Monday, September 17, 2012
the corgi, yes that corgi
I dare to say that Koda is pretty well known in the blogger world. After all up to this year, he was my blogging buddy and my blogs had names that always included something to do with corgi in them.
I also dare to say he is too cute and too darn smart, but you guys all know that; you've been reading about him, some of you for several years, and I think he has a special place in a lot of your hearts (ours too).
A lot of you know of his battle with lymphoma last year and by the grace of God he is in remission still a year later. You know of his diagnosis of diabetes and the struggles we had with giving him his shots when he was first diagnosed.
We almost lost him last month. It was hit and miss whether he would recover for a few hours.
His diabetes went out of control. Not sure how that happened. Actually in retrospect I think it was a gradual thing but we didn't catch it. He was drinking lots of water but we thought it had to do because it was so hot at the time, but in reality I think his blood sugars were starting to climb.
It all culminated with him starting with his stomach problems. A lot of you know of his sensitive stomach issues and he was experiencing symptoms of that. We were going to start him on his bland diet the very next day but then he did something that totally indicated to us something seriously was wrong with him.
He didn't want to eat. He's a corgi. They live for food. He wouldn't even look at his food.
We knew something was seriously wrong with him. The very next day hubby got him into the vet who diagnosed him with ketoacidosis (basically diabetes out of control). His blood sugar was over 400. He had been throwing up and lethargic and not totally himself.
We had to begin treatment immediately; give him insulin, IV fluids. It had to be managed at the vet's office, not at home. He spent the weekend there under their care. It was an anxious night Saturday into Sunday, waiting for the update of how he did.
By the grace of God, he did just fine. He was able to come home Monday, totally different corgi than had gone there two days earlier. We had to fine tune his insulin a bit and he's doing just fine now. Totally different dog, fully of energy, spunk and silliness.
So everything is fine, life is back to normal. Then September 1 we are walking him down at the boat ramp where we like to walk him.
You guys all know how he doesn't like other dogs and how we avoid them if at all possible.
We pass a lady walking her dog. Koda snarls at him, he snarls at Koda. We think we are out of the woods because we pass by, only in a flash of minute, a twinkle of the eye, the dog is suddenly attacking Koda!
It had gotten away from its owner, still on leash, and was trying to bite Koda!
The lady walking him is trying to get him back, hubby, who always carries a stick, is trying to get between the dog and Koda and trying to protect Koda. The dog is going for Koda's throat. It was like time stood still but really the whole thing only took less than 30 seconds. The dog bit hubby when hubby put himself between Koda and the dog, but hubby didn't think it broke the skin since he was wearing jeans.
Hubby finally wacked the dog on the nose and he stopped attacking Koda. The lady fell in the process of trying to get her dog off Koda, but she was able to get him after he got wacked (hubby didn't want to wack him but nothing else was working). She was very concerned that Koda was okay. Hubby checked him over and thankfully Koda had no injuries.
We parted ways and walked back to the car, grateful Koda was okay. Along the way everyone who witnessed the encounter asked if Koda was okay.
When we got home, hubby realized the bite had broken his skin and he was bleeding. He did a good wound clean up and his tetanus shot was up to date. We watched it for a few days and it healed just fine.
We learned a moral of the story from there. Any attack like this, we'll get dog info. We are putting a pad of paper and pen into the bag we carry with supplies to pick up Koda's business so that we can have it available in case it happens again.
This is the third time Koda's been attacked by other dogs. Thankfully he has never been hurt.
First bite for hubby.
All are fine as of this day.
August and the beginning of September were hard times for a corgi!
But I leave you with two cute stories. Whenever we put Koda in his crate before we go somewhere, we give him a treat. The day before he got really sick with his diabetes out of control, we had put him in his crate and given him his usual cookie. I didn't realize it at the time, but he hadn't eaten that cookie. I realized afterwards when he was at the vet's and I looked over at his crate that the cookie was still there. I just threw it away.
When Koda came back from the vet's, a few days later he went into his crate and started looking and sniffing around, looking for that cookie. As someone said, a corgi never forgets a food source. It was so funny him looking for it!
So what did we do? When he was gone one time walking with hubby, I put a cookie in there for him to find. He did find it!
He still goes looking in his crate for cookies. We randomly put them in there for him to find. It really is too cute as he looks for them.
And then today hubby and me decided to bring food in for dinner. Its been a crazy couple days with this and that and we figured we would just treat ourselves rather than cook tonight so we decided to order something from Chili's. We went to pick it up and as we are turning into the parking lot, Koda gets all excited and then I realize, Chili's is in the same shopping center where Pet Smart is. And Koda knows all the Pet Smarts and Pet Co's. He was all excited, thinking we were going there. Imagine his surprise when we turned right instead of left to go to Pet Smart. So we pick up our food and he's still excited, thinking he is getting to go into Pet Smart. So what do you think we did? Did we take him?
(He is just too darn cute. I am so thankful though, Lord, that you protected him and healed him during these two events).
(thanks for all the welcome backs :)
This is what happens when he moves right when the picture is being taken.
and yes we did........(take him in Pet Smart :)