Dan, thanks for this correction. I didn't check snopes, as I trusted my friend. But the write up here is good info.
Again, sorry for the mis-information.
No apologies Sharron, you're always of help to us and we appreciate that. I just happened to go through the tick thing some weeks ago because I found 2 on Buddy and did some research before attempting to remove them.
A couple things to remember about ticks … check immediately when you've been outside, even if just in your own backyard; if you find one that has attached itself, pull the tick straight out. If you twist it or pull sideways the head will break off and leave its toxic.
Recently found an organic spray for ticks and mosquitos - it contains citronella, rosemary, and garlic oils and you rub it into their fur. I think it must work because I haven't found any ticks on Gossy but plenty on me!
I made my own spray - similar to what Wizard posted - same oils.
But then I was at Planet Dog last summer and they had wipes that come pre-moistened with the same ingredients and I use those now as they are super convenient and the dogs don't seem to mind them as much as spray.