The past two weeks, Mabel and Barticus have been incorrigible on the trails... taking off on a chase at any hint of a coyote! And now that the coyote pups are a few months old and being left alone more and more by their parents... the little buggers will bark at their shadow... much less a hiking pack across the valley floor!
I'm really happy that Mabel and Bart have each other. But I still fear that Mabel is losing some of her sharpness in her old age. The best example of this is that she has come home with jumping choya in her several times this week! This one was removed from Mabel hind quarters by our hiking buddy!
She must have had thirty or more stickers in her that night! That is the most she's had since she was a pup. Usually, she may step on a stray one on the trail or accidentally find a piece of choya that is in another bush (they are fragile and break off. Hikers kick them off the trail.) But never does she come home with scads of them embedded in her! Until now...
This particular night, I tied her to a door knob and turned on every light on the patio, got a spot light from the studio and was plucking away with needle nose tweezers when Mabel's auntie arrived with gloves and pliers. Different tools for different artists! She walked right up to Mabel, scratched her booty with one hand and yanked this sucker out with the other. Then she comforted the girl while I worked on the smaller ones with the tweezers.
The next night, Mabel got one in her tongue as well... OY, that was fun. NOT! When she did it yet again a few days later, I didn't even bother my friend... I just got the big tools out!
But my real fear is that something has changed in my girl... can she no longer smell / sense where these things are??? And as for Barticus... the dog we kept on leash for months because he couldn't seem to avoid the choya??? Not a single barb in him!