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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Piko.....




Yesterday morning after Easton went to school, Lilo was out in the yard barking at a couple of the neighbors dogs. Piko heard her barking, and went out, (Lilo is the boss, Piko is her protector, Piko also thinks he is a lot bigger than he actually is) He ran out into the yard, to chase them out, and got attacked. I feel terrible, every time I think about it, the images of him being thrown around come back, it makes me so sick. I was upstairs screaming from the window, I ran down the stairs, out the door, barefoot across the yard, and down the road chasing them screaming. Piko ran into the house yelping, while I was chasing the dogs, and hid. It took me about five minutes to find him, I knew that when dogs are really hurt they will go somewhere to be alone and die, and that is all I could think of. I finally found him under our bed, but couldn't get him out, I moved the mattress, but couldn't move the box springs... I called my friend who lives down the road, she owns a dog grooming shop, and is seriously amazing with animals. I could barely talk because I was sobbing, and out of breath from everything, (I don't handle crisis situations very well, that is one talent I truly wish I had). My friend was out of town though, in Salt Lake actually for her dog. She told me to call a guy here in T-town that is a vet, she said he will take such good care of Piko. She wasn't kidding. I called him, I am embarrassed now at how I probably sounded, but he was so kind, told me what to do, and to bring him right over. I called and called and called Piko, finally he came running out from under the bed, and ran for the laundry room, I trapped him picked him up in a towel, grabbed Ian, and went to the vet's house. The vet was so kind, met me outside, took Piko from me, took him inside and looked at him for a minute. He came back out and explained all of the injuries that he could see, and what he was going to do. He ran a practice in California, and just a year ago moved here, so he still has a lot of the equipment. They put him under, and did surgery on him, he had a couple really big lacerations, one over his liver, but luckily it didn't puncture, they are worried about bruising on it though, his right shoulder was torn open, and the skin was completely lifted off, same with his lower right side. His neck muscle had a 3/4" tear in it from the dogs k9 teeth, they had to suture that internally, and then they sutured up the remaining lacerations, and punctures, leaving openings for it to seep. I can't tell you how blessed I feel for them living so close, and being so willing to help, they sent us home with a cage, heat pad, food, water dish towel, ect. I also feel so blessed that he wasn't killed. His injuries are life threatening, the vet sent us home with strict instructions on what to watch for, meds to give him several times a day, and a syringe to force food and water into him, but I really think he will pull through. He seems to be doing okay this morning, he will lick water off of my finger, and we got his medicine in him. He wags his tail a little when we walk in the room and talk to him. We packed him outside this morning and set him down to see if he would use the bathroom, and he peed!!! Easton started sobbing when he saw him last night, it broke my heart all over again. We talked, and I told him that it would be okay, that the vet fixed Piko up really good, he asked a lot of questions, once I answered all of them, I think he felt better. But when we told him it was bed time and to tell Piko good night you could see the tears well up in his eyes. I am glad he has such a big heart. Piko is all wrapped up right now in bandages that say ouch in all different languages all over, but here are a few pictures.

8 comments:

Nikki said...

Sad I am so sorry no wonder you were having a bad day! Hope he gets better soon.

Georgene said...

Kristi, I am so sorry, I wondered where he was when I came over to watch Ian but forgot to ask. I am so sorry! But I bet he gets better soon, he is a fighter! Love you all.

Janice {Run Far} said...

Oh my gosh... when Greg told me what happened, my first thought was all about you and how you were doing. I know Piko and Lilo are just like children to you. I am so sorry this happened. I hope he will be ok. You are in our prayers. Love you mean it.

Stephanie said...

Oh my gosh, Kristi. I started crying when I read about it. It reminded me about Reggie and how they really are a member of the family. I'm so sorry that this happened. Keep us updated and let us know how he's doing... thinking of you.

Shafferprincess said...

Kristi - I'm sorry. That's hard to go through, but so glad that the vet was close by. (Was it Nell and George, or somebody else?) I hope Piko gets better quickly, and is up and running around in no time! And, I was with Jana when you called - I had no idea this was going on! Poor girl, but I'm glad he looks like he's going to be okay! :) Take care.

Gabaldon said...

So sad:( I hope he is doing better!

Our little crazy dog got attacked by a Alaskan Husky & that was sad, but he survived!

Lacy said...

Oh Kristi, I'm so sorry!
I do know exactly how you feel. One of our cats was atacted by dogs and I ran into the middle of it kicking and screamin and yanking her away from them. She died in my arms!
I'm so glad that your outcome was not the same as mine!
I'm glad that Piko has found someone who cares about him and got him help when he needed it.

tonandboys said...

I hope Piko is doing better. He is so cute! I am so sorry this happened. I am so glad they got rid of the dog, so that you can feel safe again. I just wish they would have taken care of it instead of just moving it. After Caleb saw Piko, he told his brothers all about it. Now my kids are terrified when our neighbor comes to visit, because he always drops by "with" his dogs. My boys won't even come outside, and I truthfully don't want them to. His dogs have attacked my mother-in-law, my husband, an older man in the ward, and so many animals.... I don't understand why he protects them. I know he loves them, and that is so hard, but they are just not safe.