Oh Yes !! She May Stop BREATHING !!
We get to our Surgery and Damien is there waiting for us !! With the X~rays and Directions to the Hospital and a scrap of paper with the Specialists Name and Where we should meet him !! I must admit that I didn't really care about anything else apart from Milly may stop Breathing and Whether this Top Most Surgeon would be able to tell Damien what to do to MEND my lil Puglet ??
So then I get told the BEST news of all ....... this poor lil Puglet who was only 9 weeks old, had NOT had any PAIN RELIEF since that morning, as It was not known whether the Hospital Big Wig's would want to test her at all, and so they had asked for her to not have any pain relief just in case ???
Our Milly was then wrapped up in a Blanket that I brought for her and we got the " What to do if she stops Breathing Talk !!! " Which I would not recommend for anyone , As soon as my lil girlie see's me her eye's light up and her lil wiggle butt gets going !! It will never cease to amaze me how animals have this ability to just ACCEPT THINGS and please remember this Baby had only been alive for 63 Days and she still had the love for me to try to please me as I came towards her ........ That is what LOVE is
and we DARE to say we are the MOST INTELLIGENT THINGS on this PLANET ?
By the time we get into the car with Milly, and start up the car to get going its now almost 2~45pm. So our Stop Clock was down to 1 hour and 45 Minutes ??? a Doddle don't you think !
Dai's skills as a Stunt or Rally Driver came into play once again and we made it to the M4 in record time , but that was nowhere near where we needed to be. We passed everything on that M4 that was ahead of us and we were making record time and then we met them just by CARDIFF ???
Hells Angels now those of you who have met these Biker Dudes on a Motorway will know exactly what I'm talking about ,,,,,,,,,, they spread themselves over the entire 3 BLOODY LANES please excuse my wording !!! But by the time we met them, I could tell that Milly was really in pain and her breathing was getting Shallow ............
I looked at Dai, then out the windscreen at these Bloody Hells Angels which are spread over all the lanes ! and I just say
DRIVE through them Now .........
For those of you who are of the Male Persuasion, will know that when dealing with your wife or lady partner when she is Going to BLOW !!
You know that it's safer for you to drive over Hells Angels than deal with a Hysterical Woman in the confinements of a small CAR ! I don't think I'm joking when I say I think we must have run over 6 of them like a load of Hedgehogs !! and by the time we got to the 7th the whole lot of them moved ........... It was like the PARTING OF THE WAVES !!!
It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen ?? We looked at each other and down at Milly and for the first time in hours we actually laughed ! and then we just Drove Straight Through the middle of them and onwards. I don't know how we got to the Severn Bridge in the time, but we were just going through the Bridge at about 3~50pm.
I do believe that we must have had a Divine Wind Pushing us along faster.
We continue on are way and are making good time, and then it happens ............. TRAFFIC JAM !! We were something like 15 minutes away and we were stuck in bumper to bumper TRAFFIC. I just burst into tears ??? I was crying and saying that they would be closed and we'd miss the Specialist and it's Friday. So they wouldn't be open there tomorrow, and then Milly would not be able to be seen until Monday !!
To make matters even worse Milly was going starting to go in and out of continuousness with the higher Pain as she was being bounced around, even though I was trying to almost float her in my arms ................
You may have guessed I was slightly hysterical and not thinking clearly ????
Especially when Dai says very Calmly, Why don't you ring them and tell them we are almost here but are in Traffic ??? I know ...... but I was a lil stressed out ? Don't you just hate it when they are right !
So I ring up and this man answers the phone and I go into the whole story and how we would be late but please could you wait as Milly was poorly and she needed him to see her ??
Well either he's married or just used to hysterical women, but he just says Don't Worry he's there and he will wait for us to come. So Calming myself a lil bit and beginning to breathe easier, we continue on our journey and then almost spiritually the cars start moving and we are then on our way again !!
We arrive at the Hospital by 5~15pm and there's Security Gates and Guards and so many places to drive too ?? We spoke to a Guard and he showed us where to go and that the Doctor would come out to meet us in the car park when he knows we have arrived.
By this time my lil baby is breathing quicker as she was in a lot of pain, she hadn't had pain killers since that morning and its now almost 5~30pm. I just wanted her to be seen and for him to hopefully tell us that he knew what to do and she could be saved ! Plus the fact that he would even see Milly and give his opinion was truly amazing, considering Damien told us that normally to just walk in his office it was £2000-00 ....... Yep he's that good and that expensive.
It seemed ages that we were parked and waiting for him to come out ....... then we see a man walking towards us and he doesn't look like a top most expensive surgeon type ?? He's in jeans and a shirt and he casually walks over, and we get out and I almost kiss him , but I thought he may think I'm slightly Strange !! I was just so happy that he would even look at my Puglet, and that maybe he would be able to her.
He gets to us and say's
" I'm really Sorry, But I haven't Shaved as he'd been in Surgery All Day !! "
I turned to him and said
" Well I'm Sorry but could you go and shave, because I couldn't talk to him about Milly until he was TIDY !!! "
He just burst out laughing and at that point I knew he would be able to sort my lil Puglet, if anyone in the whole world could he would be the one !! But I still had the sinking feeling that he would say that the damage was too bad, or she was too small ............
We follow him into the building and he takes us into a examining room and asks me to put Milly on the table so he could look at her. I put her down and stood back feeling incredibly sick, now this lil baby as you will all know that I have all my babies by 5 weeks old they SIT STAY AND WAIT for their Dinner it's something that helps me to control them easily and teaches them manners !
So when I put her on the table she was Standing and I said to her to
Sit Down and Stay !
Here's a film showing how good Milly,George and Sidney were at Sitting and Staying !!
Which she does instantly ( as they all did as shown in the film above ) and all the while the Specialist is watching me and then watching Milly ! He just stands back and smiles, as this lil Puglet sitting and she never once stopped looking at me, and she just sat there.
He walks up to her shaking his head and he suddenly kneels on the floor and opens her mouth. This 9 week old puppy who hadn't had pain killers for hours, just let him open her mouth wide open and allows him to look for a while inside her mouth.
No Turning her head, No trying to close her mouth, and Amazingly not once showing an ounce of pain ???
He looks over at me and says " This REALLY is an Incredible Dog, "
I just say " I know ? "
He then Looks again into her mouth and says " This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen ? "
He then asks me whether I had seen this properly ?
I replied " NOPE, as the last time I saw her, her face was exploding with Blood !! "
He calls me over to have a look, so I kneel next to him on the floor as you do, with the Best Surgeon in Britain !! Well when I look in her mouth behind her Canine Teeth the entire top of her mouth had completely snapped in half ........ right behind the Canine teeth it was snapped in a straight line and the only thing holding the front portion of her mouth was the Gums from her front teeth !!!
He was right it was amazing, question was did he have any idea's to save her life or was this the end for my Milly ??
Well we both get up and he says he want's to examine her again with a light and other things, He turns to me and says
" Can you hold her, because I can see that she is happier when you are holding her ? "
With that I pick up my Puggly and I'm holding her and looking down at her ........ then this puppy who had all these things happen to her and being without Pain killers ....... this little Puppy Looks up at me and reaches up and starts kissing and Licking me on my face ???
She was in so much pain and had suffered so much, and with her mouth broken in half, this amazing baby opens her broken mouth and gives ME KISSES !! well I just burst into tears yet again ???
The Specialist turns to me and says .....
" Your Vet Told Me About You ?? and I can see exactly what he MEANS NOW ! "
Dai asks " Is it that she is Totally Nuts !! " Charming I thought ?
He replies " Nope " ...... but leaves it as that ?
He then continues looking at Milly and all the while he is writing things down and drawing lil pictures and I'm beginning to worry as his list is getting larger and larger ??
All of a sudden he stops and says " Ok I can mend her !! "
I promptly start welling up again.
He then asks " Did I care if she did not looked totally perfect ?
I said " I didn't care what she looked like just so she was mended, and would not be in constant pain and wouldn't need lots of follow up surgeries as she grew ? "
He said " He would try to make her as gorgeous as he could, but he thought that One Surgery would be all she required ! "
He then went into how he will need to have 3 other Specialists, a Nose and Throat Guy, Bone Guy and another Plastic's Guy ?? We will have to firstly X~ray her and she will have to have reconstruction and her Jaw will have to be Wired as Its Shifted and the List Just Continued ................
Dai looks as white as a sheet and is thinking she is going to make me sell my Organs and the Car ???
I'm just crushed cos I don't know how I could Justify the cost ................. and I'm beginning to have this almighty sinking feeling.
He turns to me and says " Ok it will Roughly be Around the £10,000~00 figure ??? " I just sunk completely.
He looks at me and Milly she's just watching me and had no clue what was going on she was just happy to be with her Mummy !!
Then these words come out of his mouth ........
" Don't Worry About the Cost ......... This ONES ON ME !!! "
You will need to pay for the equipment and anything we use ....... but it will be Under your £2000-00 with that You Guessed it I completely Burst into Tears and this time I did kiss him !!!
I think he got the message about how thankful I was through the crying and kisses and from Milly's point of view, she didn't even think all this Fuss was about her, she just enjoyed taking in the scene and me giving her cuddles and kisses !!
He said he would take her from me and that she would be fine with him and he promised to take extra special care of her cos she was my baby !! I made him promise that he would ring me the moment that he had Operated on her.
With that he was gone off with my Milly
and We were left to take it all in ........... and go home ??
Once again I was left completely shocked and to be honest, I just didn't know what to say or do ? After all we had been through, I just couldn't believe that Milly was going to be alright , well that she stood a better chance as long as she made it through the operation. But she had made it through this far and he was sure she would be fine so ........
We drove straight home and it was late by the time we got back and of course Ben and Emma were there. Waiting for all the info on Milly, even though I had already rung them to say that she was to be staying there and was to be treated. I went to sleep that night feeling hopeful that our Milly would be sorted.
I rang first thing the next morning and I was given to the specialist, he said that there had been a big fight happening as we spoke !!! I asked why and he states that as it was a teaching hospital, all the students wanted to be in on such a unusual operation, and witness an operation, that the school had never seen before !!
But he then said that wasn't the main argument ............ he said that all the various Specialists were almost begging him, to allow them to be in on Milly's operation ??? I asked was it for the same reason ?? he said nope apparently they had never had such a young puppy in the hospital, and they had virtually never had any young dogs let alone a 9 week old puppy !!!
So all the surgeons, nurses and anaesthetist were NOT arguing over the special operation they were arguing over which ones would be involved in the operation, as they had all fallen in LOVE with Milly, and they wanted to be there just because of her !!!
In fact he said that Money Bribes and Drawing Straws were being contemplated !! and not only that but she hadn't spent a moment inside her cage since the moment we had left ??? As all the Staff were taking turns holding her while she slept !! He then said that right at this moment 2 specialists were bribing each other over which one would hold her next !!!
He then said that he would be doing the operation soon and he would phone me as soon as he had finished up !! So I was back to the waiting game .......... Patience is a Virtue ??? Once again I was left sitting by the phone and clock watching ........... it doesn't work !
Two Hours Later the phone rings and he gives me the news that the operation went better than he could have possibly hoped and her Jaw would be a lil bit wonky but she would be a lot better looking than he thought before the surgery !! Apparently she was still very swollen and it would probably take months for her face to settle down, but basically she was ........ Perfect !!!
Guess what I was crying once again ........ I know I'm very emotional , but to be honest I don't really care and I have always said the time to stop breeding puppies is when you don't cry when they leave your home to go onto their new life !!! and I still cry when my babies go so ...........
He tells me that he knows that I'm happy even though I'm crying and yep I was very happy : )
He then asks me what am I feeding her as they would try to feed her a lil bit just to make sure she was mended correctly !! I told him she eats Rice Pudding ....... He asks Rice Pudding ??? Yep she has Rice Pudding for Breakfast and also could he makes sure it's warmed up as she doesn't like it cold !!!
He says " Of Course She Doesn't !!! " and Starts laughing ~ cheeky I thought !
He then asks did she need to have a specific Brand ?? I told him to be quiet if all he was gonna do is make fun of ME ??? I tell him nope she doesn't mind what brand. But Please make sure its warmed, but check its not too warm as I wouldn't want her burn't !!
With him continuing to chuckle he says he will get a nurse to call me later and let me know how Milly was doing as he was in Surgery all day. I thanked him again and went to tell everyone the good new's that Milly was going to be OK !!!
The Black Cloud lifted I phoned Damien and promptly started crying as I don't know what he said to the specialist about me ........... but it had worked, and more than that my Milly was going to be fine : ) and I wanted to Thank him So Much because he had gone out of his way to get my baby better. He got all flustered and said Don't be silly he didn't do anything, but he was very pleased that she was going to be just fine.
Later that day we get the phone call from the Nurse and she said that Milly had eaten, and they were very pleased with her, and they thought that she would be able to be picked up the next day !!
She also wanted to tell me, while the specialist was out of the room, that she didn't know what I or Milly had done to him ??? But after he had got off the phone from me that morning, he apparently had taken off his scrubs collected his Keys he'd then driven off in his car.
He had come back with a few tins of Rice Pudding !! and not only that,
but he had then warmed up the Rice Pudding HIMSELF !!!
and then had spoon fed the Rice Pudding to Milly ~ HIMSELF !!
She did not think he had known where the kitchen in the hospital was before that, as normally he can't even make himself a coffee. But she has seen everything now and she said she didn't think she would ever see the like again !!
Well the rest as we say is History ........ we collected our Milly the very next day and we didn't see the specialist as he had been called away to America on an emergency operation ?
When Milly had been home for a couple of days , The phone rang and It was the specialist !!
He said " He had never done this before ~ But Milly and I had left such an impression on him that he could not get us out of his mind !! and he wanted to apologise for not being there when we collected Milly ?? "
I couldn't believe that he wanted to apologise for his absence ??? I told him he had given me Milly back and if he ever decided that he would want a Puglet Ever he knew my number and there would be a Baby waiting for him INSTANTLY !! and ..........
I could never repay him for what he had done for MILLY AND ME !!!
As for Milly she came on leaps and bounds she has some breathing problems and gets a runny and blocked nose, which over the years she has learn't to sneeze her nose clean !!! Delightful I know !
She breathes like Darth Vader and well her Snoring should get her in the Record Books, but apart from that she is still the bravest Puglet ever, and still has the sweetest and most lovable personality I have ever known !
Here are some Pictures of Milly around 2 weeks after her Operation and some older one's and a film of Milly when she was One and Babysitting her younger Brother Oscar !!!
Milly 2 weeks after her Operation !
Milly and her Mummy Mitzi !!
Milly 2 weeks after her Operation !!
Milly and her Younger Brother Oscar !!
Milly and her Best Friend My Son Ben !!
Milly and her Younger Brother Pongo !!
Milly and her Son Humphrey !!