Fall Foliage, Day 58 - Felton, Delaware
I didn’t sleep very well last night - I was either awake because of Alfie’s cough, sleeping lightly, or awake because Alfie wasn’t coughing and I was worried something had happened.
When he start nosing at the temporary barricade around 7:30 (waiting for the crate to be delivered from Amazon), we went out for a ~30 minute walk for his bathroom stop. Then we came back and went back to sleep for another couple of hours and took another short walk.
Christian was still sleeping in the hammock, and I was worried about Alfie’s frequent head-shaking (the Internet said it was a symptom of ear problems), so I called a nearby vet and made an appointment.
When we got there, they told me his neuter incision was infected, possibly because the cone the adoption agency had given me was too small and he could still reach it to lick. He also had a yeast infection in his left ear on top of the existing kennel cough.
Alfie took the thermometer like a champ but didn’t much care for getting his ears cleaned - the vet also said that once the incision is healed up properly in a couple of weeks he can get properly groomed, including ear plucking to get all the hair out of his ears.
A new E-collar, vial of ear drops, and two pill bottles later (anti-inflammatory + antibiotic for the infected incision), we were out of there. Alfie had been whining piteously while he was up on the examination table, so as a treat I took him to a nearby dog park. He was the only one, and after making a lap to smell everything he stuck by my side.
He’s the perfect energy level for us so far! At the park, when I sat on the bench, he came and sat next to me - then when I got up and start running back and forth he chased after me, keeping up quite nicely even with his cone on. When we go on walks he’s eager but doesn’t pull (with the exception of his first squirrel sighting), and then when we come back he’s happy to cuddle on the LoveSac or in the hammock or just chill on his bed.
While at the park, we also met a gentleman who was out geocaching with his two dogs, so I installed the Geocaching (Intro) app to try out later.
Once we were back at the campground, Christian was up and making his breakfast (/lunch). By this point I was really feeling the lack of sleep, so Christian worked and watched Alfie while I napped. I woke up and went outside to see how they were doing only to find that Christian had taken off Alfie’s cone because “it was impeding the flow of our walk” (aka he’s a big softie and we all know it).
We all went for a slightly longer walk along the pond before breaking down camp in preparation for tomorrow. Alfie helped squeeze the air out of the kayak :)
Then we continued cleaning out the fridge for dinner, Alfie got his evening round of medications, and we spent a little time chilling. One more short bathroom break walk, a little hammock cuddling, and then we turned in for bed early - probably the earliest yet this entire trip for me! 9 o’clock.