Hiker paid a visit to the Alma Animal Clinic recently for a checkup and to look at some gunk in her ears. As we turned into the parking lot, she began to jump and shake, positioning herself next to the passenger door. When I opened her door, she ran excitedly to the front of the clinic, tail wagging non-stop. I decided she must like the undivided attention she receives from Dr. Green, his daughter, and other staff. Or, maybe she associates this location with good things that have happened to her in the past. When someone comments on how pretty she looks on the trail I sometimes say, “She’s a tribute to veterinary medicine.”
Turns out the ear infection is a minor issue that should clear up with ten days using an ear wash for a few days. With her daily dips into Lake Alma during her four-mile morning hike, I’m sure moisture in the ears is a contributing factor.
Toward the end of January, Hiker weighed about 46 pounds which was up several from when we first met at mile 138 on the Ozark Highlands Trail. Now she weighs right at 66 lbs. The following links tell more about Hiker’s story as well as the pictures below.