Buddy Wingo

Buddy-Wingo’s Lumpectomy

Cochise, on DST
Cochise tells the tale

Our pal, Buddy Wingo went to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital this morning for a follow-up appointment.

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The wound when he arrived here.

He’s had a hemispherical lump growing in the gash that HairyFace has been tending. The gash was healing nicely: skin closing over the exposed flesh, no infection (thanks to a honey of a new treatment).  By this morning just a small crack was left and the lump standing proud.  We all hoped the skin would climb up over the lump and the lump would eventually be reabsorbed into his body.  But that wasn’t happening.  In fact, the skin was digging in under the lump.

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Making Cheesy Dog Treats

cheesy dog treatsDogs love cheese, so even the most discriminating dog ought to love these cheesy dog treats.  Because they’re homemade and you will choose the ingredients, you know they contain nothing insidious — something you can’t be sure of with commercial treats.  They’re easy to make, too!  Because they’re made with real cheese they add protein to your dogs diet, but they ARE treats: so dispense responsibly.

Ingredients

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Booker Da Brindle-Boxer Steele

  • Intake: 09/18/2017
  • From: Newport Animal Control
    (held there since early July)
  • Age: 1 year (approx.)
  • Weight: approx. 75 lbs

This fit young fellow is energetic, adventurous and up for anything. He’s ready to join your active lifestyle.

Among his favorite things are peeing on inanimate objects, truck riding, and playing with friends. He dislikes snooty folks who won’t pet him (that would be people: he has yet to meet a dog he didn’t like).

Booker is available for adoption through Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue.

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Universal K9 Turns Pit Bull Death Row Into 2nd Chance

Universal K9Universal K9 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in San Antonio TX and Richmond VA that pulls dogs from kill shelters and rescues and trains them to work with police officers as narcotics dogs, pursuit & take-down dogs, or as dual-purpose dogs.

They also train dogs to work as business drug/explosives/weapons search dogs.  These are useful in airports, jails, schools, oil fields, warehouses, trucking companies, and similar.

They have a special program for veterans on the GI Bill to attend a two week Dual Purpose Handlers course.  All students who complete the course are eligible to receive a FREE single purpose narcotics or explosive dog.

Universal K9 Favors Pit Bulls

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Black & Decker Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer

I recently bought a Stihl string trimmer from a local hardware store.  While I was shopping for that, I was looking for a lithium ion hedge trimmer too.

not a lithium ion hedge trimmerI’ve been considering buying a lithium ion hedge trimmer because keeping up with all the trimming that needs to be done using the giant scissors style trimmer is getting to be a real burden.  So I haven’t been doing it.  So things are over-grown.  And now I REALLY need a better way to trim.  Power cords are a pain on a large property and gas power is heavy and noisy.  Lithium Ion batteries are a big improvement over the older NiCad batteries.  That seems a viable solution. Continue reading Black & Decker Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer

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Using Raw Honey as a Topical Antibiotic

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The dogtor is in

The use of honey as a topical antibiotic has a long history.  In fact, it is considered one of the oldest known wound dressings.  Honey was used by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides in 50 A.D. for sunburn and infected wounds.  He described honey as being “good for all rotten and hollow ulcers” [1].   Honey’s healing properties are mentioned in the Bible (Prov 24:13), Quran (16.68-69), and Torah.

Wounds infected with Pseudomonas, not responding to other treatment, have been rapidly cleared of infection using honey as a topical antibiotic, allowing successful skin grafting [4], [5].

Honey as a Topical Antibiotic?

Some of the compounds in honey kill certain bacteria and fungus.  This is why honey is the one natural foodstuff that won’t spoil.   No one knows how the bees do that, but we know it works.  When applied to the skin, honey also serves as a barrier to moisture and keeps raw skin from sticking to dressings.  Honey also provides nutrients that speed healing. Continue reading Using Raw Honey as a Topical Antibiotic

Buddy Wingo says “Life Is Better With a Donut”

Cochise, on donut collars
Cochise tells the tale

Everyone likes eating a donut, but have you ever tried wearing one?  When Buddy Wingo came here, he was wearing one of those lampshade cone e-collars.  That was to keep him from licking or chewing at his many wounds, and it did its job admirably.  But it did make life cumbersome.

While he was in intensive care at Cedarwood Animal Hospital, the cone was a bother, but he wasn’t involved in as much activity as he is allowed here, so it was fine.

Why a Cone is Bad

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Food Guarding In Dogs and How To Deal With It

Dogs tend to protect or “guard” things they feel are most important to them, things they feel they can’t do without.  Some will guard toys, some food, some will “guard” or become vicious when others approach their people.  Guarding is rarely a desirable trait.  Food guarding is dangerous to other dogs and to the people who care for the dog.  It needs to be corrected.

Why Is the Dog Food Guarding?

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Some dogs just have a greedy nature, even (perhaps especially) as a puppy.  They don’t share well.  Working with them as a puppy is needed to correct this early.  Some dogs guard food because they came from an environment where food was scarce and they had to fight for every scrap they got.  Some dogs guard because, although food is plentiful, others steal theirs.

Discovering why the dog guards is the key to undoing the behavior. Continue reading Food Guarding In Dogs and How To Deal With It

Nutmeg: Notes on a Foster Dog

NutmegNutmeg Steele arrived today.

She appears to be a Black & Tan Hound.  She is as sweet as can be.

We were told she’s 3 years old.  The vet at her spaying said 6 months.  Jen and I think more like just under a year.

She gets along with other dogs, she gets along with cats, not so good with chickens, and she rides well.  We’re told she’s a “gate climber”, but we’re not sure what that means.  She’ll be on a long lead when in the yard until we know if she’ll be going “over the wall” at her first opportunity.  She is a little timid at first with people, but warms up quickly and becomes affectionate.  Did I mention that she’s really sweet?  This Nutmeg is sweet as sugar. Continue reading Nutmeg: Notes on a Foster Dog