Today’s post comes from Jacque.
What a week for dog drama and a Who Dunnit.
Lucky, our 8 year old Beagle/Terrier mix, had been ill for about 9 months with a tumor in her bladder. We noticed the problem last January in AZ when we walked her during the day. We pursued treatment for an infection, but then an ultrasound showed a mass in her bladder. We knew for some time how this would end, but it became clear that my soft-hearted husband was struggling with the decision. This caused conflict between the two of us. Lucky’s illness progressed, she was not feeling well and her behavior was getting irritable. Several times she got a bit aggressive with our other dog, Bootsy (Corgi mix). But it was only growling and barking.
Our neighbor, with whom we have had a very good relationship, was caring for her sister’s three large, movie star dogs (the neighbor had two for a total of 5). They are the dogs, a black Airedale and a part wolf dog, in the dog food commercial in which a dog leaps, then turns from an Airedale into a wolf. These dogs have been escaping lately. They have ordered a fence, but it was a long waiting list, so the dogs kept escaping despite their best efforts. Meanwhile, coyotes have been hanging out in our yards and have been getting bold, sometimes showing up midday.
Tuesday afternoon something/someone, the coyotes, our sick dog, or the neighbor dog, mauled our other dog, Bootsy. She was injured very badly, requiring surgery. Lou had the girls outside with him in the yard, but he did not see anything happen. Later, back in the house he noticed she was hiding and would not eat. I looked around, finding her in the kennel. Then I found patches of blood on our bed, in the kennel, and two guest beds which she visited looking for comfort. Lou had not seen the blood which left me incredulous. We rushed her to the emergency vet. Finally, at 1 am she was sent home from surgery with an external drain, many stitches, and a mesh cover over her torso.
Wednesday evening, Lou let Lucky out and stood at the door. The neighbor’s dogs got out again, rushed into our yard, and Lucky yipped. The neighbor texted me apologizing for the dogs getting away from her and scaring our dogs. But one of those dogs had bitten Lucky on the shoulder. It was superficial, so we did not even find the bite until the morning.
Friday morning Gentle Pet Vet came out and euthanized Lucky. It was peaceful and actually, a very sweet experience. We had a good cry, then buried her in the yard with her beloved squirrels which she loved to chase. Bootsy is recovering very well. Now we are still wondering, who mauled Bootsy? Lucky? The bite marks appear too big. Coyotes? A real possibility. The neighbor dogs? That is my theory.
Have you had any mystery or drama lately? What is your theory of my mystery.