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Two Days Later, Canela Recovering in Style

Two Days Later, Canela Recovering in Style

Wed. 12.01.16 – Canela and my Mom came back to Huntington Beach today. Canela has a lot of staples, on her belly, on her back, and on her sides. She is currently recovering in style with a leopard print coat and tiger print blanket.

Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts on her behalf.

Canela back from Surgery, after being attacked by a Pit bull

Canela back from surgery, photo by Sue Hahn with her iPhone 6s plus

Tues. 11.29.16 – My mom was walking Canela, her chihuahua, down the street from her cousin Lynn’s house in Palm Desert this morning when a pit bull jumped out of an open window of a contractor’s truck and attacked Canela. My mom was not able to stop the dog from attacking Canela and the pit but ripped her open. Luckily the contractor heard my mom’s screams, ran out and laid his whole body on his dog to get it to stop.

Canela was swiftly wrapped in a t-shirt with an ice pack and rushed off to an emergency vet, as intestines were coming out of a hole in her tummy, as well as bite marks on her back. She was out of surgery and ready to be taken home by 4:30pm.

The vet is positive that she should recover. When I asked my mom about it on the phone this evening she was still in high emotion and so I did not have a clear understanding if the pit but just ripped open Canela’s abdomen or if the intestines were perforated as well. Hopefully, Canela will not have an intestinal infection and will recover.

The whole thing is terribly upsetting. The dog owner at the time claimed he would pay the vet bill. Hopefully he will.

Readers of this blog post: If you choose to own a power breed or a pit bull breed of dog, please for the sake of the rest of us – have your dog fully trained, walked/ran daily for more than 45 minutes, and if you can’t be next to your dog and your dog is in public – please please please have it restrained.

I had a lovely little jerk of a 12 lb. Maltese dog for 12 1/2 years and I followed my above recommendations. If you have a dog and don’t have the time nor inclination to train, walk, and restrain your dog, please re-home it with someone who will. We all thank you – esp. small children and other small animals.

Stuck in Traffic, Driving Home from the Vet

Stuck in Traffic, left - Scruffy chewing a limb, right - Belle *Ecstatically* happy (aka on doggy surgery drugs)
Wed 01.12.11 – 5:58pm – I could have entitled this post, “Belle, post-surgery, coming down off of general anesthesia, ecstatically happy, about to tip over”.
Belle is now the proud possessor of 4 staples, about 6 x 3 inches of shaved fur, and breath that smells of dancing unicorn farts. I am sure tomorrow when all the happy anesthesia has worn off she won’t be quite so happy. The ride home on the 22 fwy with two accidents making traffic very stopped was made better by Belle’s extra extra extra happy mood.
Per usual, thanks to Dr. Kali at North Tustin Veterinary Clinic for an excellent vet experience.