Ticked Off!

I'm not angry at any one person per se,  just angry at an insect. A parasitic insect. A tick.

This week something unexpected came up, or I should say, burrowed in, that required some creative problem solving. Our poor Smidgey got a tick in her neck.
Mr.Tick was right under her harness.

When we discovered it, we had a moment of panic. Does this warrant a trip to the vet? Is the vet even open during the current Covid-19 shutdown?

Luckily, Joe's boss' wife (how's that for twice removed?) is a vet so we called her.

From the pictures we texted her, BossWife saw immediately that Smidgey indeed had a tick and it needed to be removed, but not by a vet. She recommended going to the Apotheke (pharmacy) and asking for a Zeckenzange. After a beat, and a quick scan through our limited German vocabulary which came up empty, we asked, a what? Apparently a Zeckenzange is a tick tweezer. And they sell them in Swiss pharmacies. At that point it was pretty late in the afternoon and the thought of getting on public transport to go to our local Apotheke did not appeal to us for obvious reasons.

So Joe did a quick search of Swiss online sources for a Zeckenzange. He found an affordable source, but it would take 10 days (if we were lucky) to be delivered. Not an option.

After seeing a Zeckenzange online, Joe realized he has a solution sitting in our guest room: our 3D printer. Another quick online search yielded a Thingiverse 3D CAD model.**
Joe opened the CAD model in a 3D printer program (Slicer Software):

The Slicer program.

And then he printed a Zeckenzange on our 3D printer:
Being printed.
All finished.

An hour and half later we had a tool ready to use on Smidgey.

Success! With a slide, a twist, and a pull, Smidgey got Ticked Off!

The nasty culprit.
This tick trouble is exhausting.
From the first discovery of the tick, to it being removed was about 2 hours!

And Smidgey is feeling fine...but now we have to worry about social distancing from her because now they say animals are at risk for the Coronavirus. Ugh.

**Thingiverse is a website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files. Providing primarily free, open source hardware designs licensed under the GNU General Public License or Creative Commons licenses, users choose the type of user license they wish to attach to the designs they share. Wikipedia

Today's poem chronicles yet another adventure with our furry girl :

tall grass
uninvited guest
burrowed in
my dog's chest

action needed
pandemic on
Thingiverse tool
tick is gone
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