|Barked: Mon Nov 26, '07 8:47pm PST |
|I keep telling myself no... but with the sick things that go on in this world, and with the weird things that happened, it wouldn't surprise me.
It was a typical Saturday when my mom took me to school. I played with our trainer for a bit and visited with my classmate, Skye. He was finally coming out from under the stool. He was wagging his tail and he was happy to see us, finally, after 4 weeks.
My mom was talking with his mom when we heard a creepy, deep, scratchy voice.
"Is that a pug?" he asked.
"Yes" my mom said, and when she looked up she was a little startled. He was a dark, extremely dirty man. He was very dirty from head to toe, clothes, hair and all. He was missing most of his teeth, and he reaked (spelling?) of strong smoke and other smells.
We don't judge people at all... but there was just something creepy about him.
He told her that he had a pug that lived 16 years. Now he has three cats and a chihuahua. He stuck his hand over our school gated area and sort of pet my head and touched my nose. I jumped back a little bit, because something smelled that I did not like. He left.
Within minutes my mom and Skye's mom was giggling about me laying on the ground, throwing my paw over my face... they thought I was goofing off.
My mom picked me up and jumped a little... my right eye was puffy and red. She thought maybe I had an itch but thought it looked really weird and the timing was even weirder.
Minutes went by and it seemed like I got worse. The trainer called me over for my turn and stopped. He picked me up and ran me over to the vet in the back. He came back in a minute or two and my eye was about 5 times bigger, and my mouth was too. It looked like I lost a major fist fight. He told my mom that I needed to see a vet now. Mine isn't so close so she ran me back to the room again.
I had a major allergic reaction to something and it was giving me massive hives. I thought that it may have been to cats but my classmate lives with cats and his family pets me all the time, and I've been in homes that had cats, so that wasn't it.
They told me that I needed IV shots and to get a catheter placed. They said that I needed to be with them for the next 3 1/2 hours and for my mom to come back and get me. They told me I needed to be treated right away, because with me having a squished face the hives could get to my throat real soon which could affect my breathing. It broke my moms heart to leave me... but she had to.
I was doing so good in class too....
When she came back they told her how I kept crying in pain and they would distract me with treats. My puffiness went down and they sent her with some very nasty medicine to give me twice a day for 3 days. I hate it and fight it as much as I can.
My trainer talked to my mom and said he really thinks it was something on that man and that people saw him in the cat area and thought he was pretty creepy.
Other people now tell my mom that there are sick people out there who would stick people with needles or hit them with some kind of substance to hurt a person or animal for no reason at all. My mom asked my dad if he thinks that the guy would have done something to me for no reason and he said he wouldn't doubt it.
It breaks our hearts but we are so happy that I seem to be doing okay. I made up my class with another class the next morning. My mom said I was doing good that morning and my trainer replied with, "He always does good."
He told her that this has never happened before and unfortunately I was the first but there is always a first, and for now on he is not going to let people pet us unless we say it's okay.
I just can't imagine what would have happened if we waited any longer. The puffiness on my eyes and mouth was huge. It makes me sad to think that the man meant to do this.
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