FIRST, let me say that this picture is from 2009, so Casper has NOT been bitten by a snake AGAIN! But, the picture is what he looked like a couple of days after being bitten by a rattler on the back patio behind the house where we used to live. It happened early one morning about 5:30 in September, I believe. It was a hot day. The night before, we’d spotted a rattler just above the retaining wall on the hillside behind our patio. I got the .22 and shot it. We weren’t sure if I’d killed it or not, because it was dark and we couldn’t see well. Unfortunately, at that moment in time I didn’t have snakeshot shells, only regular .22 bullets. So, after the snake seemed to be gone, we went to bed.
Early the next morning, I heard the unmistakable sound of the rattlesnake on the patio, and Casper barking at it. It was curled up inside of some chicken wire that we’d put around some plants. I got up and looked out the window (it was open), just in time to see Casper put his nose right down by the wire and the snake struck. It got him right on the nose.
I ran out as quickly as I could and got Casper back away from the snake, but I could see where the fangs had penetrated the soft tissue of his nose and blood was pouring out of the wounds. We took him to the emergency room and they gave him anti-venom (at the fine tune of $900 per injection – thankfully he only needed one!)
So, after he got back home he started swelling up…and he kept swelling. Poor thing, he was miserable! Not only was he swollen (check out his head, jowls and distended neck), but discolored (you can see it looks like he’s got a black eye), too, as an effect of the poison of the snake (which causes bleeding inside the tissues.) His whole head, face and neck were hot to the touch from fever!
Anyway, the good news is that he recovered. At times, though, he gets a strange quivering, almost like a seizure, which never happened before the snakebite. I don’t know if that’s normal or not. Has anyone else had experience with this sort of thing?
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1961, Brian Epstein, a local record store owner, was asked for a copy of a record by a group known as the “Silver Beatles”. He didn’t have it, but went to hear the band at the Cavern Club and signed them to be their manager. The rest, as you undoubtedly know, is mega-history as the group changed their name to simply, “The Beatles.” Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Americans, on average, buy 4.6 movie tickets per year. Ireland buys more than any other country in Europe, averagine 3.2 tickets per year.