World Cup and Wimbledon

Finals of both were played today, and we tuned in on the radio for the former, the latter result being announced shortly after kick off, so I know Djokovic beat Anderson in straight sets, 6 – 2, 6 – 2, 7 – 6.

All of us were rooting for Croatia, but it wasn’t to be and France won 4 – 2.
However, we didn’t hear that as we had a major problem here which has taken us almost 4 hours to rectify.

Poor Bud has been itchy and MOH finally decided to give him a brush yesterday having noticed an area on his leg that he’d licked raw due to irritation.
MOH tends to close the stable door after the horse has bolted, and thought treating him with Frontline/flea drops would resolve the problem having found ‘something’ that resembled a tick that he was proud to show us for his efforts.
In short, we treated both dogs with what we had available.
Maggie was frontlined not so long ago, and in her 13Β½ years, we have only ever caught one flea on her (Hubby saw it hop from the dog next to her in the vet’s surgery when she was a pup) and one tick before it had a chance to burrow when we were living in the cottage.
We immediately did her again, then I went through her fur with a nit comb and was relieved to find nothing.

Shortly after the match started, MOH got down on the floor as Bud was still scratching and drew our attention to his underbelly which was alive. He’s been here a week and has been sleeping on the sofa bed with MOH every night. He has also been in close proximity to Maggie and myself when we’ve gone out in MOH’s car.
Hubby and I went into overdrive.
The bed was stripped, both dogs bathed with flea shampoo in the garden with the hose (it was so hot, it was probably a relief for them actually), and everything treated with us vacating the house while it did its stuff.

Casualties are my new throwover, 2 large bath sheets which had never been used and one new sheet (sigh) all of which are badly marked having had a hot wash at the launderette.
I do not have a lot of bedding so MOH had brought his sleeping bag and a pillow.
I couldn’t find the sleeping bag to spray it and won’t search personal belongings, so he announced that he would sleep ‘au naturelle’ rather than risk putting it back on the bed.
I had an old throwover we use on the bottom of our bed for Maggie in the winter which was clean so gave him that as everything else was still damp on the line.

Items used were 1 container of permethrin, 1 can of flea spray, 1 full bottle dog flea shampoo, and a carton of flea treatment for furniture and fabrics. MOH said he would replace them tomorrow.
We also filled one complete hoover bag an hour after treating the carpets, and will be hiring the Rug Doctor to go right through the house. This we were going to do anyway.

It has therefore been a shitty end to an otherwise pleasant day, even if Croatia lost!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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26 Responses to World Cup and Wimbledon

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Omg, what a drag!! And poor doggie. Should you also do the car to make sure there are no fleas in there? I’m scratching just reading your post.

  2. scifihammy says:

    I hope you got them all! I also go into War Mode whenever I find a flea. It is exhausting though as you have to clean and spray the whole house like you did and not just treat the dogs, like some people do. Poor Bud!

  3. Ok, now I’m caught up. What a freaking mess!

  4. blindzanygirl says:

    Oh crikey Di. That was horrible! We’ve not had an experience like that, though we have had dogs get fleas before. Hope is due for her flea vaccination at the vets now though, so we)d better get miving!

    • It was a nightmare, and neither of us have known anything like it. Poor Maggie did get caught, and it was a Β£98 vet bill for medication, including a jab to stop her itching. Replacing furniture plus flea treatments for the dog, upholstery, carpets and household foggers set us back a lot. We had never had a problem with fleas and seem to have got thrity years worth all in one hit. There are loads of posts on it, and we got it sorted eventually, but it took WEEKS.

      • blindzanygirl says:

        That is horrible. We have always had dogs – four at one time – but never had it that bad. Glad you have got it all under control, but the expense, OMG. So sorry you went through that Di, maybe I should change my flea limericks to gnats or something lol. But people look for the flea ones now! Ha!

      • Keep the flea theme Lorraine, they’re funny and I’ve just responded in kind! LOL

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! How horrendous!

    • Replacing what we used and buying new preparations set him back around Β£40, and we used another 4 foggers afterwards. We don’t know if he used his or did the car. I shudder just thinking about it as I used to sit in the back of his car with both dogs and the dog blanket which was filthy! Bud would never get in ours so I guess that was a blessing in a way. He’s a beautiful dog.

      • willowdot21 says:

        Obviously more beautiful than his owner πŸ’œ

      • It’s a shame, but MOH tends to close the door after the horse has bolted, dogs, oil tanks, central heating…… he doesn’t tend to maintain things and so little things are ignored and become big issues. He forked out nearly Β£1000 on his central heating system to have it flushed (not power flushed, just drained) and a new timer as the existing one was held in position by a clothes peg. Hubby could have changed the timer for him, and a power flush would have flushed out all the muck in his system and clear the pipes. The radiator in one bedroom doesn’t get hot and Hubby offered to help him re-pipe it but he didn’t bother. Last time we visited we were so cold we slept in our clothes, thankful for the two hot water bottles and extra blankets I’d taken down, but still couldn’t get warm. We could see our breath in the morning and left a day earlier than intended. It’s just his way, not because he’s on a limited income like us and doesn’t have the money, his mindset just doesn’t work that way.

      • willowdot21 says:

        Strange isn’t it, people are what they are and you can never change them. However much we try… And maybe that’s how it should be πŸ’œ

      • We’re all different, and he was a good friend, always in our corner, as we were for him. I’m glad Hubby is how he is because he can fix most things before they become problems, whereas I squirrel away the money in case they do become something he can’t fix. It’s why we work so well together as a team.

      • willowdot21 says:

        Your hubby sounds like mine, capable , willing to tackle anything and help others πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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