Poor Ollie has had a bad summer. The late arrival of extremely hot weather has thrown his system out completely.
The unusually hot weather has made him begin to moult with a real severity. His fur is covering the house, and coming out in handfuls every time he is stroked or petted.
We have seen a return of the large bald patches we call his ‘crop circles’, and the poor dog has been a martyr to scratching, and feeling uncomfortable. His only relief seems to come from dozing or sleeping, and he has little energy for play, or his usual antics.
Most daily walks have been spent with him spending too much time standing in the river, and I have become weary of telling him, “Stop scratching!”
So next Monday he has been booked in early with the dog groomer. He will get that fur hand-stripped, have a nice bath, his toenails cut, and his ears cleaned out.
We can only hope that this will cure some of his irritations, and frustrations. It’s the least we can do.