Shiloh had a couple of “dog days” last week when he didn’t eat anything for two and a half days. Tuesday, he laid around the house and only went outside to relieve himself. We began to worry about him and wondered if it was time to take him to the vet! Wednesday morning, Mona went to Weight Watchers in Berlin, N.H., and I had a thought about curing Shiloh. A few years ago we had a sick calf, and Mona asked her old friend Leslie Thurlow what we should do for it. He told us to get some unflavored yogurt and feed it to the calf. Sure enough, in two days the calf was better. So I phoned Mona, who was by then in the Gorham Wal-Mart store, and asked her to get some plain yogurt for Shiloh. She did and gave some to Shiloh that afternoon. Although he was not eager to eat it, she did get one container into him. Next morning she gave him some more yogurt and by the next day, Shiloh was nearly back to normal. We were never sure whether the hot weather made Shiloh sick or whether the yogurt cured him, but he seems normal to us now.
During those hot humid days last week, I took Shiloh to “the falls” swimming hole to cool us both off. He loved it, even when he wasn’t feeling well. He even followed me to the diving rock and jumped off right behind me! I can’t figure out why, but he follows every move I make in the water. If I stand still, he swims in circles just as close to me as he can get! The thing I hate about it is that when I try to swim a straight line, he follows and tries to climb up my back; I have the toenail scratches to prove it! I don’t know what possesses him to do that. Togetherness is nice, but Shiloh overdoes it in the water!
My veggie garden is doing quite well despite the rainy days this summer. We had lots of peas, lettuce, spinach, and now, green beans, but since the early days of July, we had a bumper crop of Japanese beetles hatching. They are into most everything, but especially my blueberries, asparagus, and peaches. I take a dog food can half full of soapy water and pick beetles and potato bugs two or three times a day in an effort to minimize the damage. They have ruined quite a few peaches and a lot of blueberries, but luckily, I have enough berries that I pick all that I can eat! Seems like I pick a half cup of beetles or more every day! I hope the Japanese beetles begin to taper off soon. I think they are mostly gone by early September. By then most of the garden will be done producing, except for maybe the squash and corn.