Ticks the Season, I'm not Jolly!

Ticks the Season, I'm not Jolly!
Ticks come in all sizes

I love my dogs.  I'm sure you love yours as well; otherwise you wouldn't be reading this blog.  My dogs sleep in bed with me; maybe yours do, too.  That means that sometimes you can wake up to a surprise in the morning.  A scary surprise.

It was like any other morning in late February, 2011.  I woke up on a Monday morning, got out of bed, and got out of my pajamas when I noticed something dark on an upper part of my body better not mentioned.  At first I thought it was a small knot of black dog hair as my Tibetans tangle frequently and I find little knots of hair all over from their rough-housing with one another.  So I did what anyone would do.  I tried to brush it off.  It didn't work.  Also, it was hard.  I felt around it.  It felt like a small circular knob stuck on my skin.  WTF?  February?  a tick, possibly?  So I did what any panicky person might do.  I grabbed the knot with my finger nails and pulled it out.  There was blood on my skin.  Good.  Maybe it meant that it hadn't really dug in.  I didn't know.  I placed the tick on my bathroom counter and tried to smash it.  Repeatedly.  Apparently, ticks don't smash.  I thought about putting it down the bathroom sink and was happy I didn't follow my impulse as I later heard that ticks going down the drain often come back up out of the drain.  I mentally added ticks, along with cockroaches, as one of the creatures that will survive humanity.  What could kill a tick?  I had a small canning jar on the counter and decided to fill it with rubbing alcohol, while keeping the crawling tick in a tissue.  As soon as I filled the jar, I dropped the tick in it.  It worked.  The tick stopped swimming after several minutes.  Now I don't know what to do with the bottle.

 

Tick Identification Card
This tick identification card is the courtesy of one of my FB friends. Thanks!

 

Tick Prevention
You can call the number on the bottom if you want your own card.

 

In all seriousness, it was a warm winter last winter.  The ground never froze.  Because it was so warm, I decided to treat both my Tibetan Terriers through the winter with a product designed to kill fleas, flea eggs, ticks, chewing lice, mosquitoes, and mites, everything but the dog.  I had found ticks on my dogs in recent years but was able to remove them easily because they were dead.  It never occurred to me that I might have a close encounter with a tick which may have dropped out of a tree and onto my hair when in the woods with my dogs.  I stopped hiking in the woods with them after my adventure with the tick ... but only for several months until I caved in to the fun of it.  But now I check both myself and my dogs for ticks after our adventure walks.  And I will continue to treat my dogs with tick-repellant products until I am certain the ground has frozen this winter.

My story has a happy ending.  The reddish circle around the tick bite never developed so I didn't require any treatment.  No ticks on me, or the dogs, will assuredly make me a happy owner.

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  • A tick can be smashed by breaking its hard shell with your fingernail or a knife. Basically you cut him in half. Bye Bye.
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  • Thanks for the suggestion. I was too freaked out to try to use a knife, but my fingernail didn't work .... (sigh). Sue

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