From: L.W. Thompson
Date: Wed Jun 7, 2000 8:35am
Subject: Search for Barbie Day 43

Well, it appears that no dogs have touched the food that I put out near the empty field. I stopped on the way home from work and replaced the old food with new, just in case the fact that the food had been out during the rain might have been enough to make the dogs think twice about eating it. I was really hoping that I'd be able to attract the dogs to the food, but apparently they're not in that area. I'll move to a different area to try next.

On my lunch hour I followed up on a lead that I'd received in the morning. A man had called and told me to check his neighbor's kennel for Barbie. When I got there, I found two lovely Coon Hounds (tri colored) but no Barbie. I guess from across the yard anything tri-colored looks like a beagle, but I was so disappointed!

Beasley is back to sulking again, so I spent a lot of time sitting on the couch with him. I guess he really needs to have a buddy at home to truly be happy.

As I was winding down for the evening and giving Beasley his bedtime treat, I looked down at my left knee and saw horror of horrors that a tick had attached itself to me! YUCK!!! The only thing I can think of is that I picked it up when I was putting the dog food out in that empty field.

Being the silly blonde I am, the first thing I thought of was that I should get it off... but how? I ran up to the kitchen and squirted some Oti-Cleanse on the little bugger and then ran to the bathroom to carefully pull him off. Fortunately, I was able to gently pull him away without leaving anything attached to me. As grossed out as I was, I dropped the tick into the toilet and flushed. He waved his little claws at me as he went down the drain! I probably should have saved it and brought it away to be checked out, but of course in the heat of the moment flushing the bug was my first reflex. Then I ran back to the kitchen and squirted antiseptic spray (ok, I admit it, it's something I got from the vet for Beasley) on the area where the tick had been attached.

Whew! I was worried that Beasley might also have a tick (even though we use Frontline) so I went over him carefully, and found nothing.

Poor Barbie is out there with little creepy crawlies like the one that bit me -- and she is late for her heartworm pill too. At least I had applied Frontline to her just before her escape, so she won't have to worry too much about fleas for a little bit.

I worry about her so much. I would feel much better to know that she is ok and not being exposed to disease and danger. She's such a sweet heart, I can easily see that she could win over the heart of someone who would take care of her. If only I could know that she's ok.

Leann & Beasley
Missing Barbie

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