Well, I have some sad news to report. Yesterday night my smallest Chihuahua, Ethel, was attacked by my grandma's Springer Spaniel. It was absolutely awful.
I was at school until about 8 pm and I'd left Ethel over at grandma's house because I didn't have time to drop her off at home first. The two dogs never had any problems together before and Ethel had been spending her days over there for the past 2 weeks with nothing unusual.
Apparently, minutes before I'd gotten back to pick up Ethel, Molly had attacked her over food.
I blame myself for that because I've told my grandma repeatedly not to allow Ethel to eat with her dogs because she feeds them Alpo out of the can and I don't want Ethel eating that. I knew she didn't always listen. She didn't see what the big deal was ...
Anyway, Ethel had a prolapsed eye and a number of bite marks. It was horrible seeing her eye like that ... I'll never get that image out of my mind.
We don't have a vet around here equipped/willing to handle that sort of emergency in the middle of the night so I had to take her all the way to the emergency vet clinic in Columbia. $600 later they are still uncertain whether or not she will be able to keep the eye. They put it back in and sewed up the eyelids but the muscle was partially torn so it will take two weeks of healing to see if she can keep it ... if not it is off for a second surgery to remove it and to insert a prosthetic eye.
She got to come home at 7 am this morning and was more than glad to see us. We were all dead tired because we had sat with her until she could have her surgery at 3 am the previous night ... Ethel has been spending most of her time in bed enjoying the attention ... and she sleeps a lot as well. Her left side of the face is pretty swollen but she is in good spirits.
Please be thinking of her over the next few weeks ... we are all hoping that she will be able to keep her eye ... we'll still love her just the same if she can't, of course, but she had such an adorable face it is just a shame that it might be permanently marred. It is totally unfair that this happened to such a sweet, kind-hearted little baby ... she's the best pet I've ever owned and it's breaking my heart to see her go through this ...
Also, any suggestions about Molly? Obviously, I'm never bringing Ethel over there again but my grandma does have her own Chihuahua who is 'at risk.' Molly is a sweet-natured dog towards humans but, personally, I would never trust her around another animal for obvious reasons ... Adopting out Moe the Chihuahua to another home is absolutely out of the question because my grandma loves him so much (I don't know what would happen to my grandmother if something happpened to that little dog). I'm kind of at a loss as to what would be appropriate .. rehome her, I guess? It would have to be to someone with the understanding that she is to be an only dog but the then you have to wonder about liability issues towards my grandma, etc. if they don't listen ... I don't know.