They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but right now my dog has one eye that is red and hollow looking and he is sad and confused and drugged and I cry a lot.
He got in a tussle on Saturday night while camping with friends. It was one of those regular dog scuffles that is all bark but no bite. While both dogs played by those rules, the other dog was bigger and when their heads accidentally butted, it was like hitting a cement block. Cooper was hurt. He yelped and cried and I felt around and there was no blood or marks. It wasn’t that kind of tussle. But then I saw his eye and it was pink and hollow and I knew something was very wrong.
So I packed up my gear in my backpack and I picked up my peanut and carried him the .70 miles back out to my car. It was dark when I got there and I realized I didn’t know where I was. I’d followed friends into the far reaches of hill country where even cell phone service dares not venture. But I knew a familiar town nearby and how to navigate from there. I listened to my dog panting and whining in the darkness beside me and I drove to the nearest 24 vet in San Antonio.
It’s not the worst. It could have been a lot worse. There are no punctures or scratches. It was just a hard hit. He will probably get his sight back but it will depend on how it heals. I drove the whole way home in the dark and the rain as Cooper whimpered beside me, though I think that was more from wearing the cone of shame than anything else.
He is doing ok. I am doing ok. The swelling has gone down and when he is in my lap, I don’t make him wear his cone. He spends a lot of time in my lap. He is sad and very drugged. I cry when I look at him. My spunky dog with a hollow eye. We meet with the vet tomorrow to find out how the healing is progressing. If the life will come back to that eye.
No matter. He is still my spunky dog and eye or no, he is an ocean of soul. Before I know it, he’ll have his swagger back and will no doubt spin great tales about the giant he took on and how he lived to tell the tale.