Been really good walking weather lately, but also the weather conditions for ticks. Although we treat our dogs for ticks, you still will get the odd one attached to them, that most often is in the process of falling off or has died stuck in situ.
We walk a lot of wooded area with our dogs, so real tick country and recently two of our dogs have had a tick attach to the side of their front foot near to the pad of the foot. The two dogs it has happened with has been Millie and her daughter Smudge. We tend to find them mostly around the face area, as ticks are attracted by carbon dioxide, which is part of what mammals breath out and one of the reasons that ticks most often are found around the face area. A way to test this is to get a cloth and breath out into it several times and slowly drag it through long grass in a shaded area during the tick season and if done correctly you should pick up some ticks on your cloth.
With Smudge and Millie, they love going into the undergrowth and we had not thought to check their pads for ticks ever, as have never had them in this area. With both we first became aware of a tick near their pad, because they were walking slightly sore footed and on investigation the tick was found and removed with a tick hook we have. Both Millie and Smudge though were very sore in the area the ticks were attached and thought we might have to visit the vets, but no temperature and after a couple days now they are walking sound, but just a little sore in the area of the tick bite still.
Smudge today rejoined the pack, as now safely off heat, she has been kennelled outside for the last three weeks to insure no accidental meetings with any of the boys. Don't like kennelling them, but it stops accidents and stops the boys getting wound right up.
Ysobel is now at around two weeks on heat and with her daughter Belle, who has been on heat around a week are kenneled outside together at the moment, they get out for a run three times aday, but it's still not easy to have them seperate to the main pack. I would expect Treacle and Primrose to be on heat soon, as the bitches tend to cycle one after the other and in order of pack place.
Husband and I because neither of us were working yesterday loaded up the children after lunch and took Millie with us to Heddons Mouth a lovely pebble beach owned by the National Trust near Lynton, it's a lovely walk through the valley to get to it. We only took Millie as we planned to drop back to The Bell at Chittlehampton for some supper and a few games of pool with the children and with one very well behaved dog, she is allowed into the pub with us, we do know the Land lord and lady well.
Millie really enjoyed her day out as center of attention and attention she got, due to not just her looks, but lovely manners when out in company.
Today I had to milk either end of the day and when I got home this morning husband was outside with the children sawing and splitting logs, building up our winter store of logs. The air has already changed here in Devon and the feel of Autumn is upon us and of an evening we have been lighting the fire just to cast a bit of warmth through the home, especially as it has been a bit damp of late.
Love to see the change of the seasons and should love Spring more than Autumn, because Spring is the pre-empt to Summer, unlike Autumn which takes us into the dark of Winter, but I love Autumn because of the challenge of Winter looms again, the colours of Autumn are beautiful and as the days shorten and the temperature drops, we all have to get closer to stay warm, what's not to like about Autumn ?
Will get more updates and a letter from Bella up soon. Nearly forgot to say about the photos with the dogs wearing a pair of sunglasses, were taken by our children and although not a great fan of dressing up a dog, as long as the dog is not distressed by it, uncomfortable like over warm or restricted in movement then I have no problem with it and I have to admit when I saw the photos above, they did make me smile.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with The Poundlane Mommas March 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.