At about 10.30 last night I was about to shut the dogs in their cages and feed them, as I usually do at bedtime, when a real fight broke out between 2 of my bitches, Tass and Holly. They do not like each other although they have no problem with any other dog (or pup) or person and the slightest nudge can now be the cause of a tussle. Jealousy is probably at the root of it all........typical females!!!
Having heard recently about such a fight in an acquaintance's kennels which resulted in a huge vet's bill I set about separating them. They were going at it hammer and tongs. I tried with my feet first of all but getting nowhere I grabbed one whereupon the other tried to reinforce her grip.........only she got ME....I shook and shouted and they parted but by this time there was blood all over the kitchen, not from the dogs, they were apparently unmarked, but from my fingers of my right hand. I ran it under the cold tap for a few minutes but it hurt like h***! Chic was in bed, and he would not have been exactly sympathetic in the circumstances. I found the "medical box" with the non adherent dressing, the tea tree antiseptic lotion and the micropore tape--but of course, there was only a length of about 3 inches of tape left and have you ever tried to use scissors (for the dressing) with your left hand, when you are right handed? With blood still dripping copiously I fixed a large wad of cotton wool around the dressing and used the short bit of tape to hold it in place. The procedure was completed by stuffing finger and its "dressing" into an Xlarge fingerstool and tying it in place with my teeth and left hand.
The dogs were boxed and fed, with finger sticking out like a "sore thumb"(!) and the cleaning up began. I would not like to see a room after a murder had been committed. As well as on the floor there was blood on the worktops, the backdoor and the surrounding paintwork. This morning I even found blood spots on the microwave and this afternoon I washed a large bloodstain from my shoe!
The bleeding appears to have stopped fairly quickly and it doesn't hurt much so I reckon I'll pull through. I've discarded the fingerstool and we're now down to a plaster. I did check up on my tetanus jabs and my last one was in 1991, so......