It's not Tehya this time, but there's more trouble! Kayleigh is one of our first dogs; I think she was number five when she arrived a little over five years ago. She's a malamute mix, big, beautiful and troubled. She had a pretty awful start in life and had some pretty major issues when she first arrived. "Get any closer and I'll take your hand off" kind of issues, along with an out of control prey drive and extreme dog aggression. If I had known then what I know now, I probably wouldn't have adopted Kayleigh, but all I saw was pleading brown eyes and those gigantic white paws trying to reach me through the chain link of her shelter cage. I loved her immediately.
Kayleigh has always been a handful, but she's come a long way. She no longer shows any aggression towards any humans, although the dog aggression is unchanged. She has her own pen, attached to the shop. She can't come in the house as she hates the other dogs and likes the cats way too much in all the wrong ways! So she gets her inside time in the shop, which is often a busier place than the house!
Last night she slept in the shop as she does most nights. We thought all the potential hazards had been moved out of her reach or out of the shop entirely. Kayleigh isn't a chewer. With the exception of a couple porcupines, she's never chewed up anything that was off limits. Last night, she found a package of toothpicks. I have no idea where they came from or what they were doing in the shop. She found them and ate many of them!
Stuart found Kayleigh this morning covered in blood, lethargic and still vomitting up more disgusting stuff! So off to the vet again at 8am! Kayleigh is still at the vet and will be until at least tomorrow evening.
X-rays and bloodwork showed some abnormalities so an exploratory surgery was done. Turned out to be the right call. Kayleigh had a bunch of toothpicks in her intestine and stomach along with a small shard of metal. I have no clue where that came from, but it was about to cause a major problem! Fortunately, it was removed before her intestine was fully perforated. That would have only further complicated things! As it is her recovery will be quite long and potentially complicated! The incision on her stomach is at least a foot long! That's a lot of stitches!
She also has a massive laceration under her tongue. That's where most of the blood was coming from. I'm actually fairly impressed that Kayleigh let anyone look in her mouth. A few years ago, that wouldn't have happened on a good day and trying it when she was in pain back then would have led to loosing a finger or two! She has come a long way!
She will be on crate rest for a couple weeks. Anvik is loosing his giant sized crate. It's the only one Kayleigh will fit in!
There will be no killing innocent tennis balls for awhile, but if all goes well, she should be able to indulge herself again!
Whoever had cursed my dog yard lately, could you please stop now?