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24 September 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

Bindi weeds are back


The bindi weeds (soliva sessilis) are back with a vengeance this year. Their sharp burrs hurt my paws so I walk slowly, hesitantly on tippy toe. Learnt a new word today – ‘path’ – which is the bindi-free goat track round the outside of the park. As you know I’m a quick learner so have got very good at following this command, apart from when I sniffed out a dead bat today.  BUT I did ‘leave it’ as requested. Maybe I’m turning a corner….


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  1. fozziemum / Sep 24 2013 8:32 pm

    Hate Bindiis Ruby and always wondered why someone would name their child after one??????
    well done with the Path word and the word for bat ignoring hehehehe 🙂 Hugs Fozziemum xx

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 24 2013 9:22 pm

      Yes – am doing very well at the moment aren’t I??

      • fozziemum / Sep 24 2013 9:24 pm

        Indeedy you are Ruby hehehe 🙂

  2. Laura Donald / Sep 24 2013 9:57 pm

    Wish we could teach our Ailsa ‘path’, then we wouldn’t have to use the lead, or ‘fun-spoiler’ as she knows it!

  3. weliveinaflat / Sep 24 2013 11:35 pm

    Sounds smart to me to avoid things that poke the feet… nice work 😀

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 25 2013 5:51 pm

      Yes – she hates them and walks vv slowly and cautiously. Last for about 6 weeks then they die but in the meantime – agony (for humans too):)

      • weliveinaflat / Sep 25 2013 5:56 pm

        Maybe… ruby can wear shoes! 😀

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 25 2013 6:52 pm

        ha ha – they do sell little booties here for bindi and for walking on hot pavements. But I don’t think she (or I) are bootie kind of girls:)

  4. easyweimaraner / Sep 24 2013 11:47 pm

    I’m not sure if we have this paw-killer weed here too. Be careful Ruby, maybe your staff can order boots for you?

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 25 2013 5:52 pm

      Some dogs do have little booties here – either for bindis or for hot pavements in the summer – they look ridiculous but do the trick – function over form…

  5. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom / Sep 25 2013 12:44 am

    Way to go on following the path, that’s very clever. I’ve never heard of these weeds before, I’ll have to look them up.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 25 2013 5:52 pm

      Nasty things – pretty leaves that look a bit like parsley and then they develop large spikey burrs. Season lasts for about 6 weeks. Horrible for humans too – you don’t want them in the garden!

  6. Kuruk / Sep 25 2013 1:29 am

    Be careful with those pricklies! We have very furry feet so our pads are mostly protected. Maybe you can get puppy shoes? Wooooowoooooooo!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 25 2013 5:53 pm

      Some dogs wear little booties for bindis and hot pavements but not me – no way!!

  7. twoblackdoggies / Sep 25 2013 8:32 am

    Nasty Bindiis, they’re everywhere we walk and Bundy hates them with a passion, poor little fella has had a few too many stuck in his paws. Well done on ignoring the bat, they can carry some nasty diseases and even if they’re dead they might do more than make you stinky/

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 25 2013 5:54 pm

      Yes they’re so obviously painful and I hate to see her limping when she’s got one in her paws!

  8. 1st World Dog / Sep 25 2013 12:34 pm

    2 commands Ruby…. great work!
    Hate those bindi weeds too… have some on the front lawn. Not good.
    Need some lessons from you on “leave it” after this morning.

  9. littledogslaughed / Sep 25 2013 9:29 pm

    aahh Ruby-sometimes it is better to stay on the path than to make a new one-take care of those paws!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 26 2013 8:49 am

      Yes – the right path and no diverting off it to eat berries or possums or such like:)

  10. Rosie / Sep 25 2013 10:11 pm

    Well done ruby , great leaving the bat!
    I’ve found those horrible bindi things too, I’m often hobbling on 3 legs.
    The allergy season has got me too! Red eyes, reverse sneezing, ahh! X

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 26 2013 8:50 am

      Thanks – have had a good few weeks actually apart from the dreaded figs!

  11. Suzanne and Nemo / Sep 25 2013 10:45 pm

    We call them “burrs” over here, and they are ouchy! Nemo and I hate them, too. Whenever he gets an owie in his foot, Nemo just stops and holds up the boo-boo until I come and pull it off of him. If I’m not nearby when he gets bit by the burr, he’ll hop like he’s been wounded on three legs until he finds me. Nemo doesn’t handle discomfort of any kind very well. He’s a very sensitive dog, you know.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 26 2013 8:51 am

      Agree they’re so painful – I lift one leg up too and wait til mum comes and pulls the thing out. 6 weeks of spikes and then they will have gone – can’t wait!

  12. 2browndawgs / Sep 26 2013 6:48 am

    Oh have to steer clear of nasty sharp weeds!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 26 2013 8:56 am

      Hideous things – but did the ‘path’ thing again today and it worked!

  13. Sonel / Sep 26 2013 10:25 pm

    I had to go and google that name Ruby as I had no clue what they were, so thanks for letting me explore and learn more. 🙂 It looks like it could hurt if you step on it and I am glad you are so clever for walking in the footpath. They should make flip flops for furry kids like you. 😀

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 27 2013 5:21 pm

      Glad you found out more – horrid things and some dogs have little booties for them and for hot pavements in the summer. Not sure who would be more embarassed – Ruby or me!

      • Sonel / Sep 28 2013 4:57 am

        LOL! I have booties like that for Simba but because he used to chew his feet and he didn’t much like it. 😆

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 28 2013 10:02 am

        ha ha:)

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