It all makes sense now, unfortunately. Life is sometimes best viewed through a rearview mirror. Back in January, I remember noticing a peach color rose blooming in my front yard. Strange I thought but that was all. Usually after the first of the year most animal allergies quiet only the worse persists and only for a short time longer. I recall telling clients this should be the last allergy visit of the seaon only to see them back in February and March. I admitted I was wrong and yet another treatment was necassary. I felt like we had a few weeks off in April and that was all! Then I heard on several occasions by human doctors this will be the worse allergy season EVER! That rose I saw and many others had a similar experience was a pseudospring following by cooler weather and a real spring that had pollen on steroids!. They announced people with allergies would have symptoms they had never had before and people without allergies could develop clinical signs this year. Over the past several weeks I have seen more flowers then ever wild and garden variety. My orchids bloomed like I had actually taken very good care of them. Then I saw fox tails around my neighborhood and removed four from one dogs ears. Something I usually to not ned to do untiil August or September. Then we had fires that one Fire Official said we do not experience until August of September. Finally, fleas are back, another early arriver that we do not see until the back portion of July.So, any good news? Well, if you are reading this, you have been warned. Talk to your veterinarian, they are you best resource to keep your pet healthy and minimze your expenses, not your aunt in Nebraska or the kid at the pet store. Flea control is evolving quickly. Some of the biggest names that were only available at your vet several years ago are inexpensive at the pet srores now. Bottom line, no longer top shelf. Again speak wih your vet and stay ahead of the curve. This looks to be an interesting and challening year!!!