A Change in Season

Gracie has finally finished her season. Ever since we arrived home form our holiday in Cornwall, she and Remus have driven me crazy! Yes, these last 2 weeks have been a nightmare, what with Remus going crazy every so often and Gracie trying to dominate the situation. It’s hard to write this without using the word ‘hump’! All female dogs go through their season perhaps twice a year. We had arranged to have her spade this year given her age and the increased likelihood of ovarian cancer. However the day she was booked in at the vets to get the snip, she started showing the tell tale signs of her season and quite honestly, she has been acting crazy ever since.

I will always remember the evening after Remus was neutered! He just moped around, looking up at me with sad eyes. All I could hear in my mind was ‘What have you done to me dad’? The fact that we had kept Gracie meant that we had to have poor old Remus done all of those years ago. Although Gracie is his daughter, he still goes crazy, crazy whenever those hormones are present. It’s never an easy time. Hopefully this will be the last time for Gracies coming into season. We must now wait 3 more months for the vet to carry out the operation.

I used to joke to John about Gracie having a litter of puppies. She herself was from a litter of 15 and Remus was from a litter of 12. Can you imagine the complete madness of doing that? Anyhow, let’s look forward to a slightly more sedate time with the dogs, if that is at all possible…

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

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