As they take up a lot of my life, I thought I’d waffle about our dogs. Lately the girls have been improving their behaviour around other dogs, and I’ve been working hard on thier social skills. Well today that went a bit tits up! Blokey had taken Freya and Doris onto the fields after giving me breakfast in bed. As I stood in the kitchen loading some cups in to our dishwasher I see Doris mucking about with a neighbours Staffie and off lead on the front grass. This is not normal, so I stepped outside barefoot and called her.
Our darling Doris has a lump, we first noticed it yesterday. So yesterday evening I phoned up a VetFone vet from MoreTh>n insurance (which we have access to as Wagglepets Ambassadors) and they advised me that there was no major panic but she would need seeing by our local vet soon. They talked through basic symptoms and ruled out the need for emergency veterinary treatment, which was helpful as it was after opening hours and a weekend. Pricey! Doris is in no obvious pain, walking and running fine, eating and drinking as normal. If she was suffering at all I would have paid the out of hours call out charges and had her seen immediately.
Do you watch Dragons Den? Then you might have heard of Doddle for dogs. It is a great idea, and I am amazed it has not been done before now. It is a dogs collar with a built in retractable lead (leash) on it. This means it is a normal collar when it’s not walkies o’clock and a matching lead and collar set when it is.
If like me you’re bad at remembering dates when you should or shouldn’t be doing things for your hounds health might I suggest the 1st of each month? About 6 weeks ago I last did Freya’s flea treatment, and I couldn’t remember the date I used the flea spot on at all. So I’ve waited until the end of the month so in future knowing the date its due is easy peasy. Today will also be worming tablet day. I know she’s not going to volunteer to eat a tablet so this will go into chunks of meat from our dinner later this evening. She won’t notice it so much then, and it makes those yukky looking tablets a reward, not something to be wary of.
Our Freya Woof has “abandonment issues” following being dumped, and ending up stray. When she has company she’s super chilled out, except for the sudden bursts of playfulness. She only plays two or three times a day, and only a few minutes each time – its fair to say my hound is not energetic. The problem comes if we leave the room, or house! If it’s dinner time and we all go to the kitchen table she will probably follow us within five minutes – she doesn’t pinch dinner or even pull the “puppy dog” begging face, she just needs to know where her people (thats us) are. I can’t even peg the washing on the line in the back garden without her trying to chew or scratch her way through the back door, and she cries… Proper crying. She doesn’t stop until her people are back closeby.