Sure, she looks cute. And fluffy. And sweet.
But she’s a catastrophe hiding in fur.
My dog is a dangerous weapon.
Let me tell you why.
A Walk in the Park
Sunday was a beautiful day. Why not take Honey for a walk in the park?
Honey’s a good walker. She doesn’t pull. She matches my pace. She stays to the paved path.
Until something catches her nose.
She moves to the edge of the path to explore the new smell. I look over to see her getting dangerously close to a shiny triad of leaves. Uh oh. Poison ivy.
“Honey, leave it.”
She does. And returns to me cheerfully. I think nothing more about it until the next day—when I find an itchy rash on my left pinky, my right pointer finger, my left nostril, under my left arm, and on both sides of my neck and chin.
Arggggh. I have poison ivy. And I could have only gotten it from the dog.
Pet the Dog; Itch Your Face
I know I’m allergic to poison ivy. I work hard to avoid exposure.
I haven’t touched actual poison ivy leaves in years. And yet I regularly get the poisonous pustules.
If Honey brushes against some leaves, the oil sticks to her fur. Once I touch her, the oil transfers to my skin causing an allergic reaction.
Although the damage has been done. I’m finding it hard to pet Honey.
She’s no longer my sweet little dog. She’s a dangerous weapon.
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
As soon as I saw Honey sniffing near the poison ivy, I should have handed her over to Mike to wash her fur off in the creek. And then I should have put myself in dog-free quarantine for a week just to be safe.
But instead, I forgot how horrible my last encounter with poison ivy felt and I pet my dog anyway.
My beautiful, sweet, cuddly, dangerous weapon.
Your Turn: Do you ever feel like your dog is trying to kill you? Do you have any boffo home remedies to dry up a poison ivy rash?
Just a quick note to thank everyone for their kind emails and Facebook comments while I took an unplanned hiatus from blogging. I’m feeling my way slowly to see what I can do. But I’ve missed writing for you and reading your clever and fun comments.