We have recently hosted several sets of friends from England. As as one does when hosting friends from out-of-town, we took them to all the key local attractions: The Owl in Canon City, Bishop’s Castle, Lake DeWeese, and the real (not to be confused with ComedyCentral’s) South Park.
The highlight of Brian Docherty’s visit (and nearly as exciting as his attending Austin’s International Poetry Festival prior to flying on to Colorado) was being on-hand for daily life in Westcliffe.
Taking advantage of the mild, warm weather, we took our Border Collie out to Lake DeWeese. Given that it was a weekday and no one was nearby, I let Oogie off his leash to play at the water’s edge while Brian and I did the lizard thing of soaking up the sun on a hot rock. The serene landscape and the sound of water spilling over the dam lulled us into complacency.
Returning home, I noticed that Oogie was unusually quiet. An hour later, Oogie was staggering and unable to stand. He could barely lift his head and was unresponsive. By now it was after hours on Good Friday, and with the exception of Dr. Kit Ryff, who was busy with two, pending calf calls and could not see Oogie immediately, no other vet responded. Luckily, one vet’s answering machine recommended calling the Pueblo Area Pet Emergency Hospital at 1-719-544-7788.
I’m including directions to the hospital because it has been my experience that pet emergencies always occur after-hours, and it is good for pet owners to know that 24-hour service is nearby. Take State Hwy 50 east to Pueblo. Immediately before the entrance to I-25, turn north on Elizabeth. Take the first left after Motel 6. The pet hospital is on the left at 712 Fortino Blvd.
Given that Oogie (at this point comatose) had been uncoordinated and staggering, had dilated pupils and gazed into nothingness, had a slow heart rate, dry gums, and was dribbling urine, the vet determined that he had ingested marijuana.
I was elated. Oogie was not dying; rather, he was stoned. He had found an edible out at the reservoir and eating like a dog, he had pigged-out.