In the old days of the C-B radios that everyone in America had at one time , a home base station and a C-B in the car or truck , this was of course,before cell phone and all the pods and berries, in the communication world today, I said all that to say that "MAD-DOG MALCOLM" was my C-B handle. Today that name almost became a reality for me , Heres the story.
About 9 am this morning , I heard one of the puppies crying on the front porch so I got up and got dressed and went to check it out . She (Blackie) was just laying there and not moving at all , I went to pick her up and she went into convulsions for about a good 3 minutes with me standing there not knowing what to do . Then she stopped and was breathing heavy and looking lke she was dying , so I went to pick her up and ,would you believe it she bite me , I'm not talking nipped me, I mean bite me and I had to pry her mouth open to get my finger loose. OUCH!!!. I called Ciejay because I was bleeding a lot and then the puppy started to foam at the mouth and convulse again, scared Ciejay a lot .Well we both thought rabies and decided we need to get me and the puppy to a Dr. to find out whats -up. I got a towel and threw it over the puppy and put it in a bucket that was near by and then we took off first to the Animal Hospital about six kilometre, from the house. When we got there all was quite in the bucket , and we handed it over to the Vet , when she reached in the puppy started again , they put on heavy gloves and took her out and tied her mouth with a string and laid her on the table and she calmed down . they took a swab of her mouth and said it would take a day to find out if she had rabies and in the mean time to be on the safe side I should go to our local hospital and let them give me a tetanus shot and clean my wound, so off we go to the hospital , where Ciejay tells them I have been bitten by a mad dog , well they rushed me into the emergency room and before you could say Boo they were washing my wounded finger and then I was being given a tetanus shot in one arm and a rabies shot in the other , the Dr. said different people react different to rabies and she did not want to wait a day or two to find out , sooooo in the other arm went the rabies shot and four more shots are lined up over the next week or two, thank goodness they don't have to do them in the stomach any more ., lots of anti -biotics and a pain killer and I'm off to the animal hospital again to check on the puppy and see if they think there is a chance she has rabies or not., well when we got there they had her sadated and calmed down and the Vet said 99% she was sure there was no rabies , but they needed to X-ray her to find the problem , because every time she was picked up she started crying and convulsing again, I said ok, and in a few minutes they called me in to the medical room and we looked at the X-rays and I couldn't believe it , both of her hips bones were out of joint , she must have fell off the porch during the night , but we had taken lots of steps to make sure that they could get up and down the stairs ,by adding a couple of concret blocks to make them short steps for them , she must have just fell off during the night trying to get down to go poo poo or something , I have been training them to go in the side woods and they were doing good at going by themselves.
Back to me for a second , the Dr, said that I should keep taking the rabies shots just for good measure , and better safe than sorry , I said ok. 500 baht a pop four more to go .
Back to the puppy, we now have pain killers and bone strenghten pills and anti-biotics, and a lesson in physcial therapy for me for the puppy in hopes that we can get the hips to go back in place and stay and also I have to teach her to swim , and let her swim in my pond a couple of time a week , as that is the best therapy for this problem of the hips.Back in the bucket she goes and we head home , I've made a new bed for her on a lower level and now only time will tell if we can get her back on her feet again, I hope so , because she is a really sweet natured puppy., and Ciejay has taken a liken to her. Between Her and Me and the many trips between ,her and my hospital , we have spent a lot of time and Baht, trying to keep her from going Mad and me from becoming a real" MAD-DOG MALCOLM"
As a side note , I guess she never heard the ole saying "NEVER BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU ".
Have you ever been bitten by a dog and did you have to go thru the rabies shots ? It wasn't as painful as I had heard and, the worse part ,I think ,was thinking that maybe I could have rabies , that really scared me and Ciejay too. 10 /4 old buddy , I'm outa here , catch you on the flip flop.
Mad -Dog Malcolm (almost)