At the recommendation of one of NewMama's friends, we visited a nearby lakeside park, which provided lots of new things for dogbert to experience!
On a recent visit to the park, our walk was interrupted by a rather large Doberman mix who was overly curious about Ramsay. At first I allowed it to approach, as we are trying to teach dogbert how to accept other dogs and learn the proper etiquette when meeting them. It's been a tough, slow process. Normally, Ramsay gets very excited and barks at a new canine acquaintance but this time was different. He seemed a little unsure of the big dog, who made it a point to sniff and lick Ramsay from head to toe. After a quick visual inspection of the other dog, I noticed a couple of things: 1) its coat looked a little unkempt and 2) it seemed to have a tumorous growth on its back, at the base of its neck. I instantly realized that this was an engorged tick and started (calmly) leading Ramsay away. The big dog (referred to by Ramsay as"Messie" to describe its general state of being) followed - did not misbehave but just followed as if it were part of our pack. I stopped several times and told it to stay (which it did), but after we had gotten a good 10ft away, it would track us and try to catch up. I couldn't shake it. I began to worry, as Messie was so persistent about sticking her nose on Ramsay that he couldn't even get a moment to potty.
Luckily, the father of a family who was fishing at the lake helped to remedy the situation. He kept Messie at bay and shooed her in the opposite direction as Ramsay and I tried to continue our walk. I thanked the man and introduced Ramsay to his family before we parted ways. We didn't run into Messie again that day.
Before I loaded Ramsay into his crate for the ride home, I checked his coat and paws - no fleas or ticks! The flea/tick treatment that I applied last week was holding up! Of course when we got home, stankford got a nuclear-decontamination-style bath. "Silkwood", anyone? ;)
We returned to the park the next day and thankfully, saw no sign of Messie. I hope SOMEONE has taken charge of the poor dog. It seemed to listen and wasn't disrespectful at all - just very poorly cared-for. Shame on its owners for allowing it to get that way. All dogs deserve to be spoiled! =)