We’ve had a lot going on the last couple weeks and I am EXHAUSTED!
A couple weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Fifty Shades took Scout and me for our early evening walk. We explored the pond area as usual, when Scout conducted one of his jobs by grabbing a copperhead snake. In turn, the snake lashed out and bit him on his lower jaw. We were all pretty stunned, most of all Scout. We hurried back home but Scout was so dazed he had to stop a couple times and sit. When we got inside, we called the emergency vet clinic and they said to “bring your baby right over.” Little did they know they would be getting a two-for-one since I needed to come for moral support.
Scout and I hopped into the back seat and I did not take more than my usual 3/4 of the space. On the ride over, Scout’s lower jaw started to droop a bit and it began to swell. When we got to the clinic – oh boy! The Smells! The Sights! We rushed into the building and Scout and Mr. Fifty Shades went into an exam room. I was shaking so hard with all the Smells and Sights that Mrs. Fifty Shades took me outside to calm down. When we saw a cat prancing around the building, she said, “Oh no,” and ushered me back inside. Wow! Did I mention the Smells? Fantastic! My quivering continued as strong as ever and the nicest lady wondered if a treat or two might help me. I certainly thought that would do the trick. The treats were very tasty and soon thereafter, Mrs. Fifty Shades and I went into the exam room with Scout and Mr. Fifty Shades. When the vet came in, he told us that Scout was the second copperhead bite he had treated that night. The vet seemed so nice and I felt I needed to show my appreciation for his looking after Scout. So, I licked him all over his face to thank him for taking care of my best buddy in the world. For some reason though, I had to go back out again. There was talk of someone being too excited. So, we went back out to the lobby where the Smells were wonderful – have I mentioned that before? There was a cat there, too. But, I tried to ignore her. Then, lots of people came by and said how pretty and sweet I was. I really liked this place. When Scout emerged from the exam room, he had been given some antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and pain meds.
On the ride home, I insisted that Scout use up his usual 1/4 of the backseat. He was so out of it that he just leaned up against the door and dozed on and off. I was able to sleep all the way back and had a couple nice dreams about the Smells and the Cats and the Nice People and Treats! When we arrived home, Scout ran to a corner and laid there all night. The next several days were tough on my BFF. We could all tell he was still in pain and his jaw swelled up something awful. I think he was a little scared, too. Throughout the first few days, Scout darted from corner to corner and room to room trying to escape the pain. Mr. Fifty Shades lay down next to him through one particularly rough night so that he wouldn’t be so anxious. We all fretted over that boy and wished we could make him feel better. Especially me – I really wanted to get him into our new play pen (fenced area), but, we all thought about it and thought the best thing I could do was to give him a little space and breathing room. It was difficult, though, since Scout and I are used to playing and cutting up all day. I think Mrs. Fifty Shades was feeling a bit confined, too, because one day she said something about running off some excess energy. I wanted to help her with that, so we went down to the play pen and I showed her how to play a new game with a tennis ball. It worked this way – she threw the ball, I retrieved it and then I ran all around while she tried to catch me and get the ball. How much fun is that?!!
Gradually, our brave Scout got back to normal. We knew he was on the road to recovery when he wanted to play with me again. Yay – I am so relieved that my dearest friend is back 100%. He is the best company ever. I love you, Scout!
In other news…
Mr. Fifty Shades continues the work on the “Mow-rage.” Here you can see that the garage door got installed. Fancy, fancy.
He’s working hard now on the ceiling, insulation, and on the electrical and lighting systems.
So, now you’re up to date on what’s going on here. Now that he’s feeling better, Scout is working on a Scout Report for you.
A comment to the former Hurricane Matthew – so glad you did not hit Florida as hard as expected, but, did you have to go and create havoc for our loved ones in North Carolina?
Well – that is about it for now. Until next time…
Lots of Love and kisses,
Sage from Fifty Shades of Green Acres
P.S. Copperheads have been plentiful and on the move all around the southeast. It’s been dry and they are apparently looking for water. Mr. Fifty Shades wanted me to share this picture of one he killed about two months ago. This one is about 18 to 20 inches long and it is nowhere near the length or girth of the one that attacked our Scout.