Today, I experienced the most panic and fear that I have had in a long time.
I was giving Zen a medicated bath for allergies. Had decided to do a recommended rinse of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with a gallon of water. It helps with Candida on the skin.
When I applied the rinse Zen, who normally accepts bathing with no problem, broke away from my grip and began to run. A friend who was nearby ran after him as I did. He was running flat-out, full speed toward a well-traveled road. I continue to yell, “Zen, No, come” to no avail. He was totally out of it, and continued to run directly toward the highway.
Then, it dawned on me why he was reacting so strongly, I yelled to my friend, “It must be burning him.” Somehow, the rinse had affected him, perhaps being used after the medicated bath and he was running to escape discomfort.
Then, as if there was a wall in front of him, Zen stopped, turned around and ran back toward us. However, he diverted and ran through front and back yards at full speed…out of control.
As I ran through their yard people (who had come out of their houses to see what the yelling was about) would point which way Zen had run. It was horrible feeling to know he was so afraid, and confused of what was happening to him. It was all I could do to keep my composure, however I had to keep it together and rescue my friend. Okay! I freaked out from time to time!
One lady pointed where Zen went and it was directly into a forested area. I knew the terrain and I would not be able to physically maneuver through it. I started running back from where we started. I am now able to hear everybody yelling my name… and that Zen had returned.
To do that he had run through deep forest terrain, a ravine and up a steep incline where he managed to come out exactly to the spot where we had been bathing him earlier. How he was able to navigate such terrain that he had never been in and not get injured is a miracle in itself. And then to be able to come out exactly where he started remains a mystery…or, is it? I wonder how much unseen aid this beautiful, loving creature had around him today. He truly was under grace.
When he came out of the forest, he ran directly into the outstretched arms of another friend who then secured him until we could get back.
We rapidly turned on the hose and began washing the cider rinse off. He was so willing to have it done…as if he knew it was to help him. It seemed to take forever but at last, it was completely washed off. I then rubbed pure Vitamin E oil on his exposed skin areas. We wrapped him in towels and dried him off best we could. We then brought him in to lie down on a couch. I carefully wrapped Zen in warm blankets and towels fresh from the dryer. He was calming down and within a few minutes, he fell fast asleep… exhausted. Poor baby.
I believe there was unseen help today. The fact that he had stopped abruptly from running toward the busy road seemed a miracle because this event could have turned out so differently.
How grateful I am for that unseen aid and amazed how Zen is such a trooper who had returned to the exact spot where he experienced such discomfort earlier.
We gave thanks for his safe return. So many people aided us today by helping Zen survive.
Blessings to one and all~