I want to thank you all for the messages about Minnie.
It appears that Nicole has been snooping around on my Facebook page, scrolling way back in time and she found this. She thinks that somehow our dog having an accident equates to her animal cruelty and threats to put her dog down if people didn’t step up and fix the problem that she created.
This accident happened last winter before we went on our cruise.
Dave had Minnie outside, and turned his back for two minutes and she headed for the road. As I have mentioned, I think, she is eleven years old but behaves like a puppy. She thinks that everyone is coming to see her.
So when a car came down the road, she went out to greet it, and ran right into the moving vehicle.
The woman driving (our neighbor) was horrified, thought she was dead, and rushed up to tell us.
We thought she was dead, too. Dave got her and was walking back up to the house, thinking about where he would bury her, and I came over and realized that her eyes were flickering slightly. She was not dead.
But I thought she could not possibly live. She had blood draining from her nose and mouth, and quite obviously had a serious head injury.
So we got in the car to take her to a nearby vet to have her put to sleep. Thankfully, he was closed.
We then headed to a nearby town (30 miles) to our usual vet. She had a pretty massive seizure while en route and I thought she would die then. Dave and I both were crying most of the way there.
When we arrived, I jumped out of the car carrying her and ran into the office. They treated us like it was an hospital ER, which it actually is if you think about it. After they took her away, we waited. And after about an hour, the vet came out and gave us the news.
Yes, it was a severe head injury. He said her prognosis was 50/50. He put her in a 100% oxygen tent and she stayed there for 48 hours (to provide as much oxygen to her brain as possible until the swelling began to subside).
The issue once she looked like she might live was what her quality of life might be like. We honestly were not sure. The vet was much more optimistic than I was, frankly, but the three of us discussed it and we were in agreement that if she had severe brain damage that would make her life miserable, we would put her to sleep.
She came home three days after the accident.
Here she is. The vet holding her is Dr. David Mullins, Midway Animal Hospital, Somerset, Kentucky.
She was a pitiful sight. (She had just had a bath, because Dr. Mullins said he couldn’t release her in the condition she was in – she had peed and pooped herself a bit, and had dried blood all over her head.)
But we were glad to see her alive and conscious.
After we got her home, we realized that she was walking in circles. Literally walking to the right in a circle. She could not walk straight. She had lost all spatial recognition and if you put her on a chair, she would just walk right off the edge.
Dr. Mullins said that was okay (!!! and I said it was not okay, and he said that yes it was for the moment), and that he thought she would slowly improve. His guess was a week.
It took about two weeks. She spent about a week never barking a single time, which was beyond weird. Her circles gradually got larger and then she began walking straight for very short distances.
He asked me on followup if I thought there was any brain damage, and I replied that it was impossible to tell since she had little to no brains in the first place. (I told you all that she’s a complete moron, didn’t I?) This accident is the reason we refer to her as Minnie the Muddle-headed Maltese.
But here’s the deal.
It was a preventable accident. However, it’s a pretty long way from our house to the road and Dave just had no idea she’d run straight down there.
And, once the accident had occurred, we took her straight to the best vet in the world and she survived quite nicely. It cost about $400. We did not have to mount a GoFundMe and beg strangers to pay the bill.
She never goes outside without a leash on now, ever. She cannot be trusted and we tell her so frequently.
Accidents happen. They happen to everyone, to adults, to children, to children that grow up and become adults, to pets, to livestock. It’s not having an accident that makes you irresponsible.
What makes you irresponsible is when you fail to provide a remedy once the accident has occurred, and more importantly, when you repeat the same things over and over again (getting pets and livestock you are not prepared to care for and cannot afford) and expect a different result.
My sincere thanks to all of you who messaged me privately because you were concerned about her.
Here she is, as I type this, sleeping on a chair right behind mine. It’s her chair and where she always sleeps when I am working at my desk.
Oh, and before you can say anything –