Venus Trapped in Mars

27 April 2016

Stage Five Clinger


I look at Veenie now a little differently than I did a month ago. While yes, she is now a mutt valued at over $6,000, but that's not what I see when I look at her. I feel pure joy when I look at her smiling face. I feel downright giddy when I see her leaping through the grass in the back yard. I feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest when she goes and plays with Gee. 

For two weeks while Veenie was required to be crated while she healed, I went home every day on my lunch break. I work 25 minutes from home so I'd get home, let her out of her cage, kiss her head for 10 minutes and head back to work. It was the best 10 minutes ever. 

My friend Larissa went through something similar with her dog, Bix. Larissa told me that Veenie would be a different dog after all this. She said that after Bix had his surgery (to remove an acorn) he was so much more affectionate and never left her side. She is convinced that Bix KNEW what she had done for him.

Veenie already clings to my side, but what changed wasn't with her, but with me. I cling to her side. I think my clinginess is a mix of both being panicked that she'll eat something she shouldn't and gratefulness that I even have that panic in the first place. When I got that call from the vet immediately after her surgery, I didn't know if I was going to get to bring her home. 

The thought of losing Veenie made me sick. I know this is crazy, but when I hung up the phone with the vet, I sat there and cried on CB's shoulder as if I'd already lost her. I know the Vet was just doing his job, but he was so negative that my mind darted to the worst case scenario. 

Every phone call I received from there on out was positive.

"She's alert and awake and seems to be in good spirits..."
"She had an excellent night with no problems..."
"She kept down each meal we've given her..."
"If she continues to do this well, we can talk about potentially sending her home..."
"Come get Veenie, she can go home..." 

According to the vet, this will be a problem for the rest of her life. She basically can't eat a single thing she shouldn't, because her GI tract was just so destroyed from that toothpick that only certain food is able get through. So basically, I'm now a stage 5 Veenie clinger. I don't ever want to let her go. I don't ever want to stop kissing her wet nose. I don't ever want to let her out of my sights. I love that dog so damn much it's crazy. 

Some people may not understand this, but Veenie is my family. She is my baby. She means everything to me. I of course understand that I will lose her one day, but that day has not come yet. Until then, I'm going to love on that little darling girl every spare second I have. 


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25 comments :

  1. I love this! I'm glad that your nugget is healing up well. All the feelz.

    Fal

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  2. Ah I know just how you feel. My pup is my 'child' and I love her so much I can't even explain it.

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    1. Don't you just want to squeeze their little face off??? :P

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  3. Thanks for a Veenie update! I'm so happy to hear she's doing better. My animals (2 cats, 1 dog) are my babies too and I've been known to cry over them and their well being on many occasions. Glad your family is back together!

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  4. I'm so glad she is doing better! We had a kitty with kidney issues at one point. I was....10 or 11 and I asked my pastor to come over and pray for him. It was that serious. I had a grown man, a doctor of theology, pray over my cat...and I'd do it again in a heart beat. Go ahead momma, be the clingiest stage 5 clinger ever. We get it lol.

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  5. Aaaand I'm in tears. You're such a good dog mom. I couldn't even take the vet calls when we were dealing with Lucy being sick -- I had them call Tim. I'm so glad V is doing so much better!!!

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  6. I don't think that it's possible to not be a stage 5 clinger after having something so traumatic happen! I'm so glad that Veenie is ok and that she's made a full recovery!

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  7. THIS. I feel you, friend. Dogs are fam, plain and simple. So happy she's home for you to be clingy with!

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  8. SO glad she's ok. And I totally get it - I would be the same way if it were one of mine. Cling to that little girl all you want!

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  9. Ahhh, my heart. I want to jump through this screen and kiss that little doggie!

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  10. I completely understand and would be the exact same way after overcoming that scary moment. What a precious picture of Veenie. Enjoy every second of her shadow being right beside you! Xo, Stephanie

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  11. I totally get this. Last year my cat almost died from a parasite that I could have stopped her from getting. When she would sleep for too long (my opinion of too long) I would wake her up and move her to make sure she would still walk around and play and wasn't lethargic. I still do it and that was almost a year ago. I'm so glad that Veenie got better. Here's to watching everything they do!

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  13. I'm so glad she's okay!!! You have every reason to be a stage 5 clinger! Sometimes I wonder what humans did to deserve dogs... they are the most loyal friend you could ever ask for. Their love truly is unconditional

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  14. Aw poor girl! Glad she is doing so much better!!

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    1. She's back to catapulting herself around the living room from couch to couch, so I'd say she's doing good :P

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  15. After everything with Hugo I acted the same way! It will be fine and you'll realize she is TOUGH! And yes, dogs ARE family. preach!

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  16. Is there anything better than getting your precious baby back? She looks good! Dogs are so resilient!

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  17. I'm going through something similar right now. My cat has a UTI (which can kill cats), and I have to be constantly watching him and monitoring his bathroom use. This also involves keeping him locked away from the other cats, and he is so miserable it breaks my heart. Everything is still on the fence, he can get a blockage at any time, but I am feeling more at ease than I was last weekend...I'm SO glad that Veenie is okay, I was worried for a minute there!!

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