Hello, friends. I’m afraid we have a wounded LuLu this week, and I’m not sure when she’ll get back to her regular Golden Retriever style running, playing, and swimming. Rich took them out to the sand dunes on Tuesday – a favorite spot for its wide open areas, many small lakes and ponds to swim, and pine groves to explore – but, unfortunately, it’s also a favorite spot for gun owners’ target practice, and there are a few irresponsible people who use glassware for targets. One minute LuLu was running all happy and carefree, and the next she was bleeding and limping. She has a big gash on the pad of her foot and she’ll have to take it easy until it heals. Just look at that sad face.
The cut went all the way into the delicate meat of her paw across two toe pads. We removed the bandage after it stopped bleeding so the air and her own tender ministrations could help with the healing. Dog slobber is the best salve for a wound. Just when Rich finally finished painting the house and we thought Wally and LuLu could run their hearts out the rest of the summer . . . It will be a while before the wound is toughened up enough for that. I’m keeping a close eye on it and sitting quietly with her whenever possible.
I hope you all have a good weekend, and maybe the next time we meet here I’ll be able to report on happier times. See you then!