We were out on a walk, she was on her halti and her leash when a small-ish stray ran up to her and tried to bite her legs. She couldn't fight back because of the halti so I had to kick the other dog to get it to let go of her. The stray had torn off a piece of MWD's front left paw pad off and it was bleeding pretty badly.
I managed to get her home and taken care of, then I made a couple of phone calls. I felt like an idiot when I started to cry as I called my boss to tell him what happened and that I'd be late coming back from lunch. It was just for a minute and I couldn't help it, but I still felt silly.
MWD is healing really quickly. In fact she's feeling well enough to be naughty, which I take as a very good sign. I've been washing her paw out with anti-bacterial soap and warm water a couple times a day to help it stay clean. Twice now she has tipped the basin of soapy water in my lap. Also the other night I got up to get something from the kitchen and she snatched half my dinner off of the coffee table in the 10 seconds that I had my back turned to her.
The first day after it happened she couldn't make it up the stairs and had a very hard time sitting down or standing up. Today she's limping a little but almost back to normal. It looks like the preventative measures are working. The one thing I have been doing that she absolutely hates is to cover her injured paw before I take her out to go to the bathroom. She spends about a minute walking around the living room shaking her paw, trying to dislodge the mitten. This may make me a horrible person but I'll admit that it is really funny to watch and I don't feel bad about laughing...'cause she totally owes me for dumping soapy water in my lap.
|"Get this stupid thing off me...please?"|
In related news: liquid bandage from Walgreens is now our best friend.