So here I am, Labor Day weekend and all excited that I have my first pet sitting job with a pet that doesn't belong to a friend. Ooooh Boy. A cute yellow lab named Maggie. She is sweet, she is huge and she is adorable. I will make three visits a day and spend about 35 to 40 minutes with her. We will walk, I will talk and we will have a fabulous time together while her Mama and Daddy are away for 6 days.
Day one, fabulous. Day two, fabulous. Day three... the turd. yep, the turd. You see Maggie has this invisible collar/fence, shock the crap out of ya thing which means she can run around the yard "free." This also means that she can get into whatever she wants to get into before "auntie," that would be me, can get to her and rip it out of her mouth. Well.... she found a cat turd or some kinda turd buried in the pine straw. Of course, by the time I could get to her, she was running with the turd while I chased her. This is fun, thought Maggie. Auntie thought.. what the *$@**& are you doing????? Gulp... she ate it. Oh dear. Oh my. Not good.
Before I left for the evening I made Maggie promise me she wouldn't puke. So, upon arrival the next morning at 6:45 a.m. Maggie had kept her promise. She didn't puke, but she did have diarrhea in the house. Peeeeuuuuu! Then to make matters worse, I took her for a walk and she had pure blood pouring out her butt!!! I almost passed out! I get her in my car and drove her to my house to get all her paperwork so we can go to the emergency vet. Then, I can't get her out of the car. She won't budge! So I pick up this giant dog with a bear hug and get her out of the car. Later, at the vet's office I find out that Maggie weighs 84 lbs. I weigh 89 lbs. Amazing what adrenaline and fear can do!
So after a brief visit with the vet and $296.00 later, Maggie is at home and happy as always. Auntie is happy that Maggie no longer has blood spraying out of her butt and Auntie is ever grateful that Maggie's parents don't' hate her for letting their child eat naughty food.
Kids... a full time job.
Have a great week.
This week IGF understanding parents and emergency vet clinics.