Wednesday, August 1, 2012

snake attack scare

This year has been a tough year for my family.
But July?
July has been a horrible month for my little Cali.
Earlier in the month she almost died from heat stroke.
Last week?
Um, I had just landed in Orlando and gotten to my hotel.
It was almost midnight and I was exhausted.
I texted Bryan, told him I was in my hotel room safely and that I'd call him after I showered.
Next thing I knew, my phone rang and it was him on the other end.
His first words were "I need you to sit down... Cali's okay, but I have to tell you something."
Just hearing those words I burst out in tears.
Bryan and Cals were just leaving the 24 hour emergency vet.

Cali was bit by a copperhead snake.


Bryan had taken Cali for a short walk up our street to do her biz one last time before bed, when she started to scream bloody murder.
He scooped her up and ran her home.
Bry told me that he sprinted faster than the Kenyan's in the Olympics - that's fast!
Anyway, he jumped in the car and called his mom, who found a vet open that late.
 Bryan drove Cali there, with her screaming and crying most of the way.
Once at the vet, they sedated her, shaved her paw and gave her an anti-venom shot.
She was sent home with syringes full of anti-inflammation and pain meds.
Bryan said she drooled badly all night, but practically woke up to her normal self the next morning.


I don't know what God's trying to tell us, but there's some message here.
I mean, why is this horrible stuff happening to her?
In the future, she's not going outside much in July. I'm too scared for her.
Cali has been through so much and I am just so glad that today is a fresh start... July is finally over!


Sharyn, This time you saved my baby.
I seriously don't know what would have happened had you not just walked in the front door to Bryan calling your home phone. You acted quick and found us a 24 hour vet, a vet that we should have found after Cali's heat stroke episode. I don't know what we'd do without you. It doesn't matter how old we are, we'll always turn to our mom's when we're in need.

32 comments:

  1. OMG! I wouldn't be taking her out much anymore either.
    Little dogs like that are so fragile.
    Thank GOD she is okay!

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  2. Poor little baby girl! My childhood cat, who was also named Cali, got bitten by a copperhead when she was little! It was the worst experience ever! I feel your pain, but I'm so so glad she is OK!

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  3. OMG girl I am so so sorry to hear this! You guys have been through so much this month with her! Poor little puppy!

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  4. That is so scary!!! Thank goodness B thought so fast and she is ok. Poor thing.

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  5. OMG! Your poor little girl!! She's such a tough little pup! So glad she's ok!!!

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  6. Such a scare! My dog was bit last summer. We never could figure out what kind of snake it was, but it was on his hind leg. He lifted up to pee on the bush and a snake bit him. It was black and blue and swollen for months. Cali's looks a lot better than his. My dog, Levi, was skiddish for months and would hide under the bed most of the time. I felt so bad for him!

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  7. Oh my gosh, Kate! I hate that this happened, especially with you out of town. How did you find out what kind of snake it was, did the vet know? Poor Cali - I bet you have been spoiling her with treats and lots of lovin!

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  8. So glad she is okay, I know my pup is like my child,

    really glad your girl is safe!!!

    Sara

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  9. awww your poor little one! glad to hear she is ok!!

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  10. awww your poor little one! glad to hear she is ok!!

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  11. Poor thing! Glad to hear she's ok!

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  12. Oh my goodness!! Soo scary!! I hate snakes!! Soo glad she is okay!! Poor little baby!!

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  13. bless her little heart!!! i'm glad she is okay now!

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  14. Poor baby, glad she's ok. Stupid snakes!!!!! So, did someone find the snake and kill it? I am scared to death of snakes!!!

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  15. Poor Cali! Sending good thoughts and prayers her way :(

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  16. Poor baby! I'm glad she is doing good. She certainly looks good in the pics, but wow what a scare! Neighbors have seen snakes around our house and I'm always so scared for my little maltese when he goes to the restroom. I just have to keep an eye on him more and pray to God he'll be okay.

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  17. Thank you for the kind words. I love that little girl.
    I have never been a fan of the internet until now - finding a 24 hr Vet in NC and living in CA. I'll never forget the terror in Bryan's voice. Sending love to the three of you!

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  18. Poor Cali, she has been through so much lately! I'm glad she's okay now, though! I wouldn't take her out much either.

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  19. Poor little thing :( I will have to tell you that I ALMOST could not click on this post to read when I saw the picture...that's a scary lookin' snake!! :)

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  20. awww, poor little cali! so traumatic! But sooo glad she's ok...

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  21. OH MY GOD! My sweet angel baby!!! :( Make sure you have a 24 hour vet magnet on your fridge AND info in your car. I have both in case anything happens anywhere or if it happens at home and I'm too fritzed to remember the address...it's in my car. If I remember though, the one in Charlotte was far, far away. But then again I lived a ways away from you guys when I was in the house. Glad she's okay.

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  22. My childhood dog was bitten by a rattlesnake. We took him straight to the vet but he died in my mom's arms in the car before we could make it. :(

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  23. Omg, poor thing! Glad Cali is ok! On a side note - I am sitting indian style on my desk chair because I am scared there is a snake on the ground, haha.

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  24. Oh my goodness!!! I'm so glad to hear she is ok. Poor little lady! She needs a vacation :-)

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  25. Cali! I'm so happy to hear that she's ok. She's a trooper, I'll tell you that!

    xx

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  26. That last part about our moms or in my case mom and dad is so true. I'm so glad your baby is doing okay!
    Pauline

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  27. Awwww poor little girl!! She's been going through a lot lately :/ Thank god she's ok though!

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  28. Cals!! So glad she is ok. Can't believe I didn't know about this until facebook! Send the info on the 24 hour vet. Knowing Lil we will need it.

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  29. OMG!!!! i feel like you cannot let that poor pup out of your sight! SO SCARY!!!!

    We've gone through a tough year of dog scares as well. I am seriously considering pet insurance.

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  30. Kate!! I'm so glad she is ok..I know how scary pup issues can be-especially when you're not home! And she's still adorable with the shaved paw.

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  31. OMG seriously! What the heck? Cali you sweet precious angel! Hope she's ok now!

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  32. OMG!! SO glad she is okay!! I just want to cuddle her she is so cute!

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