I left off yesterday giving you a little background on Buoy the Service Dog and Nan. Nan has been working with Buoy since last summer 2011. He has brought great joy into her life. He is by her side at all times and usually sleeps on her head, (yes I said head) and licks her forehead and eyes as she falls asleep. Her eyelids of course. Licking eyeballs would be gross! It’s like he immediately knew she couldn’t see and he is trying to clear them for her.
As I mentioned in our first blog we were at the Southern Pet Expo in West Palm last Saturday. Mom called in the afternoon and was concerned that Buoy was injured and in pain. We were about 4 hours from home and just entered the Expo. I asked about a million questions:
“I felt his head, the top of his head feels hot…hotter than usual.”
“Maybe he was just playing in the yard with Ginger and overheated a bit…is he
“No, I feel this large marble size lump on the side of his nose.”
“Mom, could it be something stuck in his beard? See if it comes out, maybe it’s a
group of those stickem seeds that they pick up sometimes.”
“No, it’s not anything attached, it is under his skin.”
“Do you have him with you right now?”
“Yes, he is on my lap right now.”
“Feel around and tell me is it on top of his nose or on the side of it?”
“It’s on the side of it. I think he is in pain, he whimpers whenever I touch
“I wish I was closer right now….do you think he might have gotten stung with
something or bit by a snake?”
“I don’t know, it feels really big…like a big marble.”
“Darn, I wish I was closer. Let me think of who can look at it. He may need to
get to the Emergency Vet…Call Erin, she may be home. Ask her to come take a
look. If it is an emergency she could take you to the vet. How is he now? Is he
eating or drinking?”
“I don’t know if he ate but I could hear him drinking. He seems ok as long as I
hold him. He definitely doesn’t like me touching the lump.”
“OK Mom, poor baby, just comfort him and love on him till I can think
of someone to come check on it. I’m saying a prayer now that it isn’t anything
serious or expensive.”
Buoy was on our mind as we explored the pet expo. I felt helpless being away and worried that if something happened to Buoy it would crush my mom. The sound of her voice has so much laughter and happiness since they became a pair. We prayed through the day for the little dog to be ok..
After the expo and a quick stop by the beach, we met up with my other daughter and her friend in Del Ray Beach for dinner. I also asked her to pray for Buoy at dinner. After a great meal on the water, we walked down Atlantic and came across an outdoor Elvis show.
We went by his show for a few songs when Erin called. It was very loud and hard to hear her. I asked about Buoy. She had just come from Nan’s and told me she didn’t know what was wrong with him. She said she checked him out and thought maybe he had a problem with his tooth. She lifted his lip and saw his gum could have been a bit swollen by his tooth. She said she couldn’t really see anything that looked like an emergency but it probably was his tooth. She was almost home and didn’t feel confident it was an emergency.
At this point, I was worried out of my mind and assumed he must have a bad abscess. Poor dog, suffering, I felt so helpless. I called Mom told her what Erin said.
“Mom, Erin didn’t seem upset but was not sure what it was. She said she looked
him over and couldn’t really see a lump but lifted his lip and saw hat part of his
gum stuck out around his tooth. Maybe that was it. She said it didn’t look
definitely swollen, you know how things always feel bigger than they actually
look. But she said she wasn’t a good judge of how it should look.”
“It must be an abscess…and it’s infected. That’s why his head felt hot. He has
a fever. I wonder If I can give him an aspirin? When will you be back home?”
“Not in time to get him to the vet if this is an emergency…It’s very loud here…Let
me get to the car and call you back.”
It was about 9:15 pm. I called Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital and asked about their emergency hours. They said they were there till midnight but it was super busy. I explained the injury the best I could and she told me they would be opened Sunday night from 8pm till 10pm. She said not to give him aspirin because it could make him bleed and make things worse. Just keep him comfortable till he could be seen.
By now, my imagination was out of control and I was trying to think of how to get Buoy help immediately. I called mom back and told her not to give him meds. Then brainstormed who could come over and take her to the vet at 9:30 on a Saturday night. Maybe her friend Katie could drive. I said, “If it’s bad mom, just show up and they will look at him if it is really serious”. Mom didn’t want to bother her; she had her grandchildren with her that night. I thought about calling my neighbor…then mom thought of her other friend…who also is her groomer.
“Great idea Mom, call her now and call me back!”
“I’ve got good news. Janine will stop by tomorrow morning at 10 and look it
him. But she has a 10:30 appointment and is busy. If he needs a vet, we’ll have
to find someone else to drive us.”
“Great! I feel a little better. Since she works with dogs and knows him, I trust
her judgment. I will pray tonight that whatever it is healed by tomorrow and
she finds nothing. Call me as soon as you know.”
I did pray throughout the night that Buoy would be ok. The next morning Mom called. She was crying. I misunderstood and thought she was crying. Crying about poor poor Buoy. She was laughing!
“What’s the matter Mom? What is it? Is Janine there?”
“She just left…you are never going to believe this. It wasn’t his tooth, it’s his
“Oh no! An abcess in his eye? Is his eye still there?
(I will post another story sometime on why I asked this.)
“ Yes, he is OK. It’s his eye!”
“What’s wrong with his eye? What happened? Is he going to the vet?”
“Nothing is wrong with his eye. She said it was his eye I was feeling…do me a
favor, close your eyes and feel on the side of Saylor’s nose…do her eyes feel like
big marbles sticking out?”
“WHAT?…You were feeling his eyeballs? You said on the side of his nose.”
“His eyes are on the side of his nose. He has a tiny nose.”
“Mom, were you feeling by the tip of his nose near his teeth or by the top of his
snout on top of his head?”
“His snout is so tiny I can feel the tip and his head at one time. Do these dogs
have bulging eyeballs? I’m not kidding these things feel like those giant marbles!
Tell me what you feel on your dog’s face with your eyes closed.”
“No they don’t have bulging eyeballs but if you press on their eyes compared to
the top of the head and snout, they do feel like they stick out but it doesn’t look
like that. Mom, feel both sides, do they feel the same size?”
“Yes, two huge marbles sticking out from the side of his nose! I can’t contain
myself…this is the funniest thing…I have a totally different picture of what these
dogs look like! Hahahahaha! The tears are coming out of my eyes this is so
funny! I can’t believe I was feeling his eyeballs!”
“Mom, didn’t you think to feel both sides?”
“He felt hot, and I was worried, so I started to feel him all over until I found the
bulge. I had no idea you could feel their little eyeballs like that!”
“Oh Mom, no wonder he whimpered and didn’t like you touching there…you
were pushing on his eyeballs!”
At this, my mom started laughing hysterically and couldn’t catch her breath. I was relieved, and a bit shocked at the same time, but couldn’t resist joining in on her contagious laugh. In the background as she started laughing, I could also hear Buoy laughing! He mimics her every sound. I’ve heard him bark, growl, cry, talk, complain, howl, but this was a first, now I heard him laughing…laughing at all of us!