I help out in a local kennels as some of you know. Last time the owner was going was on holidays a problem developed with one of the pups, he had a mild skin condition. “Don’t worry, ” we were told, ” he has finished his medicine and he will be fine.”
He was correct the pup was fine, because – Peggy and me held a conference which entailed the dietary needs of a young dog who was getting over the trauma of losing some of its hair. The result was a special diet and a bath in oatmeal water. It worked, the pup’s coat was the softest we had ever felt. He moved on to his forever home and from what we hear he is never leaving.
Last week just before Fred took off on a few days break, one of the labrador’s was very ill. His weight plummeted. He visited the vet, was diagnosed and antibiotics prescribed.
When the antibiotics were finished, he still had no appetite,
” Don’t worry,” Fred began. Peggy and I – looked at each other, and tuned out.
The plane hadn’t taxied out of Dublin airport when the debate started. This time we tried coaxing him to eat by trying tasty foods first.
That is by working our way through all the things we did to coax our kids to eat. The result was a visit to our local health shop, butchers, organic vegetable grower and fishmongers.
A little scrambled egg, no go. Special vegan dish featuring broccoli and carrots – no.
Yoghurt and Manuka Honey, separately then mixed together still didn’t get a result. (Why Manuka? Well we couldn’t find any local honeycombs for sale.)
Organic beef stew – (no onions of course) No.
We were desperate but Peggys last suggestion was a tad different – Jelly but no icecream?
Needless to say, the lab eventually gave in to our coaxing (demands?) and began to tuck into his hot roast chicken dinner, even if it looked a little like an all you can eat buffet for one.
Still It worked. So we admit we are both relieved that this four legged friend is now eating a little more each day.
I know we sound a little bit nutty, (Crazy) but if it works ??