Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mr. Klondike Klomps a Racoon!

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Mr Klondike and Dr. Yip

Mr Klondike was on routine patio nap patrol around noon yesterday when two racoons, probably a mother and child, appeared in the yard. Racoons that Mr. Klondike had politely asked previously to abstain from visits to his yard. A request that these racoons, probably lured by catfood that neighbours on both sides leave out, chose to ignore.

So severe was the rudeness of these racoons that Mr. Klondike got up from his nap, dashed to the fence and pinned the adult down using his jaws while the juvenile got over the fence.  According to Mieko, who saw the whole thing, Klondike held the adult for a few seconds then released it, and walked into the kitchen, seemingly very pleased with himself.

However… Mr Klondike’s front right pinkie toe was bleeding a little, and he was missing a small patch of fur on his left front foot. These injuries looked minor to me. But the notion of a racoon being active at noon also seemed odd. And I couldn’t tell where the injuries came from – had he been bitten? Scratched? Just slammed his toe into the fence or the planter in front of it? My friend the dog certainly didn’t seem in any distress, but his right front foot did seem very sensitive to touch.

 

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Left front foot. A little fur loss but zero breaks in the skin

 

 

 

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Left Front foot. It’s hard to see in this photo, but there are two small wounds at 12 and 3 0’clock. Tiny scratches? Penetration wounds? Even the vet couldn’t be totally sure

 

I called his regular (and most excellent) health care providers at  Kensington Animal Hospital, sent them a few pictures and they agreed he should probably come in, and had an appointment at 2:30. Klondike was seen by Dr. Yip. Dr. Yip also couldn’t be sure of the source of the wound, even after shaving around the toes, but in an abundance of caution gave him

  • Rabies booster
  • Antibiotic & pain med
  • Anti-inflammatories

 

Also, since he was just about due anyway, Klondike  bonus scored
  • Heartworm prevention meds
  • Flea and tick prevention medicine
  • Lepto Vaccine

 

Here’s a short video of Klondike and his good friend Kizzy from the dog park yesterday evening. I’d say his foot fine.

 

PS: Just received the following  from a super smart and well informed (not to mention well organized, kind and involved) neighbor. Too useful for anyone with a dog west of the Mississippi not to share:

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Happy Birthday, Klondike! 犬の誕生日

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Happy 2nd Birthday (with us) Klondike! From today, he is going to be “between 3 and 4.” As has become our tradition, dinner was shared for this special occasion. He had two of these beautiful lamb shoulder blade chops (1 lb total) raw, of course. Disappeared in about 30 seconds for each piece. Our dinner, smaller pieces cooked medium rare and some veggies.

犬の誕生日を祝っています。クロンダイクがうちへ来てから2年経ちました。今夜のごはんは人間も犬もラムチョップ。犬は写真のをふたつ、全部で1ポンド(450グラムくらい)を生のままあっという間に食べ、人間はもう少し小さいのを焼いて付け合わせと共に。これでクロンダイクは「3歳と4歳の間くらい」になります。時間が経つのははやいです。

Klondike Conquers Briones Regional Park With Wag ‘n Trails

 

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A pile of Klondike paws, attached to a deeply zonked out post-walk Klondike

 

Saturday Mr. Klondike and I joined Wag ‘n Tails, an excellent and very active MeetUp.com  based group dedicated to hiking with dogs, on an 8-mile jaunt through Briones Regional Park in Martinez California, about 30 minutes from Berkeley.

It was a great walk with a great group of people and dogs. A full report is coming, but in the meantime, some pics to enjoy. Click to see full size.

 

 

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Jumping for joy at the end fo the walk