November 23, 2010
October 31, 2010
October 3, 2010
September 13, 2010
When Lulu got up this morning, she looked like she had come second in a boxing match.
This is a regular occurrence. Every so often she gets patches on her body that look swollen and red. Almost as if there is blood under the skin. Sometimes it will be a slight red patch in her groin, the size of a sixpence. Other times it will be a large swelling on her leg or, like this, above her eye. Twenty four hours later it is gone.
Several of the vets at our practice have seen it and come to the conclusion that it is an allergy. We have no idea what she could be allergic to. We can't relate it to a particular food, to a plant that she has come into contact with, or anything. It seems to occur in a completely random fashion.
It obviously itches furiously for the time that she has it and she scratches and shakes a lot. We have tried giving her antihistamine tablets or steroid tablets prescribed by the vet. I'm not sure they make any difference as it barely lasts long enough to tell.
One vet suggested taking a blood sample. We decided against this as the last time she had a blood test, for her pet passport, she had to be sedated heavily as she would not let the vet come anywhere near her with the needle.
As usual, when Lulu got up this morning (24 hours later), the swelling was completely gone and she looked just as beautiful as she normally does.
September 7, 2010
July 19, 2010
This is Lulu when we got her at 8 weeks old. Her pedigree name is "Little Lady Madonna". We considered calling her Madonna or Maddie for short, but somehow shouting "Madonna" across the field when she was about to chase a rabbit or roll in fox poo didn't appeal. Lulu suits her very well, I think.
We will be going for a nice long walk, no rushing back to do anything much as it's Lulu's special day. And mine, too. What better excuse not to do the housework than "but it was Lulu's birthday !!"
I haven't made a cake but there will be a special breakfast and a some extra nice treats later on, including a sausage roll from the butcher.
June 28, 2010
June 24, 2010
June 15, 2010
May 28, 2010
May 20, 2010
She's quite the young lady now. The ladies that do the clipping (and believe me, it takes two to do it. She is not a pushover like Dusty was) have allowed the fur on her ears to grow longer and that makes her look less like a puppy. She's definitely not a baby any more.
May 11, 2010
This morning, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the bluebells were out in the woods, the dandelions were glorious in the meadows so Lulu and I went for a nice long walk.
After an hour of running around full of the joys of spring we went back home for a spot of breakfast and a lie-down. It has clouded over now and looks like it might rain. Good job we did our long walk this morning.
April 18, 2010
We think she did it running about in the fields behind the château where there are lots of bits of flint lying around. We kept a bandage on for a few days until the bleeding had more or less stopped. She ran around on it as normal. It got her a lot of sympathy, anyway.
March 29, 2010
March 21, 2010
Lulu is well over her little operation. The stitches were removed easily. I got her to do the sit, lie down, roll over trick we have taught her. Then, with Lulu on her back and a vet nurse holding one leg in mid-air (it was rather an un-ladylike pose I must say) and me feeding little chunks of cheese at the sharp end to distract her, the vet picked all the stitches out and it was done in two minutes.
Now she is completely back to normal, full of energy and wearing us out. Thank goodness.
March 8, 2010
We had a lovely walk in Clumber Park yesterday and she was running about and enjoying herself as usual.
This photo is of her finding something very interesting to sniff. Two seconds later she was lining herself up to dive into it. Fox poo !! The same thing happened last time we visited Clumber. Fortunately this time our shouting stopped her. Phew.
It's a beautiful place for a walk. You can't tell from this picture but it was heaving with visitors.
There were scores of other dogs there. Some were enjoying a dip in the lake, notably the labradors and the spaniels. Not Lulu. In fact none of my poodles have shown any inclination for swimming. Except the one occasion when Dusty ended up in the lake at Clumber by mistake. She was chasing a moorhen and followed it into the water. I don't know who was the most surprised, us, her, or the moorhen. I will never forget the expression on her face as she re-emerged above the surface. She never did it again.
I am not looking forward to Wednesday (8th March). That is when Lulu gets her stitches removed. I have been playing at tugging at them a bit to get her used to the idea. She not too fond of the vet and I think it might be a struggle for all of us.
March 2, 2010
March 1, 2010
February 13, 2010
February 4, 2010
One of the joys of owning a dog is that you have to take it for a walk. This is one of the walks we do fairly regularly in Derbyshire. Lulu loves it. So do we.
There are all sorts of places to explore.
There are lots of different sights to see.
There is usually someone new to have a play with - in this case a Staffordshire bull terrier, who had no idea poodles could be so fast.
There are lovely views and endless tracks to walk.
More strange things to see - this is the first time any of us had seen one of these, well, one with a bag over its head anyway.
Tired, moi ?? Never !!
January 28, 2010
January 22, 2010
January 21, 2010
January 6, 2010
January 4, 2010
Every girl knows there's nothing quite like a good dab of your favourite French perfume behind the ears.