North Wapiti Siberian
Iditarod 2008 - Tales from the Trail
February 4, 2008
Not the brightest dog in the yard!!!
For the last couple of years whenever we are up in Alaska we
have had a strange issue with Hector. We'd go to feed, harness
or whatever and find bright red drops of blood in his run. Not
enough to be a critical concern, but enough to cause us to give
him a complete once over. All we ever found was a few drops of
blood on the end of his.well.in light of my reading audience.his
pee-pee. All his examines and checkups pronounced him fine - and
it never happens at home - so we continued to be puzzled by it.
Sure enough after a day or so here in Alaska this trip there was
blood in Hector's run again. Again we checked him over and only
found that one drop of blood one him in the usual spot. Mark and
I were again puzzled and discussed a few different scenarios,
none of which explained Hec's problem.
About half way through hook up, Mark stopped and said "Do you
think he is getting too close to his metal stake out pole when
he pees and freezing the tip of his .pee-pee (okay, Mark didn't
use that word, but you get the idea) to the pole?"
"He cannot be that stupid" I replied.
Mark pointed out that at home Hector had a wood stakeout, so
that would explain why it only happened in Alaska. I still
couldn't fathom Hector being that dumb, but we agreed we would
switch his run with Jr's (Jr is staked out to a tree this trip)
after our run that day and see what happened.
Well, it has now been about a week - and no blood. It looks like
even I will have to concede that that was Hector's problem.
When I saw it this problem in one of my favorite cartoonist's
(Chad Carpenter) Tundra cartoons I thought it was hilarious
http://www.tundracomicsstore.com/T-shirts.html and scan down
to the 'hydrant' cartoon), but having it happen to one of my own
dogs is just PITIFUL!!
Hector needs to hang his head in shame - and keep better track
of what he is doing with his. .pee-pee. No wonder he is a wheel
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