Oh dear, oh dear. What a slack a**e! I have been suitably pulled up on a lack of bloggy movement by The Typist. As usual it is not the animals’ fault, they have given me plenty of laughs over the last while, my dull mind has just been unable to translate their activities eloquently enough to justify posting on the worldwide interweb. 🙂 I have spent a bit more time in in the garden, although you’d never know it – I’ve filled the garden rubbish sack so full that I suspect the bloke who comes to remove it will be swearing at me. It amazes me quite how many palm fronds, leaves and other such ‘rubbish’ can lie around in there. It has also been stinking hot and the pool looked more like a swamp, so I’ve been putting a fair amount of effort into getting that swim-ready, which I am pleased to say it now is. Flo doesn’t try to get in the water but Elsie was in a couple of times, then she couldn’t get out, got a bit of a fright and hasn’t wanted to get more than her front feet wet since.
All beasts chez Flo are in one piece. We have, of course, had our trips to the v-e-t and we are, of course, hoofing back anti-biotics. This time it is Elsie who is on medication, though sadly not the variety required to transform her into a calm puppy. She has an allergy which usually manifests itself as dodgy skin and little bald patches in her fur. The v-e-t has resorted to giving me steroids for her in the past. I generally keep them as a last resort. A few weeks ago, just before I started having to go away here and there, she had a bit of a flare up and, as she was due to go into kennels, I gave her a couple of her pills to settle her skin down while I was away. Around that time she also started sneezing. She was still at it when I got back so after a few more doses of the dreaded ‘roids she had lovely clear skin but they had had no effect on the sneezing. The liberal and violent depositions of snot bullets on every surface, including the cats, began to wear thin. In addition, every time she lay down she would rub her nose all over the rug, transforming it from lovely and soft to crusty and crunchy, so it was back to the v-e-t. After a good examination he prescribed some anti-biotics in case it was a bacterial infection, plus some anti-histamines. All it took was one dose of the anti-histamines and she stopped sneezing. She has hardly had one nasal explosion since. I have been able to put the mop away. I think we might be free from the tyranny of snot. 🙂