Category Archives: Behaviour

Unwelcome Visitors

You Little Monkey

I am waging war today!

Perhaps not what you would expect to hear from me, especially after yesterday’s peace post.

But there are some critters without whom the world would be a much better place.

I refer, of course, to those blood sucking parasites we all know.

What am I talking about?

Little Monkey has fleas!

Little Monkey – Always ready for Mischief

And it is all-out war!!

TACTICS

Treat the dog

Treat the environment

Spray everything

Vacuum everything

Wash everything

Repeat till victorious!

Happy Little Monkey

 

post script: This was not the post I had intended for today, but by the time I had waged my all-out war, I was too exhausted to be creative!

It is more than three years since LM last had these visitors, so we’ve done very well. The flea and tick season has just begun; if she’s going to get them it is usually this time of year.

The reason she rarely catches fleas is because she keeps away from other dogs, even when mingling with 30 or more dogs in her weekly socialising classes. She must have picked one flea up during the last class, when all the dogs were lying very close together doing stays. I choose the calmer more stable dogs for her to lie next to and then she’ll tolerate them. Unfortunately, one of the dogs must have passed on this unwelcome visitor!

 

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The Cone of Shame

The Cone of Shame 1 DAY ONE

Day One 

Little Monkey is miserable!

Why?

She has to wear the Cone of Shame!

Poor little Bucket Head! She’s been wearing it for ten days straight!

She had an eye op; see below for more details.

To begin with, she was a bit shell-shocked, as you can see from the first photo. Then she just got used to it and carried on doing all the things she normally does, like sunbathing.

The Cone of Shame 2

We really want to give the wound the best chance of healing. It’s not that she’s scratching her eye, but rather that LM has a habit of sticking her face on the grass and propelling herself along the lawn on her face, bum in the air. (As in Do the Twist!)

The Cone of Shame 3

She also flings herself into the vines, hedges and bushes, leans into the plant and proceeds to scratch her face and body in the greenery, as she propels herself along.

The Cone of Shame 4

She continues to squeeze herself behind bushes and into small spaces, oblivious to the bucket on her head. I spent ages looking for her one morning, before I spotted her hiding deep in the bushes!

None of this is good for post-operative procedures after delicate eye surgery and expensive sutures. I’m not going to risk LM damaging the stitches;

So the Cone of Shame it is!

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Actually, she has amazed me with her acceptance of the bucket on her head! Obviously, she’d rather not wear it, but since she has to, well she just gets on with it.

The Cone of Shame 5

Drinking water out of her bowl after dashing round the garden? No problem!

The Cone of Shame 6

It certainly hasn’t stopped her running around the place like a mad thing, bashing into everything! Nor leaping in the air all four feet off the ground as I get ready to walk her (without the cone).

The Cone of Shame 7

Or barking at anyone daring to walk past our property; as usual. What they think of her, the little Bucket Head, I have no idea!

The Cone of Shame 8

You lookin’ at me??

But her complete acceptance of this change in her circumstances again teaches me that particular dog trait of living in the moment.

The Cone of Shame 9 DAY EIGHT

Day 8

Still, think how happy she’ll be tomorrow, when I take the bucket off for the last time!

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post script: Little Monkey would like to wish a speedy recovery to her WP friends who are also healing after surgery and wearing the Cone of Shame or a Onesie (jumpsuit):

Mr Bowie the Cat and Breck the Border Collie.

Hang in there my friends and Get Better Soon!

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Why did LM have to wear the Cone of Shame?

She had a large lump growing on her right eye lid and it was time to have it removed. This is expensive, as any anaesthetic is costly and the sutures used in this case are dissolving ones and also pricey.

The vet did an excellent job on the procedure. It was a very large lump and when removed, there was not quite enough eye lid skin left. The vet managed to stitch it up very well, but did not do so too tightly, so that the stitches would not tear and also so that LM would not have too small an opening left for her eye!

The more it heals, the better it looks, until most people would not notice she had even had an op.

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Wait Till the Cows Come Home

Cows 1

What a treat it was that the cows came in to be milked, while my sister and I were having lunch at the farm in Yorkshire.

Cows 2

There was a large pile of hay in one corner.

Cows 3

Many of the cows made straight for it and rubbed their faces in it!

Cows 4

It was quite an odd thing to see!

Cows 5

They had walked from a field up in the distance and travelled down the road to this field.

Cows 6

When we left we had to wait for the last of them to arrive.

 

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It reminded me of one of my childhood memories, when visiting a farmer friend of my parents in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

I remember driving down those narrow country lanes, with very high hedgerows and not enough room for two cars to pass without one squeezing into the hedge!

We were brought to a sudden standstill when we came upon a herd of cows ambling along in the middle of the road on their way back to the farm to be milked.

As youngsters we just wanted to get there. We had yet to learn patience. Cows waddling at their leisure down a country lane will teach you that patience. In the end you simply have to sit back and enjoy the scene.

And when you are older, you will look back and appreciate just how lucky you were to witness it.

Wait till the cows come home indeed!

 

Do the Twist

LM Twist 1

Come on Baby; Let’s do the Twist.

LM Twist 2

Come on Baby; and it goes like this.

LM Twist 3

I’ve noticed lately that Little Monkey likes to rush outside as soon as she’s had her supper and rub her face all over the grass, with her bum in the air.

LM Twist 4

I’m pretty supple myself, but LM takes it to a whole new level!

 

post script: You can listen here to Chubby Checker sing The Twist. How high are the girls’ pants in the clip??

 

Sunday Musings #101

To get through the hardest journey, we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.

– Chinese Proverb

 

I have never done so much walking in all my life as I did during my recent UK trip. Not even as a student, when I used to walk everywhere; nor on my many walks with Little Monkey.

Even taking the bus involved a great deal of walking, as they didn’t always go exactly where I wanted and distances between stops were quite long: especially when I got off at the wrong stop!

Still, it was a good way to counteract all the extra goodies I was eating; so much so that I came back weighing less than when I left! Yay!

 

Abandoned!

Abandoned

 

Haiku 45

Dear friend abandoned

Modern frenzy of travel

Lost love left behind

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I saw this large cuddly toy lying forlornly on the floor under a seat at Heathrow T3.

All I could do was pick him up, surreptitiously hug him, and place him in clear view on top of the bench.

No-one came to claim him in the hour or so I was around that area. I guess they rushed for their plane and in the melee he just got left behind.

 

Hopefully he was adopted to be loved by some other child.