A park user emailed us to let us know that her dogs were attacked by bees near the dog park. Be on the lookout for aggressive bees near the dirt areas around the margins of the park.
A friend of mine brought me an adorable, terrified little dog, a Papillion/Chichuahua mix who she found running around in traffic downtown in East Village and rescued. He’d been loved, he had the scent of a woman’s perfume on him and a little rhinestone skull and crossbones shirt, but he had no collar. I suspect he slipped out of his collar, he did that to me when I walked him and scared me out of my mind by running away, but I caught him.
My friend couldn’t keep him because her own dog nipped at him twice. We kept him overnight and took him to our nearby vet the next day to see if he’d been chipped, but he hadn’t. So after much debate, (because he was terrified and my friend didn’t want to take him to the shelter) we took him to the humane society today. It’s important that his people find him and the humane society is the first place people look.
Folks, the people at the humane society rock and deserve every penny we can raise for them. The place was beautiful, clean and the people were very helpful. My friend was in tears when we handed him over, but we’re first on the list to get him if he isn’t claimed and we can call every day to check in on him. Please contact the Human Society in Mission Valley if you recognize him, he’ll be put up for adoption at the end of the week and we’d rather see him go home with his owners.
Ticks caught in the Los Penesquitos Canyon area have tested positive for “rabbit fever” or tularema. Avoid walking near grasses along paths if possible and wear long sleeves and pants tucked into your socks. Don’t let your dogs wander in the grass and check them for ticks, (and burrs and foxtails), when you get home.
It’s that time of the year folks! FOXTAIL SEASON IS HERE! PLEASE BE
CAREFUL!! IIt can be very painful, traumatic for the dog and expensive for the
owner. If going to Fiesta Island, we suggest sticking to the beach. Check your dog frequently and thoroughly for these painful seeds, even if you’re just walking around the neighborhood. (Note: I check my long haired dog daily for burrs and foxtails after we walk and I found at least five this morning.)
These structures have sharp points at one end, and microscopic
barbs, so that they easily move in the direction of the point, but not
the other way. They “work in”, but they don’t “work out”. They can
become imbedded in the hair, especially the paws and ears, and in
nostrils and even eyes. As they work their way in, they cause
infection, and if not treated can sometimes be fatal. Southern
California has a number of different grasses with this nasty feature,
most of them originally from Mediterranean Europe.
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