I don't have a whole lot to say on the horse front right now - Cessa is fat and cooperative for the farrier; Dragon is growing, getting over some sort of bug and choke, and did I mention growing?
So have some random dog stuff, because I can. :)
|Belly. And toes.|
|Such a weirdo.|
|Last caption x2. lol I don't even know on this one. He stayed sitting up like this for quite a while.|
|Sun worshipper, with extra tongue|
Last year was an odd year in the land of our pittie mutt.
First, he had a persistent yeast infection - you can kind of see the discoloration in his toenails in that last photo. So we spent March and April and May washing his feet with apple cider vinegar as a way to make sure it didn't get worse until his annual checkup in May. Vet said "good job, and we suggest washing him with this instead," so then he spent the summer getting very regular baths, alternating antifungal and oatmeal shampoos. Also, I made the vet techs and vets laugh when I wrote up a two-page document (with pictures! And jokes!) to describe all my concerns for the annual checkup so they didn't have to hang out by the car while I talked through it all, because pandemic.
Around the same time, we had some AC issues and he ended up finally getting permission to sleep with us (he was too warm, and he's a kennel-escaper - we had a few long nights). At which point we discovered that a) he takes up a lot more space than our dachshund did (duh), b) he takes up even more space than you'd think because he'll put paws on one of us and his back on the other and push, and c) if you're not careful, he can and will accidentally de-pants you during the night with one well-placed kick-scrape-stretch maneuver. lol
He also had baaaasically a big fat zit on one ear and a much smaller one on one of his thighs. Thigh one has vanished. The ear one... well, it's eventually gone away, but only after it got scratched up (we think) in the middle of the night - "Why is my dog bleeding?" is not a question one wants to ask at 3 AM, particularly in the middle of a pandemic - but thankfully my barn friends talked me off the ledge and a vet exam the next day showed that he was fine. And hey, it didn't ever burst so he never needed surgery on it.
And in the last, say, three months, he's managed to randomly lacerate his feet twice. Two different feet, one of them on a pad and one of them right by a joint. He's healed up from both nicely, thankfully, but the second one required a couple of weeks of babying because it was placed perfectly to tear open every time he went rip-snorting across the yard at top speed... and it had rained several times, so it was varying levels of muddy too.
Don't get me wrong, I 100% appreciate that he didn't manage to make it three years running with August emergency vet visits, but... c'mon, buddy!
Aside from those minor issues, and continued issues with being very reactive to other dogs... he's a good boy. I mean, he's a bit of a wrecking ball sometimes, but he loves people and he's generally happy as long as he gets pets, loving, and most of all, treats. (Even if the vet did say he needs to cut back on the peanut butter and training treats, and maybe have some carrots instead, lol.)