|Devils Pool , Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, PA today|
|Chloe walking over the trash I picked up afterwards|
So the whole hike I had been discouraging my hounds from swimming, and now we were pretty high up on the ridge off the trail in the middle of the woods.
Lets go down to the water NOW." I yelled. "C'mon, let's go swimming!"
They were not listening. They were scared to death at this most unfortunate turn of events, poor things.
Afterwards Madison, who had taken the brunt of the attack, did not leave my side. Her tail was between her legs, she kept stopping to bite at her flanks, and I could see she was hurting as we made our way back on a different trail that went along the creek to avoid another encounter. Both dogs soldiered back, not straying from the trail. They jumped into the car and I sped home and gave them each a Benedryl pill tucked inside a chicken heart. Of course Madison smelled the pill inside the chicken heart and turned up her nose at it---imagine! I pushed it to the back of her mouth and held her mouth shut until she swallowed it. Then she accepted the chicken heart to wash it down. Yum. Both dogs got scrubbed and towel-dried. For the next hour she was shaking, but that subsided and she seems fine now.
I am doing some housework but nothing too strenuous. For the rest of the night I will read and relax. My body feels cold all the time, so I'm wearing a sweatshirt and leggings. My heart rate is low, but so far I have not been paced much. I'm thinking tomorrow might be more taxing, but I'm resigned at this point.
So that's about it, I weighed 128 this am, and my saliva PH last night was 7.0. More tomorrow.