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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: ALERTNESS TO DANGER January 15, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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On the daily journey to the hospital, I was sitting in a train, I noticed I had something in my calf. It turned out to be tick.

I was able to pull it out without squeezing the cavity and infusing the poison.


One small insect can create bleeding and swelling and kill a dog. Our dogs have a chemical protection that seems to work. I was very worried about the implications. The dogs were unaffected.

To avoid ticks it is a good policy, I believe, to avoid water courses, but that raises other issues. I went another way, it started to rain and with those conditions it is not possible to assume that nobody else is around. We almost got swiped by trail bikes, which are quick, and often unheard and unseen. My first reaction was to blame the riders for not letting me know of their presence, but on reflection I realize I have to be aware of the possibility of their presence.

The problem with going the alternative way I chose is the footing can be tricky, and the dogs do not appreciate the two-legged one’s problems. As it was I fell over into a lantana bush, and luckily despite the carrying on and a few scratches, no harm resulted.

Sometimes taking the dogs out is not as straightforward as it might seem. Of course, many potential dangers are avoided by avoiding the human and canine zone which is the street.

We still live the smiling life and once upon a time that could be recorded:

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Melanie in her song, Candles in the Rain, was “carrying on” too. I never could discern her lyrics:


The video cannot be embedded, but can be watched on you tube. No problems.That works.

(chorus:)

Lay down lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the
Ones who stand and frown
Lay down lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the
Ones who stand and frown

We were so close, there was no room
We bled inside each others wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace

chorus

So raise the candles high cause if you
Don’t we could stay black against the night
Oh raise them higher again and if you
Do we could stay dry against the rain

chorus

We were so close, there was no room
We bled inside each others wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace
Some came to sing, some came to pray
Some came to keep the dark away

So raise the candles high
Cause if you don’t we could stay
Black against the sky
Oh oh raise them higher again
And if you do we could stay dry against the rain

chorus

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This week Friday Ark is staying in port.
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Comments»

1. Col - January 15, 2011

Good to know you found and disposed of the tick before any damage was done. Our tick season is from late may to mid summer. They tend to freak me out. The ticks found here are mostly a mere nuisance but the deer ticks that carry Lyme disease are creeping slowly our way.. closer with every passing year.

wmmbb - January 15, 2011

The other insect we have are leeches, especially in the wet weather, but they are not too much of problem except they sometimes make a mess. The ticks are a real worry because they will kill dogs within hours, and like snake bites treatment can be very expensive, without guarantee of success.
Thanks for your comment, Colleen.


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