Tuesday Mike and I came home to find a “present” on our front rug. Now, this “present” was wrapped up nicely in said rug, complete with a bow of torn off fringe on the top. We have two furbabies, Ellie (German Shepard mix) and Ruby (Lab mix).
Adorable, aren’t they? Don’t let them fool you though. That white one…she’s a handful and I’m pretty sure Ellie does thinks and frames Ruby. We threw away the rug since the fringe was torn to shreds and the rug was stained.
Wednesday morning we decided to roll up our other rug and put it in the hallway so they wouldn’t destroy it. We have hardwood floors, so it’s much easier to clean those than it is the rugs! That afternoon we came home to find two huge piles of food one of the dogs had regurgitated. Eww…I know. Thankfully, we had the rugs put away. I don’t know about y’all, but our dogs always head to a rug or mat when they get sick. Can’t get sick on the floor where we can just wipe it up…nope, gotta defile the carpets!
We cleaned it up, put the house back in order and let the dogs stay outside for a bit. When we brought them back in, we gave them each a milkbone and Ruby got sick again. Uh oh… We stopped feeding her but she would throw up whatever water she had drank also. So, we figured we’d pick up the water and not let Ruby have any more food or water that night and maybe it would work through her system and she’d be fine. She wasn’t feeling well, at all. Poor baby.
That night we all went to bed thinking everything would be right with the world again the next morning. Ruby kept cuddling up to me, which is unusual for her. She likes to lay against you but doesn’t normally cuddle. I fell back to sleep only to be woken up at 1:45 with a retching noise. Not the best way to wake up! Unfortunately, she had thrown up all over Mike. Fortunately for him, it was on the sheets and blankets and he didn’t get any on his actual person!
This go ’round her vomit was tinged with blood. Que panic mode. We threw on some clothes, loaded Ruby and me in the back of the truck and took off for the emergency animal clinic. When we got there, we explained about the fringe (up to this point we thought it was Ruby who tore it up but didn’t have proof) and how we were afraid she ate some of it. They took her to do x-rays to see if anything was evident. They were well stocked on magazines. Did you know they had one called Garden & Guns? A little odd…but ok!
Sure enough, she had some fringe that was wreacking havoc on her intestines. They gave her a shot to stop the vomiting and sent us home with the x-ray. Later that morning we went to see her normal vet who recommended we give her a couple of tablespoons of wet dog food to try and push the fringe through her system. All day yesterday I would feed her a little bit, let her drink some water, and watch for her to go to the bathroom. She never did. She would pee, but that was about the most of it. Of course, she’d only had a little bit to eat, but I was afraid that meant she was plugged and we’d have to resort to surgery. She slept through the night without incident.
This morning, she finally went to the bathroom. I pulled on my shoes and ran out to inspect the mess and there it was. I have never been so happy to see dog crap in my life! She is still feeling a bit bad, but now the danger has passed and she can start healing up! From now on, no rugs with fringe!