Now to get back and finish my story without interruptions. Jamie hasn’t had a relapse, so I am supposing all systems are go here for me to finish the story of my return home after the escape from the back yard.
So…I ran all around the woods and the swamp, and returned sheepishly home. As I mentioned, Mom cleaned me off and hauled me to the Vet. Dr. W. tch-tched over all my cuts and scratches (there were 2″ thorn trees in the woods – ouch) and Poison Ivy. I don’t think I got Poison Ivy but I am broken out with little spots on my back from an allergic reaction to all the plant growth. Dr. W. gave me a HUGE shot in the butt. This one hurt! I actually turned around and snapped a bit! Then of course I kissed his hand and wagged my tail. Dr. W. said that the shot was for all the allergies that were acting up and that it should make me feel better right away.
Dr. W. also gave Mom a big bottle on antiseptic shampoo and antiseptic flush for the cuts and scratches. Then he told Mom to give me a bath every 2 or 3 days, no blow dryer (yay!) and to let the shampoo sit for a few minutes – and that THAT would be the trick.
So, we went home, and Mom and Jamie prepared to give me a bath. First they cleaned out Dad’s walk-in shower. Then Mom started the hand-held shower head and let the water get to the perfect temperature. Finally, she and Jamie led me into the bathroom, into the water, and removed my collars.
Surprisingly, I didn’t give Mom too much of a hard time. I was pretty submissive during the bath. Mom scrubbed and Jamie held the shower head. When Mom soaped me up, I shook hard all over. Dr. W. was right. It’s hard to keep the shampoo in! Jamie didn’t get wet, but Mom got a good soaking.
When I came out of the shower, Mom towel-dried me and I really liked that. Mom flushed the cuts with antiseptic and it didn’t sting. Then they let me walk around until I was dry, without my collars. Jamie said I looked funny without my “bling” on.
After the Vet visit and the bath, I’m feeling better. And I haven’t run away since.