Bonnie loved to go Hiking
Bonnie absolutely loved to go hiking. It was almost comical to see those little legs going like crazy to keep up with and even get ahead of everyone. When Susan Oropallo took Bonnie hiking she kept Bonnie on her leash. Bonnie otherwise wanted to run off and explore everything!
Hiking was an activity that presented one hazard in particular for Bonnie – ticks. Of course, the tick hazard is one for us humans as well! This is a photo of a sign Charles Oropallo saw on a hike with Bonnie. It points out information about adult deer ticks and adult dog ticks.
More info on New England area ticks
In the New England area, deer ticks represent a problem regarding their transmission of Lyme disease. According to the sign, the nymphal ticks are active in our area from about May through July. They are mostly responsible for human contraction of Lyme disease. The adult ticks are also able to transmit infection. They are most active from October through December and in April through June.
In Maine, which is just a little northeast of Peterborough, NH where Bonnie resides, it is said that the dog ticks do not usually transmit Lyme disease. I’m not certain I’d want to take that chance though. The dog ticks in that area abound from about April through August in northern New England. It’s most probably best to check yourself and pets for ticks after every outing.
Protecting Bonnie from ticks
Bonnie was very fortunate to have been taking medication each month to make her very unattractive to ticks. When ticks did come in contact with her they usually get off her fairly quickly. We knew this because after taking Bonnie out or through he woods it was not uncommon for Charles or Susan to find a tick on themselves right away after holding or sitting with Bonnie.