Which is everything to a border collie.
It all came about because Ella has been exchanging bodily fluids with every dog she can find. (I’m not pointing fingers Earl, Lucy, Nelson, Bobby Jr.) She ended up with — yuck — oral warts just as I was headed out for two weeks on the west coast. I was all set to cancel my trip, but spouse Floyd said, No! Go on your trip. She can come to work with me, I’m not that busy now.
Ella had been expected at doggie day care, but that’s completely off the table for an indeterminate period of time. The warts will resolve themselves, but in the meantime she must keep her bodily fluids to herself. The vet said they don’t transmit to humans or cats, so.
Here’s a link, no photos thank heaven.
Papilloma of the Skin | VCA Animal Hospital
Papillomas are benign, sometimes multiple, tumors caused by viruses. They are commonly known as warts. The virus is…
The vet said some people apply over-the-counter wart removal medicine, but what if it burns? What if it tastes bad?
Ella will just have to settle for her own family for the time being.
Meanwhile, she has been going off to work each day in the welding truck: out to the shop (acres to play on); off to San Antonio to buy steel; out to job sites to take measurements and talk shop with the builders and architects.
She has measured up in a big way, her stubborn puppy behavior giving way to a well-behaved dog who stays where she is supposed to and listens to whatever Floyd tells her.