. . . I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days. . .
~Henry David Thoreau
Millie has been ailing again! She had gone with us to check on the hay fields that were to be baled that day, but then, just mysteriously disappeared. I did momentarily wonder about it, but we went on with our work until we finished later in the day. So uncharacteristic of her, she did not come to meet me when I got back home. I found her in her doggy house, but she would not come out to greet me. I knew something was wrong, but had no idea that she had been bitten by a snake. I tried to coax her out with all her favorite treats, but she was not moving. Not, until I got the stick that I carry when we walk over the hill, did she come out of her house ~ walking on three legs. Her left hind leg was badly swollen, and it was obvious that she was in a lot of pain.
Just "hit me over the head with a two-by-four" for I still didn't realize that she had been bitten by a poisonous snake. I was just worrying that maybe we had accidently run over her leg. When I headed over the hill, she just stood watching. But, no, that was not going to happen! This dog had been trained from day one to walk with Momma, so walk she did (which was not a good thing with a snake bite). I was almost to the top of the first hill when I saw her limping along behind. I stopped to wait on her.
She spent the night sleeping on the ground under a bush behind the house. I am sure the cool ground felt good to her feverish body. She was licking two wounds on the inside of the afflicted leg. The snake had gotten her twice. She had a hard time of it for five days, but she never missed that walk over the hill.
In just eighteen days, we will have made it another year without missing a day of walking over our hill. This is huge, for just three years ago, I thought I would never be well enough to walk again. I give all the credit to a little shelter pup, named Millie, for giving me a reason to get up and get moving again. I always say, "She saved me, and just maybe, I saved her, too!"
Happy summer, and happy trails to you all...