Inara has hiney issues. There. I said it. Hopefully she won’t read this or she’ll be embarrassed. But she does. A few weeks ago I took her to the vet because she had some weird, hard growth coming out of her hiney. The vet determined that it was an abscess that had burst, and the growth was actually a scab protruding. She pinched it off and called it a day. I took her in again on Monday evening because she had another growth, again coming from her hiney, but this one was fleshy. The Doc said it was actually a wart and needed to be removed since it was right on her anus and probably making it uncomfortable to go to the bathroom.
So I dropped Inara off Wednesday morning at the vet. Even for a minor procedure, it was tough leaving her there. The staff was excited to see her though, so that helped. They also said I could call at noon and probably pick her up then. So I called at noon, but young miss gets hit hard by anesthesia so she wasn’t awake enough yet. I could go pick her up at 3. I showed up at 3 and walked into the nearly silent vet’s office. The vet techs were sitting behind the desk and quietly gestured for me to peek over. I did, and there was a very groggy Inara, barely standing, but still giving kisses and soliciting lovin’s from the techs. Totally melted my heart. Especially when she finally noticed me and looked at me with her sleepy little eyes and wagged her tail (nearly falling in the process). The vet had removed the wart, as well as the big skin tag that had been on her elbow, trimmed her nails and gave her a shot of amoxicillin. Grand total? $48. Love my vet. And the best part was that because the vet had cauterized them, there was absolutely zero aftercare needed.
So I took the little girl home and had to help her out of the car and up the steps. Before I could even get her harness and collar off, she staggered straight to the bedroom and just looked at the bed, looked at me, and back at the bed. I lifted her up and she immediately fell asleep. I curled up next to her and she napped on me for a couple hours. She was still kind of unsteady on her feet the rest of the evening, but did eat, drink, pee and poop, so I knew all was good.
I had to work today so she just snoozed in her crate, and when I came home she was rarin’ to go. She wanted to play fetch and tug with her Alien carcass, so we did that a bit. Then we had a Tug O’ War workshop at Fortunate Fido. I hemmed and hawed about going since I was afraid it might make her surgery sites sore, but decided to go. I figured I’d let her set the pace.
There were 5 other dogs in the workshop, so of course Inara had to announce herself upon entering. I got her settled and then she only had a few other outbursts. Pretty impressive since there was a lot of activity going on with 5 other dogs tugging. It was odd though – if Inara was the only dog tugging, she was a BEAST. Totally focused on tugging and giving it her all. However, if the other dogs were tugging, she wouldn’t. Or couldn’t. Not sure which. She could do beautiful obedience with me, but if I asked her to tug she just flat out refused. I don’t know if she was uncomfortable letting loose enough to play? She was very relaxed during the down time, either lounging on a hip or totally sprawled on her side. But she couldn’t relax to play tug if the other dogs were. Very strange and definitely something I’ll work on.
She is beat. I think all the tugging was a bit much for her, so I gave her a couple baby aspirin with her dinner and she’s now curled up on my bed snoozing while I’m lying beside her typing.
I shall leave you with two things:
- A video of her doing one of her favorite things ever – turning a stuffie into a carcass.
- A picture of her amongst her carnage afterwards.