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Top dog?

Posted by laurie on May 4, 2011

Christy proposed a new (I think) name for Stanley is her comment yesterday about the May calendar photo, calling him “Stanlicious.” I try to limit my use of the word “awesome” to no more than once a month and this is certainly appropriate. Awesome name, Christy! But I won’t tell Stanley because he will become impossible to live with.

Mud season is coming to a close, and now it’s tick season. I pulled five off the boys last night after their walk. Comparatively speaking, five is nothing. It’s time to apply more Frontline but that doesn’t prevent the ticks from jumping on. It will kill them but not before they can attach or jump off onto Phillip or me.

Finding a tick on me, especially if it was attached, used to freak me out, but no more. Dogs make us strong!

21 Responses to “Top dog?”

  1. Karen S. said

    In Texas I would pull giant engorged ticks from the coon hounds’ ears and pop them between my thumb and forefinger. Nasty little critters!

    • Susan in DE said

      Eeeeeewww!! I have a pretty strong stomach, but that’s too much even for me! (But of course it still won’t spoil my appetite for breakfast. ;->).

    • Ellen said

      Never pop them! It sprays whatever disease they may be carrying into the air. And that fact comes from the guy in charge of the health department in this state. He did a lecture at the SPCA summer camp when I worked there.

      • Karen S. said

        Thanks. I know now that you shouldn’t pop them, but back then I was a kid, and didn’t know about tick-borne diseases.

    • Martha M said

      Totally off the subject and I’m creeping in on Karen S. ’cause she’s the first reply—–
      Hannah and her ‘sister’ Gracie. They were found together and adore each other (they’re not sure they’re sisters, but they’re about the same age), so I couldn’t just take one! 10 months old, female, did I mention adorable???
      I don’t know how long the adoption process takes–the app took hours to complete!!! Check them out at the Humane Society of Campbell County, VA!!! I’m so nervous!!!!

      Oh, and Stan and Sherm are precious, too!

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        Wonderful, Martha! Best of luck to you in adopting those two girls. I just looked them up on the Campbell County website, and they are such darlings. Keep us posted!

      • Ellen said

        Way to go! Thanks for adopting and keeping the pair together.

      • ChristyACB said

        Oh My goodness they are cute! And they do look like sisters for real.

        Let us know what happens, please. I noticed it said “urgent” on the posting and that means they are running out of time.

        I sure hope they find a great forever home with you.

      • Carol said

        That is wonderful Martha!

  2. Ellen said

    One time when my husband and I were at the SPCA volunteering, there was a dog brought in covered in ticks. The poor thing even had them between her toes. We helped pull them off. I looked down and saw a tick crawling on my shirt. That freaked me out. I can’t imagine the torment that poor dog must have been in.

  3. Carol said

    Sherman seems to have a lot of patience!

    • Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

      Yeah, the face bitee in our house is pretty patient with the face biter too. Beagles seem to be both mischievous and sweet, often at the same time.

  4. Shardae said

    I love how Stan is applying sweet kisses to the back of Shermens neck in the first picture.

  5. ChristyACB said

    What’s really hilarious is how patient the Sherminator is with this behavior. LOL…just look at his face in that first picture. (I’m trying so hard not to bust up in my cubicle at this moment. M-u-s-t turn away from the photo!)

  6. SUE, Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    I just love your boys. Do not love ticks 🙂

  7. baileyngypsysdad said

    ticks…ugh…they had a lyme vaccine a few (ok many) years ago for dogs, and both of ours got em.
    They also had it for humans but found out it wasn’t too effective.
    I know that cause I had the vaccine and still got lymes! It does make the symptoms tolerable though.
    I just wish they made frontline for humans! During tick season, I find more ticks crawling on me than the two beagles put together! And when I do find them on the beagles, they are usually dead…

    great..gave myself the heebeejeebees! I will be itching all day…

  8. Donna & Oscar & Spencer said

    Have you tried CedarCide’s product called Best Yet? It is a natural spray you put on the dogs every day that prevents fleas and ticks. My dog sitter insists on it instead of the chemical topical solutions. I’ve been using it for about a year and only had one small flea outbreak that we nipped in the bud with a one-time pill from the vet.

    The dogs don’t really like the smell, but it’s not too unpleasant for humans. I buy the gallon size, Item #4003 and put it in a smaller sprayer than it comes with so I don’t waste the product.

    I’m not sure how effective it will be in the heavy tick areas, but the pitch is good. You can use on humans too.

    the web site is

    Oh yeah, I moved my calendar to May. I see what everyone means!

    • SUE, Barney & Jodi's Mom said

      Looked at the cedarcide website, the warehouse is only about 10 miles from my house!

    • baileyngypsysdad said

      I’d try it but the ticks here would just laugh. I live in tick infested central NJ in the Piney’s. Thats Pine Barrens to you fortunate out of stater’s. We have the ideal breeding grounds and cycles to support them all. brown ticks, black ticks, deer ticks, etc. Hell, I have got bitten just walking 120 feet to my mailbox…
      We are as organic as you can get when it comes to landscaping, but when it comes to ticks…there isn’t anything thats near 100% effective (at least legally sold here anymore)

      As everyone said…you just get used to them…when the beagles come in from a roll in the grass, they get checked. When I come in from yard work I get checked. If i go behind my fence onto the woods at the back of my property I would say 8 of 10 times, I will come in with a tick..

  9. Cody and Henry's aunt said

    Looks just like the Goofy Twins in pictures 1 and 2. I guess our boys aren’t unique!!!!

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      As all of you have probably guessed, Cody and Henry are frequently referred to in our house as The Goofy Twins!

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