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What’s a foxtail?

Before I moved to the San Francisco Bay area, I had never heard of a foxtail!  In the bay area though, if you are a dog owner, especially when there is no rain …. well you’d better know what a foxtail is and be on the lookout for them every time you take your dog outside. Foxtails are most dangerous when they are dry.  This is when they fall off are become easily dislodged from the grass they grow on.  They are barb shaped and when a dog is a around them they seem easy magnets for capturing a foxtail in their coat and then this barb shaped little spikelet starts working it’s way into the dog’s fur and frequently into the skin.  They travel one way!  Deeper into the skin.   So why would I mention the insidious  foxtail in my blog?  Well -you guessed it if you’ve been reading my blog at all.  One of my dogs, my Australian Shepherd, Sky started showing the symptoms of a foxtail in her ear.  She had been scratching her ear for a few days and I would look at it and see nothing and she wasn’t scratching all the time – just randomly.  Two days ago whilst I was visiting a friends place she started scratching and then cried out in agony.  The three of us got her to calm down and put the other dogs out as we worked to try and find the source of her discomfort.  Nothing seemed out of the ordinary really though we saw a small scratch in her ear.  We looked for a foxtail but saw nothing and I thought well maybe in the course of her scratching herself she hurt herself and so was crying for that reason. I kept an eye on her for...

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A slideshow of some of my favourite recent pictures

A love of sunsets, my pups & my marina home is the essential subject of this video slideshow. The first dog silhouette is of Boeing, my Australian Shepherd who passed away a few years ago.  An array of marina photos and sunsets follows.  The one bridge pictured within is the Richmond San Rafael bridge with Mt Tamalpais in the background.  The bridge is not visible from the harbour but a great sunset just the same. The last two dog-sunset-sihouettes are of my current family members, Zulu (a 4yo catahoula) and then Sky (a 6yo Australian shepherd). The slideshow ends with a couple of stunning moonrises! The background music is “Oh! Mio Babbino Caro” sung by Gianni Schicchi.  I’m not really an opera music listener but this piece of music inspired me to get the photos together and there is always the option to turn your sound off if the music doesn’t suit you. Overall the slideshow is for me to remember special moments and images from the last several months and if they suit your taste you will enjoy as well.

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Another day with the pups!

Today Zulu met up with his good buddy that he practically grew up with !! Zulu and Watson are about the same age and love to romp and wrestle with one another. They are about the same weight and size and well matched in dispositions. A few passes at the ball gave Zulu some running and jumping… After their fun playtime together Zulu & Sky and I went on to Crissy Field – a great beach with a surf that is virtually always gentle. They didn’t run and chase as much as usual but they still got in some good sand digging and bird chasing!  

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Cee’s Black & White Challenge    

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Another day in the life with the pups

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