Monday, May 4, 2009
Spring ... Reverse sneezing and POLLEN dust
Ahh, and another week starts. I know that it is Monday because daddy went to the work place, without moi....again. Why does he keep doing that? I think he goes there because he gets to play with other dogs, or something.
Yesterday we had a grand day out with both momma and daddy. It was really a pretty good Sunday. 'Cept... the pollen. The yellow dusty pollen that covers everything outside and makes everyone sneeze and wheeze. JD get drippy eyes. Wendy too, and she reverse sneezes, momma sneezes and wheezes, me... I sneeze. Apparently my sneezes are funny. I am not laughing. The fact that my ears flop forward is apparently funny to "some". Momma wants me to take baby Benadyl. Have you tasted that stuff? IIIIIICK! Yesterday she bought the tablets so the taste is not so bad.
Keep in mind that itching is the most common allergic reaction for dogs. Sneezing is a much more specific allergy reaction. In my case we think that pollen is the trigger. So, I get wiped down with a damp paper towel when I come in from outside. It seems to work. And a short soak of my paws in water with epsom salt stops any paw itching. ACTUALLY I just like all that attention and it feels good.... So much for them laughing at me...Who is laughing now?
I don't laugh at momma's 12 consecutive sneezes! [When she starts, it is a full "run" before she stops.] OK I do laugh at her, but I am discreet about it. I don't point. And when she blows her nose she is noisy! For that little nose she makes loud sounds! Honestly she sounds like a the horn of a truck.
Wendy's and JD's reverse sneezes scare the daylights out of momma who immediately grabs them, holds their muzzle and blows into it. It is really strange to watch. And really strange to hear that honking sound coming out of them.
So much for allergies. Momma got some local honey [wonder if our relocated bees are making it???] and now we get a bit of honey in our yogurt. I must say I really did not want to even try it at first. But, I have and I like it??? It is sticky sweet.
Local honey helps build immunity to local pollens. And... while on topic... Wendy, stop trying to lick it off my face! [Some dogs do not respect boundaries]
So, who is sneezing, itching, couching, scratching at your house???