10 months old already!!!
Well, the poor little man has had a really tough time since our last update. He went to be castrated but, as he had only one descended testicle, the vet had to open his abdomen to search for the retained one. It proved to be rather elusive, playing hide and seek with him which resulted in a long scar and a very sore tummy for Mr. Harley. To add to his problems he also got a clipper rash where they shaved him. So, to cut a long story short, after four trips to the vets, three courses of antibiotics and anti-inflamatories, he is almost back to normal. One more trip to the HD vet on Thursday, so fingers crossed!
He has certainly regained his bounce and his appetite; it’s good to see him racing around like a loon again!
We’ve been for a long walk through Little Wittenham woods this morning and Harley was sooooooo excited to go there again he rolled in poo and lay down in a muddy puddle so, before we could put him back in the car, we had to go down to the river for a rinse off. When we got home he had a bath (much to his disgust) and his collar, harness and lead are currently in the washing machine! He makes so much fuss about having a bath that Stuart and I get an extra shower.
He’s now decided he really doesn’t like shopping and after 2 to 3 minutes starts to howl like a banshee because he’s bored and wants to go back out on to the street where there are more interesting smells. He’s going to have to get over it though because I do like shopping!
He’s also started howling when he sees another dog but can’t go and greet them because he’s on the lead. Of course I just ignore the noise but people give me those looks which say “why doesn’t she shut him up?”
What they don’t realise is that if I give him any kind of attention he’ll do it more than ever, so I pretend to be deaf !!!
Harley accompanied me to a talk on Monday which I gave to the Bicester Garrison Guides. He was extremely well behaved and the girls loved him.
By Christine Ellis.