Monday, July 04, 2005

happy 4th of july!

Originally uploaded by kazuhank.
for independence day, kazu decided to get her doting caretakers a present. what can a dog get her owners you may wonder? well a $350 emergency vet bill of course!

all last week we noticed that kazu was losing some hair on her right ear. no problem dogs lose hair on their ears all the time, right? our justification continued all week as we figured that the new dog craze included that sheik blotchy hair look. and who am i to get in the way of my dog following a trend? so we kept saying, 'after the 4th we'll take her in.' that was until yesterday when kazu decided that rather than the hypo allergenic food that we pay way too much for, she would begin to eat her feet. not just one foot or two, but all four, why discriminate? so in less than 24 hours, kazu had chewed most of the hair off, happy 4th of july to you too.
of her paws which had swollen into the size of boxing gloves. so now we own a dog who can catch a soccer ball in her mouth while running around on hairless oven mits for feet.

we tried putting hank's old cone on kazu but little miss houdini can escape from anything. so why not prolong our BBQ plans and run our self-canibalizing dog into the pet hospital?

the vet tried her best not to 'tsk tsk tsk' too loudly as she thought 'what kind of soulless pet owners are these people?' between gasps of horror, she explained several possibilities for kazu's newfound self mutilation, all of which sounded expensive. this was confirmed when after swabbing kazu's ears, the vet slyly mentioned that she would be back with our 'estimate.' anytime a vet bill involves an estimate you are in deep dogdoo (in more ways than one). so the everloving lulu of it all was the $350 bill accompanied by several oral and topical medications that have left me feeling masochistic after the first application.

thanks kazu, happy 4th of july to you too.


At 11:28 AM, Blogger Sloop said...

That's a bummer. Get well soon, Kazu.
My dogs celebrated by going for a 20 minute walk, then coming home winded and/or overheated and lay panting on the floor for about an hour.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Moz said...

When Yoshi ate a $2,000 soccer sock I received the gaping mouthed, furrowed brow "how could you?' from the vet.

At 11:17 PM, Blogger kazuhank said...

sloop--perhaps it was too much walking that made kazu's legs so attractive to her. when we take our dogs 'dog fishing' they freak out and need 45 minutes of panting to chill.

moz--where does all that condesention come from? it's not like they're real doctors anyway. as if the logical parental thought would be 'better not tie a knot in this sock or else yoshi will EAT it'

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Sloop said...

Pray tell, what be dog fishing, matey?


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