Saturday, September 17, 2011

Neighbors of the Year you say.....

Pete has been out of town on business. He left Wednesday morning and got home this morning.

Murphy somehow knew he was out of town, and applied her law ALL OVER THE PLACE. should it be his law? I guess I assume her because of Murphy Brown. I digress....

Pete was out of town. I was at home with baby girl and the two dogs. This has happened before. No biggie. Until the dogs decide to engage in Mortal Combat in the middle of our house. I won't go into the whole story, but Fiona attacked Hannah and I was not able to get them to stop fighting. I tried throwing water on them but it did not work. So then I called Pete. Imagine how happy he was to pick up the phone and hear a sobbing wife, a screaming baby, and two dogs trying to kill each other. Pete, ever the smart one, told me to grab a dining room chair and break them up with it, lion tamer-style. It worked! I got them apart, backed Hannah into Pete's office and closed the door, and escorted Fiona to her crate in the basement.

First I had to calm baby girl and then I could attend to the disaster in the hallway, and eventually see if the dogs needed to go to the vet. Enter Josh and Bari. They live across the street and helped me in numerous ways on Wednesday. I dropped Ellie off with Bari and baby Caitlyn so I could sop up all the water that was quickly being absorbed by and ruining our hardwood floors. Then I opened up the door to the office to give Hannah a quick look over. She was limping pretty badly so I took her to the vet (after I dropped off some milk and a diaper at Bari's since it was going to be more than 5 minutes before I got Ellie).



Josh headed right home from work and to our house to look at Fiona to see if she also needed medical attention while I was at the vet with Hannah . Hannah's cuts on her eye and ear weren't the bad part, it was a puncture-wound she had in her arm that caused worry. It could get infected so the vet gave her a shot of antibiotic, and prescribed pain meds and antibiotics to take at home.

Fiona wasn't the most compliant in letting Josh check out her wounds so once I got home from the vet and put Hannah in the backyard, Josh came back and we looked at Fi's wounds together and decided she didn't need an ER visit (since it was now way past 5pm) and would do fine to visit our vet in the morning. I gave her one of each of Hannah's antibiotic and pain pills just in case (as suggested by our vet).

Meanwhile, Pete called to say he had cancelled his hotel for the night and was headed home. I assured him we now had it under control but he would not be swayed. (He got home well after Ellie was asleep for the night but I think he wanted to assess the damage for himself and together we discussed how we would deal with two dogs and a daughter who would no longer be allowed to interact. He headed out again Thursday morning. It's been an interesting few days to say the least.)

I walked back to Josh's house with him to get Ellie - she was on a play mat with Caitlyn, rolling around and laughing, having totally forgotten the disaster she had seen earlier.

So THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! It is so nice to have friends you can call in a pinch and not hesitate for a second to drop off our child with no instructions whatsoever.



Here is what was left after I went all Florence Nightingale on Fiona Thursday morning. Her ears are pretty banged up, but after I got all of the blood cleaned off I didn't think she needed to go to the vet. Pete and I are currently sitting in the back yard with both dogs on leashes (ellie is napping). This is the closest they have been to each other since Wednesday afternoon. So far so good.

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh no! I hope Hannah and Fiona work out their issues! So glad everyone's ok and that you have neighbors you can count on, what a blessing! Keep us posted on the girls...

JAD said...

Thanks for the kind words--but honestly it was not a big deal to help out. We are glad we were able to assist! I'm sure you guys would do the same thing for us. But I agree -- it's nice to have friends across the street with a baby roughly the same age!

Julie said...

YIKES!