Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sparkle goes to the emergency vet

Sparkle gets bitten on the lip by a dog visiting in the yard next door.

Sparkle goes to the emergency vet


On Sunday afternoon, we went on a relaxing train excursion in Delaware with the puppy club (more on that later) and were puttering around after dinner in the backyard. Our next-door neighbor was having some friends over. Unbeknownst to us, a large dog from down the street was turned out in his backyard. Sparkle went over to the fence line, to say hi presumably, and let out a sharp yelp of pain. I looked over to see her running back toward the house, trembling with fear.

A quick examination revealed she had blood in her mouth, and her lip was split from her nose down to her mouth. We called a nearby 24/7 vet clinic and got her over there quickly. The vet checked her out, stitched her lip, and kept her overnight.

  She seemed to be coping OK with the recovery, wearing one of those clunky halo collars that dogs hate so much, but this morning I noticed that the stitches had come free. I drove her back over to the vet, and she confirmed that the stitches had pulled free through the skin.  

The Seeing Eye has its own veterinarians, who are now studying the situation after we e-mailed photos of the injury to them. Sparkle is in no danger. She's not bleeding and her temperature is normal, and she is on meds. 

It's been a tense and stressful last two days.  


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George Carter, The Inquirer's weekend national/foreign editor, has always counted dogs among his closest companions. According to family lore, he learned to walk by clinging to the side of a saintly patient mutt named Spanker. In turn, one of his earliest hazy memories is of tossing treats to the family dogs gathered expectantly on the porch of their Maryland farmhouse. It was only natural then, that when George saw a newspaper ad looking for families to raise puppies for the Seeing Eye of Morristown, N.J., he bit at the chance. From the start, it has been a family project, with teenage daughter Betsy as the official puppy-raiser. First there was Porter, a big-hearted yellow Lab born on Memorial Day 2004. A few years later, the Carters raised Velma, a gorgeous Lab/golden cross. Just a couple weeks ago, Velma's 7-week-old daughter Sparkle arrived as the latest family charge. George, Betsy and mom Cathy are thrilled that Sparkle is from Velma's very first litter. You can reach George Carter at 215-854-2411 or by clicking here. Reach George at

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