Any day in the Franks family is normal crazy but there are always a few laughs. Today was no different, or so I thought. How wrong was I?! Our lovely postman, Lee, knocked on the door with yet another parcel. Yes, I had been shopping on QVC for presents.
Scruncher decided to walk out of the door like a bull in a China shop, walking straight into the postman. 'How rude' I thought, as they say never sleep or dine with a bulldog or expect any manners. Still, it was unlike my boy because, as you can imagine, in my eyes he is an angel.
The next thing he walks into the garden gate and I start thinking that something's a little strange here. He came back inside and then nearly walked into the wall. I sat him down and my heart almost missed a beat. His eyes were completely closed. He had been perfectly fine the night before.
My immediate thought was, 'Quick! Get him to the vet!' as, being his first crisis (and mine) I didn't have a clue what to do. Our vet is amazing and got him an appointment straight away.
I suddenly realised that I couldn't lift him into the car. Being a bulldog, he is all muscle and I didn't want to put him under any more stress with me trying to get him into the car.
I start thinking 'Dog Taxi' who can I call to help and for a split-second I was thinking I could do with a platform with a foot pedal so I could put Scruncher on it and level it to the car seat with a foot pump and job done. Maybe a new product idea for us dog lovers who just can't get dogs in the car? I even tried the dog ramp. It was a disaster with his coordination and they are so heavy too. Been there done that one, trust me.
So, the dog taxi is looking good but I'm thinking that I will never live this one down. So I called on our dear friend Adam who is Scruncher's second dad. He could tell by my voice that I was a little stressed. He was with me in 10 minutes.
If you're wondering why Larry (left with Scruncher) couldn't help, he was in London and I couldn't get hold of him as he was in a meeting. Adam, (our Dog Buster friend) and I got our boy in the van. We did laugh as he wasn't in the dog cage in the back, but on the throw in the back with me.
Scruncher was adorable and just wanted cuddles all the way. The vets adore him and got him on the bench. They put this green and orange liquid in his eyes and he went from an angel boy to looking like a little devil. He was nice and laid-back, as bulldogs are, and he let Pete take a good look.
He discovered very quickly that Scruncher had an ulcer in his right eye that was very large, practically covering the entire eye. We'd got him there just in time. We were recommended to a top eye specialist. So off we went and I felt immediately calm when he saw Scruncher as he was so calm.
I could see the £-signs adding up but, thanks to our insurance, we're all covered. I couldn't help but notice all the famous people's dogs that he looks after. The framed pictures on his walls were fascinating and a real testament to his work. It broke my heart to see him struggling to get Scruncher to take the medication but he did it and then saw my face when I realised that I would have to do it myself at home.
He wrote everything down for me as the dosage had to be very specific. As you can imagine I was asking what the medication would do to his major organs as well as his eye but we were okay. Scruncher was more comfortable, but we had to try and stop him from scratching his eye until it began to heal.
He is on his way to a full recovery now. We had a few sleepless nights as he would use anything he could find to scratch his eye on. So we took turns. I did the late shift and Larry the early. We went back to the the specialist and it has almost gone so we are hoping in a few weeks he will be fine as sometimes they have to be operated on but we were very quick at spotting he was in pain right from the beginning.
He is his happy, adorable, cheeky, stubborn self again, so we took him to Bournemouth for a day out (left) as he had had a stressful few weeks. He loves the beach (well, he is a Franks after all).
Have you had any visits to the hospital, vet's or doc's that have made your heart miss a beat? Also, any original ideas on how to get Scruncher into the car? No dog ramp suggestions please!