This story is not for children. We’re all adults, right? I’m 10 years old in dog years but I’m 57 years old in human years so that qualifies me.
Some of you have been waiting to hear about my prostate thing, waiting to read the answer to my parents’ question on their page, to neuter or not to neuter. You’ve been waiting to hear about all the activity that took place when I was being boarded two months ago from my post, what’s a prostate? what’s enlarged? and what was the big deal between the doctor there and my parents. You’ve asked if any of this has to do with my being hit by a car. You’ve been waiting to hear about whether I’m going to remain the wonderful whole male that I am and have always been, or whether this state of glorious and holy wholeness is going to end.
My parents know me better than anybody else in the whole world and they think it’s time I told this story.
To be honest, I don’t understand anything about enlarged prostates, I don’t even know what a prostate gland is. Or a gland. I do know that different dogs have different odors, and that male dogs like me who are whole have a different scent from male dogs who are not, and that we dogs can detect the difference. And I know that this is a factor amongst some dogs who are deciding whom to make friends with, and whom to not make friends with.
So with that said, we go back five months, to when I was hit by the car.
I’ve already written about my broken ankle, my broken toes, and my broken teeth. But one place I did not mention that got really badly injured was my penis.
Dr. Kiko thinks that what happened was that I was pushed down to the ground under the car, and my belly was scraped, and the prepuce, the skin that covers the penis, was pulled back and my penis was badly lacerated. The cut went all the way around it, like a ring.
At the two animal hospitals where I was going, all of my wonderful doctors took really good care of me and my belly healed.
It took a lot longer for my penis to heal, however. Every time I got excited this area filled up with blood and sometimes I was bleeding pretty badly. Once, my parents even had to rush me to the emergency room. This need to keep me calm is why my parents didn’t allow visitors to our home for a long time. This is also one of the reasons why they kept the shades drawn and our curtains closed. If I remained calm, I wouldn’t bleed. Keeping me calm is not easy, as you know. I’m a very enthusiastic dog!
When my parents would walk me outside, we would see many children outside, playing, being strolled, roller skating, just being children enjoying life. But my parents would say “hello” and then keep me walking because I wasn’t allowed to get enthusiastic over anybody.
Soon enough, my penis healed well enough for my parents to allow visitors into our home and to allow me to play with children. The shades went up, the curtains were opened, and daylight entered our home once again! Light entered my life again, too, in a big way.
With that, I will end my story for this evening, and you will be ready to read part 2, in which I will describe my visit to my local animal hospital.
But first, make sure you read my mom’s page, to neuter or not to neuter, where she explains all the things I cannot.