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The Higgins Chronicle Part 2
In part 1 Higgins, a puppy, was attacked on our back porch by a large boar raccoon, his owner intervened, got bitten and had to get rabies shots. Higgins had to have a dislocated shoulder repaired. Now, Higgins has to be constantly watched because he hunts raccoons with a vengeance.
About a month ago he got out, went into the back yard to do his duty...we thought, and treed 6 raccoons, he had to be grabbed and carried from the yard...
Part 2, Higgins returned from a kennel with dog ticks, a couple were missed in the grooming and multiplied, so started our next adventure. We had him on revolution but found out it doesn't work on dog ticks...we also found that flea and tick shampoos don't work, general house insecticides don't work, how we dealt with the ticks without poisoning the dog and ourselves is another story.
During the tick war,(luckily only a week) Higgins developed a new behavior, he would not lay or walk on the floor, he would stay only on specific furniture (we couldn't figure it out, gradually we found out he was avoiding ticks, he could smell the ticks).
Higgins' behavior evolved during this week by the end of the week with the number of ticks significantly reduced, Higgins began leaving his couch from time to time, to hunts ticks...he will smell then look at the location and eat the tick (if I can't beat him to it) and then return to his perch.
The ticks are pretty well gone now, his preventic collar is working and the few ticks that remain no longer attached to him. Dog ticks luckily do not like people.. Hopefully no more adventures for a while for Higgins.