Really, Dogs??? REALLY????

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Yesterday was my first day with the new fitbit, and so far, my report is pretty positive. I really like that it cuts out the need for all fitness logging, and that it syncs with SP without me having to do anything. I just get close to the computer and voila! Stuff is entered!

The calories burned for my intense cardio are WAAAAAY low, but I know what I'm really burning since I used an HRM too. I won't use the HRM much now, but it is good to see how different these two monitors are.

So, about the dogs... Last night, I got all PJ'd up, hopped into bed with the hubby all ready to watch a movie together, and then realized I'd not yet let the pups out for their last nighttime walk. I turned on the light like always, let them into our backyard like always, and then heard barking (like always).

Only this time, my husband jumped out of bed and yelled "what the heck is that??? It is twice as big as Binkley!" I jumped up too, in time for my husband to say, "Oh, it is ok, whatever it is seems to be walking away, it isn't attacking the dogs." I started to feel better, but ran to the door to let them in. Binkley was rubbing his face in the grass, and I figured it had been a skunk. I opened the door, bummed that I would have to wash horribly skunk sprayed dogs, only to realize there was no smell.

I had about 8 seconds of joy, until I saw their faces. Both dogs were COVERED in white and brown spikes. I couldn't puzzle through it, but yep... it was a porcupine.

We've been in this house 7 years, and I've never seen a porcupine, nor heard neighbors complain of them. The dogs were a mess. I had to take them to the emergency vet, but by the time we got there (10 minutes later), they had rubbed the quills into themselves to the point that they needed surgery.

Both of them. In one night.

I was a mess, and it was so scary and upsetting. The vet says she got all of them except for one that had worked its way into Binkley's jaw. Yes, JAW. She said the only way to get it out was to pull a couple of teeth, and even then, she wasn't sure she could get it. Did you know that quills migrate inward??? That dogs can die from this? It was mind boggling.

Luckily, the vet thinks that the piece in the jaw is small enough that the pup's body will attack it and get rid of it. She isn't worried about it migrating into an important body part since it has already hit bone.

Poor guys.

Poor me.

I had awakened at 4am to take my daughter to a German competition, and I got to go to be around 1am the next day. Yep. My fitbit wasn't impressed with my sleep pattern either.

Do you think I live in the boonies??? Do you think I shouldn't let my dogs in the backyard at night? Nope. I live within walking distance from a saks fith avenue and a whole foods market. I'm in the middle of Austin, but my life is like a show on animal planet.
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    Eeech! Poor doggies and poor you. Try to stay away from the comfort foods.
    2133 days ago
    OMG! Sorry about the doggies. I hope the quill doesn't bother Binkley, how terrible! And why I hadn't seen this blog the day your wrote it??? I am baffled. Fitbit...I am jealous :) Hope your sleep pattern is better, waking up early stinks!!!
    2133 days ago
    Oh my gosh, I've never heard of such a thing. I better keep my eyes open when I let my dogs out. We've had a fox roaming around and we're in town too. Glad your pups are ok!
    2136 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Oh, no!

    We have porcupines near us, but so far the dog hasn't found them. (She has come home with the occasional hedgehog--but they don't seem to release quills the same way.)

    Sorry your fitbit didn't at least give you extra credit for the adrenaline rush..
    2136 days ago
  • CODYG123
    Oh my, that's the worst! I hope you find a way to keep those pups quill free. hugs all round.
    2136 days ago
    Poor dogs! Poor you! I hope you all three get some rest and feel better.

    I didn't even know porcupines lived anywhere near Texas.
    2137 days ago
    I hope you have a more restful week, and your dogs too! xx
    2137 days ago
    Oh no! My heart goes out to your poor dogs and to sleepless you, too.
    2137 days ago
    Ah. You're poor dogs!
    2137 days ago
    That's the problem with the human growth... the animals haven't invaded us... we've invaded them.
    2137 days ago
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