Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog, 12th May 2013


Poor Spud, he has sensitive skin

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After the first day that resembled spring, one which Spud spent charging around the field  overnight he developed a sore looking patch on his neck, about the size of a 50p piece, it was troubling him, it was obviously very itchy. So Mr Uphilldowndale took him off to the vets. Where they shaved the fur off around the patch, Mr Uhdd said Spuds skin coloured up and started to swell in a flash. Poor Spud.

Spud came home with steroid cream, antibiotics, a fish oil supplement for his food and an £80 bill.

Dodger the kitten-cat decided after that upset, what everyone needed was a nice cup of tea, so he put the kettle on.

watched pot-1

The kitten-cats have, by their measure a very productive week, amongst others, we’ve got up in the morning to find a dead jackdaw (I’d have liked to see how they got it through the cat flap!)

kitten cat carnage -1

and a poor shrew that ended up with its head stuck in the mop bucket, not a nice way to go.


I can report Spud is looking much better and adores the fish oil on his food. We just hope that unlike me, Spud is not allergic t the antibiotics.

antibiotics reaction -1


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog, 12th May 2013

  1. Ah, the joys of the company of animals. Sometimes I don’t feel too deprived because we didn’t find a replacement when our border terrier died.

  2. Yikes that looks like an unpleasant reaction!
    Hope Spud’s issues get resolved. My mother-in-law’s dog is allergic to wheat, chicken, and pretty much all dog food fillers. They buy him special food and watch vigilantly to make sure guests don’t give him inappropriate treats.
    The tea looks lovely 🙂

  3. Let me know how Spud is doing. I have a friend with what seems to be a similar problem with his dog. Nothing is working. I will tell them about the fish oil.

  4. Yikes! We have a dog who gets itchy in the warm weather (pity for him, since it’s warm all the time in Houston!). We give him fish oil every day (coated in peanut butter, because he’s a fussy little eater). It clears his problem right up. Hope Spud gets some relief soon.

  5. Poor Spud, that looks rather nasty so I hope that with his medication it soon clears. I like the picture of Dodger but as to the other ones… xx

  6. Poor Spud, hope he gets better soon. Your reaction to the antibiotics reminds me of mine to the “desensitising’ treatment I tried in my teens. Allergies 1, Science 0.

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