One day last week, while playing with Precious 2 (the original is still MIA) a terrible thing happened. Precious 2 bounced deep into the bush.
Phod, never wanting to leave a Precious behind, dove in after it. He came out with Precious but also covered in burrs. He had a least 20 on his belly. Normally, it is easy to get burrs out, but some of these were very deep. I got enough out that he felt comfortable walking and brought him into the house.
I tried to be as gentle as possible, but removing them hurt my boy. He jumped and cried and hid. He broke my heart by acting like he was in trouble for his reaction. The left over reactions of my previously abused dog, angered and upset me. We took it slow and got most out. I did my best to reassure him he was not in trouble, I was trying to help.
Of course all this happened about 15 minutes before I had to leave for work, so we did our best to remove most and I had to leave him. I found the last two I couldn't get on his dog bed when I got home. I am glad he was able to get them out himself. It was terrible to have to remove them.
I am trying to be more careful and make sure the ball doesn't bounce into the bush!
P.S. Precious 2 has gone to far under the front porch to be retrieved. We are on to Precious 3.
P.P.S. As of Wednesday morning 9 mice had been caught.