We got a second Min Pin in... July or August. We named her Stevie Licks. She loves me more than anything ever has, including my own mother and wife. It feels good to be so loved. This week Stevie got into some sugarfree gum containing xylitol. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs in two ways. First, it drops a dogs blood glucose to nothing, putting them into a coma and then killing them. Second, it will destroy their liver, causing awful things to happen before they die.
I was sleeping. Samantha was upstairs and heard an odd noise downstairs, thank god. She came downstairs to find Stevie eating roughly 30 pieces of gum out of an Ice Breakers container. She screamed. I woke up, upset, because I assumed Stevie had caught a mouse in the house or something like that. When she told me what happened I freaked out. We fought because I had told her not to leave the gum out. She didn't but Stevie managed to get at the gum anyway. She called a pet hospital while I got hydrogen peroxide (like ipecac for dogs) to get Stevie to puke up the gum. She did, puking in her kennel, then on the couch, then upstairs, then in the car twice on the way to the pet hospital.
I applaud my wife for ignoring me long enough to contact someone that could take in our dog. She ended up in the hospital for two nights. We saw her the morning after and Samantha took this picture of us:
The doctor informed us that she still had to stay to make sure her blood glucose level wouldn't drop when she was taken off a glucose drip. She was allowed to come home later on the third day and she has been as normal as ever since. This dog is lucky my wife didn't have loud music on. Stevie is lucky she didn't wait until my wife had taken a shower. Stevie is lucky I found the hydrogen peroxide in a timely fashion (and stopped being hysterical long enough to stop yelling at my wife to look for it). We're all lucky she puked up enough of the gum to reduce her absorption of the xylitol.
We were informed that the amount of gum she consumed would have killed a 65 lb dog, and would have killed Stevie, easily, 17 times over.
I love my wife. I love my dogs. I love you guys.
Happy New Year,