome"


  1. Holy cow, I can't believe your puppy dog survived that incident! What an amazing vet you have, not to mention your quick-thinking instincts! You TOTALLY could have been an ICU nurse, girl!

  2. Wow ... what a story! So glad you were able to react quickly!

    Had to laugh about slapping Mickey's face on anything & buying it! ha!

    Thank God indeed for thirsty tow truck drivers! ;-)

  3. I'm so glad this post ended with a good story because that dog part freaked me out. You really need to put "warn" in all CAPS next time just so we are Really prepared.

  4. intestines?!! i would have panicked for sure! that is nasty!

  5. Aww...sweet Zoe! What a walking miracle she is! So glad you and the vet reacted fast enough to save her life! I couldn't handle being without my fur babies! I saw your posting on FB yesterday about being broken down and my heart just dropped. So happy that tow truck dude was there to help. Just meant to be!

  6. I have a similar Zoe story - well not as gross! haha But I had had my cat Jasmine for maybe a year. She was a mean, crazy little cat. But I still loved her for some crazy reason. I came home one day and noticed she was throwing up water everywhere. I threw her in the crate and rushed her to the emergency vet and they took her into surgery asap. Found out she had swallowed an ENTIRE shoe string and it was stuck in her esophagus. So she had been gulping water I guess trying to get it down but couldn't. They said another hour or two and she would have died. THEN they told me it cost $700, which I of course did not have. So my mom gave me half and the other half I got from a check-cashing place! That dang cat. To this day she is still alive and kicking but I call her the seven hundred dollar cat. And she's psycho! LOL LOL The things we do for love....

    So glad Zoe survived that! What a MIRACLE. You are a good mommy! I would have PASSED OUT with all that blood!

  7. Oh my goodness. What a spring into action story. I'm glad your puppy was alright, I think I would have had a panic attack.

    That is amazing that a tow truck driver who was thirsty made your day so much easier.

  8. I have no words for #3!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!

  9. Oh my...Zoe story...oh my.

    Thank heavens that the Lord intervened. I know you must love on that pup a little extra every day after almost losing her.

  10. OMG! I had no idea that could even happen with dogs after they get spayed. Now I'm going to be paranoid when we get our puppy spayed.
    Chuckling at your "Romper Room" answer!!!


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