Last Saturday some people brought a little unneutered chihuahua to the shelter. The story goes that he had been straying around that neighborhood for a while. These people said they had put out food for him. On this day they brought him to the shelter because his eyeball was hanging out. Yep. You heard me right. They explained that they didn’t have the means to get that kind of vet care. The vet clinic that the shelter uses was closed for the rest of the weekend so he would have to be taken to the 24-hour emergency clinic. The people agreed to take him there, and the shelter would assume responsibility. The decision was made to take him in despite the continuous “full house” at their shelter. He certainly could not go without veterinary care.
It would fall to Younger Daughter to get over to the emergency clinic the next day (on Sunday) during her regular working hours. The problem was that she had a group of Girl Scouts coming that afternoon and nobody knew exactly when this little chihuahua would be released. Then on Saturday night, while Older Daughter was in that town grocery shopping (the town with the emergency clinic), she received a call on her cell phone. The little man was out of surgery and could be picked up that night. So Older Daughter reported to Younger Daughter that she would not have to juggle the schedule the next day at work. And then she called me. Hi Mom. Do you have room for a little chihuahua who just had his eye removed? I hate to leave him at the shelter for the night after such a trauma. The vet who did his surgery said it was a dog bite. There were tooth holes above and below the eye, and once he got inside he described the area as “hamburger meat.” He had to leave it partially unstitched because he could not even tell if he had successfully removed the tear duct which would need to drain if it was still there.
Little Fonzie arrived at my kennel that night, and will stay here through his recovery. If he continues to do as well as he has so far, he will go on my next spay/neuter trip with shelter cats and dogs. He is SUCH a charmer. Once neutered, he can be posted for adoption. Then someone will get a wonderful little one-eyed chihuahua buddy who is sure to become a best friend.
Have a great weekend. See you next week.