I got home from work last night and as soon as I got into the house I could tell something wasn’t right. I could smell cat urine and it was extremely pungent…not the time to change the litter box odor….it’s much different…..the only other time I smelled it like that was when Charlie Tuna was attacked and nearly killed.
All of the dogs were loose except Boris and he was in his crate, locked up licking what looked like scratch wounds…. We all started looking for Charlie. He was no where to be found but if you own a cat then you know how well they can hide if they want to……especially in a large house with lots and lots of stuff.
I kept thinking scratches?……Charlie has no claws, but then again they could be from his teeth…..I didn’t know, I just knew I had to find Charlie.
Only part of the kids were home so we had no idea what had happened. I just knew from the cat urine smell and the scratches on Boris it wasn’t good. My fear is that we would find Charlie dead.
After about an hour of constant looking Acacia found him. He had used the restroom of himself (#1 & # 2) was completely wet, and covered in tooth plugs and obviously in pain. He had been mauled.
Acacia took over with Charlie and I immediately got on the phone to my friend about Boris. My friend has a farm and lots of room, his adult son is someone I considered for Boris but he just had his 13-year-old dog put down due to cancer/health issues about two weeks ago. My fear with him was the fact that it is highly likely Boris could have cancer. (I didn’t want to put him thru that again if indeed that was the case.) The last Vet visit the Dr. reminded me that his condition wasn’t clearing up as quick as he had hoped and I needed to remember that most of the time that is due to an issue like cancer. (He said, “Laura, you cant same em all”….
My number one rule with rescuing animals is the safety of my kids (obviously) and the well being of my resident dogs comes right behind. Charlie adopted me, loves dogs, has 3 legs and no claws, ….he is practically defenseless. Boris maimed him yesterday and it is no ones fault but mine. I am sick about it. After that I knew Boris needed to be re-homed quickly. I called my friend, he works 3rd and he stopped by the house this morning to pick him up. I am going to continue to pay for his treatments and we will wait and see the outcome of his health condition. (My friend has only one barn cat who could whoop any dog’s ass…..but he also stays in the barn away from people and dogs.)
Maybe this will all turn out for the best in the long run. My friends son will be able to meet Boris and get to know him slowly…..the resident dogs at my house can get back to life as normal and Charlie Tuna will again be safe in his house.
Boris affected Bear adversely when he came. Bear is extremely sensitive and since Boris has been there Bear has been pulling his hair out again. Something he did when he first came to my house due to separation anxiety. The other problem was Oreo….he is extremely meek, submissive dog and Boris bullied him every time I turned my back. It was so bad in fact Oreo wouldn’t even go out in the morning to go potty simply to stay away from Boris. I had to let him out separately, something that wouldn’t seem like a big deal but it really was because that is when Bear and Oreo love to romp and run around the yard and play…..that all stopped when Boris came.
I sure hate this all happened. This certainly didn’t work out as planned, but at least it looks like Charlie will be okay and pull thru……Boris will be okay too. He is just going to have to be okay somewhere other than at my house.