We Are Still Here

It has been quite a while since I wrote a post because, truthfully, there wasn’t much to say. And then last week an event occurred that required my almost constant attention. Now that things have calmed down, I’ll share our past week with y’all.

Due to hubby’s dementia issues, and my own plantar fasciitis issues, I recently began taking Ducky back to daycare on an almost-daily basis. It was the best thing I could do for Ducky at the time. I hated not having her company here at home; but the stress was becoming overwhelming for her and, as a result, for me.

Last Monday, shortly after I dropped Ducky off, I received a voicemail asking that I call them back. (I make use of the automatic do not disturb while driving function on my cellphone.) When I called them back, I learned that Ducky had been taken to their vet for emergency treatment….

To make a long story short, one of Ducky’s usual playmates somehow escaped the indoor play area as Ducky and her human walker were returning from the outdoor potty area. In her excitement to see Ducky, the other dog somehow managed to tear Ducky’s right ear flap. It happened so fast that Ducky couldn’t protect herself, nor could the humans prevent the incident. They did manage to separate the two dogs quickly, though, and took Ducky to their vet….

Their vet, thankfully, is the same as that used by our Golden Retriever rescue group so I was comfortable with Ducky being in their care. I called them immediately and asked them to let me know when I could pick her up. When I picked her up at 3:30, this is how she looked:

Not a happy puppy.

My poor sweet baby girl. She had had to be sedated so her ear flap could be repaired. In addition to the sutures, gauze pads were placed around the ear and then the bandage had to be wrapped around her head. The bandage was removed on Friday afternoon, and the vet said that he was very pleased with the way the ear was healing. The only thing left to do was to keep her from scratching the ear. So, I brought her to Pet Supplies Plus and got her the cone.

Take it off me, Mom!!!

Thanks to multiple applications of organic coconut oil, and the Carprofen, the irritation has eased enough that I was able to let her sleep without the cone around her neck on Sunday night. And, with the exception of Monday morning to keep the sutures dry in the rain, I’ve left the cone off since then. And Ducky is much happier. The sutures come out tomorrow. She will be even happier at that point. The daycare I take her to is still open, though not on weekends or for boarding. I’m not sure at this moment if I’m going to try bringing her back right away or wait until this COVID-19 mess is over and done.

Let me end by saying I have been remiss about keeping up with everyone’s blog posts this past month and I apologize for that. But I spent several hours this morning reading your recent posts. My phone – for whatever reason – does not allow me to use the “Like” buttons embedded in your posts. Meanwhile, I hope everyone stays safe and healthy throughout this worldwide crisis. Thank goodness we all have each other in our blogging community!

23 thoughts on “We Are Still Here

    • My Golden Life says:

      Bless my dear girl, she is nothing if not resilient. She has already bounced back emotionally. She’s not happy at the moment because of the cone – I had to put it back on to protect the area where the sutures were removed today – but she’ll be happy once it heals. We’re both feeling the hugs – thank you!! You all stay safe, healthy, and virus-free too!!


    • My Golden Life says:

      Ducky sends smooches right back to Luke! 😘😘 Suture removal went well – the ear has been healing nicely. Some scabs had formed over the stitches and came off with the stitches. As soon as we got home, I put some coconut oil on the area and it looks like it’s already healing.


  1. Tails Around the Ranch says:

    Oh Sue, I’m sooooo sorry to hear that your sweet Ducky was injured. Yikes. Please know we’re sending loads of POTP via sheepdog and poodle express. I hope life calms down a bit now and life gets back to normal (whatever that is going to be now in these uncertain times). Stay safe, keep smiling and know I’m thinking of you. Hugs and tail wags.

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    • My Golden Life says:

      Aw, thanks!! I’m sure Ducky will be fine once the sutures are removed, the ear is completely healed, and she’s had a good play session with her friends again. ❤️🐾


  2. derrycats says:

    Poor Ducky, and poor you too! I’m glad things are healing up nicely, and that the day care staff responded promptly and got the right help. May your days be easier for awhile!

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  3. Pamela says:

    Wow, what a trauma. Glad Ducky’s day care got care for her so quickly and that’s she’s healing.

    Hope she recovers quickly and can get back to playtime. Thinking of all of you.

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  4. Dakota/Caren/Cody says:

    oh my that poor, poor baby and poor you! I would have been beside myself. I would have been insane. I am so happy that Ducky is on the mend, but I can just imagine how terrified you had to be! Please stay safe and healthy!

    Liked by 1 person

    • My Golden Life says:

      Thankfully, I know the girls who work at the daycare know how to handle this kind of thing, so I wasn’t too worried.

      We’re doing our best to protect ourselves and others. Hopefully our best will be enough. ❤️


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