Last night I was scanning through the social media sites, surreptitiously wasting precious moments of my life that I won’t get back, and found a collection of pictures on Facebook that I just had to scan through. The pictures were of some unfortunate puppy dogs who had run into some bees and the photos had been turned into memes. As much as I felt sympathy for these poor creatures, I was certainly enjoying the humor of those who wrote the accompanying words.
Fast forward to this morning. I let Callaway out for her usual morning routine. I have great faith that she will not run out onto the road since she, like me, is a great creature of habit. When I went out to let her back in, she wasn’t waiting at the door as per her normal behavior. I stood on my deck and whistled for her and the jingling of her tags came from a direction that was out of her usual territory.
When her front paws landed on the first stair, I saw the bee on Callaway’s back. I grabbed the towel that was hanging close by and, after the most ungraceful display of heroics, I swatted the bee away. But I knew it wasn’t the only strike. Her usual playful entrance to the house was replaced by a sullen walk to her doggy bed where she lay licking her wounds. There was no waiting for cookies, only a somewhat embarrassed dog attempting to be brave through her tragedy.
The irony of my previous night’s web surfing did not escape me. I watched the bumps on my poor dog’s body increase in size and tried to console her as much as I could before I left for work. In a matter of minutes my dog had gone from svelte to lumpy.
I’m glad I live close to my work because I couldn’t stand the worry and came home at 10:30 this morning to make sure she was okay. Her pride was a little bruised but her physical condition was stable. There was nothing a bit of love and a few more cookies couldn’t fix. As I type this post, the swelling is going down and Callaway’s sense of adventure seems to be somewhat diminished…..for now. She seems to be content to watch the wildlife from inside the house.