Happy New Year

This was OUR New Year’s Eve picture.

 

Our 2011 went out interestingly.  We hadn’t really made any plans.  We were either going to a party put on by our friends or we were going to my FIL’s house to play cards.  We hadn’t really talked about it.  Grady got home from work, took a nap and woke up around 6.  We still hadn’t talked about it.  So, our plans went out the window and we opted to stay in.  Grady wasn’t so thrilled about it, making the comments that we were old fuddy-duddys and were SURELY the only ones staying in on New Year’s Eve.  I assured him that we weren’t and that he wouldn’t be regretting it when he had to be up at 5 am for work the next morning.

I started supper and things were normal.  Grady came into the kitchen to play with Punkie and noticed that Jess had something on his eye.  It just looked like a big eye goober, but the rest of his eye was red and irritated and you could tell whatever it was seemed to be really bothering him.  Grady tried to get it out and couldn’t.

We called a friend who works at our vet’s office and she recommended trying to flush it out before we made the call to the vet to meet after hours.  This poor little pooch wasn’t having any part of Grady and I trying to mess with his eye.  I tried and failed miserably to hold him still while Grady put saline solution in it and he did the same.  The consensus was that it was going to take another set of hands.  Grady called his dad.

Mike and Jackie came over and after man-handling the poor guy and getting nowhere we made the decision that we were going to have to call the vet and see what to do next.  We couldn’t let it wait until morning.  The vet told us to meet him at the clinic and we’d see what the next step was.

So, at 9 pm on New Year’s Eve we loaded up the dog, left the kids with the in-laws and headed to town.  I wasn’t exactly thrilled about being on the roads on this particular evening, but it was a necessary evil.

We got there and after it was all said and done Jess had a 1/2″ to 1/4″ SPLINTER in his eye!  We had to sedate him to get it out, it was THAT deep.  Both Grady and I were cringing as it came out.  It would have KILLED to have that stuck in your finger let alone your EYEBALL!!!!  I suppose that’s a hazard of a country dog who loves to hunt.  He’s a much happier guy now, but definitely isn’t pleased about the cone which keeps him from rubbing it.

I’m certain he’s more humiliated than anything.  I know I would be.

I think we were lucky to not have made any plans for the evening because we wouldn’t have noticed his eye problem until the next day.  I would have hated for the little guy to have endured that for any longer than he had to.

I didn’t think to make HIM eat any of our black-eyed peas last night.  Maybe I should have.

How were YOUR New Year’s festivities?  Boring and mundane or over the top?  Whatever they were I’m hoping they were safe and fun.

I’m praying for a 2012 filled with many blessings and good adventures.

Peace, love and new beginnings.

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