As always many thanks for your comments. Sylvia and Marg joined in with their doggy stories which always make us smile.
Toby has had a run of bad luck recently, nothing too serious but costly!
I told you last week about him losing a claw, well we got that fixed and it was healing well – then he got trodden on and bruised a toe, then he got a bout of kennel cough.
He threw that off very quickly, then, wait for it… he lost another claw! We went up to the Imax on London’s famous Southbank to see the new Harry Potter movie and our lovely neighbours Jim and Sue offered to let out Toby and invited him in to their garden to play with Ollie their Springer Spaniel (Toby’s best pal) and surprise surprise Toby overdid it.
Obviously, I’m thinking he must have a claw problem, have I got him on the wrong diet, are his claws too long etc. My vet Fred assures me it’s a case of ”very long legs and little brain” – sorry Toby his words not mine.
We had a Beardie for 16 years before Toby and she never lost one. I suppose it’s ‘luck of the Claw’ – sorry I couldn’t resist! This time his foot just would not heal and he was limping badly (actually he was limping very well) and had to undergo minor surgery to sort the problem. While he was under the vet gave all his paws a thorough tidy up.
As you can see from previous blog photos Toby has a wonderful thick coat and his new adult coat is trying to grow through this and despite constant use with the amazing Furminator, which I can’t recommend highly enough, Fred advised that we should clip him back and start again as he was matting up quite badly.
None of the family were keen on this but as we are not showing or breeding from Toby, We had to think of him first – so off came his coat! Couple this with all of his feet being shaved like a Poodle he looks quite strange and is much slighter in build than we realised.
Toby has asked me not to show a picture of him at the moment and of course I respect his wishes!! So I’ll attach a photo of him recovering in disguise (above).