Join Date: Apr 2007
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Warning - this is indelicate and scary
Well, Bailey finally got his bath. He really stunk and I thought he had peed on himself so I didn't think much of it since I knew he was getting a bath. I have to start by saying I have never felt more like a total failure than I do at this moment.
When I lifted Bailey to put him in the sink I felt a couple of clumps under him and thought it was just some stuff that got caught in his fur. It wouldn't have been the first time. He had a very thick, wavy, cottony coat and always takes more grooming than the others.
I should also say that before money became very tight, I used to take them all to the groomers about once a month or every six weeks at the most. But that stopped months ago. Well, back to the bath. I put him in the warm water and soaped him up four separate times to make sure he was really clean. I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed again before putting his remoisturizer on. When I went to wash his underside, there was something really hard hanging from him. It looked a little like a turd stuck to his hair. I thought I'd either soften it up and wash it off, or I'd cut it out.
When I went to lift him to get a better look at it I became terrified. Whatever it was was attached to, or part of his penis. This absolute panic came over me. Again, it looked like hardened poop. I put him back in the sink and soaked that area for at least twenty minutes. It didn't get any softer. When I lifted him on the counter to groom and dry him I tried to see if I could remove it without cutting him. I started to work on it painfully slowly cutting no more than a couple of hairs at a time but came to a point where I couldn't distinguish his penis from this thing. There also appeared to be dried blood on his penis. So now he has this thing partially attached, partially hanging till the morning, until I can get him to the vet.
Aside from being scared to death, I feel like a fool and as if I don't deserve to have these babies. I often check to see if he has anything attached to his hiney but I almost never look at his penis. I've had male dogs all my life and I've never seen anything like this before. I think it's going to be a long night.