I’ve procrastinated on writing this little tale for fear of people thinking less of our dear RoadDog, but I guess the time has come. Please remember, this is not Jake’s fault.
Our beloved Cairn terrier has become a tick magnet this summer.
We have no idea what’s been going on. Is it our yard? Is it the weather? Is it something he’s eating that’s attracting the nasty little creatures? (It can’t be the Timbits — he always eats Timbits.)
It started back in late June I think. We have ivory ceramic tile on our kitchen floor. I looked down one evening and there was a tick on the floor. Argh! I can’t stand them. I admit, I might actually despise them. They are truly parasites, absolutely useless to the world. And they’re creepy besides that.
I check Jake every night for ticks when I comb him. I didn’t find any that evening, so I thought that tick was just a one-off. Jake usually gets three or four each summer. But the following morning I spotted another tick on the kitchen floor shortly after Jake came in from outside. And so it began.
Within four or five days, the count rose to 21. That includes the two on the kitchen floor, one on the stairs, one crawling on my leg after I combed Jake one night (Ick!) and the rest were on our poor dog. He must have felt like his skin was crawling. It got to the point that every time we touched him, we’d find more ticks. Two before Steve left for work. Two more as he was pulling out of the driveway. Another one before I left. Three at lunch time. More after work. More before bed. It was beyond creepy! And it went on for a couple of days.
Eventually the tick situation subsided. We’ve probably removed eight or ten since then. (Again, I repeat, ick!) The good news is we always seem to find them before they really get comfortable. Plus we have the handiest tick key (yes, that’s what it’s called) that we bought in a pet store in New Hampshire last summer which does a fabulous job of removing the little creeps.
But I mean, really. Jake is adorable and everyone pretty much loves him, but couldn’t the ticks love him a little less?