Up in the mountains

We had a bit of a traumatic drama on the last evening of our beach wild camp, Toffi made a very, very poor decision and ended up with a barbed fishing hook lodged and pierced right through her tongue!!   She’d picked it up on the beach and it was a pretty nasty ordeal for all of us, Pete ran back across the beach in his flip flops to the motorhome to retrieve some side snips to cut the hook, while I was trying to dislodge this nasty looking barbed hook and keep her calm, Pete managed to snip one end of the hook, unfortunately we couldn’t snip the barbed end, so it was the end that had loads of nylon fishing line attached to it, (however this wasn’t a bad thing as it ensured none of the line was swallowed as this is more fatal to an animal than just the hook!!) while we worked out what to do next, we then had to concentrate on trying to get the rest of the hook back through and out of her tongue…

We tried and tried to get this hook free but we were failing at each try, Toffi had so much faith in me… I felt truly humbled, that a Bull Terrier with such a powerful and strong jaw would allow me to open her mouth and mess around in there, in what must have been such a painful predicament (she wouldn’t even let Pete open her mouth), although Pete had by then started to turn a little pale at the sight of the blood and at watching me trying and trying in vain to get this hook out of the poor dogs tongue, but he held fast, (Pete’s not the best when it comes to injuries or even blood and has been known to almost faint just giving blood) but luckily my first aid training kicked in and the last thing I wanted was for her to now swallow this hook, but I was not having much success freeing this thing trying to push the hook back through her tongue while keeping her calm and keeping her jaw open, so we decided to get her back quickly to the motorhome and find the nearest vet perhaps they would sedate her and free it better without the distress we were causing…

Back at the motorhome Toffi took a small drink and when I checked just after that the hook was gone!!! Now we were left with the dilemma of a missing hook and hoping she’d had the sense to spit it out and hoped she hadn’t swallowed it, we got her to the nearest vet 20 minutes later and to be honest this just made us feel hopeless, I have to say the vets here are all very nice people, but their treatment methods are still a bit behind the times, if I was home in the UK her vet would have rushed Toffi in and had her sedated and done x-rays etc… over here the vet we saw didn’t even examine the poor pooch and just said “oh it’s quite common here” and “happens all the time” her advice… just feed her asparagus and bread, then hope that it binds around the hook and sharp barb, then hope again that it passes through naturally without too much damage, you will know either way in 3 days there’s a 50/50 chance now… good luck just keep a good eye on her!!! If you want an x-ray we will do it in maybe 3-4 days at another vets!!!

Shocked by this we left the vets and straight away headed to the shops, asparagus and bread purchased, Pete cooked up the veggie delight and made it a bit more tempting with some sausages thrown in, within 2 minutes of eating it Toffi proceeded to throw the whole concoction up… which was an absolute delight obviously and probably not helpful to the whole situation… Still no sign of a hook… We gave her time to settle and decided chicken and rice was best to give her with a bit of bread and jam to follow, thankfully this stayed down, it’s been a couple of days since the drama and although Toffi doesn’t seem to be suffering any adverse effects, we will just have to wait for at least another couple of days to know for sure…

 

In the meantime we have been to fill the motorhomes gaslow tanks up with LPG this cost a whole €11.50 for 17 litres which should see us through for a few more months and then we booked into a campsite where we could at least ask for help if we need it, we explained the situation regarding Toffi to reception and they were great and have given us the number for the vets nearby in case we need them urgently… Fingers crossed for Toffi, I have since sat her down and had a word with her about her poor decision making abilities and have advised her to think about things next time!!! (Toffi has been in debate and is now claiming to be the coolest dog in town… what with a pierced tongue, she’s now whining on about wanting to get her ears and nose pierced to match… I have of course laid down the law and told her no chance not until your at least 16 human yrs old!!! we will discuss it again in 10 yrs time!!)

The campsite we are currently on is lovely “Presa La Vinuela” it’s about 20 km inland and the view of the mountains from our pitch is just breathtaking… The site pitches are pretty level and a nice comfortable size, with a nice friendly feel to the place, Facilities clean with lovely piping hot water, washing machines and tumble dryers, swimming pool etc the site however is a bit tight for maneuvering around on, especially on the mid tiers (someone had described the site on the ACSI reviews and excellently described it as not for the faint hearted for this very reason!) but once pitched and settled in, it is well worth the agro of a hard park up… €17pn but a discount of 7 nights for the price of 6 (we are only booked for 3 at present but this is only because of the dog’s situation, if she stays healthy and we don’t have to travel for vets etc we will gladly stay longer)

 

 

 

Although we had walked the terraced style site before pulling in and had both decided on the pitch situated on the bottom tier and overlooking the mountains, as we went in with me walking beside the van ready to help guide us in, Pete must have changed his mind at the last minute and was headed for a totally different pitch, Blimey this guy likes to mix things up, Pete now thinking perhaps it may have been a better pitch on a different tier, this is where we made our mistake… It would have meant our hab door facing the wrong way for sitting out and a lack of space for us to turn around and correct this, so we then had to take our trailer off and do a dodgy 2.5 point turn to get around the rather tight corner, using another thankfully empty at the time side pitch to give us the turning space needed,  but here is also where we almost came a cropper, trying to get out of this turning was another thing and going around the tight corner trying to avoid the concrete walls and metal shade posts which were now surrounding us on 3 sides of the turn was something else, and with our towbar just 1mm away from one of the walls, we finally got ourselves around and down to the tier below and reversed onto the pitch we had originally chosen, we should have just headed straight down the main driveway, turned and reversed straight into the pitch as originally planned… when will we ever learn, I guess some one has to be the entertainment upon arrivals!!!

It was tight for us… so motorhomes bigger than ours at 7.25 metres long would have some issues, my advice for anyone in a bigger motorhome visiting this site would be to choose a pitch on the bottom tier as it’s much easier straight down and then turning either side there, where there are less concrete walls and the road is wider for turning, or stick right at the top but don’t make our mistake and try a middle tier!!!

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We took a leisurely hike to the other side of the dried out lake where I had spotted an empty house and foolishly pointed it out, but being intrigued we had to look… while there I could see the cogs turning and Pete’s thoughts as he was looking around and it wasn’t long before he mentioned “wow this would be great”, along with “what a project” and “look at the view”… I must admit though it was quite a view and would be quite a tempting project… with a rather shoddily built and half finished swimming pool attached to boot… I guess the place has good potential… there are just so many buildings over here that would be amazing if actually completed… but then I look at the shoddy workmanship and quality, also the bricklaying skills with walls put up by what look like unskilled brickies… but yes what a project… however I would have been tempted to simply pull the building down and start again… if we won the lottery I told Pete we could come back and buy it no problem… because at a guess it would cost at least 300k as is to get to a proper standard (or at least my standard!!!) But I could certainly see the attraction of this building with both the views of the lake and mountains… and currently it’s just left rotting away and full of birds nests…

 

We are off to enjoy the weather while it’s nice and explore the surroundings till next time…

Take care

Donna x

GPS Coords Camping Presa La Vinuela N36°52’25”  W4°11’9″   €17 pn 7 nights for 6 deal with ASCI discount card