Sunday, July 02, 2006

what you don't want to hear on the eve of a holiday weekend


(phone rings, its my older son who's taken the dog for a short hike with friends)
Mom! Quick! Bring the car down to the start of the trolley trail. Some dogs attacked Gordo and he's bleeding. We have to get him to the animal hospital. One was a pit bull....

I'll skip the nasty details, the closeup shots of the ooozing stitched up wounds with drains when we picked him up at the emergency hospital the next morning, the profanities spouted and the horrifying total of the vet bill. He's going to be OK but is looking pretty sad, and doped up.

The trip back to the beach in Delaware was cancelled but it s a beautiful weekend here, not such a bad Plan B. Friends made us a birthday dinner complete with sparklers and ice cream. Although considering that the dog leaves smeary stains from his wounds, I probably shouldn't have rented the steam carpet cleaner until after this is all healed.

Sock! The magic loop is the way to go for me. I just love this one. I couldn't have planned it but look how the yarn placed the heel colors and toe striping. I decided to try a three needle bind-off on the toe instead of grafting with kitchener. Worked for me. Thinking it might be a weaker ending, I reinforced it by sewing in the yarn ends. Its less fiddly and quicker, which is what I want when the knitting is over.

And my mom's sock adventure? She finished it, calling twice to make sure she interpreted the 4 needle pattern I'd given her onto the circ correctly, kvetching just a little that she really wasn't sure this was her kind of thing. Yesterday she called to say its done, its kind of cute but the sportweght sock yarn isn't as nice looking as that fingering weight I'd had, and she knew her lys was having a sale this weekend...... I believe she's hooked.

Have happy 4th to those in the US. Next post, the expanded miter square collection.
A bit of sky this week by the Old State House in Hartford CT.


Norma said...

Oh, Gale....that is just awful about your dog. Can you pursue the owners of the other dogs for payment of the vet bills? That's what should happen,.at the very least, AND those dogs should be checked to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, etc.

kt said...

My dear, this really is a tough week for the four-footed canine-variety family members!

Hope he's feeling better soon and that you all are ok as well.

Best from here and kiss his little nose for me, please.

normanack said...

Oh, bless your dog. I hope he heals quickly.

My Golden just had surgery to remove a tumor, and he had a tube as well. After cleaning bloody yuck off the rug a few times, I put one of my husband's T-shirts on him. No more rug spots, and he wasn't able to worry at the stitches and tube. (His surgery was on the belly just behind his front legs.) Perhaps this will help keep your rugs clean?

margene said...

Not sure where the wounds are on your pup but we put our dog in a T-shirt during his drainage period and it caught all the drippings. Poor thing...hope he heals quickly! And...what Norma said.

Wool Winder said...

Horrible news about your dog. Glad he's going to be okay though.

Love the way the stripes turned out on the sock! Think you'll be able to match the second one?

Yarn Collectors Anonymous said...

So sorry about your dog!! Glad we have vets...I personally have paid for my vet's vacation the BEACH!! My dog is what you might call "high maintenance"....but I digress. I hope your "fur baby" is completely well soon! Love the sock!! The blue/white colors are a great combination....very cool looking in all this heat!!

Helen said...

Nice job on the socks! I love that pattern. What yarn is it?

Hope your dog is doing better soon. Any idea on whose dog it was so that you can send them the vet bill?

Karen said...

Poor puppy. And see, your mom is hooked. And now she is on a yarn hunt! WooHoo! Love your sock.

Kay said...

O thanks. All day long I am going to be thinking 'ass meat'. It's that sort of genius turn of phrase, so perfect, so blunt, that will not stay out of one's head until it is fully internalized.

Get that boy working on his novel.

I also love the miters. I love how everyone chooses such different color schemes. I feel a a coffee table book coming on. xoxo Kay