Anything for a little attention…

Hello people, Mouse here again.

Today, I am a VIP. In case you’re wondering, today the P does not stand for Pupper, but for Patient. That’s right. I am Injured. It all began when the Staff took me to the new dog park in town yesterday. Normally, it’s fairly quiet, and being grassy and shady, with big trees and benches, we spend a fair bit of time there. There’s a Big Dog enclosure, and a Small Yapper enclosure. I had the Big Dog area to myself, but the Small Yapper occupying the designated yapper space would not shut up. I decided to show it (through the fence) who was a) bigger and b) faster.

Yes, well. I won’t be doing that again in a hurry. If you’re squeamish, skip this bit and go straight to the next paragraph. I was going great guns until I caught a nail on my right hind leg and ripped it right off. Gornski. I spared the world the Greyhound Scream of Death, which would have been fully, fully justified, but it was horribly painful.

Well, you bet I pulled up in a big hurry. The Staff rushed over as I tried to put my weight on that foot without success. At first, you couldn’t see much, but then it started to bleed. And bleed. And bleed. They hurried me home. Mum washed it and sprayed it with purple spray, quite fetching really (Cetrigen antibacterial aerosol wound spray – Mum), and wrapped it tightly in non stick gauze dressing and cohesive bandage to try and stop the bleeding. I bled through that. And the next one. Greyhounds often don’t clot easily, apparently.

Anyway Mum wanted the vet to take a look, make sure there were no ragged bits left to catch on stuff, and ensure the wound was clean enough, and also to get antibiotics for me to prevent infection, as I’d walked through all kinds of stuff to get back to the car. So off we went to the vet in the morning, and came home with pills and ointment and a very annoying large white bandage-boot on my foot. I am under orders to leave it alone, and despite enormous provocation to give it a good gnawing, I am leaving it alone. Well, wouldn’t YOU if the alternative was The Cone of Shame…?

I am dealing with this by wearing an expression of deep pathos, imminent starvation and hopeful cuteness all at once. So far, today’s score is breakfast served in bed, two chicken necks, a beefy treat and three chicken hearts – Score! (What he doesn’t know is that the chicken hearts contained his pain medicine and the antibiotic, which is e-n o r m o u s! We’ll just keep that between us, shall we? – Mum).

I am keeping to my sofa and sleeping a lot now that my paw isn’t hurting any more, and I’ve even stopped doing that silly ‘I’ve got something on my feet’ spider-walk.


Clearly, I am on the mend. Just don’t tell the Staff, or the treat supply will dry up pronto.

56 thoughts on “Anything for a little attention…

  1. I’m so glad it wasn’t a worse injury, Mouse. And how fortunate you are to have a dedicated carer on hand. Looks like you’re going to get the chicken heart treats for the next few days, so make the most of it!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Jill! It’s rather novel having chicken hearts twice a day, let alone several days running – woo hoo! I don’t know how I’ll cope with the deprivation once the Staff consider that I’m mended…

  2. Well done for getting the medicine in unnoticed Kate!

  3. tialys says:

    Poor Mouse – and to injure yourself in front of a Small Yapper too, you must have been mortified.
    Betty the old mog had a huge lump removed from her neck on Friday and has to wear the cone of shame because cats will keep grooming themselves and the vet said she can’t be trusted. Me and Flo know it – she bats us and growls if we get too close and the staff aren’t nearby. Her pills are much smaller than yours and, even then, have to be halved but she is very clever about hiding it in her mouth and then spitting it out when she thinks the staff aren’t looking. So now Mum crushes it, mixes it in a bit of water and syringes it in a corner of her mouth.
    We hope you get better soon but keep it quiet for a while yet – we like the sound of your treats and are a tiny bit envious, even though we don’t really want to rip a claw out to get them.
    Stan & Flo xx🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Stan and Flo! Yes, the Small Yapper…. he was a Jack Russell in a silly harness and he just would not shut up. I had to do something to demonstrate superiority. Shame it misfired. I have to say, his Staff bundled him up and disappeared very quickly once it was clear I was injured… I have been very co-operative about not molesting my bandage-boot, but it has helpfully come off this evening. Mum says she’s going to leave it off overnight, but is going to restore it in the morning when I have to go outside and step in Stuff. As for the treats thinly disguising the medicine, so long as it’s surrounded by chicken, I really don’t care! Besides, it does seem to help…

  4. That sounds really painful Mouse and it was all the fault of that silly yapper! Our advice is to keep up the pathos and do remember to limp or the treats may stop. I would have to examine those treats very carefully for foreign objects but of course that means you spit it out very surreptitiously only to have it forced down your throat which is horrible so maybe you are wise to play dumb says Orchid. Roo of course is like you. Get well soon mate. Orchid and Roo

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Roo and Orchid! Mum says she sees through my very artistic rendering of pathos and distress to the Treat Monster behind it. I’m sure I don’t know what she means…. It’s true that I have never knowingly spat anything out, but Mum is very skilled at devising tasty wrappings for the nasty stuff, and all my medicine has stayed down so far. I’m feeling a lot better already, mainly due to the pain pills.

      • Glad to hear that Mouse. Do your best to keep the staff on their toes and we hop[e you are able to do proper zoomies very soon. R & O

      • katechiconi says:

        Hello again! Not quite up to zoomies yet, but had my first proper walkies since the Incident, just around the block, but no limping, so Mum is optimistic. The chicken heart supply is being maintained, so I’m taking full advantage while Mum still has them.

  5. Robyn Nichols says:

    I’m so glad you’re ok, Mouse! Sounds like you have been a very brave pupper! That is a very painful wound to have to deal with, and I will pray that it heals quickly, and that your wrap can come off soon. Although, it does stand out nicely against your shiny black coat, and evokes a high degree of sympathy in your admirers. Enjoy the extra love from the staff!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Robyn! I was very brave, I didn’t whine or cry or do the Scream of Death, and I stood still for the vet to examine me and lifted my feet when Mum told me. So I think I really *deserve* all the extra treats, don’t you?

  6. My poor baby. Well next time please please be careful when you go out or you won’t be so lucky !
    Thank you Mum for looking after him and please give a big hug from his Aunty Chippy 🥰

    • katechiconi says:

      Aunty Chippy! Hello! I’m sending you a waggy tail, a wet nose boop and a front leg dance <:3
      It really was an unlucky chance, and I think I'll just take it a bit easier next time… Cos of course there will be a next time to do some crazy zoomies! Snuffles from Mouse xxx

  7. kymlucas says:

    Wishing you all a speedy recovery – to Mouse for his wound and to Staff for going through the trauma of seeing a beloved member of the family in pain. Treats all around, I say!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Kym! Christmas has come early for me in the treats department, and now that Mum has magically made the pain go away, I’m quite content… apart from the Blasted Boot. I managed to work it off last night, but it’s right back on again this morning. Mum says only two more days, but I’m Not Happy about that. (Not too happy about it myself, given how hard it is to make anything stay on that super-shiny fur without using adhesive – Mum)

  8. Terri says:

    OUCH!!! Poor Mouse. I hope that all the treats and naps helps your poor little foot heal very quickly.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! Just between us, I can walk just fine without the Boot of Humiliation. But as Mum keeps putting it back on, I shall milk the situation for all it’s worth. Thank you for the good wishes, nose boop, Mouse.

  9. Emmely says:

    Whaaaaat, I’ve never seen pills that big. I hoped you stocked up on those hearts… Get well soon!

    • katechiconi says:

      I usually buy a pack of them, and portion them out into small containers in the freezer. One container does a day’s worth of pills. The big ones do break in half, thankfully. Mouse thanks you for the good wishes from his snoozing-position on our bed!

  10. writinghouse says:

    Sam and Daisy send virtual treats and licks to their HEROIC damaged friend. They are grateful as they could hear the yapping from here!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you Miss Sam and Miss Daisy, I know you understand how painful and dreadful my Injury was… One good thing about it was that the Yapper was removed pronto! He really was dreadfully high pitched and insistent. Nose boops, Mouse xx

  11. Dayphoto says:

    Gosh, Mindy and I are so sorry! We hope you get all the treats and naps you want—then when you are tired of that… your paw is well!

  12. Marty K says:

    Poor Mousiekins! ❤️❤️❤️ Sending lots of love, belly rubs, and get-well-soon wishes from the other side of the world.

    How awful to lose a toenail in the first place (those things bleed like crazy!), but even worse to do it in front of a Jerk Russell. The horror! At least it wasn’t in front of a cat.

    Glad you’re feeling a bit better and enjoying a little pampering from the home medical team. Hopefully, you’ll be able to milk the extra nummies for a little while. 😉😍

    • katechiconi says:

      Miss Marty! Hello! I always get the Best belly-rubs from you! It did bleed a fair bit, I must say, and I wasn’t that keen on letting Mum apply pressure to stop it, but once we got home she got bandages onto it. The Yapper was a pain in my well-muscled backside, as well as looking pretty silly in his muscle-dog harness. One good thing about this whole situation is that I’m not expected to go for walkies in this very hot weather, I can just lounge around on soft beds in the air conditioning! xxx

  13. magpiesue says:

    Good heavens! So glad you have such excellent Staff, Mouse. Sounds like you’ll be on your toes again in no time (yes, pun intended). 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, Miss Sue, you’re almost as bad as Mum! But yes, I am being very well cared for and am exploiting the situation for all it’s worth. Still, all good things must come to an end and I suppose at some point I’ll be expected to resume my duties as Top Dog instead of Pampered Patient. Mouse xxx

  14. cedar51 says:

    Mouse, I’m pretty sure the “treats won’t dry up” – in fact they are probably going to be getting some more, so you can be sure it will be good for a least as long as they need to feed you some other stuff…as for the Cone of Shame, make sure you don’t get into more strife with your foot…

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Catherine! I’m pretty sure I’m set for treats for at least the next week. I just have to be careful to make sure I limp while the Staff are looking. Mum says the Boot can come off on Wednesday evening, so that’s something to look forward to <:3

  15. anne54 says:

    Oh Mouse! Ouch! What a thing to happen when you were just doing the right thing telling the Little Yapper to be quiet. What wonderful Staff you have, trained in all the necessary skills ~ first aid, tummy rubs and treat providing. Make sure your Mum gets some treats too (not chicken hearts!) as she deserves some pampering too.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh Miss Anne, it was jolly nasty, but I’ve pretty much forgotten it now except when I get up after lying still for a while and my foot is stiff and sore. Mum is enjoying her speculaas Christmas biscuits – I think I should have tested them for her first (not a chance! – Mum), but she doesn’t seem to have come to any harm, so it seems my treat supply is secure.

  16. Cocoa Bean and Festus, your friends in Ohio, send their complete solidarity. A canine must respond to his most noble instincts. You, sir, did just that. Not your fault, not even the fault of the yappy breed. Instead it’s the fault of whatever human left an exposed nail where your brave paw could be endangered. Well, we all know about some humans…

    Arf and woof,
    CB and F

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Laura Grace and puppers! One really can’t tolerate yappers giving one lip… As it was, I got all the attention and he got shoved into the car and driven away, heheheh! Of course, it would have been better if I’d finished my lap and shown him what a Proper Dog looks like. Thankfully the paw is on the mend, the Staff are suitably attentive and concerned, and I didn’t need to get anywhere near a needle at the vet’s… Nose boops all round, Mouse xxx

  17. Sharon says:

    Glad you’re on the mend Mouse ~ we just hate when our fur babies are injured. You’re so lucky to have wonderful parents 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Sharon. I feel they are very luck to have Me to fuss over and buy chicken hearts for… But I agree, it’s very nice to have attentive, caring Staff <:3

  18. bearmkwa says:

    Ouchie! Sorry for your pain, Mouse! Hope you feel better soonest! I’m sure your staff feels just as bad. Sleep is good, it’s when your body heals… so sleep alot, and beg more treats. If you’re really good, you might even get yourself some new toys and lots of extra cuddles. (hugs… and here’s and extra few Chicky hearts (not laced with meds). Try some of this chicky liver, too… or even beef liver. It will help you heal. Merry Christmas to you and your staff, Mouse.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! I’m not entirely sure how I tell I’m sleeping because I’m healing, or just because I’m sleeping…. After all, I do sleep 80% of the time normally! Anyway, just now when I’m awake there are nice things to eat, and Mum says when she has the chicken liver in the freezer, she’ll share with me. Dad doesn’t like it, so all the more for both of us! Happy Christmas to you too <:3

  19. Poor Mousey. So glad to hear the the staff are taking proper care of you.
    The beagle we meet on our walks had to wear a boot on her foot for a couple of months in the autumn after impaling it on a sharp stick… perhaps you will need something similar when the bandage comes off.

    • katechiconi says:

      The bandage is off! Hehehe… Mum says the problem is that my ankles are too slender and my fur is too shiny (These are problems? Who knew?) to keep the bandage on. Still, the wound is dry, there’s no mud about. I can’t see myself in a boot, although Mum has mentioned it before when the weather is really hot and the road and paths on our walks are really hot. She’s worried about my pads getting sore. She really is quite a good Mum…

  20. Sorry to hear you are in the wars Mousie mate… the Deez had pawz injuries a short while back… and was… ahem… not quite as civilized as you at coping without the lickz. Glad you are on the mend and getting well deserved special treatment. Note for Mum… you rock… coping with blood!

    • katechiconi says:

      The whole idea of a nail being wrenched out turned my stomach, and my precious fur-baby bleeding was horrendous, but when they’re afraid and in pain you just have to act, don’t you? He’s been a very good patient most of the time and is clearly well on the mend, so I’m feeling much happier about the whole situation. Maybe I’ll be able to go back to being Housekeeper-Mum instead of Nursey-Mum…

  21. OUCH, OUCH, OUCH. I hurt all over just reading about this! So sorry to hear about the injury. You are so lucky to have good staff to care for you. Happy to hear you are on the mend and getting extra treats with the rest of us at this time of year. We will all walk those extra treats off soon enough but 93 degrees is way too warm for anyone to move much less walk. Enjoy the bit of extra holiday spoiling. Merry Christmas to you and the staff.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Marlene! It was nasty, but I’ve forgotten it – I’m a doggo, after all 🙂 And my paw doesn’t hurt any more, so that’s good. The only thing that’s left is that my paw feels a bit funny because there’s no nail on the outside to keep it level with the other toes. The Staff are being very good, I must say, but I notice a slight withdrawal of chicken neck and lamb bone privileges over the past day or so. I think they’re worried I might get fat! Have a very good Christmas, nose boops from Mouse xx

  22. Steph and Shinee says:

    Oh poor Mouse! Get well soon!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Steph and Miss Shinee! I’m much better, and actually went for a proper run yesterday, which was all fine. But I’m doing my best to maintain the same level of treat-giving from the Staff as when I had a sore paw. Strangely, it seems to be petering off, even though I am still as adorable as ever. Staff can be very strange…

  23. Aw I hope Mouse is well on the way to recovered now.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’d never know he’d injured himself at all except for the missing toenail, which will grow back, we’re told. Rushing around like a lunatic just as he always did…

  24. rutigt says:

    Poor Mouse! I hope he is feeling better now!

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