|An un-glamorous pose indeed!|
“There is no dignity here!” She said with a wry laugh, a knowing smile crinkling the corners of her eyes. “Once you are on the operating table you lose all pretenses at modesty.”
A truly un-glamorous sight indeed! Legs splayed, private parts exposed for the world to see, a large dog lay unconscious on an operating table.
I had unwittingly walked into the middle of a one-day free spay and neuter clinic organized by the non-profit organization, Isla Animals.
A week ago, Odd-the-Dog, our one blue-eyed, one brown-eyed beach dog that deigns to visit our house, twice daily for a meal and a few pats, was in serious distress. He staggered into the kitchen and flopped down, wheezing and panting, his over-heated body infested with a myriad of tiny little ticks.
|Bonnie Hamilton & Eileen Regn|
Much to my surprise the front door was locked, but I could hear voices inside. I poked my head around the side of the building looking for the back entrance.
The interior courtyard was abuzz with volunteers attending unconscious animals, stacked cages of waiting animals, and recovering animals.
A few minutes discussing symptoms with Eileen and veterinary assistant Katie, a decision was made that Delfino would come to our house as soon as he closed up his current operation.
|Spaying a female dog|
Delfino arrived ten minutes after I returned home, medical kit in hand, and did a preliminary analysis of the problem. Odd likely had Ehrlichia, a nasty bacterial disease transmitted by ticks; this despite my routine applications of either Revolution, or Frontline, or Frontline Plus medications. Odd-the-Dog was given a shot for his fever, another shot to help clear his lungs, and a third shot for pain. He didn’t even flinch. Within hours his condition had improved dramatically and I was able to return to the surgery, camera in hand, to see what was happening.
|Barlow and his patient|
In the courtyard, our eight-year-old friend, Barlow Wareing was quietly sitting with an unconscious female dog. She was recovering from the effects of anesthetic. This pooch also had a terrible case of Ehrlichia, and even though she was there to be spayed, the team was unable to operate. As soon as a slight cut was made on her skin she started to bleed profusely. The operation was halted, and Barlow was assigned as her guardian until she was fully awake.
Besides Barlow volunteering, his community-minded parents, Brad and Tiffany Wareing owners of Barlito’s Café on Hidalgo, supplied a much appreciated assortment of complimentary mid-day meals and cold beverages for the group of helpers.
|Getting the next patient ready|
It conjures up images of the time that I was in a similar situation; on an operating table, at the mercy of the mischievous medical staff.
Lynda and Lawrie