The family that itches together; stays together.


My poor dog, Laydee was bitten by a spider, sometime before we went to bed last Friday night. She woke us up, at 3am, Saturday morning going crazy. She kept rubbing her nose, neck – panting, shaking, fever – It scared us. She wouldn\’t settle down. We took her to the Vet and they told us she was bitten by an insect; probably a spider. They gave her a shot and some pills for 3 days and she\’s better now. Her swelling has finally gone down and she looks like herself once again. 

The above photo shows her swollen head – she looked as if she was part Rottweiler instead of a Black Lab. The photo actually doesn\’t do it justice. 

When we came home, my husband was looking to where she could have gotten the bite and found that under her food bowls (water and food) it is elevated and space underneath, had spider webs and my husband killed 5 spiders. 

I keep a good eye out for spiders – I admit I am not afraid of them and actually find them fascinating. I have jokingly told people that the house spiders and I have an understanding. I\’ll let them live and kill all the flies they want as long as they leave me and mine alone. I\’ve showered with them – doesn\’t bother me. I just watch them and talk to them. (I know I know, you all think I\’m cra cra) I don\’t understand people who are afraid of spiders. We\’re bigger than they are! 

So the husband sprayed around the outside of the house tore down all the spider webs, and I took care of the inside. It wasn\’t like we had that many but she almost went into an anaphylactic shock! We can\’t have that! The husband didn\’t say what kind of spiders he killed under her food trough. Most likely a brown recluse or a Hobo. He would have definitely told me if it was a black widow. 

She must be highly allergic to them.  

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This past weekend, and even today, we finally hit our 100 + heat. Sunday and Monday we reached 109. That is hard to get used to, the first time it gets hot. I got a reaction to the sun – the first time that has ever happened to me. Hives. I guess the family that itches together; stays together.  First the husband with his poison oak rash, the dog, and now me! So I\’ve been staying indoors until the hives go away. 

We went up to see Pop at the Veterans Cemetary. It really got to me, this time. My parents are up there as well and my dad has been gone since 2007 but it still choked me up. It was seeing all the flags and the red carnations on each grave. 

Sure do miss that old man! 

10 thoughts on “The family that itches together; stays together.

  1. Anonymous June 3, 2021 / 2:11 pm

    Poor dog! I'm so glad y'all caught that early. And she is pretty. I love Lab's. They are so wonderful. We had one that was 1/2 Lab and 1/2 Pit that Steve called Lady, and I lengthened to Ladybug. He found her as a 6 week old puppy shivering on the side of the road, abandoned and hungry. I'm so glad he brought her home. She was so smart, sweet and courageous. I miss her.I like spiders too as long as they don't bite me. Their webs are very interesting. We have a kind of pet Wolf Spider in the carport that eats all the bugs. Those spiders get big!So sorry y'all have had so much trouble with itching. I pray you're all better soon. Itching like that is not fun.It does seem so final when our parents are gone. It's like a turning point in our lives. Deepest sympathies.Blessings. xx


  2. Anonymous June 3, 2021 / 9:17 pm

    The spider bite sounds scary, good it ended wellCementries are emotional at times


  3. Anonymous June 3, 2021 / 9:55 pm

    Funny about your Lady's nickname was lady bug. We call our Laydee that as well.


  4. Anonymous June 3, 2021 / 9:55 pm

    You have a nice one too, Gloria


  5. Anonymous June 3, 2021 / 9:56 pm

    Yeah spiders are cool if they don't bite. Then its scary.


  6. Anonymous June 4, 2021 / 1:22 am

    On the head is a bad place, I am glad Laydee is better. I don't handle heat either but I don't get hives. I just sweat. I manage my diabetes but I have discovered that I can overheat more easily. This getting older thing is for the birds but it is much better than the alternative. Take care. I understand about being choked up at the cemetery. I have been getting my brother's house ready to sell. Last Tuesday, I forgot to tell him goodbye when I left the house. So I guess I am making progress.


  7. Anonymous June 6, 2021 / 12:05 am

    Poor Laydee….that's good that she's feeling better now with the medication. 109 degrees! We've had a warm streak this last week, but I hear it's going to cool down. It was in the high 80's, but it felt pretty warm, as I don't have air conditioning yet. Oh, these Summers sure are hot in California, aren't they?~Sheri


  8. Anonymous June 7, 2021 / 8:54 pm

    I'm most comfortable at 75-85 year round with humidity under 20%


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