character credit: Disney.com Classics Collection
Nightmare Before Christmas - Oogie Boogie character
(note: taking special note of the stitches...)
ChiChi bad dog encounter--walking neighborhood to street corner, bad timing, big dog, medium dog, out their back door, thru the garage--not into the car, but into the street...crossing old ChiChi that apparently looked like a new rag dog early Christmas toy--so that's when medium dog decided it was his, called it, picked it up by the rear end & shook it, right?!
People mom screaming from her inner girl place, before Oh Yeah I'm the Mom, kicked in & swat big dog, pick up old now wounded ChiChi with her rescue sister spinning like a top loose from the zippy leash--wind her in & away we go...off the 2 blocks home a fast pace - ignoring bad dog owner on the run, next to me, I think talking to me, but all People mom can do is focus--must make it to the car to get to the doggie hospital ASAP--call ahead when home, take gross photo of ripped up rear end, wrap in towel, take off at a controled safe speed...so on arrival in record time, the enthusiastic Vet starts telling old war stories about working at a Vet clinic next door to a Bark Park--seems at least 2 ripped up doggies a day was the norm, so this little old lady ChiChi is a piece of cake/walk in the park?!
People mom leaves room, can't sit still, gives them her cell phone number & calling ahead takes off to a luckily nearby dearest friend's house to calm down with a cup of hot green tea - is there enough anti-oxin in one cup to counteract all this stress, hmmm...(sadly too this is what you do when you can't down a shot or mix a cocktail or grab a beer or even have a classy glass of wine...because there will be migraines following...sigh...)
OK, fortified & after pouring out guts of hurt - back to Vet to find out can't take Franken-butt home just yet...she'll have to spend the night...they have her tongue clipped out of her mouth on the operating table, waiting to come to, so she's still got a tube down her throat & an IV taped under cute pink tape on her foreleg (Oh, the stupid things you notice when you're trying not to look at drain tube & big stitches & red/black skin/fur...)
No, I am 'not' a wanna be Vet's Assistant thank you very much...but I am a practiced 2 son's Mom with a boy child who has been at death's door before (in the hospital with a different sort of drain in his side...) & sadly have previously also had another, much bigger dog, be attacked & end up with drains & even worse looking ripped off hide we had to hide before re-attachment under a T-shirt--done by the pack of domestic dogs gone wild up in the mountains of Colorado where we were living at the time...basically--I can take it, but I surely don't like it one bit...
Well, I tell myself--she will live & she's already ugly so there's no worries there (No, she is 'not' a showdog rescue...) they'll take care of her, then tomorrow & for the next 2 weeks it will not be a good day for this dog...tube in the butt from tail to leg until Monday, this being Friday, that's a long ow-y weekend...Ah, but pain med's & antibiotics on the one hand will help & cleaning solution for gauze to play doogie nurse on the other sad shakey hand will help too but for her not so much as the previous--later we'll find the poor old ChiChi will scream like her inner hurt puppy to even touch her rear end let alone swab it down with cold wet blue stuff?!
Merry Christmas Angel (that's her name, not a heavenly angel--tho I do wonder where her doggie angel was when we crossed that street...) you now have a large upside down L-shaped stitched up to be scar down your right leg to match the quarter size burn on the same side that no fur will grow on, which you came with from being rescued from doggie shelter in Belle Chasse...feeling guilty rescue people Mom is not happy with not being able to keep you safe from any further hurt or pain?!
But to take the pain of paying away, there is the $350 first Vet bill (Oh, yeah, there could be more--if the skin will hold maybe not, if not then there will be more bills to come...) to be delivered to the 'bad dog' owner--& a reminder from the show-all Vet that there is indeed a 'leash law' here in town?! Feeling the hurt of an extra bill during Christmas is not something you ask Santa for huh?! The price of a bad dog leash woulda been sooo much cheaper - hind sight - but back to wearing a new hat at my house--doggie nurse care giver & a 2 week wait before stitches come out & back to normal again (or Yes I'm an ugly dog on 2 counts & may well put myself up for 'the' Ugliest Dog after the stitches come out & before the butt fur grows back?!)
We can hope for an up dog in the New Year looking a lot less like a live version of say a 'Nightmare Before Christmas' puppy dog (emphasis on big sewed stitches up the backside--only it's real fur/skin & not just animated or was that stop action? for a movie character?!)
Photos? Oh there are--but should I share...am thinking not...if you have a strong stomach, let me know--can send a few along directly...especially if you're one of the graphic artists in town & you'd like a subject for something along the lines of 'rag dog' or Tim Burton/Henry Selick stand-in street dog/oogie doggie?!
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text credit--borrowed from Facebook page of same name, thank you Aileen Bennett?!
Tuesday Night 5:45pm at Carpe Diem Gelato Espresso, downtown Lafayette, LA
Aileen Bennett (aka Be You/Using People author) along with helpers/friends/folks serving coffee or gelato...& Creative types, 18 - 20 or 22 or them (depending on who's counting--how did they ever narrow that long/growing list down, I don't know...there are a lot of creative types in this town?!) - who will now be let loose to become Do Gooders ...+Sponsors - since money does 'not' grow on trees...
All received a "Do Good" black & white button pin...
Do Gooders - as their names were called - received a red Home Bank bag & instructions (I think they were) printed out to go with their $50 check, to take & creatively "Do Good" - a Give/Give project...
"I Did Good" button...jingle, jingle...Find them on Facebook, Watch what they do...
I will be, can't wait to find out--it will be like unwrapping a surprise Christmas gift?!
Link to KATC article - The Do Good Project...
Link to Aileen Bennett webpage...
(forgive if there's maint. going on)
or find her on Twitter... @AileenBe
photo credit: Aileen Bennett...her idea table was on (IKEA)Lifehacker.com
just one of her multitudinous creative ideas (to be cont'd ad infin....)
Link to her Blog - Creating Clever...
Link to the Do-Gooders Facebook page...
(let the creative fun/do-gooding begin?!)
Aileen's 2 Rules for the Do-Gooders...
1) Do Good
3) Have Fun
(Yes, she can count--but there are 3 Rules--she likes to slip in a lil' something extra...here in Louisiana we'd call that lagniappe?!)
Link to The Advertiser article - Writer takes her own advice--not holding back...
Link to Sponsor--Home Bank Facebook Page...
(I'm a liking what they do?! & they like what they call the paying it forward program...)
Note: now to track down these 20-22 creative people out doing good - for their links too, or if nothing else we'll be following them on the Do Gooder Facebook page or maybe over on Aileen's Creating Clever Blog too...
"Abi Augello, Krista Richmond, Doug Meaux, Tracy Wirtz, Flo Meadows, Jan Risher, Brian Holmes, Geoff Daily, Cherie Hebert, Sharon Moss, Blake Lagneaux, Floyd Willis, Susannah Craig, Seth Falvo, Tony Bonomolo, Lauren Auverset, Killian Williams, Madelene Boudreaux, Chris Segura, Marcus Mire"
Wait--I only count 20, there must be 2 more last minutes that didn't get included in the newspaper articles...And--Wow?! I know some of these people too...OK, so I 'know' them on Twitter & I have met them too, some of them...but look forward to meeting more to all of 'em, especially once they've Done Did Good with Do Gooder Do Gooding....YeeHah?!
Found them on 'the dogooders' handout from last night's event...
Add these 2 to the list: Brian Bille & Zachary Barker, so there--that makes the full 22 on the list of the First DoGooders?!
Great time to be Creative - and - Living in Lafayette, LA?!
I think something just got started...there will be more...Happy Do Gooder New Year?!
Note: an aside & a link...but it's still a Do Gooder...it's the Do Good Bus?!
Get on the Community Bus & Do Good...I like this, must share--Oh, I just did?!
For Dec 17th I can't be in Orange County to get on the bus with Trading Buckets...
"...doing good holiday style" (I like that too?!)
Check out what the Do Good Bus & Foster the People did...
image credit: do good bus/foster the peoplecheck out the link above for more about this Do Good/Great Idea?!
(maybe we could have a Do Good Trolley here...hmmm...)