Visit with Coco


I got to visit with Coco today! By the way–just wanted to mention this–I’m afraid I may have inadvertently given the impression I’d taken Coco to a Beverly Hills dog spa by saying I took her to a vet in the city.

The vet in the city that I took her to is actually the frugal people’s vet that is inside a county animal shelter. She has been here before. She was spayed here. I used to take Dookie here sometimes because Dookie hailed from the city and this was his longtime vet. This vet office is actually less expensive than the local vet here, though the main problem with the local vet is that he isn’t in his office here every day as he splits his time with another office in another county (which is even farther away). It’s rough finding a vet around here, let me tell ya. You have to have backups.

Anyway. Back to Coco!

She is still gimping around on three legs, but she was quite perky. I got to love on her and scratch her and sneak her some treats. I also gave her a towel from home that she had been using on Sunday to nap on, so she has something that smells like home.

Then she had a whoopsie.

And she was so embarrassed.

Or not.

I don’t have any new news as far as when she will be able to come home. I’ll have to wait at least a week and see what the status is on her wound. The hardest part was leaving again because I could tell she thought she was coming with me (sob).


  1. MrsB says:

    I’d pee too if I got to see my person, whom I loved above all others.
    And I am glad you took something smelling like home.
    She will be home before you know it!

  2. beforethedawn says:

    *hug* Glad to hear she is in good spirits and happy to see you when you visit! I know it is so hard to leave them. Thankfully this is only temporary.
    Get better soon Coco.

  3. cindyinohio says:

    Suzanne – I am so happy for you and Coco that you got to visit today. We’re praying that she heals fast and gets to come home very soon.

  4. bonita says:

    Caption third pic: “I’m so glad to see you I could just pee!” Glad you got to see her, give her treats, and leave her something from home. Clearly some considerable medicating going on there. Hang on, she’ll be home soon. . .

  5. Barbee says:

    Thank you so much for the update. I had been wondering when you would have a chance to go see her, and wondering how she is doing. Thank you.

  6. MaryB says:

    Awwww I wonder if they take her out… she musta had to go bad. Poor baby. I hope she gets to come home SOON! 😥

  7. morningstar says:

    I am so glad you got to visit her today it helps put your mind at rest. It is so hard having to leave her behind when you get to go home isn’t it even though you know it is just for a few more days. Many thanks for shating the visit with us I have been wondering how you got on all day so it was lovely popping in and seeing your post xxx

  8. wildcat says:

    Coco looks like she is in good spirits – she’ll be back home and up to her old tricks again before you know it. :snoopy:

  9. AnnieB says:

    (((((Suzanne + Coco)))))

  10. NancyL says:

    Suzanne, I know this separation is really hard for you, but it’s so far above what you and Morgan would be feeling if Coco hadn’t come home! How far is this vet from you? I hope you can make a visit every day – when will Morgan be able to go with you?

  11. kdubbs says:

    Do they know anything about what’s going on internally with the affected leg, or do they think she’s not using it because of the laceration?
    I believe I mentioned on a previous post that I’m married to a vet, so he’s been following Coco’s saga via my reports. He will want to know!

  12. Diane says:

    Glad you got to see her! She is looking good. But her poor leg looks like it hurts her bad yet. She has the sweetest face. My one dog has that look to him. Just want to give you love look.

  13. SusieD says:

    I’m sure Co Co was very glad to see you. I will keep her in my prayers and hopefully she will be able to go home in a week.

  14. KellyWalkerStudios says:

    So glad you got to see her and even more that she got to see you. I know she will be a very happy girl when she gets to come home. And we will all be happy for your both.

  15. Darlene in North GA says:

    Hello, mudder, hello fadder,
    Here I am at Camp Granada……lol (for anyone old enough to remember this song. Alan Sherman at his best.)
    The little boy is writing a letter home, pleading to be allowed to come home. Then he writes: Just a minute, it’s stopped raining. Boys are swimming, boys are sailing. Gee, that’s better. Mother, father, kindly disregard this letter!

    When it’s time to leave, Coco may want to STAY. lol I’ll bet they’re petting and playing with her every chance they get. In other words, SPOILING her ROTTEN!

    Just sayin’.

  16. aprilsinohio says:

    awwww she is so sweet. She looks like she is well taken care of. You have that to comfort you. She’ll be home before you know it. :hug:

  17. Karo says:

    That’s a lotta pee.

  18. wanda1950 says:

    It IS a lot!! That’s exactly my first thought. She’s a big dog, though. I’d never seen a purebred one till last month at Petsmart–she was HUGE& sweet as sugar. The owner let us pet her.

    Hope Coco’s poor leg is soon better. I know you hated to have to leave her.

  19. CATRAY44 says:

    So very glad she is safe and healing. I pray the week flies by for all. God is so good.

  20. brendaE says:

    Is that really pee ? It looks like a plastic mat. If that is pee she really was happy to see you – haha. Poor baby – she probably wonders why you didn’t take her – don’t you wish they could understand so you could explain. Oh happy day when they release her to go home with you. She looks like she’s doing good. I’m so glad you went to see her.

  21. Busy Solitude Farm says:

    That leaving part is hard, but if you come back to visit again, and leave, it starts to be easier. And while you’re together, that part is good.

  22. DancesInGarden says:

    Good gracious, that is not an oopsie. That is a lake! LOL. I wonder….sometimes with leg issues there might be some incontinence. If she was excited to see you, coupled with that…..lake Coco! Glad you got to visit.

  23. Rose H says:

    I can’t make out who was more pleased to see who…you didn’t pee too did you? :bugeyed: 😆
    As others have said she’ll be home before you know it, I thought other than her poor leg she’s looking well.
    Rose H

  24. lavenderblue says:

    You do understand that when we are talking about how much this will cost, we aren’t saying you are wasting your money. We all love that dog and know you would do anything to help any of your animals when they need it. I think when some of us (guiltily raising hand) heard how long Coco was staying, we were afraid you were being taken advantage of.

    I had a bad experience with a local vet when I was a young girl living at home. I took my cat for a random checkup and opted to have the feline leukemia test. In the course of conversation, the vet asked what I would do if it should have it. I said, without thinking, that I would probably treat it. Lo and behold, they called back with positive results. I asked if I should have Kitty treated or put down, not knowing if Kitty could spread it to other animals.

    Suddenly, Mr. Vet on the phone got very angry. “I thought you said you keep it and treat it.”

    “I see.” I said and quickly hung up on him.

    My then boyfriend, now husband, took the cat for a second opinion at another vet a couple counties away. Of course, Kitty was as healthy as could be. Ever since then, I’ve added vets to the list of people who Need to be Watched. When you find a good one, they are pure gold.

    It sounds like you have several good ones. Praying for Coco’s quick return home and also that this experience has taught her to stay out of the road. Goodness, when this is over with I think you and Morgan and Coco should all check into a spa.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      lavenderblue, I understand. I just wanted you all to know the type of place she is in. It’s pretty much the “working man’s” vet office and it’s a place I’ve been to before. Which is not to say I wouldn’t be easy to take advantage of in the emotional state in which I took Coco to the vet! But I do believe they are telling me what they believe is best for her wound care. I would feel terrible if I took her home early and she had some resulting infection or other trouble that interfered with her healing.

  25. bonita says:

    Pee me an ocean. . . Vet is probably ‘pushing fluids” something that cannot be done at home. First, Coco was likely dehydrated from her five day ordeal, and second, pushing fluids helps move the medication and the detritus along.

  26. yvonnem says:

    You did the right thing, Suzanne. The shelter is there to help animals, and I don’t think they are trying to rip you off, although I personally know of one or two privately owned animal hospitals that would.

    It tickles me that she was so excited that she peed like that! But heart breaking that you had to leave her a while longer.

    I really don’t think you will have much trouble getting her back in the car when it’s finally time to take her home!!!

    Love to you all :heart: :hug: :woof:

    She is such a beautiful, sweet dog.

  27. gardnerh says:

    I’m so happy to hear Coco and you got to visit, she’s looking pretty good after her adventures (her eyes look sparkly). The pee puddle reminded me of one we had on the living room carpet about a month ago – amazing how much liquid you can fit into a dog.

  28. Cheryl LeMay says:

    I think it’s a good thing you left her with the vet. That leg wound looks bad. It’s best to have the doctor doctoring it. She’s lucky that that was all that got hurt. And you’re so lucky to have her back. Pleeease make sure she doesn’t get loose again. I don’t think any of us could deal with it.

  29. whaledancer says:

    Get well soon, Coco. Your family, two-leg and four-leg, needs you.

  30. Sonia says:

    Coco can have all the whoopsie’s she wants as long as she is getting better. 🙂

  31. Teresa says:

    I take my Yorkie (a pound puppy) there and they are great! Whoever said Coco is probably being spoiled by them is exactly right! The girls in the office LOVE animals and it shows.

    Glad that you got to see Coco!

  32. Ms.Becky says:

    she’s adorable even when gimping around on three legs. I think you made an excellent choice in allowing her to get the best of care from experienced professionals. She won’t get the love there that she would be getting if she were in your care, but that will come in due time. Fewer worries this way. :hug:

  33. CATRAY44 says:

    I am glad you left her there- the time and cost of boarding her and bandage changes has to be much less than the time and cost (physical and monetary) of eradicating an infection. And, as someone stated above, we know where she is and we know she is safe and we know she will be home soon. I am so happy for you all. :happyflower:

  34. dee58m says:

    awwww thanks for are all in my heart..

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