Friday, 26 March 2010


There's a fair bit going on here at the moment and blog posts may be a bit sporadic for a while but hopefully I'll get back to regular posting soon.
Today has been a bit of a run around day, mainly down to Cloud. I mentioned a while ago that she had been on antibiotics to try and clear up where she had chewed/scratched her side. Well, she started scratching again a little while ago and then we noticed other lesions coming up on her body. We decided she needed to go back to the vets and I managed to get an appointment this morning. It seems that she has a bacterial skin infection which is what's causing the lesions and itchiness. The vet shaved around the affected areas
On the photo above this is the site that started it all.
Poor Cloud is getting fed up wearing her cone and her face has been getting really dirty because she hasn't been able to go to the dog parlour until we sorted out what was going on. She is now on a 20 day course of antibiotics and we have to shampoo her 2 to 3 times a week with the anti-bacterial shampoo the vet has given us. Fortunately, when I phoned the dog parlour after getting home from the vets, they said if I could take her up staight away they would do the first shampoo for me and groom her. A couple of hours later and I got the call to say I could go and pick her up. She looks like a totally different dog!
The groomers have clipped her really short so that we can shampoo her easily and so that the infected areas can be treated properly. She looks so little now ;o) but seemed a happier dog when I picked her up. I've also trimmed down her cone (because her head looks so little now) which makes it easier for her to drink and sniff around outside.
In this photo you can see some of the red patches where the sores have come up.
However, despite everything that's going on, I have managed to do a little bit of craftiness. My knitting needles are out again and I'm trying a new pattern. This one is slightly more complicated than the previous one but it's not that difficult - I just have to concentrate on what I'm doing while I'm knitting. I enjoy having a pattern to knit as it makes it less boring than plain knitting. I've done a little bit more tonight and the back of the cardigan is nearly finished now.
We have Michelle, Matthew and Josh coming to stay tomorrow night - looking forward to seeing them again as it's been a while. Somehow I think there may be some wedding talk going on ;o). We have a few overseas visitors arriving over the next couple of months which will also be exciting but I'll tell more as the time gets nearer.
Have a wonderful weekend


  1. Oh, Rhona, it breaks my heart to see cloud like that. I can only imagine how hard it is for you.

    I'm glad you have a knitting pattern to keep you occupied. The cardigan is gorgeous so far!

    Hang in there! xo

  2. Poor Cloud, she looks so different but her coat will soon grow again when she is clear from the infection. You certainly have your work cut out for you in the weeks ahead. xxx

  3. Poor thing! I hope she feels better soon.

    That knitting is making me want to go shopping for some wool!

  4. Poor Cloud! I hope the treatment works quickly. It's a sign of a cute dog, however, that she's still cute after the close cut!

    The knitting is just beautiful! I've never progressed past knit and purl, so I'm in awe of patterns like this.

  5. Somehow I missed this post - poor Cloud - hope he is much better now! Your knitting is gorgeous - no doubt finished by now!! My knitting is put to one side lately and I am busy crocheting - Lucy's blog is too inspiring lol!!