Imagine standing at the kitchen counter preparing dinner and you get a call from your 13 year old grandson and he is crying. "Mom-Mom... we're at the park and we're getting stung by bees. I can't get to Raider. I can't help him!"
I fly out the door, still talking to him and frantically begin running (I didn't have a car) the quarter mile to our neighborhood park. On the next street a mom and her two children are getting into their car as I run by and she asks if she can help. She drives me to the park and waits as I run to Jared where I can see stings below his eye and by his ear. Then to our dog Raider. He is lying very still, bees covering his little body. Frantically I begin pulling bees off. They are all over him... even on his open eyes. I scoop him up as I continue to pull off bees. I throw Jared's book bag to him and we run to the waiting car. This dear lady (later learned her name is Maribeth) insisted we drive right to the vet, all the while pulling off bees and throwing them out the window. I called John to meet us at the vets and Jared's mom, Erin at her work. After dropping me and Raider at the vets, Maribeth drove Jared to his mom. She said she would return to my house because I had a pot on the stove on a low simmer.
When I got to the vet they took Raider to the back. The vet came to talk to me and said he was stable and they were preparing an IV. She let me go back to him for a moment and bees were flying around the large room. She told me to call back at 8o'clock this evening to see if he will be able to leave or that they will keep him overnight for observation.
I got 15+ stings (I was wearing long sleeves) mostly on my arms and hand where I held Raider. Jared got less. The stings hurt but we are most shaken by what happened. Jared has been sobbing because he couldn't help Raider. I am heartbroken because my grandson is so upset and because my dear little dog was in such a condition. I can barely get the image out of my head. Neither Jared or I have had a bad reaction. The doctor suggested Benedryl.
This photo was taken this morning.
(The eyes look a little funky because I used red-eye reduction.)
I will be calling the vet in less than an hour and hope to hear this sweet schnauzer will be coming home tonight.
8:30pm Talked with the vet and they are keeping Raider over night because his temperature and heart rate are a little low. They have him on IV, pain meds and Benedryl and treating him for shock. They are pulling stingers out and she mentioned around his nose and in the corner of his eye. Poor baby!