May 2 nd


Rattlesnake woes!

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Springtime in the desert brings rattlesnake woes. Last evening, Bear was in one of the yards near the house with Shyla, Missy and Liza. He started barking at something under a bush. I feared it was a rattlesnake but saw nothing. There was a hole there, so I ran water down it, but nothing came out.

A half hour later, I went back out to find Bear & Shyla with swollen heads. Bear had labored breathing. I immediately injected them with dexamethasone, gave them penicillin injections, a homeopathic remedy for bites & stings and a large dose of Jernigan Neuro Antitox. By today, Shyla is looking much better and acting normal. Bear still has a lot of swelling, especially under his throat. His head is still swollen, but he is eating and wagging his tail.  I am continuing giving the Jernigan remedy.

This afternoon, I heard his alert bark again. This time, I found the snake, hiding under a dog house. Luckily, it was a Diamondback and not the considerably more toxic Mohave rattler.

Bear after rattlesnake bite

Shyla after rattlesnake bite

Rhonda, the old beagle we rescued from being PTS last month, has turned out to be a  real challenge. She does not like other dogs if they go near her bed, her dish or even “her” little yard. When she is in the house, she must stay in the separate area in the kitchen, as I cannot trust her with the other dogs… she also barks for hours- at me, at the other dogs, at rabbits she sees, when she is happy, when she is unhappy… you get the picture. I love her to death, but she will not be easy to manage. No knowing her past history, she cannot be blamed. Her enthusiasm and affectionate (towards me) nature make up for her shortcomings.


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  1. Jacquie Ackerly says:

    I am willing to bet that your love and insight will help Rhonda deal with her insecurities.

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jacquie! I love her to death…. she’s my kind of dog, a trouble maker…I hope she will get used to seeing the other dogs interacting and calm down a little. She sure is enthusiastic about life.

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