Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dog days

There's a nice bike trail (though seasonally it gets ticks--my most hated bugs) that my Sammie loves (he's the Golden Retriever with the two black spots on his tongue) to chase balls you throw with one of those ball tossers. This is his "pal" Akela who is German Shepard/ huskie.

He can run all day, with frequent breaks in the shade, chasing balls, and it's nice because the trail is dirt.

Well, they paved it over and I totally forgot about what happens to my boy when he runs too much on asphalt!

Poor Sammie was limping the next day and I discovered a huge hole on one pad and two smaller ones on his back feet. I tried to put some doggie wax on his sores, but it hurt, so I put on a dog shoe.

Then I was brushing out all the millions of burrs from his long hair. He always gets matts on the curly "dreds" by his ear so I was snipping away and he flinched.

God, I had cut too close to the skin and now he had a hole about the size of a quarter.

I felt so awful for him! He slept all day and night. It's been a few days and his walking is fine now.

We have to find a new place to chase balls.

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