Today was every llama and llama owner’s almost worst nightmare…
Princess Llama llama llama was attacked while eating her breakfast in her pen.
PLLL will survive. But, it was close.
And the worst thing…
Hubby’s dog was the culprit.
It is very painful for me to tell this story.
Hubby and I left the house early to catch a flight to Los Angeles. We had a meeting.
As we were settling into the boarding gate, I received an email from my neighbor telling me that the dogs were barking furiously and the llama was screaming. Something was wrong at the house.
Frantic, Hubby searched for the neighbor’s number (note to self to have those numbers readily available) and I called him.
He told me that the barking and screaming was continuous.
I pleaded with my neighbor to go over and see what was up.
He agreed. We hung up.
… Hubby and I waited – very upset.
Twenty LONG minutes later, our neighbor emailed and said that Shiva, Hubby’s tiny photobombing dog, the gentle dog who invites burglars onto the premises – was attacking Princess Llama llama llama and that she needed medical attention. He had put Shiva in the house.
Our neighbor is not an animal person. I had no idea how bad it was …
Frantically, I started calling and emailing all of my nearest friends and neighbors. PLEASE GO TO MY HOUSE AND CHECK ON THE LLAMA WHILE I GET A VET OUT THERE.
The plane was boarding and they were closing the door.
I called my equine vet. Since it was before hours, he picked up immediately.
My vet could hear in my voice my fear. He calmly gave me the numbers of two llama doctors in the area that would take emergency calls.
I hadn’t worked with any of them – would they go to my house without even knowing me…?! Would they find my house?!!
He said, “Tell them to call me if they have any issues…”.
I called the first name on the list and she answered right away.
Without missing a beat, she took my address and said she would over as soon as her assistant arrived – probably 9ish.
At that precise moment, the stewardess told me to shut off my phone.
OMG! DID THE LLAMA VET HAVE ALL THE INFO SHE NEEDED? Would she get there in time?!
I felt totally helpless and I horrible for PLLL. What had Shiva done to her…?
As soon as it was Internet time on the plane, I grabbed my computer and fumbled with my credit card while trying to pay for internet. I was so nervous.
Once online, I continued to email my closest friends – they would know what to do and would also tell me straight how bad it was.
And, as hoped, both of my friends responded. Leslie said she would go right over. Fran said she had just arrived at work but would turn around and go to my house.
No, GREAT friends.
30 MINUTES LATER
30 minutes later, I received an email from Leslie who had run inside my house to send me an email from my own computer.
She said that PLLL had a very torn lip. Bad. The vet was adeptly sewing it back on as she wrote.
Fran and the assistant were with PLLL. Everyone was helping assess the situation.
It appeared that PLLL’s lip was the worst. Although there was dog saliva on her chest, PLLL’s deep coat had kept off his bites.
Her legs were fine.
However… there was an auxiliary issue …Bodhi was a mess. He was beside himself with worry for his llama. Poor Guy. He couldn’t do anything from his pen.
I cannot imagine the terror that took place.
As soon as we got off the plane, the vet called me. She told me that the lip was bad but she felt there was a good blood supply so that it should reattach well.
There were no other wounds.
I asked – who arrived on scene first?
She said that she had arrived first.
I asked what she saw… were they any puppies harassing PLLL?
(I knew Shiva was the culprit and I was praying that the puppies were not involved.)
The vet said that Mayla was laying down with the llama in the llama pen when she arrived. Mayla ran down to the truck, tail wagging.
Scout was sitting on a pillow on the porch.
The vet felt that the puppies were not involved and not excited or implicated.
I hope she is right.
Clearly this cannot happen again.
It is unfathomable that our 10 year old – limping and geriatric beagle/minpin would do this.
What in the world possessed him? He’s lived with PLL for 9 months!
Hubby and I have been kicking around ‘next step’ plans.
Shiva cannot be outside unattended. He will have to wear a muzzle. When we are gone, he will have to be boarded or locked in a stall… but what if he got out?
This cannot happen again.
Presently, Fran (one of the neighbors who came to PLLL’s aid) offered to take PLLL for short term safety. However right now, vet doesn’t want me to move PLLL until she is sufficiently healed.
So, I have this awful dilemma…
I don’t want to give her up. Bodhi doesn’t want to give her up. My neighbor doesn’t want PLLL forever.
But, what is best for PLLL? Clearly she does not deserve to have any threats in her own home…
Is there a great forever home for her? Or, do we keep Shiva on lockdown for the rest of his life?
I’m OK with that, if that is our only option. Hubby and I bought a humane muzzle on the way home and Shiva is wearing it as we speak.
I do not know what will happen here. But, I do know that I have a huge issue before me.
I SAT WITH HER
As soon as I arrived home, I sat with PLLL. (Hubby dealt with Shiva.)
She wouldn’t come over to me. She pinned her ears. She would not eat the treats I offered although she would nibble at the grass between us.
She is angry with me. I didn’t protect her.
We sat together for a long time. I felt so badly that she was violated in her own, safe place. She never came over to me.
Hopefully, something will make sense soon. Hopefully, resolution will be clear for us – and for PLLL – soon. She deserved a great solution.
This can never happen again.
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