Anyone ever tempted to think that all of Holland is flat should visit the area round Maastricht. Not only is it very hilly, it is beautiful. Irene’s sister took us for a drive so that I could see the countryside. We passed a lot of very muddy and rather exhausted-looking cyclists labouring up the hills, all of whom seemed to be men – there are plenty of women on bikes, but rarely do they choose these feats of endurance, as far as I’ve ever seen.
I’m being looked after most wonderfully and, as so often happens between bloggers, we were not surprised to find that we like each other very much. Irene and I have chewed the fat on many issues and find ourselves in harmony.
In the meantime, back at the ranch, Ben is getting over a very nasty infection. I don’t know if any of you have ever had any experience of hot spot in dogs, otherwise known as moist dermatitis, but it’s most unpleasant. If ever your dog gets an unexplained sore, wet patch that grows rapidly, do get it to the vet quickly, as the sooner it’s treated, the less pain it will suffer. We have no idea how he got it, I had him checked by the vet less than a fortnight ago and she found no trace of fleas or any other problem, and none of the other triggers mentioned seem to apply. I have the feeling that perhaps he had scratched a small irritation, he loves to go in the river and maybe the area under his collar didn’t dry out and that’s where it started. I will not put a link to a picture because it’s not very nice. However, Ben was treated quickly, thanks to Charlotte who insisted on an emergency appointment, and he is much better.