Visitor at School

by Guest Blogger Chicken Wrangler Sara

Coco, our youngest dachshund, was sick this week with a bacterial infection in her stomach. The vet said not to feed her for 24 hours.

 coco

I figured the other three dachshunds would not be too thrilled about fasting with Coco so I took her to school with me. 

I kept her kennel behind my desk and covered it up during my classes so the kids would not be distracted.

Coco, who was not pleased with this plan, made her feelings known by whining loudly. In each class, when the students asked about the noise, I had to admit that I had my dog at school. 

One of the fifth grade girls was quite relieved. She said, “Whew, I thought you were going to say you had a chicken back there.” 

Did she really think I’d bring a chicken to school? 

But on the other hand, if Mary could take her little lamb to school, I guess I could bring a chicken…or a daschund with a tummy ache.

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7 Comments on “Visitor at School

  1. Hope she feels better soon. It’s always tough when our four-legged family members get sick. She sure is cute!

  2. She is doing much better now. I know what you mean about not eating. If ever I don’t eat for 24 hours, I must be pretty sick.

  3. What a cutie. I hope she is feeling better. Not eat for 24 hours. I don’t think I could do it myself.

  4. I giggled at the idea of a dog in the classroom, but I know these things are no laughing matter.
    We nearly lost my beloved Aussie to some kind of a stomach or intestinal problem this week. Our vet, Dr. Z and his staff pulled her through, but it was touch and go for a few days. Each creature given to us, horse, dog, cat, rabbit, or chicken, is a sacred trust. I honor this, and I value a teacher who would bring a kennel to her classroom. Good for you, girl!

    • A couple of years ago, Sadie, who is Rachel’s dachshund, spent a weekend in ICU at the vet with an intestinal bug. We take it very seriously also. I believe these dogs have gotten Rachel through her senior year. They have definitely been kinder than her classmates. I’ll do whatever is necessary to keep them happy and healthy for their sake and Rachel’s. It’s nice to know there are others who understand the relationship between animal and owner..

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