Over the last month a delayed spring and early summer have collided to bring an explosion of sights and sounds, it truly has been a sensory explosion of epic proportions. Nature has erupted in abundance. From the chirpy sounds each morning of birds busy at work, to an eruption of colours in gardens, woodlands, parks and meadows, to the scent of wild garlic – everywhere seems to be suddenly teaming with colour and life.
Humans don their flip-flops, pull out the sun cream and wholeheartedly embrace the changing season, after all there is no telling how long it will last. Parks and woodland that were virtually large solitary playgrounds for me and my doggie pals suddenly offer an oasis of activity, adventure and relaxation for humans (who have been hibernating during the previous cold months).
But oh, alas, as the sun shines and the nights grow longer, the obligatory human ritual of lighting fires to cook delicious smelling meat… BBQ season begins. It tantalizes my senses, for miles around – oh the torture, the cruelty, show some mercy humans!
Yesterday my humans had lots of fun in the garden building a snowman while I had a great time searching for my ball that kept getting lost in the deep snow.
This morning Mr Snowman was looking a bit worse for wear and I’m very sad to report he has since lost his eyes and all his buttons, he’s started to melt, just like on the cartoon my humans watched on Christmas Eve.
On the plus side; a thaw means mud and I love to splash around in mud so lots more fun to come!
Since my human went on a canine first aid course all kinds of crazy things have happened to me. My human has been checking my pulse, checking my gums and checking for any lumps or bumps. Apparently on the course they spent a lot of time learning about what is and isn’t normal health for a dog and any signs to look out for. They also spent time learning about prevention – as well as dealing with first aid emergencies. I think that’s why my human has been bandaging my paws, ears and tail up for practice.
During the course my human practiced first aid on a fake dog called Gerry. I can’t be jealous because he wasn’t a real dog, he was a canine CPR dummy that Blue Cross nurses use to train.
It’s good that my human knows how to do basic first aid on dogs but touch wood I’ve never had a first aid emergency nor have any of my walking buddies. My human on the other hand got stung in the mouth, in the middle of the tongue by a bee when out in Watergate Country Park, so, maybe my human would have benefited more from a first aid course for humans? Luckily I heard my human saying they learnt about the differences between wasp and bee stings and what to do, which is good because my paws can’t do first aid!