Finding violet for this week's True Colours Thursday was quite hard, not helped by the fact that I think it's quite similar to a few other colours. However, I'm pretty sure these crocuses from my garden fit the bill nicely.
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There are also some lilac crocuses in the garden and they were looking lovely in yesterday's really mild weather.
- Nicked the end of her incredibly whippy tail resulting in blood-splattered walls. A plastic tube was taped over the end to protect it and it took weeks to heal. It was fine for months but I wasn't surprised to see it bleeding a little last week, she lashes it about so hard (you don't want it hitting your legs!) that this could be an ongoing problem.
- Took three small chunks out of the lower part of one hind leg. She was doing an impression of a bucking bronco whilst wearing a small wooden table as a saddle. Now before you go and report me for cruelty, I will add that she wasn't supposed to be wearing the table, it was her choice to try and squeeze under it and she was most surprised to find it on her back when she reversed out!
- Had a couple of grooves put into her nose after she put it a bit too close to a dog who was of the opinion that she shouldn't be doing that.
- Swelled up alarmingly in the neck area, most likely due to a foreign body.
- Has had numerous superficial scratches, none requiring vet intervention and a liability of bouncing about in rough terrain.
Now for the latest and the reason she has to wear the lampshade. I discovered a smallish lump on her chest on Sunday and, although it didn't seem to be causing her any bother, my vet suspected another foreign body. Removal before it had the chance to migrate was decided upon.
She had the op yesterday and the lump turned out to be reactive tissue with some very small black bits in it. I suspect gorse could be the culprit as I've had that jabbed into my hand before and the tips broke off and got left behind in the skin. Ideally, we should perhaps avoid the gorse bushes but that could be difficult, it grows nearly everywhere here, and besides, it's often where those tempting rabbits are!
Maybe protection is the answer. Anyone out there who can supply me with vizsla sized body armour?