Two Polish Lowland Sheepdog brothers in Italy - now about to head to France
Friday, 15 May 2009
Off to the vets
A couple of weeks ago Digby developed a large sore on his front paw - it could have been a grass seed that had worked its way into his paw or a bite from a bee, a small scorpion or possibly even a snake. We've been diligently washing it in hot salty water twice a day and then applying tea tree lotion to calm it down. This morning he didn't want to get up, walked around the house with his head down, and then to let us know he was really unhappy he refused to get out of his bed to come with his brother on the morning romp. That's serious. Thank heavens we have a wonderful lady vet. She has agreed to see him before surgery this morning so we're all packing up and heading off in the car. Children can tell you what hurts.With dogs it's a much more intuitive process trying to determine what is merely an off day and what could potentially be a problem. When one of the family clowns is sick everyone knows!
2004, we sell the rain drenched farm in Scotland and move to the warmth of southern Europe. Two very lively Polish Lowland Sheepdog brothers - Wilf and Digby - accompany us. Fluffy,patient and comical . Forever attracting laughter and new friends . After a year in Provence we moved to Italy to restore an ancient Roman watchtower . Somethings are meant not to be. Following a rather unpleasantly violent 'housejacking' ( the third in our little village ) we left Italy in late 2009 for new adventures in the rolling countryside of south west France . We are now getting to grips with a large rickety old farmhouse. Life after the violence of Italy has a gentler tempo. Digby passed on from piroplasmosis in May 2010. HIs brother, despite being diagnosed with cancer and having become blind ,soldiered on for another two years. We now embark on the next part of our journey with two new PON's - Bob and Sophie. This blog records all those little things about living with dogs that are too unimportant to make it into a diary but which make life, life.