Kimalia, sweet, sweet Kilmalia!
A 6-month old Pitbull, Kimalia, seemed to think she ruled the world. She was consistently harrassing the other dogs in her compound, an adult Bull Mastiff and an adult Rott until the day the Bull Mastiff decided enough was enough. That was the day Kimalia was presented to the clinic.
She had been severely and almost fatally bitten black and blue. When she was presented to the clinic she was bleeding profusely, weak and fragile. Her handlers were terrified. They had tried to stop the fight by pouring water on them and beating them all to no avail. To make matters worse, Kimalia’s owner was not around and he was crazy about his dogs. They willed us to try our best and not let her die.
On examining her, we found that she had severe cuts and deep wounds fortunately her jugular vein was not affected. Her bleeding took a while to stop. The superficial cuts healed quickly but the ones on her neck took some time.
She stayed with us for several weeks during which she became our friend. But more so, she became Majesty’s (the vet tech who fed her) bestie. She would do anything he commanded. Come. Eat. Sit. Stop. It was amazing to watch. I tried to instruct her a couple of times but my commands fell on deaf ears and she would just turn the other way. Ha! Food and dogs! Inseparable!
Kimalia is a vivaciuos dog- so full of life, always straining her neck to see what was happening in the other kennels. I always looked forward to treating her wounds everyday. It was one of the highlights of each day she spent with us.
After about six weeks, when her human came to pick her, he was so impressed with her healing. We were glad. That day I could only hope that she had learnt the Nigerian tradition of respecting one’s elders.