Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

Dogs, like people, get ear wax build up.  This alone can cause pain, decreased hearing, and dizziness.  But add to that the increased risk of a yeast infection, bacterial infection and even parasites in the ear and you can see that inspecting and maintaining your dog’s ears is important to their overall health.  This is especially important for dogs with floppy ears.

Ear Anatomy

A dog’s ear canal is L shaped with a vertical canal that connects to a horizontal canal deeper withing the skull.  Dirt, wax, and parasites such as ear mites can hide in the horizontal canal.  We cannot access that canal, so we need to use regular flushing to remove debris that may cause a blockage. We also don’t want to risk damaging the tympanum by poking implements such as Q-tips down there.

How Often?

Generally speaking, any time you bathe the dog you should inspect her ears and clean them as well if needed.  Dogs who are prone to ear trouble should be checked and cleaned weekly.  Floppy eared dogs tend to have more trouble with ear dirt and infections that standup eared dogs.


You will need:

  • A comfortable place to work on your dog.  For small dogs, a raised surface such as a table, sofa, or bed.
  • You will probably need a helper to hold the dog while you perform the needed procedure.
  • Some ear cleaning solution (discussed later)
  • Two small bowls
  • An ear bulb or syringe large enough to hold enough cleaner for one ear (35 ml for large dogs)
  • This will be messy, if you’re working on furniture you will want to cover it with and old blanket.
  • Have some 2″x2″ gaze pads or cotton balls and some cotton tipped swabs handy
  • And of course a suitable treat to give after each ear is done.

The First Step

The first thing to do is to inspect the ears.  What you will be looking for are:

  • Black “dirt” which can be just that: dirt, or the excrement of eat mites.
  • Red-brown ear wax
  • Embedded ticks
  • Redness of the skin and or injury such as scratches or sores.

If you find injury or redness, you will probably want to consult your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.  If this is an on-going issue and you know what is going on you may proceed.

Remove any ticks with tweezers or a tick puller, be careful not to scrape or poke the ear and cause injury.

Use gauze or swabs to carefully wipe out any dirt and wax from the pina and upper (vertical) ear canal.  Get into the folds and structures of the ear, but do not damage them.  Do not attempt to go into the horizontal canal.

If you notice a funky smell inside your dog’s ear, that’s a yeast infection and you need to see your vet for medication.

The next step is washing the ear.


For routine cleaning, there are a number of commercially made cleaners available without prescription through pet stores: Zymox, Epi-Otic, and Oti-Clens are just a few of the more popular names.  These are formulated to clean and break up wax.  But you can make your own cleaner if you want.

A 1:1 mix of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water works well as a wash.  If you’d rather avoid the peroxide, use vinegar (apple cider or white) instead, use a 1:1 mix.  Both solutions remove dirt and provide a mild antiseptic value.  Neither of these solutions dissolve wax, but will help to wash out minor wax deposits.  Do NOT use either of these if the ears show redness or injury as they will cause your dog pain.  Never use rubbing alcohol, this dries out the skin and promotes ear infections.

If the ears are inflamed or injured, use olive oil with vitamin E oil or aloe vera added.  You can use aloe vera gel or Vitamin E oil straight as a medication, but for cleaning we need a larger amount and a more liquid consistency.  Depending on the size of your dog, put between 10 ml and 35 ml of olive oil (per ear) in each bowl.  Open and add from 1 to 4 vitamin E capsules and extract the oil into the olive oil.  Or use 1/4 tsp to 1 tsp aloe vera gel.  Mix together and use a properly sized syringe or ear bulb to suck up all the mixture so it can all be inserted in one go per ear.

Whatever ear cleaner you use, it will help to allow the solution to come to room temperature before putting it into your dogs ears, they are sensitive to cold.

The Process

Use the syringe or ear bulb to suck up enough cleaner to fill one ear canal (35 ml for a large dog) and dispense it into the ear canal.  Once it’s in begin massaging the base of your dogs ear to work the fluid into the ear and break up the gunk.  You will hear a sloshy-sucking sound when you’re doing this right.  Massage for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then duck as your dog shakes the solution and debris out.

Go back in with gauze and swabs and carefully remove any more debris that has been loosened.

Give a treat for being a good dog.

Repeat for the other ear.


If done regularly, ear cleanings will help you keep your dogs ears healthy and free of wax, dirt, and pests.  Once your dog gets used to it, the process becomes quick and less of an ordeal for both of you.  Be sure to reward good behavior.

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Foster Updates for Jan 22nd

NOTE: I’m working on several videos to add to this post when they’re done.


Who’s a pretty girl?

Selma arrived mid-day yesterday.  We were the solution to an emergency situation: for Selma comes with baggage and a reputation.  I don’t know much for sure, but it seems Selma came into rescue from what was probably a hoarding situation.  I know she has siblings that will be coming into the program and none of them have had any socialization or training.  Selma’s behavior shows she has (in the past) been abused or at least severely neglected.  She has had at least two fosters before coming here and they have housebroken her and worked through a lot of her issues — but not all her issues.  Her previous foster went on vacation and asked a friend to care for Selma.  Her friend works days.  Selma does not like being left alone and destroyed the house.  And it’s a rental!  The landlord insisted Selma leave immediately.  She ended up here.

Selma desperately wants attention, but is at the same time timid to the point of fearfulness.  When I approach to pet her, she drops to the floor, and rolls on her back to say, “I submit, here are my soft underparts: kill me if you want, but please don’t .”  If she’s like this now, I can only imagine what she was like when she first came into rescue!

I was told that Selma’s separation anxiety causes her to go into Tasmanian Devil Destructio Mode when left alone.  Crating her alone in the bunkhouse at night will probably result in the destruction of a crate and much of the bunkhouse interior.  I’m told she is housebroken.  I am told she likes to play with other dogs — but she has NO “off switch”.  I am told that she hates being crated and gets vocal if forced into it.  My plan for her first night with us, since it is WAY too cold to leave her outside in her kennel and her bunkhouse mate has not arrived yet, was to crate Rebel in the living room (because he likes sleeping near me), put Selma on a tether in the living room and I’d go back to sleeping on the sofa.  I’ve been doing this with Rebel (first in a crate then on a tether) for the better part of the past two months.  Only a week ago did he earn enough Good Boy points to join us in the bedroom so I could sleep there too.

Selma is in the smaller crate next to the sofa.

However, Callie and Josephine (on the left) decided to make this little gathering into a slumber party by joining us.  If what I was told was true then if I tethered Selma to the sofa leg she will want to play with these girls, not sleep. So no one would get any sleep.  I put Selma in a crate and parked it right next to Rebel’s crate.  Neither was happy about being crated, but because I too was right there with them, they accepted it and did pretty well.  In fact Rebel seemed to be calming Selma (see Rebel’s section below).  Each of them needed to go outside a couple of times during the night and things got a bit vocal then: when one left, the other cried.

Since I do not yet know Selma’s traits or tendencies, I did not want to turn her loose to run around in the deep dark outside like I do Rebel, so with her, I had to put her on a leash and go out into the 20-something degree cold with her.  Fortunately she did not dally.

It’s warmer now and will get warmer yet, so Selma, Rebel, and Lennon (who arrived this morning) are all in their outside kennels and getting acquainted.  With a little luck, Lennon will keep Selma company enough that both can be crated in the bunkhouse at night from now on.


Lennon arrived a day later than what was originally planned, coming in early this morning because of MLK Day and NAC being closed, and because of other scheduling changes that included plans for Max, Tiny, and then Selma.

Lennon is a young Black Lab with no training … need I say more?  If you know anything about Labs, you know they are energetic, enthusiastic, and goofy as all get-out.  If trained to channel that enthusiasm into proper activities they make great companions for an active household, especially one with kids.  When not trained, they are … a handful.

When we arrived home from Newport Animal Control, I leash walked him around in the yard for a while, then put him in his kennel.  I rolled him over and checked his neutering incision: it looks great!  So I took off his cone.  When I stood up, he stood up on his hind legs and HUGGED me, “Thank you, thank you, for taking that horrible thing off!”

Hello’s between the three kennel dogs were loud and enthusiastic, but it’s quiet out there now as all are laying in the sunshine and enjoying the rising air temperature.

Lennon has an appointment at Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital on Thursday the 24th (the day after tomorrow) for an exam to determine if his skin grunge is mange, and if so what type, and to have a hip x-ray to check for dysplasia.


Her new friend, Rebel, helping her settle in.

Rebel was not happy about the change in sleeping accommodations (he loves sleeping in the bedroom with the rest of us), but has decided to take the new little girl “under his wing” and make her feel welcome.  It really was touching to see the way he’d come lie next to her crate, sniff at her, talk to her, and try to comfort her.  They will probably make great playmates: both have an almost limitless supply of energy, as long as it remains play.  Sometimes exuberant play degrades to violence when one of them gets pushed beyond his or her comfort zone.

Everyone comments on how good Rebel is looking now that he’s put on weight.  And he does, he’s a handsome boy!

Foster Updates for Jan 19, 2019


Hudson is unchanged.  Still gentle and affectionate with me, still playful and amiable with Blondie and Sable.  The only incident I’ve had with him was on Wednesday: I was carrying a bag of kibble from the bunkhouse to our house while Hudson was getting his play time.  He was running big lazy loops around the yard, as he likes to do.  As I came up the walkway behind our house Hudson went zooming past me and around the corner.  When I rounded the corner, I expected to see Hudson on the back porch sniffing at the door.  He wasn’t.  In fact he was no where in sight!

I found him up on the high yard on the other side of the retaining wall.  He had managed to zoom up the steps and leap over the wall!  He has become quite the jumper!

To his credit, he came to me when I called him and I got him back into his kennel without trouble.  But now that he knows he can do this, he will do it again.  Since he only has a couple of days left here, he will just stay in his kennel.

And I’ve added “Make the wall higher” to my To DO list.

Hudson left on the Friday (Jan 18) rescue run.


Sable has become less interested in playing with Rebel now that he is filling out and getting stronger.  She still shows interest, but when I let her out and he starts wrestling with her, she wants back in.

OOPS: I have to rescind that statement.  I let Rebel out to play first today and Sable was bouncing and pawing in an obvious desire to get out and play with Rebel.  So I let her out and she did a respectable job of rough-housing with him.  When she got tired she worked her way back to me and gave me The Look: the one that says, “I’m done, please get him off me.”  But it all went very well.

She is till loving and gentle and obedient with me.  I *really* like Sable.

Sable was on the rescue run heading out January 18th.


Reb has been sleeping in the Room of Beds with the rest of us this week, and doing excellent.  He settles in by 10:00 pm (or earlier if he’s had a busy afternoon) generally sleeps through the night.  He is not bothered by my getting up at night to use the bathroom or let another dog out to pee.  We both wake up around 5:00 and are ready to get up.  I have been leaving him loose to follow me around as I go about my early morning routine, and he’s been well behaved.  The only issue we have is when other dogs get up and want to go out, he wants to beat them out the door and that intimidates them.  I have to secure Rebel when the rest begin their parade to the great outdoors.


LennonOn Wednesday I picked-up Lennon from Newport Animal Control and took him to be neutered.  The vet also found mange (she thinks dermodectic but can’t be sure without a skin scraping) and signs of hip dysplasia, which can probably be treated with glucosamine.

His surgery went well and I equipped him with a cone when I took him back.  He will bunk at NAC until Monday the 21st when I’ll have open space for him.  I’ve made an appointment at Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital to have his mange checked and get a hip x-ray.


Lucy is a stray found along side a road and brought to Cedarwood, who got in touch with me to see if I’d foster her.  I went to meet her.  She is young and energetic, but quite sweet and submissive in her behavior toward people.  I think she’ll do fine here.

I can’t bring her in until Rebel leaves.  When Sable and Hudson depart, Lennon and Max will be coming in to take their places.  Lucy has to wait for Rebel to depart and make room for her.


MaxI have arranged to meet Stacy to pick up Max from his owners on Monday afternoon, after I go get Lennon.  I don’t know much about Max yet.  Look for details on him next week.

(UPDATE) Max will is not coming, Max’s owners have decided to keep him.

Instead I’ll be getting Tiny.  All I know about her is that she is not tiny and has been living in a 5’x5′ kennel with another dog and the floor of the kennel is such a muddy, filthy mess that the dogs spend most of their time on top of their dog houses.  Stacy and I will pick her up Tuesday.

Upgrades for Kennel #3

Our third kennel was installed hastily on a sloping surface that was once a gravel driveway.  As I usually do, I built a foundation for it of pressure treated 4x4s.  I did not take my usual course of hauling in 1 1/2 tons of pea gravel to fill the foundation and provide a cleaner floor for the dog in that kennel.  The reason for that decision has to do with impending upgrades and a concrete slab, that when that time comes will require me to MOVE kennel 3 (and all that gravel).

Recent prolonged rains have made the floor of #3 a muddy mess and I need to address that somehow so I can keep the dog cleaner, as well as keeping the dog bed and deck and dog house cleaner.  Letting them out to run in the yard is bad enough, they don’t need a muddy kennel as well.

I decided to try the chipped pine that is used in horse stalls.  So Rebel and I made a run to Tractor Supply Co. in Newport and bought 4 bales (32 cubic feet) of the pine chips.  The bales are compressed, so when I opened them I used a rake to break up the bales and “fluff” the chips as I spread them out. If the rains continue, the chips will get wet, and stay wet, but hopefully will keep the dog out of the mud.  And since there are a dog house, a dog bed, and a deck to lie on and stay dry, having a wet floor should not be a big issue.  When the next upgrade takes place, I can haul the used wood chips out to my garden for composting.

This is an ideal time to do this because we just sent two foster dogs off on rescue and will be getting two new fosters next week.  So I spent the day scrubbing and sanitizing dog houses, dog beds, bowls, and decking.  I now have about 5″ of wood chips across the bottom of the kennel to help keep the new resident out of the mud.  That is providing that the new dog is not a digger who will just stir mud up from underneath.  This has been a problem with some dogs, even in the gravel floored kennels.

I put Roc-Kloth ™ down under the gravel to keep the rock from being driven down into the mud below when it rains.  That worked great until dogs started digging and tearing up the heavy fabric underliner.  Now the mud and rock are mixing again and the kennels are getting the dogs dirty.  It seems the only way to keep things clean is going to be a concrete slab.  So that’s next.  But until I can afford that, I’ll do the best I can with what we have to provide as healthy an environment as I can.

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Homemade Disinfectants for Animal Crates

Crate training a dog is an important part of housebreaking a dog.  But a crate can become unhealthy if it is not cleaned out regularly and disinfected occasionally.

You will start by laundering the bedding regularly — how often depends on how clean your dog stays, whether he eats in his crate, and if he leaks urine when he gets excited.  If he wets his bedding, wash it right away.  If he’s a messy eater, every few days.  If he’s a tidy boy and you just need to get the funky smell out, every 10 days to two weeks works well.

Be sure to launder plush toys too.  Hard toys can be washed in a sink of soapy water, add just a dash of bleach for better disinfecting.  Rinse thoroughly.

When it comes to the crate itself, here are some general purpose cleaners you can make up at home. Continue reading

First Times for Rebel

At his former home, Rebel spent nearly all his time tied to a tree.  His Mom said they tried to bring him inside a couple of times during severe weather but he was miserable from the heat and they had to put him back outside.  I’m guessing this means he spent almost no time at all in their home.  House breaking will be a new experience for Rebel.

For a couple of months Rebel has needed close monitoring because of a medical issue he was having.  He has moved beyond that now, but he has become so accustomed to sleeping in the house at night that I can’t leave him outside at night because he cries and carries on something awful.  When his friends, Hudson and Sable are in their kennels too, he’s happy and quiet.  But those two strongly dislike being outside at night if it’s cold at all.  They’d much rather be in their snug warm beds in the bunkhouse.  But I couldn’t put Rebel in there with them because he needed monitoring and frequent trips outside. Continue reading

Pipe Dreaming About Kennels

Piney Mountain Foster Care currently has three outdoor kennels that measure 10 feet wide by 10 feet deep by 6 feet high.  We also have indoor crates so each of these three dogs can be moved inside the “bunkhouse” during inclement weather.

In thinking about future improvements, my thoughts tend to run along two channels:

  1. Motivated by the constant plea of “Does anyone have room for this poor darling?” it would seem sensible to add more kennels and crates to increase my capacity,
  2. Or I could repair/upgrade the facilities I have and maintain the current capacity to focus on providing the specialized care that I am often called upon to give dogs with certain needs.

Bigger, Better, More

The garage that the two adjoined kennels are next to is 24 feet long, enough for three 8 foot wide kennels.  Leaving a narrow aisle (2 feet) and having two more 8 x 10’s across from them (leaving space for steps into the end of the trailer that is bunkhouse and workshop and a passage to the shop driveway)  and then one more 8×10 snugged up beside the trailer on the driveway side, sort of by itself, but not really.  This would be good for an aggressive dog that would tend to attack the fencing between kennels to get at his neighbor.

Because of the slope, the 24’ by 22’ concrete slab will have to be stepped: 3 kennels and the walkway on the lower level, the other two kennels on the step-up.  I also want a floor drain running down the middle of the walkway to channel rain and hose water toward the trailer where the drain tiles will take it out to the ditch that runs alongside the shop driveway.

Tunneling prevention

The kennels we have are mounted atop wooden timbers.  This serves as visual impediment for diggers.  I try not to leave gaps that will catch a dog’s eye and cause them to think, “heyyyyy, I wonder …”.  This also helps prevent rust in the lower rails and gives me low walls (3”) that I can fill with pea gravel.  There is rock cloth under the gravel, but if a dog decides to start digging, neither the loose gravel nor the rock cloth will stop them.  But the fact that the kennels are sitting on what was once our driveway and is made of compacted clay and gravel does slow them down.  I have not had one dig out of a kennel yet.  Some have dug pits, but no tunnels.

The idea of putting all kennels on concrete slabs is an upgrade to insure I retain that record.  I don’t care how determined a dog is, they can’t dig out through a 4 inch thick (or better) concrete slab.  Even a Beagle.  Beagles can be fiendishly clever, but they do have limits. It would also aid in cleaning and disinfecting kennels between dogs.

We went with pea gravel floors because it’s supposed to be easier on a dog’s joints than laying on concrete.  But we also provide a dog house (with insulated floor) and raised dog beds.  So they have options to the concrete for comfort.

And then there’s the Dream Kennel roof.  Right now the left side of the garage roof and the right side of the kennel roof channel rain water into the slot between both.  In a heavy rain, that kennel roof might as well not be there because those kennels get soaked.

My pipe dream is to build a sloped shed style roof from that hip in the garage roof that will reach out over both rows of kennels and the walkway between AND offer at least a foot of overhang on all three sides.  I’ve been thinking wood roof with shingles – and posts and support beam running along one side of the walkway so the rafters don’t have to be steel I beams or something.

Focus on Special Care

The problem with packing in as many dogs as I possibly can is that the reason some of them come here will be sacrificed.  I am known among our rescue group as a dog whisperer because of my past success in rehabilitating dogs with behavioral issues that made them seem nonredeemable.  At least two were saved from destruction because of their behaviors.  I also accept dogs that are to undergo heartworm treatment and other medical issues that make them more of a burden than most fosters are willing to take on.

Dealing with these issues takes a considerable investment of time and effort on top of the routine potty breaks and play time that all fosters get.  Since I am doing this alone I can only, realistically, handle a couple of high-care dogs at a time.

We currently have two dogs that we adopted, and two more long term fosters (here for life) that live in the house with us.  Three outside fosters makes seven dogs.  Adding 3 more would make 10 dogs to care for on a full time basis.  Not all of whom will get along with all of the others, and a few would need intensive care of one kind or another.  Am I ABLE to do that by myself?  I’m not sure I can.  If the special care is my focus, three kennels is enough.  Upgrade them to improve security and comfort (slab and good roof) and stick with three.

Balancing Act

Of course it doesn’t have to be a black and white case of maxing capacity or caring only for special needs dogs.  The two can be blended: maybe 4 kennels (the three along the garage and an isolation kennel) with one of those a special needs dog.

And there is the fact that it wouldn’t matter if I had 20 kennels, there would always be the call of “Can you take one more?”  In rescue, the dogs never stop coming, and never will until rampant breeding is ended and the population brought under control through spay/neuter regulations.

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Foster Review for January 12th, 2019


Rebel has been a pain in the back-side with his cone at night.  If I let him sleep on a tether he bashes the cone into every piece of furniture he can reach, knocking things over and moving anything not heavy enough to withstand him.  If I crate him he rubs the cone all around the inside of the crate making a ton of noise.  As a result, neither of is is getting much sleep — at night.  When I put him in his kennel outside, with his friends Sable and Hudson, he is calm and quiet and takes many naps.  I wish *I* could nap!

On Monday night I checked his incision.  It looked good, so I took the cone off.  Rebel spent a good part of the night curled up licking himself despite my urging that he not do that.  But he was quiet and I got a good 5 hours of sleep.  Tuesday morning his belly was red and irritated and the incision has two angry red puffy spots.  So I sprayed him with Chlorhexadine and reinstalled the cone.

Gut repair kit

On Sunday I fed Rebel a small tub of yogurt for it’s probiotic value.  He surprised me by eagerly lapping it off the spoon and eating the whole tub.  That night his diarrhea was much better and we spent less time running to the door.  I plan to repeat this treatment twice a week to keep his gut in good working order.

Thursday night Rebel wanted to go outside around 11:00.  When he came back in I put him on his living room tether instead of putting him in his crate to sleep.  I stopped tethering him after his surgery because he’d spend the night bashing his cone into everything.  This time he came and wanted snuggles for a while, then laid down on a dog bed and went to sleep.  He re-positioned a couple of times during the night but did not ask to go out.  At 5:00 he woke me with a soft request to go use the yard.  When he came back we went to the den and I tethered him there and he went back to snoozing while I studied.

Breakfast time came.  He was getting hungry and fussy.  I took him out to his kennel with his bowl of kibble (he’s getting 2½ cups of kibble (4health Salmon & Potato)  twice a day – that’s over twice what he would get if he were at weight, but he’s still thin).  I brought Hudson and Sable out for breakfast and a potty run, but it’s cold this morning and still getting colder, so I put the other two back inside the bunkhouse and took Rebel in the house with me … hoping he would behave while the rest of us ate breakfast and did our morning things.

It has been a week since Rebel’s surgery.  I checked his incision and “bald spot”, it looks good.  I removed his cone.  That made him happy.

I put Rebel in his crate, set up a fan to blow air across him to keep him cool, and set about fixing breakfast.  Rebel was quiet and well behaved.

When it was time to eat I gave Rebel an Oinkie to chew on while the rest of us ate our breakfasts.  Rebel was content to work on that.

After breakfast I needed to go to the den to do some things.  I thought about taking Rebel with me so he wouldn’t fuss.  He has tended to do that when I leave the room he is in … but he has been doing better with that.  Marie was at her computer in the kitchen, so I left.  Rebel was good.  Marie left the room for a few minutes … Rebel remained quiet and calm!  It is now almost time to go get the others out for another potty run, and Rebel has been an angel.  He IS licking at himself, but I don’t think he can do any harm at this point — but I’ll watch it to be sure.

Saturday Morning: This is Rebel sitting in the den, where we spent the early morning together, using no tether. I left the room several times to do short jobs or let other dogs out and in again. Each time I said, “You stay here, I’ll be right back.” Each time he stayed and was calm and quiet. The only time he got vocal was when I dished up kibbles, I couldn’t blame him for that. Sleep-in-Saturday delayed breakfast and I was getting powerful hungry too!  I think we’ve about got that separation anxiety thing licked.


Sable’s only issue has been her animosity toward Callie and the Beagles.  Callie encourages that animosity by taunting Sable when Callie is out loose in the yard.  So Sable’s reaction is likely predicated on the fact that she’s locked up and these others are not.  That seems to be born out in that when Sable is free and Buddy Beagle is in his Beagle Box, Sable checks him out, but offers no animosity at all.


It’s difficult to find anything to report on about Hudson.  Other than my making the mistake of placing his dog house where her could get on top of it and reach the low edge of the roof tarp — so he did and shredded it because he got bored.  But that is my fault, not his, and I’m taking steps to prevent that from happening again with another dog.

Hudson was getting a little lax (selective deafness) on coming when I called him, but I’ve been working with him on that and he is again responding well.  Otherwise he’s still the same, lovable good-ol-boy hound he has always been.

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The Rebel Run

After feeding the outside dogs their dinner I let them out of their kennels for a few minutes each to attend to “business”. When it was his turn Rebel was standing up dancing against the gate (he’s pretty tall when he stands up like that!) howling and yowling. I thought he must need to go really badly. As soon as the gate opened he was off like a greyhound, galloped two hot laps around the big yard then dashed back into his kennel and stood on his bed looking at me expectantly, “I’m done now. I’m ready for my treat. I just needed a good run.” Silly boy!

Foster Review for Jan 6th, 2019


Hudson has been accepted by Eleventh Hour rescue in New Jersey and is slated to depart on the January 18th rescue run .

His health remains great and he has no behavioral issues other than not being fond of Rebel.  That still seems to hinge on their mutual admiration of Sable.  Animosity between them escalates when I let one or the other out to play with her.  Individual play times reduce hostilities.  Before either was neutered it could get tense.


Learning table dining.

Sable is doing well.  Her health is good and she remains affectionate toward me and all of her sitters who helped out while Marie was in the hospital and I was away so much.

We did have one incident.  Sable and Callie have never gotten along.  Callie is antagonistic in that she stands outside Sable’s kennel and barks at her, irritating her.  Sable barks back.  Callie seems to think it’s some kind of game.  But it’s a dangerous game.

Marie accidentally let Callie out while I had Sable and Rebel out in the yard for play time.  I did not see who attacked who, but since Marie said Callie was insistent on going out, I suspect she started the fight that had Callie and Sable locked onto each other while Rebel dashed in to make strikes on Callie.  I managed to separate the girls while fending off Rebel and get them all back to their kennels to assess damage.

Both girls sustained punctures which I dressed with Neosporin and started each on a course of Cephalexin to ward off infection.  No tears or other wounds that would need sutures: all minor damage that has since healed up well.  But this did not improve their relationship.

As to Sable’s animosity toward the Beagles, this seems to be conditional.  When Sable is in her kennel and one or both of the Beagles are wandering around in the yard, Sable barks at them in a decidedly unfriendly way.  When Buddy is the one incarcerated, she pays him no mind.

I’m told that S.A.V.E. would like to take Sable, but the van for the next run is full.  She should be leaving on the February 1 rescue run.  So I have that long to continue helping her to improve her interpersonal skills … or rather her interdogonal skills.


Rebel was neutered last Friday.  He did well and was not licking through that first day, but that night as we were settling in to sleep, he became insistent on licking.  I coned him.  He hated that.  I have not slept much since.  That’s his payback to me.  He’s SUCH a Husky!

The incision site was red and puffy the next morning so I treated it with Chlorhexadine.  It is looking much better now.  I’m hoping that by Monday night the incision will be sealed up enough to take the cone off.

Rebel’s involvement in the Callie vs Sable fight made things tense for a while because Callie was defensive against Rebel’s presence in the house.  That morphed into a defense of me from Rebel.  She is no longer hostile to Rebel, just stays close to me when Rebel is inside.  She even sleeps in the living room with us as my bodyguard.

Rebel peacefully coexisting in a room with Callie and Blondie

For Rebel’s part, right after the fight he decided that blood sport was fun and was acting on that toward all the other dogs.  But that was easy to break him of and he is again coexisting with all the other dogs, even Callie.  Now that he’s neutered, his nature should become even less confrontational.

On of the reasons Rebel has been so restless at night has been the return of diarrhea, necessitating frequent trips outside.  That started Saturday night.  Friday night was actually pretty peaceful one he finished rubbing the cone all over the inside of his crate in a tantrum.  About midnight he settled down.  Saturday his needs kept us running for the door.  Today I offered him a small tub of yogurt for the probiotics it contains.  I spoon fed it to him.  He surprised me by eating the whole tub!  Maybe that will help his tummy tonight.

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