In reading Bedlamfarm.com about simple changes in their three dogs leading to a concern, it brought to mind this whole pandemic we have been tangling with. Not only our concern with humanity but with the creatures we live with.
I am certain we have had more differences of opinions these past two years than we contend with and no resolution. The fact that there is question among us concerning what we should do definitely with humans leads to questions about our four legged companions.
We wonder if we have a cold or Covid or possibly underlying complications from conditions compromising us. Is our Newfie upset because we’re housing the sister dogs or is it something in the water? Why all the accidents with bathroom habits when I am home all day?
And why all the landscaping upsets and gross eating outdoors? When our Newfie blew out his hind legs demanding surgery on both, son John toted pool water breakfast and dinner times for a month while Leroy was in the hospital. Because Leroy wouldn’t drink city water, nor eat the kennel hospital food. Otherwise of course he is no trouble and he was a free dog. There is no such thing we learned.
The opinions diverse. When something becomes a pandemic, common sense tells us that our companion animals are affected too. We are not protected from wild creatures hugging the earth that roam the landscaping and climb the walls to get inside the yards where the good stuffs are. I watch lizards scoot up the cinder block fences and squirrels still playing havoc with dogs still trying to jump 8 foot walls.
And the 200 times better noses on the dogs sense the gross droppings from night creatures eating better than they are they think. I still think it is partly the pool waters.
Many of the homes nearby have backyard pools. And it means that whole communities are treated for what ails us. I luckily talked to the pool man and asked if changes had been made and his immediate question was what are you noticing and troubled with?
I said loose bowels habits and upsets in our creatures. He said we have increased muriatic acid because of the pandemic as well as other measures. I told him I had been running the hose into the small spa section of the pool where the big guy drinks. He agreed it wise to do so when he treats the pool.
I understand water is the most affected during any crisis that affects the community. And animal hospitals are first aware of this. It is written about in most veterinary literature. I am observant.
I have no written credentials but my eyes still work. I am wont to make connections and since I spot first what needs cleaning up. Sorry, it is what I do. I care for what is alive and even sometimes not.
photo by Jessie Hallissey